• Short Summary

    A Jacobean banquet is held to mark the opening of the sixth Antique Dealers' Fair.

  • Description

    Kensington, London.

    M/S of a table laden with food, the camera pans across to show pies, joints of meat and fish. M/S of another table with candles in the middle and various foods including peacock, swan and venison. The table is in front of some floral curtains in a room in an inn called Ye Olde Dr. Butler's Head. The occasion is the opening of the sixth Antique Dealers' Fair and they are having a Jacobean banquet to celebrate. C/U of a joint of meat on the table. L/S from a high angle of tables and the guests all dressed in period costume. Various shots of the guests talking. M/S of the chef, Fred Tully, carving a joint of meat, there is a candelabra on the table next to him. C/U of his hands carving the meat and putting it onto a plate.

    Exterior. M/S of a couple dressed in period costume walking up to the door of the inn. Interior. M/S of two men and a woman in costume talking. One of them is Dr William Butler, James I's physician, he is played by Walter Bird. C/U of his legs, he is wearing red tights, the camera moves over the woman's gown and to the other man in tights. M/S of several people arriving at the inn. The ladies curtsey to each other and the men take off their hats and bow. C/U of Lady Arabella Stuart, played by Miss Beryl Davy, and a man sat at a table, they talk and laugh and he gives her a kiss. M/S of a man and woman talking. Various shots of the party, C/U of a woman stroking a Scottish Deerhound. George Abbot, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of James I, is played by his descendant Robert Abbot. M/S of a serving wench pouring ale into a tankard from a big jug. C/U of a young Princess Elizabeth, played by Christine Van, eating some meat. C/U of apothecary John Crane played by Frank Smith. M/S of a man in a feathered hat talking to a man wearing an eye patch. C/U of a bearded man in costume wearing earrings, C/U profile of a female guest. C/U of a candle, the camera pans down to show various guests sat at tables chatting. Various shots of guests talking. L/S from a high angle of the party with guests stood in the middle talking and eating.

    Note: James I was played by Geoffrey Van.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:15:00 / 01:08:17:00
    CP 145

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