Retrospective documentary tracing the development of moving pictures.
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Funeral of King Edward VII featuring his dog Ceasar - 1910.
Coronation of George V - parade. Fire engine passes along the route the procession was later to take. Shot of the royal carriage followed by cavalry. M/S of King and Queen in an open carraige.
"Home Folks featuring Mary Pickford" - An early silent film is shown- 1912. Melodromatic acting styles and sarcastic commentary throughout, making fun of the storyline and acting. A strict father forbids his son to go to a dance. The son rebels. Shots of Elmer at the dance. Mother and sister wait at home. Father returns and calls his son a scoundrel and a waster (well the narrator puts these words into his mouth!) Son and father have a big fight and he is banished from the home. Elmer cries and Mary sacrifices her life savings for her brother.
C/U of Mary giving Elmer the coins. The village blacksmith takes a fancy to Mary and goes courting. Father and blacksmith discuss his prospects. Blacksmith is to be their lodger. He tries to make a poetic speech, courting Mary but he is shy. Mary reads the poem. He proposes, she agrees, they shake hands. Shot of the blacksmith at his anvil looking very happy. They marry. Blacksmith (Eddie) gives Mary some money and they kiss on the step as he goes off on a trip to town.
C/U of a letter from the wayward brother. Mother and daughter decide to show father the letter. He is stubborn but looks at Elmer's old collar which he has as a keepsake. Mary writes to the brother. Eddie returns with a fur coat for Mary. Eddie spots Elmer on the doorstep of the house. Eddie looks through the window and sees Elmer and Mary embracing.
The siblings go into the parlour to speak to father. Eddie decides to write a letter. Father tells Elmer to get out but Mary negotiates. Father holds his arms out and they embrace. Eddie is just about to leave his letter but before he goes rushes into the parlour and all is revealed. Mary reads his letter. He wraps her in the fur coat and they live happily ever after.
"Under the personal supervision of Tom Webster - Directed by Tom Aitken." "Tishy" -the first British cartoon (allegedly!) is shown. The horse gets up to varous antics including training in a gym, writing a letter, getting its legs in a tangle, running in a race etc.
Malcolm Campbell is featured, Various shots of him driving on country roads with a female passenger - possibly his wife. Shots of him breaking the world speed record (Daytona Beach 1931?)
"Great Artists of the Past" - Sarah Bernhardt is shown acting in a stage play. A suitor tries to woo her and she rebuffs him. Little Tich is shown doing a tap dance routine with his big shoes on - they look like flippers. C/U of him making faces through a pair of curtains.
"Never Touched Me" (1919) Harold Lloyd, Harry Pollard and Bebe Daniels star in a Pathe film. Bebe does a sexy cabaret dance. Harold, Harry and other suitors arrive at her house. One of the men drops a banana skin outside the house and slapstick ensues. A blacked up man in drag pushes a pram. He slips on the banana skin, the pram is pushed backwards and forwards, knocking the black maid and Harold Lloyd. Inside the house Bebe calls for her suiters. Harold plays it all coy but accidentally treads on her foot. Bebe acts in an extremely salacious manner. She grabs him and kisses him. One of the other men sees this through the keyhole. The other suitors come into the boudoir and much slapstick ensues involving a collapsible chair. The men slap each other, Harold ducks out of the way. Another man arrives and is hit by a flying pot that Harold throws out of the windows. The men try to hide from the newcomer who is very angry. Farce continues with much going in and out of doors and behind a screen. Bebe leaves the house. She winks at the newcomer and he looks very keen. Harold tricks him and leaves with the girl.
Clive Brook is seen acting in an early unnamed film. Genteel parlour room scene as he takes tea with two women. They are dressed in Georgian costume. Another scene introduces a man sitting in an armchair with a dog on his lap. Another man speaks to him making him angry. He chases the man away.
Ronald Colman is featured playing a card game with other smartly dressed men. They smoke and relax as if after dinner. One of the men lies asleep on a couch. They are all a bit drunk. They try to wake their friend. They paint a moustache on him.
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