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Even the Babies Go on Strike

Crying, sleeping, ignoring the camera – the entrants in Willesden’s ‘healthy baby’ contest are amusingly uncooperative, despite presence of actress Violet Hopson.

Non-Fiction 1921 1 mins Silent

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A baby show in Willesden allows the Topical Budget team to make topical jokes, linking the uncooperative babies with an ongoing miners’ strike. Babies are shown bawling their eyes and sleeping – despite attempts to poke it awake. The winning baby refuses to look impressed for the camera, the trophy or even Violet Hopson, the Australian-born actress who is on hand to present the prize. Include some exterior scenes of a terraced street in Willesden.