• Short Summary

    Filmed excerpt from the play 'Black Magic' at the Royalty Theatre, London.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "A peep at Black Magic, at the Royalty Theatre, London. With Franklin Dyall, Kathleen O'Regan, Athene Seyler and Ivo Dawson."

    Royalty Theatre, London.

    The scene opens with a man, Giles, (Franklin Dyall?), playing the grand piano in an elaborate style in a drawing room; another man, George (Ivo Dawson?), enters. They chat for a bit and we learn that Giles is writing a new book in which he will "prove conclusively that even the limitations of a worm can be expended by intelligence". George seems a bit dense.

    Athene Seyler as George's wife enters, and talks of how all her friends love hearing about her celebrated cousin. She relates the newspaper stories of Giles' wife being his "great helpmate and stimulus" and wonders what she stimulates, considering the couple have separate bedrooms and one little bed in each. They start to talk about Giles' 'Black Magic' and Athene says she wishes he'd try it on her. He says she should be careful. Giles' wife, Helen, enters and makes a bitchy comment to Athene about wearing a blue dress with her hair colour. Helen flirts a little with George. Fade out.

    Note: there is quite a bit of decomposition towards the end of the scene.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:40:00 / 01:29:46:00
    PT 080

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "(Franklin Dyall?)" - yes.

    "(Ivo Dawson?)" - yes.

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