Lovely film showing high jinx aboard an ocean liner crossing the Equator.
"On the Equator, sailing south to the inspiring assembly of King Neptune's Court." C/U of a man who is in fancy dress in the costume of King Neptune. He wears a crown, carries a trident and has a long beard. High angle shot of the deck of a ship. Presumably a passenger liner. Two men in long grass skirts play trumpets and lead King Neptune and others onto the deck. C/U of girls stepping onto the deck. They wear swimsuits and grass skirts. Various shots of this motley band of people dressed in all sorts of strange costumes. M/S of Neptune sitting at a small table. "Adam has the first taste of events. (And the soap is tasty, too!)" A man is led up to a platform next to a small pool of water on deck. Several people are in the pool already. They sit the man on a chair with his back to the pool. One man tickles him with a feather duster. A large man pretends to shave him with an oversized razor. They then tip the chair over backwards so that he falls into the pool. The people in the pool duck him under the water.
"Now Eve must take her turn - in this ducking chair one good turn always deserves another!!!" High angle shot of a woman (who looks reluctant but is laughing) being dragged to the ducking chair. She slides head first into the pool. She is ducked by other revellers. More girls are given a ducking - looks like fun. "It's a great life - for Neptune." High angle shot of the pool - everyone is splashing each other. Looks like some people are in there fully clothed. End shot is of a couple kissing silhouetted against the sea and sky. Very romantic.
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 556.
Note: presumably this is a traditional "crossing the equator" ceremony.
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