Cat no. 2679

School In Scandal

Running time9:46 Black & White Silent c.1930

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Comedy drama about a group of young men who meet with women from a private school.

Genre:

AmateurComedyDrama

A group of upper-middle class young men (dressed in shirts and ties, one in a striped blazer) sit on the grass. They are idle and bored and missing women. An intertitle states that `there is not a bird in sight'. A group of young women from the Amena Stich private school, led by their bespectacled female teacher, is walking out for exercise. The men see them and life looks better. They hide behind a hedge as the women pass by. The young women stray on a side path leaving their teacher to walk on alone. She eventually notices her young ladies are not behind her and goes to look for them. Meantime the men and women have met up and all sit around on the grass, the women being chatted up. Professor Stephen Chickwood is in the woods looking for insects. He meets the teacher and offers help to find her girls. They form a relationship and walk hand in hand. Eventually they come upon the young men and women who laugh and point at them. Amena shouts `Help'.

Background Information:

The opening title says `Scratch Production Co' referring to the amateur film making team. The intertitles carry the Selo logo. Another film by George Sewell, Cat 2843 1930s - 'The Morning Delivery - Selo Processing', shows how the Selo titles were produced, and how films like this were processed at the Selo laboratory. The copy of this film in the IAC Film Library was printed on amber film stock.

The Scratch Production Co.

Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

Ben Carleton; G. Sewell

Ben Carleton; G. Sewell

W.E. Saunders

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