• Short Summary

    Skiffle band performs in famous barber shop at weekends - good sound.

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    Hounslow, Middlesex.

    M/S of the interior of a barber shop. A barber is applying shaving cream to customer's cheeks while two men sing. They are wearing traditional costumes, have false moustache and their old fashioned singing sounds terrible. C/U shot of barber shaving a customer. Voiceover states that choir singing in barber shops is luckily a thing of the past. Instead, for years there was no sound apart from "barber's gossip" but that is changing.

    L/S of the interior of a modern barber shop. There are several chairs with people having haircuts and manicures. Large mirrors and shelves with various cosmetic products are on the walls and in the corner - a band! "Hairdresser Leonard Pountney has a latest style Skiffle group laid on for the weekend rush." Several shots of the skiffle band performing - interesting pre-Rolling-Stones sound. C/U shot of a singer (he plays banjo) with rosy cheeks. Cut back to the band. Low angle L/S of the line of men with white towels around their necks having their hair cut.

    M/S of the band performing - sounds groovy! High angle L/S of the line of hairdressers and customers, this time hairdressers are emphasised. C/U shot of a hairdresser doing finishing touches on young man's 'Elvis' hair. M/S of a man having manicure. C/U shot of the manicure girl and the man's feet tapping the rhythm. C/U shot of man's finger being manicured while his other 'free fingers' are tapping. People obviously enjoy the music.

    M/S of the band playing. High angle C/U shot of a man' hands playing washboard. C/U shot of man's hands playing banjo. Several other shots of the band, barbers and customers. The skifflers are lead by Ron Prengal and C/U shot of band's box reads "Ally Cats" - presumably this is the band's name. Repetition of shots of customers, band and barbers.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:21:00 / 01:41:04:00
    CP 133

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  1. Unknown user says

    Leonard Pountney, seen at 01:27, is a regular feature in British Pathe clips. He can also be seen in clips 53.18, 467.09, 257.05, 103.33 and 195.08.

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