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Lost Mother April 1925
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.
Home movie 1925 5 mins Silent
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When ‘Mother' goes missing and her two ‘daughters' are distraught and lost in the wild woods, a faithful if slobbering hound comes to the rescue, playing his part in this ‘Plas Newydd' family drama with gusto and delight. It was shot by the 6th Marquis of Anglesey in the grounds of his ancestral seat at Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, and features two of his daughters - Ladies Caroline and Elizabeth Paget – and a relative, Pauline Stapleton-Cotton.
There are a number of different shots on this reel, following the initial ‘lost mother' drama. Some would seem to be off-cuts from the drama; others may have been intended for the creation of a further drama and include the Marquis himself, with false moustache. Either way, they are interesting not least for showing the garden and grounds of ‘Plas Newydd', which can be glimpsed in the background, through the trees, in some shots.
Animals on Film
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Drama-documentary 1939 15 mins Location: Treorchy/Treorci
The Ocean Coal Co. employed not just miners but also shepherds, as evidenced here. Tom Jones of Treorchy protects the company's assets above ground with care and great skill.
Amateur film 1950 18 mins Silent Location: Lone Barn Fm
Cowboys, Carnivals and Mayors on the slide appear alongside the most beserk and hilarious donkey race you'll ever see in Sussex
Amateur film 1950 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Brighton's crowds thrill to the sight of Billy Smart's Circus parading through their town in this film from the 1950s
Amateur film 1970 8 mins Location: Newchapel
Enjoy this heartwarming film about neglected horses, ponies and donkeys being re-habilitated at 'Cherry Tree Farm' in leafy Surrey
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Sennen
Sink or swim as Rub and his chums are set adrift
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 1937 6 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
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 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.
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
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