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Thames En Fête
A mermaid, a fat man in a barrel and water-bound jockeys all appear in this brilliant short showing Londoners taking part in the Molesey Regatta.
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent
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There’s plenty to enjoy here, as London celebrates the Molesey Regatta with a host of weird events. Filmed for posterity is a race featuring men in riding silks “swimming” aboard semi-submerged hobby horses, and a ridiculous group of clowns– including a very large gentleman in a top hat – sitting in barrels and rowing frantically in circles with a single paddle. There’s also a four-year-old mermaid and lots of decorated boats.
London's Bridges on Film
Travelogue 1924 25 mins Silent Location: London
From the pilots of the Pool of London to the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, let’s take a look.
Interest film 1905 2 mins Silent Location: Tower Br
Rare early glimpses of the Edwardian Thames at its busiest.
Documentary 1935 17 mins Location: Thames Head
Swans, boats and bridges are celebrated by lyrical commentary and fine images in this delightful tour of the Thames from “trivial” beginnings to torrential end.
Travelogue 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Tower Br
Follow the Thames from Westminster to Limehouse, Covent Garden to Tower Bridge.
Trick film 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Southwark Br
Do our eyes deceive us? Trick shots galore in this magical tour of London.
Public Information Filler 1928 20 mins Silent Location: Bermondsey
The original foodie city: from bustling Bermondsey Wharves through Smithfield and Billingsgate to London's street markets and general stores.
Kingston Upon Thames
Documentary 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
A vicar gets railroaded on the cheap in this silent cinema ad for Southern Railways.
Amateur film 1976 9 mins Location: Kingston Upon Thames
An amatuer filmmaker takes a critical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the changing face of Kingston upon Thames
Amateur film 1950 3 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
The changing face of streets and industry is examined by a cine club member in this vivid portrait of Kingston
Amateur film 1951 8 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
This polished tour of Kingston takes in sites of local interest such as churches, technical college, and the well-known dept store Bentalls
Amateur film 1950 15 mins Location: Kingston Upon Thames
From war drama to slapstick fun by the Thames, Script Night demonstrates the imagination and self deprecating humour of the club members
Amateur film 1960 6 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
Series of sketches by the Kingston & District Cine Club which offer an amusing twist on historical events
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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