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This morale-boosting variety extravaganza – filled with radio personality Carroll Levis' discoveries - is like a wartime Britain's Got Talent.
Comedy 1939 68 mins
Touring England in search of talent, something like a 1930s Simon Cowell, Canadian-born wireless personality Carroll Levis hosted a BBC Radio series in the pre-war years showcasing his "discoveries". This cinema spinoff includes performances by some of the young unknowns he discovered, including singers, comedians, and a couple of rather good Laurel and Hardy impersonators.
While this unashamedly patriotic variety spectacular was shot before conflict commenced, the clouds of war were visible on the horizon – and pride of place is given to a rousingly flag-waving rendition of There'll Always Be an England, sung by a well-scrubbed lad surrounded by the stoic Empire troops who stand at the ready.
High Treason (sound version)
Science Fiction 1929 68 mins
Extravagantly-mounted futuristic sci-fi, now with added sound, although still with the world's two power blocs at loggerheads.
A Man's Affair
Romance 1949 65 mins
A holiday romance between a miner and a secretary blossoms in Ramsgate
How Kitchener Was Betrayed
War 1921 13 mins
Dramatisation of the popular conspiracy theory surrounding the mid-WWI death of Lord Kitchener.
Irish and Proud of It
Crime 1936 72 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
Kidnapping, mobsters and moonshine! Is this a story is set in a country, which exists only in the minds of those who have never been to Ireland?
The Best Man
Drama 1986 83 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry
The bar flies prepare for the big day with betting, boozing and banter. But will best man Billy break more than his ma’s heart before the wedding?
Musical 1938 51 mins Location: Bangor
Will new open-air microphone technology give Richard Hayward the chance to silence his critics? Watch as Cushendun and Bangor steal the show.
Cup Final Drawing Nearer
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Location: Highbury
FA Cup third round: Arsenal v Leicester City and Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest.
Alive and Kicking
Documentary 1937 8 mins Location: Highbury
Arsenal footballers including Ted Drake, Eddie Hapgood and Cliff Bastin show off their skills in training for this council film to promote healthy living.
Gaumont British News No 243
Non-Fiction 1936 10 mins Location: Twickenham
Society weddings, FA Cup finals and Shakespeare’s birthday all feature in this newsreel from 1936, featuring amusingly droll commentary.
Library at Work
Documentary 1922 13 mins Location: Westminster
Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.
Battle for Wembley
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Location: Highbury
Heaving terraces and goalmouth action at Highbury for this FA Cup fourth round encounter between Arsenal and Everton.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Somercotes Parish Church Sunday School Procession 1953
Home movie 1953 5 mins Location: Somercotes
The Sunday school in their Sunday best taking their message into the community.
Home movie 1960 5 mins Location: Haverfordwest/Hwlffordd
Moo, mart, marriage and spring blooms – it’s all happening in Pembrokeshire.
Malltraeth: birds observed
Home movie 1955 3 mins Location: Malltraeth
Anglesey-based artist Charles Tunnicliffe swaps brushes for a camera and offers us the chance to look a cormorant in its emerald-green eye.
A Stroll across the Severn Bridge
Home movie 1975 3 mins Location: Severn Road Bridge
Mrs Joan Elizabeth Jones and her daughter Miriam put their best feet forward and cross the bridge, a scooter taking them by surprise.
Chalk Down Farming
News 1965 5 mins Location: Ogbourne St George
Life on a Wiltshire farm.