Pathe celebrates 50 years of cinema with flashbacks from its archive.
Item title reads - Pathe Gazette presents - The fiftieth birthday of the movies.
Various shots of Edison's early Kinescope machine. M/S of old screen actor Arthur White seated at home. Various shots of a flashback to his film 'Life of a Fireman' from 50 years ago. It shows action in a fire station, sliding down pole and rushing through the streets with horse drawn fire tender. Final shot shows him climbing out of window with child over his shoulder. Flashback to Max Linder 'Flypaper Slapstick' comedy where man can't get flypaper off his hands. Flashback to 1902 and scenes from the Coronation of Edward VII, including parade through streets and Coronation coach.
Intertitle - 'Fashions of the gay nineties'. Flashback to dresses from that era and early bathing beauty parade. M/S Lillian Russell in her dressing room, she poses for the camera then leaves.
Intertitle - 'One minute please while we change reels.'
Intertitle 'Ye olde time sports page.' Various shots of a tennis match between a man and woman, she is wearing a long dress and they both use small racquets. Various shots of the boxing match where Tommy Burns knocks out Bill Squires in world heavyweight fight, one of the first ever filmed. M/S as Lifeguards march past Victoria Memorial during opening ceremony in 1911. L/S royalty arriving, and the unveiling. M/S old time horseless carriage being started and shakily pulling away.
Intertitle - 1894 - 1944 today! Various shots of cinema audiences consisting of forces men and women around the world who gather to be entertained by stars of the silver screen. M/S's projector and wounded men laughing. Various shots of everyone applauding.