• Short Summary

    Excellent documentary about women's lives in the 1920s - great commentary by Joyce Grenfell.

  • Description

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

    Reel 1.
    01:00:13 Short shot of a speeding train is followed by footage of a fashion parade inside a train. Nice 1920s frocks and hats are modelled for an audience seated in the train. Joyce Grenfell begins her commentary with the traditional "Time To Remember" opening speech with some "flapper" style modifications.

    01:00:44 Opening sequence and title "Time to Remember - A programme to take you back - however young you may be - recalled by Joyce Grenfell."

    01:01:07 Nice sequence beside a swimming pool - women suddenly appear from changing cubicles wearing swimsuits. They pose in their outfits looking coy then parade by the side of the pool - they are probably chorus girls but could be used to illustrate a beauty contest or fashion parade. M/S and C/Us of the girls modelling fabulous swimwear including a jaunty hat.

    01:01:46 Two shots of schoolgirl sports teams - they wear gymslips and smile at the camera. A coin is tossed and they begin their game of lacrosse - various shots.

    01:02:14 A male teacher demonstrates cricket technique for a group of schoolgirls who sit on the grass. A coin is tossed and a women's cricket match begins. Various shots of the game and spectators. Joyce Grenfell does an impression of the games mistress who used to say "a straight bat through life fears no fast bowlers".

    01:02:47 Exteriors of very grand house beside a park as Joyce talks about a friend whose parents were very well off. Woman in a drawing room setting models a suit, a friend comes and joins her showing off her own outfit.

    01:03:16 Woman sits at a table pouring a cup of tea. She places a hand made tea cosy over the teapot - it is in the form of a doll!

    01:03:30 Sequence showing a woman trying on a hat shape. The two friends chat about the methods involved in decorating hats with crepe paper then some are modelled.

    01:04:06 Traffic in London. Various shots of a group of children dancing around a hurdy gurdy as Joyce Grenfell tells how a woman doctor of the time said: "If British economic conditions didn't allow for large families, then people ought to go and have them in the wide open spaces of the Empire - so there!"

    01:04:33 Political rally - probably in Hyde Park relating to women's rights.

    01:04:43 Traffic - cars driving beside the park.

    01:04:49 Sequence showing fashions at a racecourse or similar. Nice shots of extravagantly dressed women.

    01:05:04 Footage of the wedding procession of the Duke of York (later King George VI) to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Mother). Crowds.

    01:05:19 Short shot of two women climbing out of their car. Joyce tells of her visit to the dressmaker and we see footage of Alphonse Berg constructing a dress out of a large piece of fabric and a few pins. His model stands with her hands in the air as in lightning time Alphonse constructs a gown.

    01:05:41 Beauty parlour - C/U of a woman having a face massage by a woman with electrodes attached to her arms.

    01:05:48 Short shot of London traffic.

    01:05:52 M/S of a woman sitting at a dressing table. She begins to take off each layer of her undergarments - there are a lot of flimsy items.

    01:06:18 C/U of a woman with a marvellous fan made of feathers. She takes a powder puff out of the fan and powders her nose. She looks at the camera in a conspiratorial manner then fans herself. C/U of a woman with a feather fan hiding her face. She winks at the camera - very sexy.

    01:06:33 Fashion sequence - a group of people in evening wear - the women wear elaborate fur cloaks which they take off to reveal very ornate gowns. A little over the top really!

    01:07:18 Theatre sequence - night shots of Piccadilly - many neon lights.

    01:07:23 Feature film clip - sequence featuring Owen Nares and unnamed actress (check copyright). It is a dramatic love scene. Joyce Grenfell speaks of how her friend Daphne had "broken many a shoulder strap" over Owen Nares but Jack Buchanan was more her cup of tea. Dance sequence follows - Jack Buchanan dancing on stage with unnamed woman (I think it might be "June".)

    01:07:40 Cabaret sequence - slapstick dance routine - White and Manning at the Kit Kat Club - see EP 289 from which this is a short clip. Continued.

    01:07:51 A door opens to reveal a woman sitting at a dressing table tending to her toilette. She is wearing a nightgown and negligee and boudoir cap. She poses for the camera and admires herself in a mirror. Continued.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
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    hd time out:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:13:00 / 01:08:11:00
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