Picturesque Pitlochry is a charming place for tourists as this quirky 1950s narrated film suggests. A sweaty city visitor delights in a trip to the Bells whisky distillery before sampling a few drams in the Strathgarry Hotel, accompanied by cigarette smoking hybrid stag-human drinkers! Ladies get carried away at afternoon tea and miss their show at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, “a must for tourists”, and tweed is spun and then bought by immaculately dressed women.
Frank Marshall was born in Renfrewshire in 1896. He wrote, directed, produced, edited, and sometimes acted in his witty and humorous films. He even built and designed his own sets and props.
During the war he made instructional films on training women for war work (on the treatment of burns injuries) and The Life Saving Bank, to publicise the Blood Transfusion Service.
Marshall was elected first chairman of the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers, formed in 1949. During his lifetime he produced over 120 films of different genres, achieving frequent national and international success at amateur film festivals. He served on the board of the Scottish Film Council until 1972. He died in 1979.
The Scottish Screen Archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland's history. It reflects 20th-century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history, the lives of ordinary Scots across the generations and the achievements of Scottish film-makers in the craft of film production.