Title ID 5031Collection ID694
TitleWhat a Hunt
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionBognor Regis Film Society
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionAdventure
ThemeCine Club Film-Making Rural Life
KeywordsAccidents Animals Clothing Cars Domestic Gardens Food Houses Rural Areas Social Class Villages Dresses
LocalBognor Regis
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBognor Regis Film Society
CameraR.B.G Hart
DirectorH.L Guermonprez
WriterH.L Guermonprez; A.C.M Donald
CastAntony Barten; Vera Bateman; P. D Bayetto (Curate); G. K Billson (Yokel); J. Cowley; C.H Findley; John & J. Haytread (Major?); (? G. Howard (Vicar); Dolly Newport; Mary Parfrement (Mis Golightly); R.W Parfrement; Irene Platt; Zara Platt; R. Rhodes; Lillian Rowe; H.S Rowe; P.G Saunders; Molly Sinnott; Valerie Van Den Burgh;
ParticipantsBognor Regis Film Society
Other creditsAst Camera - W.H Sinnott; Continuity - Miss Sinnott;
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This silent black and white fiction film shows a parish vicar hosting a garden party in the village of Norbog. But guests get a surprise when they come face to face with an escaped lion. A car accident leads to a romance, as a large group of villagers search for the lion. Upon returning to the church yard they find a child in a lion costume... is this the lion?


This intertitled amateur fiction film opens with a title: 'What a hunt', followed by a list of cast and crew accompanied by an illustrated view of the main characters as featured (crew list is dark and hard to make out detail).

This film opens with scenes of the local villagers from 'Norbog' gathering in a vicars garden for a tea party, being welcomed by the vicar as they arrive. A couple go for a stroll and happen to peer over a hedge and see a lion sitting on the grass, which unknown to them, has escaped from Bognor Zoo. The couple quickly flee back to the group to tell them what they have seen, when panic breaks out, they seek refuge inside the vicars house.

The group then decide to capture the lion, dividing into groups they go off into the local countryside. During the hunt 'Miss Golightly' is knocked down by a car as she hurries across a street, where she is assisted by the car driver and a romance blossoms. After a long day searching the village and not finding the lion, the group return to the vicarage garden to find a young boy dressed in a lion costume eating the cakes from the vicars afternoon tea. The hunt is called off and the villagers are much relieved.


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