Title ID 6595Collection ID913
TitleThe Old Violin
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFictionAdventure
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsMusic Local History Villages Performing Arts Buildings
LocalFulking Henfield
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlbany Cine Club
FormatColour Sound
Duration7 min. 25 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An Albany Cine Club fiction film of 1976. A man tells the story of a magic violin, which once saved a pub from a disastrous fate and still hangs on the wall in the pub, just in case the same fate should strike again.


"The Old Violin"

Violin music plays over the titles. A group sits around a table in a pub, talking and laughing together. Voice 1 (Customer): "I say, isn't it rather unusual to have a violin hanging up in a pub" Voice 2 (Landlord): "For the price of a pint, I'll tell you the story of that violin". The first man begins to tell the story, set at a time when his great grandfather was landlord of the Shepherd and Dog. Outside the pub, a sign reads 'Closed, The Landlord Regrets No Beer.' The landlord and his wife are seen, miserable and desperate to save their inn. A man arrives at the pub, playing the violin, a stranger to the village. The Landlord's wife opens the door and invites him in. The man lays his violin on the table while she opens the pantry door, bringing out what was left of their food for him to eat. As dusk fell, the man leaves, giving the violin to the couple in payment. They wave him good-bye from the road. The landlord picks up the violin, and strange music starts to play. Drips begin to fall from the barrels in the cellar. The barrels were full of beer, the inn was saved! ' Voice 2 (Landlord): "...And do you know sir, that violin has hung in that place, lest fate should strike again". End Title: "The End"