• Short Summary

    Slightly batty Mrs Austral has lots of monkeys as pets.

  • Description

    Sidcup, Kent. "Here's the latest, an hotel with loads of mischief - young monkeys." An elderly woman stands beside a cage full of monkeys. She calls the monkeys by name ("Bepe" and "Billy"). She passes food through the holes in the wire. She calls one of the monkeys a "naughty boy, a bad boy". Intertitle reads: "There are other pets, too", explained Mrs. Austral - " She throws out seed for some doves. Low angle shot of a dovecot. "Betty is a bit hazy now and again - " C/U of a tiny monkey washing its hands in a small bowl of water. Mrs Austral gives the monkey a piece of fabric saying "Wipe your hands, wipe your hands..." Mrs Austral and the monkey are seen together. "Who said monkeys can't talk - ?" The monkey makes a squeaking sound as Mrs Austral says: "There's your purse" and hands the monkey a purse, she then gives the monkey some money to put in it. "...But, Bimbo will try anything - " Mrs Austral is seen with a monkey on her shoulders. The monkey holds a comb and Mrs Austral asks it to comb her hair. Mrs Austral tries to persuade Bimbo to write a letter. L/S of Mrs A. inside the monkey cage. The monkeys climb all over her. She says "Come along, children." Outside the cage she puts one monkey on another monkey's back saying "You take your baby for a ride". They run along together.

    Note: Mrs Austral comes across as being more than a little eccentric.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:15:00 / 01:33:21:00
    PSP 710

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