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Little Boy's Dream
What dreams may come when a treasured possession is aggressively broken? Unfinished drama starring Anglesey’s Earl of Uxbridge as a poor boy.
Home movie 1937 6 mins Silent
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An unfinished drama shot by Lady Caroline Paget, eldest daughter of the 6th Marquis of Anglesey, in the grounds of 'Plas Newydd'. Home from school for the holidays, Caroline’s brother Henry, Earl of Uxbridge, assumes the role of a ragged poor boy (with good quality pyjamas and sheets on his bed!) whose treasured, possibly only, possession - a model sail boat - is wrecked by a delivery boy from the firm 'Blogs'. What dreams may come after such an upset in a life already troubled?
Lady Caroline and the Marquis filmed a number of dramas and home movies over a period of years, always involving members of the family and friends and, at least in the case of the film ‘Pink Shirts’, their staff. This film includes friend Angus Menzies (as the mechanic) and, possibly, Henry’s twin, Katherine, and another sister, Mary. It is a pity that the film was never finshed - perhaps Henry had to go back to school before it could be completed.
Drama 1949 22 mins Silent
Prize-winning amateur film about the fleeting affair between a housewife and a young man on a summer day.
Amateur film 1954 4 mins Silent Location: High Wycombe
Silly silent film fun and thrills abound in this award-winning 1954 amateur short spoofing the world of Hollywood trailers.
Amateur film 1958 26 mins Location: South Kensington
A young angel scours London for her wings in this tender short by the young Ken Russell.
Amateur film 1965 19 mins Location: Harrow
Knitting comes in handy when making a film – a comical take on amateur filmmaking by the ladies of a local Pinner film club
Amateur film 1961 13 mins Silent
Tired little Jocelyn, in her National Health specs, falls asleep in the garden and wakes up in Wonderland in this amateur re-telling of Lewis Carroll's classic.
Home movie 1962 3 mins Silent Location: Castleford
A young magician impresses his sister by making a dog appear from under a bucket, and by demonstrating the magic of film itself.
Home movie 1924 10 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
Three loyal labradors - Brandy, Biscuit and Bran – are solid members of the dog fraternity that is part of life at ‘Plas Newydd’.
Home movie 1933 15 mins Silent Location: Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
Tennis, boating and bathing is provided for the August socialising of royals and aristocrats at Plas Newydd, seat of the Marquis of Anglesey.
Amateur film 1936 16 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
Catapult-wielding democrats take on wader-wearing fascists in this ‘Plas Newydd’ drama filmed by the Marquis of Anglesey.
Home movie 1925 5 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
A dog does what dogs do in this drama created by the 6th Marquis of Anglesey, featuring a lost mother, two frightened daughters and a faithful, if slobbering, hound.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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