Title ID 6064Collection ID848
TitleThe Jewel
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsShopping Performing Arts Old Age Men
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
CameraAllan Chadwick
DirectorJoan Bassett
EditorJony Harris-Maunder
LightingLes Boughey
CastGeorge Dewar (Sir Thomas)
FormatStandard 8mm Black & White Silent
Duration6 min. 59 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An unlucky Old Jonas loses out on a precious jewel in this North Downs Cinematograph Society production from the 1950s.


"N.D.C.S. presents... The Jewel." An elderly man walks with a stick along a country lane. He passes an antique and modern furniture sale and bids in an auction for a wooden box. He remembers watching Sir Thomas opening the box and bringing a jewel out of it as a young boy. Sir Thomas spots the young Jonas with his nose pressed against his window and scares him away before collapsing in his chair.

Old Jonas smiles as he remembers the box's contents. He leaves the sale with box and walks along residential streets to arrive at home. He opens the box at his kitchen table, shaking out the contents and lining, but fails to find the jewel. The film closes with a shot of the jewel in the grass in front of the furniture sale. "The End." Cast credits and "8mm Movie Maker Highly Commended" follow.