• Short Summary

    Excellent footage of chorus girls and others backstage at Windmill Theatre - 1930s?

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    Windmill Theatre in London - Backstage. Nice dissolves from shot to shot - done in camera? Looks more like early to mid 1930s rather than 1920s.

    Chorus girls' rehearsal; high-kicking line (girls in exercise shorts and little tops). CU dancers' legs. Dancer sits w/ leg raised as she ties ballet shoe. CU woman choreographer / instructor watching. CUs attractive young women. 4 girls relax together. 7 dancers rehearsing bouncy tap number w/ hats;2 of the girls are cross-dressing; in trousers and ties.

    Cheesecake / comedy. CU shower head on ceiling w/ water dripping out. Woman entering shower; back to camera; wearing towel wrapped round her body; bathing cap. She steps in; starts to lower towel; turns; stares w/ shocked look; closes curtain. Saucy! (And camp!) Cafeteria: women in long gowns wait in line for their food, carved and dished out by chef. Girls in dining room. Dog stands up on chair & begs for food; gets some. Actors & actresses relaxing on roof of the theatre; in different costumes; drinking beverages.

    Dancers run down fire escape steps; policeman chases; more actresses follow. (Girls watch with glee from window behind the stairway.) Legs running down inside stairs. Male dancer doing Russian jump; female pirouettes. Artist paints flats (scenery) as girls watch.

    High angle shot of curtain opening to reveal line of girls in cute little frilly costumes, doing high-kicking dance number. One of the girl's hats falls off at the end. Repeat of sequence - slightly closer shot. Nice high angle shot of chorus girls in long dresses coming up the fire escape steps. In workroom we see costume designer at work; fittings; drawing and sewing. Great costumes! Seamstresses at work on sewing machines. Musical director at work on scores. Lighting men at work in theatre. Other backstage crew. Great shot of girls making-up their faces and bodies in dressing room, sitting in scanty underwear and putting on costumes.

    Musical comedy; sex appeal. Fabulous footage! Eat your heart out '42nd Street'! - SL.

    One scene in the film with the dancing girls is from Revudeville no.45 "Soda Fountain".

    The film has costumes from Revudeville no.46 "Sit Round" being fitted in the costume department .This is the next revue to follow Revudeville no.45

    Potentially this is year 1934.

    Middle aged lady. Head and shoulders shot .This is Eve Bradfield the Windmill Theatre Producer.

    Next shot is Enda Wood who is a Windmill Girl

    Next shot with a lady in a hat.This is Meggie Eaton.

    Four Windmill Artistes.The Windmill Theatre artiste, Left to right,Unidentified,Bobbie Bradshaw a Revudebelle, Rita Dell A Windmill Girl and unidentified

    Rehearsal dance routine scene for Revudeville No.45 "Hats and Taps".Gus Chevalier, a comedian is sitting on the left hand side.

    Show scene .artiste unknown.

    The Windmill Theatre canteen with Windmill Girls .

    Canteen scene .Artistes sittings with Mrs .Laura Henderson.The lady holding her hands on her knees is Connie Dorey who is Revudebelle.

    Canteen scene with Mrs.Laura Henderson's dog.

    Theatre roof top. Man sitting and drinking from a straw in the middle scene is Gus Chevalier a comedian.The man standing on the right is Eric Woodburn who is also a comedian.

    Two female artistes drinking. The left and side artiste is Connie Dorey .I can not identify the lady on the right hand side.

    Eric Woodburn surrounded by Windmill Theatre artistes.

    The scene with the stage props artiste .This has Mrs Laura Henderson sitting on the left hand side.

    A dance routine from Revudeville no.45 "Soda Fountain".

    Windmill Girls going up to the roof.

    The Windmill Theatre costume work room.Hilda Wetton The costume designer, drawing.

    The Windmill Girls is costume for Revudeville no.46 "Sit Round".

    Alan D'Albert the Windmill Theatre Musical Director sitting at the desk with Rex Burrows a music composer.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1932- 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:50:00 / 01:14:39:00
    ON 355 E

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