• Short Summary

    Tutti-men collect penny or a kiss from every girl in the village - annual tradition.

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    Full title reads: "Hungerford "FREE KISSING" DAY - as in Saxon days at "Hocktide" the "Tutti-men" claim their toll of a kiss or a penny forfeit from every women."

    Hungerford, Berkshire.

    A man talking to camera - he explains the Tutti-men ceremony to the audience. As he talks the images of the ceremony are seen on screen.

    Two men, carrying long poles topped with flowers, surrounded by crowds walking through the village. They are knocking on doors collecting tutti 'dues', a kiss or a penny from every girl.

    A nice shot of the two men kissing a woman at her door one after another. The first kiss is not seen - flowers from the pole cover their faces. It looks like a deliberate censorship - very cute. Tutti-men throwing pennies and fruit to crowds - mostly children.

    Cut back to the man talking to camera.

    Tutti-man climbs a ladder to reach a window with a woman waiting. They kiss quite passionately on lips - twice. She gets a fruit and he turns to cheering crowd.

    Note: This is a traditional annual ceremony of the tutti men - "two members of the local council who, carrying flower bedecked staves of office, call at houses in the village High Street to collect the tutti 'dues': from every girl a penny - or a kiss!"

    N.B. Out of Sync on VHS - Digibeta has been corrected.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:34:00 / 01:36:13:00

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