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A glittering assortment of screen stars brings some extra Yuletide sparkle to a charming festive greeting to 1930s cinemagoers.
Announcement 1938 1 mins
Santa enlists a wonderfully eclectic roll-call of glamorous Hollywood A-listers and English eccentrics to bring festive greetings to 1930s cinema patrons. Appearing framed in a Christmas wreath are Tinseltown stars Ginger Rogers, 'handsome cowboy' Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard, and some oddly-matched homegrown talent: comics Will Hay and Stanley Lupino and ukelele-toting George Formby.
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
A bleak Christmas for the men of Snibston Colliery as mining in Coalville comes to an end in the last days of 1983.
Drama 1914 33 mins
Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Christmas Church Parade
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
The Royal Show
Documentary 1951 28 mins Location: Trumpington
Parades of the finest farm animals and machinery: 10 miles of displays on a 150 acre site at the Royal Show in 1951, enjoyed by thousands of visitors including The Queen.
Amateur film 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
Cambridge college and boating scenes captured by a 1930s visitor.
A View of Cambridge
Documentary 1974 25 mins Location: Cambridge
Accompanied by specially composed songs, take a tour around Cambridge and hear the views of local residents, students and their teachers.
East End Bids Farewell to the Fuhrer
Amateur film 1945 2 mins Location: Stratford
Crowds carry a mock coffin of Adolf Hitler through the streets of Stratford while the Union Flag and bunting hang defiant above the WW2 rubble.
Coronation Route 1953
Amateur film 1953 2 mins Location: Green Park
Bunting-clad streets and regal decorations highlight the intricate artistry that went into decorating the iconic Coronation route.
Town and Gown
Documentary 1937 17 mins Location: Oxford
Focusing on each town’s university colleges, main streets, gardens, statues and memorials with a narration of the history of the buildings, notable scholars, and traditions.