• Short Summary

    Fantastic peek at the British Film Industry of the 1920s - clips from great silent films and newsreels.

  • Description

    Pathe have rights to clips in Time to Remember programmes but not to commentary or whole programme as screened.

    Commentary record exists for this film. Enter "Came the Dawn Commentary" into Title box to find.

    Check copyright for film extracts - most were originally A.B.P.C. Elstree (Associated British Picture Corporation) - probably currently Canal Plus copyright (1999).

    Reel 2 01:07:14 L/S of politicians walking through a crowd. Panning shot of the crowd. Stanley Baldwin makes a speech. C/U of Ramsay MacDonald and his daughter Ishbel beside a sundial.

    01:07:45 Shots of rough seas - waves crash onto a promenade and around the base of a seaside pier as the narrator speaks of how the "economic storms of the twenties were harsh and pitiless for those that had to endure them." M/S of ex-servicemen selling paintings on a pavement and others playing a hurdy-gurdy (?) for money in the street.

    01:08:12 "Though life was tough for many, it was never like that in the movies" states Basil. Clip from a 1920s film. Camera zooms in to an ornate arched window with a rose covered balcony in front. The curtains open, a maid looks out. We see a glamorous high class woman waking up. She stretches and sits up. She still has her party frock on from the night before - outrageous! She picks up the telephone.

    01:08:41 Scene from a feature film showing glamorous "bright young things" having a cocktail party. The main actress may be Betty Balfour - possibly in "A Little Bit of Fluff"? or "Champagne". She throws a cocktail shaker into the air and catches it. Another film clip shows an upper class family sitting down to dinner. C/U of the dinner table place settings. Nightclub scene - a couple are seated in the foreground whilst a cabaret entertainer performs a wild "Black Bottom" or "Charleston" behind them.

    01:09:16 High angle shots of crowds on the French Riviera. M/S of a "flapper" type standing beside a car with a large dog - possibly a Saluki? Delegates in London for the signing of the Locarno Pact - they disembark from a car.

    01:09:31 C/U of delegates in front of 10 Downing Street. M/S of the whole group including some, or all of the following: Stanley Baldwin, Austen Chamberlain, Aristide Briand, Al. Skrzynski and Winston Churchill. League of Nations meeting in Geneva - various shots (image quality is poor). Churchill reviews troops and watches a tank demonstration. German army manoeuvres and march past. Various shots.

    01:10:41 Basil Rathbone tells us about the German film industry at this time "Look at all the good movies the Germans were making!". Extracts from the German version of "Anne Boleyn" - lots of actors and actresses in period costume. They are seen "at rest" - drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. The director is Ernst Lubitsch there is a low angle shot of cameraman, technicians and Ernst Lubitsch (?) standing on a filming platform.

    01:11:03 Various shots of the stars of the film Emil Jannings and Henny Porten getting out of a car - they are both in period costume, Emil for his role as Henry VIII and Henny as Anne Boleyn so it looks quite funny. Henny looks into a compact mirror and powders her nose. Emil takes her powder puff and does same, rest of the cast watch and laugh.

    01:11:15 L/S and M/Ss of crowds filing past the Cenotaph. Narrator asks rhetorical question: How did the filmmakers handle the somewhat tricky theme of the First World War?

    01:11:30 Sequence from a silent feature film follows with 1920s style piano accompaniment. The film might be "Poppies of Flanders" (1927) The scene involves a woman bewailing the fact that the hero of the story is a drunk, "Trying to forget something that he had already in truth forgotten". The drunk joins up and we see scenes of him in Flanders - crawling along the ground and resting in the trenches. Scene of soldiers arriving at a train station on leave. Our hero returns to "the family pile" and is met by the family butler.

    01:12:33 The hero is seen in a nightclub or cabaret venue. An orchestra plays & couples dance. His "cockney chum" takes his girlie to the "fish and chip shop" - they look drunk.

    01:12:51 Combat scenes - death scene, the cockney "kisses the corpse of his friend" and emotes great sorrow. Then he becomes angry and (if my lip reading skills serve me well) he shouts "You bastards! I'll show you!" then runs over the top with his bayonet. Basil tells us the moral of the story: "If drink makes you a rotter, get drunk in battle then blame it all on the enemy."

    01:13:32 End of Part One. End of Reel 2 - N.B. These reel numbers relate to NEG reels - Pathe's prints have been combined into 2 reels.

    Note: the German title of this film was "Anna (sic) Boleyn". I believe it was released in Britain under the name "Deception". Release date was 1920. According to paperwork, this material is from the Pathe library but I have been unable to find it listed.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
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    HD at Filmfinity
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:14:00 / 01:13:38:00
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