Title ID 4014Collection ID121
Title[Compilation: 1: Historic Railways; 2: Advert; 3: The Sound of Music]
Date1962 - 1963
CollectionJohn Mitchell
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsCultural Heritage Entertainment Leisure Time Activities Music Performing Arts Railway Stations Railways Theatre
LocalBrighton Burgess Hill Freshfield Fulking Sheffield Park
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn P. Mitchell
CameraJohn P. Mitchell
FormatColour Sound
Duration24 min. 4 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A well produced amateur film in 3 parts. The film begins with a study of local small railways. There is a short advert and then a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein productions, focusing on the Sound of Music.


The film begins with various shots of Volks electric railway in Brighton before cutting to Burgess Hill station, riding on the steam train and children looking out of the window. A little boy in Bluebell railway uniform ushers people aboard the train. At Freshfield station a boy races the train on the platform. There is a poster advertising the 'Blue Belle', and people in costume riding from Brighton on the Bluebell line. Filmed in soft focus, the train arrives at Sheffield Park station where water is put in the engine.

The next brief section is a home made Embassy 'advert' made with stop motion animation, the cigarettes magically elevating from the pack.

The final section of the film is a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. It begins showing a selection of posters from their productions before focusing on 'The Sound of Music', which is remade in brief upon the South Downs. We see views from Devil's Dyke, a young man posing, a country mansion, a church, waterfalls, sheep, combine harvesters, more waterfalls, the young man arriving at the Shepherd and Dog pub at Fulking and finally a shot of sunset from the South Downs. A separately recorded soundtrack accompanies the film. The film ends with the title: 'THERE WILL NOW BE A SHORT INTERMISSION'