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A Visit to Whitby (1913)
A Visit to Whitby (1913)

A Visit to Whitby (1913) 1913


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A Visit to Whitby (1913) 1913

Great Britain

Opening with views of Whitby's historic harbour (with the pier extensions under construction) and cottages piled up to the Abbey, this scenic tour of Yorkshire beauty spots takes us down the coast to the winding streets of Robin Hood's Bay, where tots in rolled-up trousers enjoy a spot of rock-pooling. The film ends with picture-postcard views of rugged Flamborough in the East Riding.

Horror fans take note that Whitby's 12th-century church, St Mary's (wrongly named St Peter's in the intertitle), was used as a setting in Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula. Other highlights include a man herding a wayward sheep in the old marketplace, and traditional fishing cobles in the harbour. American-born Charles Urban was one of the most important film producers in Britain pre-1914. His personal vision, which favoured actuality films, travelogues and natural history, influenced the shape of early British cinema.




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