Fabulous look at life on board a cruise liner - great colour footage. c. 1953
Continued from Reel 1 (on tape *PM1259*).
Reel 2 begins with a shot of the ship's wake. The telecommunications room of the ship is seen and a man wearing earphones prepares to send a birthday telegraph. We then see the ship's surgery - the Doctor speaks to a patient. Nurses and a laboratory technician or ship's pharmacist are also seen.
The Captain goes on his rounds. We see him inspecting a gorgeous cabin with bright blue walls and lots of fresh flowers. He checks the air conditioning. He also speaks into the telephone found just beside the bed. M/S of two telephone operators (women) working at the ship's telephone exchange. C/U of one of the women putting calls through. C/U of lines being connected.
The laundry. Various shots of workers putting sheets through large ironing machines and then folding them. On board bank - someone cashes a cheque at the Purser's Office. M/S of a snazzy elevator or lift on board. The doors open and passengers get out. "You can't stop the ladies shopping, even at sea" states the narrator and we are shown the ship's version of "Bond Street" - on board shops. Various shots of shoppers looking at goods - handbags, souvenirs etc.
High angle shot of passengers on deck looking out at the view. M/S of man operating large ship's telegraph. Officer speaks through a megaphone "Stand by to anchor." Low angle shot of the crows nest with flags flying. Rhodes. Various shots of landmarks. The passengers go shopping for plates and vases. Local youngsters take water from an ornate well decorated with sea horses. Mosque with tall minaret. Two women tourists stand on some high rocks to take a photograph - camera pans to show coastline. Shot of the harbour showing pleasure boat and yacht.
Istanbul (formally Constantinople). Various shots of landmarks - religious buildings, courtyards etc. C/U of man filming with a cine camera.
Three girls in shorts and sun tops stand on deck. One of the girls films the scene with a cine camera. C/U of two of the girls. They smile and laugh. M/S of two other girls in deck chairs. Various shots of work on deck. Sailors raise flags as the ship pulls alongside its sister ship "Archedes" (sp?) The two ships pass, passengers wave. M/S of the ship passing. Captain waves and looks through binoculars. High angle of passengers on deck. Sunbather. Swimming pool. People jump in, swim, have a drink at the pool side, sit on rubber rings, watch the action etc. It is a pretty small pool and very crowded.
Athens - the Acropolis. Various shots of the Parthenon. Passengers look at the architecture. Pompeii. Temples and houses of the ancient Romans. A woman with a fabulous handbag stands by a wall looking at the view. Naples - various views. Sorento, "Italy at its most romantic." Shot of holidaymakers being serenaded as they have a meal on a terrace overlooking the bay.
Aerial shot of the liner. Interior shot of a bar inside the ship, Officers sit with passengers and enjoy a drink. "Hampstead Heath invades the Mediterranean" as a fair is held on board the boat. Passengers try to burst balloons with a football and try their hand at winning a teddy bear on a side-show game. M/S of passengers in their finery buying tickets for the games. A spivvy looking man mans the shove ha'penny board. Two youngsters walk along holding coconuts - presumably won at the shy. Couples in ornate fancy dress dance past the camera; one woman seems to be taking a shower! Lovers stand on deck at sunset. Captain looks out at the view. Aerial shot of the ship.
Note: Nicely shot film with quintessential pleasure cruise footage and good round up of various facilities and activities on board.