'Arabian nights' entertainment watched by Princess Patricia of Connaught.
Garden Party at St James's Palace, London.
Shot of Princess Patricia of Connaught and other ladies; CUs; Princess is given flowers. Then they sit in rows of seats in the garden of St James Palace and wait for the entertainment.
The entertainers come slowly walking / dancing across the lawn in a procession of flowing fabrics and modern dance. Closer shot of girls in sheets tied round themselves and with arm movements that are supposed to be like harem girls; dance of the 7 veils. Tall men with big swords. More women in veils; carrying baskets on their heads or waving long fans. CU a few of the entertainers pose - a sheikh kisses one of the girls.
American cataloguer notes: "This is like the Arabian Nights come to life. Believe this actually predates the movie 'The Sheikh' and the whole craze over that in the 20s. Entertainment. Bizarre!"
More footage on ON 155 D.