Title ID 4019Collection ID121
TitleBeautiful Brighton and Hove
CollectionJohn Mitchell
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Cars Children Everyday Life Fairgrounds Horticulture Parks Piers Seaside Resorts Urban Areas
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn P. Mitchell
CameraJohn P. Mitchell
FormatColour Silent
Duration7 mins. 55 secs.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Beginning and ending with what appears to be an acted drama, the main bulk of the film comprises shots around Brighton's features of the Palace pier, the Pavilion, the fountain in the Old Stein, and various parks and gardens around the town.


The film starts with a woman taking in washing from a line and the camera panning along the Palace pier, followed by various shots of the promenade featuring a young smartly dressed man who appears throughout the film. We see traffic along the seafront, and the film's neatly made titles introduce the film as "Beautiful Brighton and Hove". Scenes around the town include people sitting on benches, the fountain in the Old Stein, the Pavilion, posters advertising the Booth museum, and a statue of George IV erected in 1828. The next sequence takes place in the grounds of a stately home [possibly Preston Manor?] and includes close ups of flowers and shots of children playing. The film concludes with what appears to be an acted scene involving two young men apparently vying for a young lady's affections, set at a fairground in a park.


A still from 'Beautiful Brighton and Hove' (1960) - Brighton PavilionA still from 'Beautiful Brighton and Hove' (1960) - a young couple