• Short Summary

    An appeal on behalf of the National Children's Home & Orphanage

  • Description

    Cottages in an idyllic rural setting of large trees. Kittens playing. Newly hatched Chicks next to eggs in their nest. Below a little girl with her legs in irons and a club foot (Betty) picks up a fallen chick. She takes it to "Sister", and together they go inside. Betty nursing her doll remembers how she arrived at the home.

    A train arrives and Betty is lifted into a stroller. Other handicapped children play in the garden. Flash back to the slums they have come from. The children sit in their beds in a ward playing with toys and dolls. WS chalets. School activities. Resting on stretchers. Babies in prams. Children going to bed and taking a shower.

    The children are being led into church, and listen to a sermon. Children playing and pushing prams, playing sports and chess. Ex-boy working as a type setter. Printers at work. Magazine cover showing two Brownie's with the title "Children".

    The narrator, Leslie Banks, with Betty sitting on his lap talks to camera. He tells of the great work of the National Children's Home, and Betty says "Thank you very much"

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:36:00 / 01:27:27:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    This clip's current date range of 1950-59 needs correcting.

    The certification card at the outset shows that the President of the BBFC when this short film was certificated was Lord Tyrrell of Avon. He held that position between 1935 and 1948, meaning the film must originate from between those years.

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  2. Unknown user says

    "A train arrives" - the locomotive is GWR Manor Class No. 7810, named "Draycott Manor".

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  3. Unknown user says

    Re, the date needing changing. The clip is unlikely to date to after 1952, as Leslie Banks (who is narrating) died in that year.

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