A compilation of clips showing early film and Pathe footage from the past 25 years.
Titles read: "The Window of the World. A Cameo of Cinema progress from 1895 to date."
Brief shot of a fragment of film, supposedly of the first film shot by Friese-Green in 1889. We then see a clip from the Lumiere film of 1895, 'The Arrival of a Train'; commentator says this is a copy of the film from the Will Day (? Willday?) Collection at the South Kensington Museum. We see Hyde Park Corner in 1896 and the area around the Bank of England.
Brief shot taken through a microscope; time lapse photography of a flower opening. Brief shots of British cities (including Liverpool). Several brief shots of animals; monkeys, possums (?), lions. We see air to air shot of men standing on the wings of a biplane in flight; aerial shot of a steam train racing along a track, then racing an aeroplane. Quick shots of a man in an old-fashioned diving suit filming underwater; a man drilling through a coal face in a mine; men walking towards a volcano; bubbling lava moving past; men climbing up a mountain.
Famous people in Pathetones are seen in brief clips: Lord Baden-Powell, Thomas Burke, Piccaver, Mark Hambourg, Albert Sandler, Jack Hylton and his band, George Robey. Men jumping over hurdles in a race; billiards expert Walter Lindrum; unidentified ballerina performing (Pavlova?); girls in a cabaret dance routine; Pathe cameraman standing on a girder, high up on a building, turning the handle of the camera as he films a man at work. L/S of Tower bridge; aerial shot the top of a very high (New York?) building; the wheels of a steam train turning very fast; shot of a steam train coming towards us over the track and passing over our heads. Commentator talks of the window of the world being brought to you in comfort in this theatre.
(Followed by Pathetone main titles.)