Title ID 3755Collection ID74
TitleCine Shots of 1938
Date1938 [1950]
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurFilm/Video companyNon-fiction
ThemeSeaside Urban Life
KeywordsAnimals Seaside Resorts Rivers Urban Areas Shops Winter Summer Beaches Shopping
LocalCentral London Soutwick [?]
RegionalEast Sussex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPathé Gazette [?]
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration8 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of scenes filmed in East Sussex and London. Includes footage shot at a zoo, by a river, at the beach at Soutwick, and in Central London at night during the run-up to Christmas, 1938.


Street views open the film. A young boy takes a donkey ride, and monkeys are seen in their enclosure, at a zoo. Trees are reflected in the rippling water of a river, where a swan glides through the water. Riverside houses and thatched cottages are seen. A motorcycle race is in progress; bikes with sidecars, their passengers leaning into the bends, race around a field track. Beach scenes follow, seen from an elevated position, where boats set sail from the shore. A motorboat speeds past as children play on the beach and the groynes. A man waterskis from the beach, pulled by the motorboat. Scenes of destruction on Southwick [?] beach after a storm are shown, as families walk with their dogs. Brighton seafront and the West Pier are seen in the distance. Winter scenes follow. Snow falls in a domestic garden.

The following footage was shot in London in the run up to Christmas, 1938. The camera pans across the Thames. Pigeons land on the arms of a woman standing in Trafalger Square. Buckingham Palace is seen from the gates. Family members walk through Hyde Park, blanketed with snow. Night scenes follow. Barnes, department stores and the Christmas lights on Oxford Street are seen, the lights flashing in the dark. Elaborate department store window displays of clothes and toys are seen. The lights of Piccadilly follow, advertising Wrigleys, Votrix Vermouth, Jacob's Cream Crackers and Gordon's Gin. Leicester Square Theatre advertises "Highly Dangerous", starring Margaret Lockwood and Dane Clark. A jewellery store, Saqui & Lawrence, advertises diamonds and rubies. Further illuminated signs read 'The Regent Palace Hotel', 'Peter Robinson, first in fashion', 'Guinness is good for you', 'Bovril', and 'Nicholson Gin'. The Empire Theatre advertises "King Solomon Mines", starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger on a billboard above its wide entrance. A fountain is shown, lit from below. Further views of window displays, for toys, gifts and clothing, at Christmas follow.