Title ID 6073Collection ID848
Date[ca. 1969]
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionSuspense
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Exhibitions Family
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration9 min. 21 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An exhibition of wax work effigies that comes to life when a thief attempts to steal a diamond from a costume, in this colour film produced by the North Downs Cinematography Society in the late 1960s.


Fiction film. Music (no dialogue or commentary). Families sit in deck chairs on a beach. Children play in the sea. A young girl finds a large diamond ring and gives it to her father, who shows it to his wife before putting it in his pocket. A man arrives at their house and hands the woman a card reading "Zietz & Jonus Antiques. We will buy... Jewellery, china & glass, Bric-a-brac Etc. FOR CASH." The man brings out some jewellery, including the diamond ring, to exchange for cash.

A man exits a building and locks the door. He approaches an antiques shop and goes inside. He buys the diamond ring and some other costume jewellery. He returns to the building and brings out a board reading "Exhibition of Wax Effigies". An assistant places the diamond on the robes of an effigy of a Chinese emperor. Visitors read about models and walk around exhibition, inspecting the effigies. A woman sits down next to a model of an old woman. An old woman enters and is tricked into thinking the guide is a real person. A man about to steal a woman's purse thinks twice when he sees the policeman effigy. He spots the diamond ring on the model's robe. The assistant rings a bell, signalling closing time. Visitors leave and the sign is pulled inside. The man goes to steal the ring after checking no one is looking but the model stares at him in the eye, as if alive. The models all start to come alive, staring at the thief. He starts to run away but the effigy grabs his arm. The thief falls to the floor. "The End."