• Short Summary

    Further adventures of Captain Bob Bartlett - polar bear hunting and seal watching.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Now we continue our journey to Greenland's icy mountains No. 6"

    Introductory intertitle reads: "Accompanying bluff old Capt. Bartlett (Peary's Companion on his North Pole dash) we brave the perils of ice and water in search of Arctic adventures."

    High angle shot of the prow of the Morrissey as it cuts its way through ice floes. Moving shot of "miles and miles of menacing ice". Unusual shot of man climbing up to the crow's-nest - we see the top of his head as he climbs the rope ladder towards the cameraman. Various shots of the ice and of men at work - some good shots of the ship cutting through ice seen from the crow's-nest.

    Bluff Bob Bartlett narrates the film describing how they have been stuck in the ice for 37 days. Two of the party go exploring in a small canoe. Good shots of them canoeing through narrow canals. They chase after a polar bear who swims through the water. They rope him. Bob tells us that he is "mad as a March hare". The polar bear struggles against the rope and eventually climbs up onto some ice and frees himself "just like Houdini". Bob jokes about how the bear will swim home and tell the wife all about his adventure.

    Various shots of icebergs and local animals - a shoal of seals, walruses (?) and some large whales (? Bob does name this particular creature but sound is poor and my knowledge of Arctic animals not as good as it could be. Narwhale ?) Bob jokes about having to disappoint the girls who have asked him to bring back sealskin coats.

    Good sequence showing Eskimos congregating around the whales (or Narwas?) then cutting off pieces to eat.

    Eskimos roll two Narwas (?) up on to the beach. One of the Eskimos holds a flare so it is possibly early evening. Eskimos run on to the beach. Bartlett tells us that the meat tastes just like chicken and that the locals are so hungry they will eat some raw. M/S of man slicing a piece off, C/U of Eskimos eating pieces of the meat. C/U of two Eskimo children eating, one uses a very large knife.

    Bob makes a joke about the large knives being the reason why all Eskimos have small noses.

    Ends with an intertitle: "Look out for next week's further adventures in the Pictorial."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:06:00 / 01:23:19:00
    PSP 729

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