Title ID 7027Collection ID873
TitleBlooming Marvellous
CollectionMaurice Puttock
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubIndependent AmateurNon-fictionSpoof
ThemeCine Club Film-making Rural Life
KeywordsPlants Domestic Gardens Music Spring Play
LocalHaywards Heath
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMaurice Puttock
CameraMaurice Puttock
NarratorMaurice Puttock
FormatColour Sound
Duration3 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Vintage Films presents... an M A P production... 'Blooming Marvellous'. Maurice Puttock, a member of Haywards Heath Cine Society, describes the sounds and powers emitted by plants when in bloom in this playful film. This film contains sound effects and instrumental music to support the voice over. [Opening music removed from online clip for copyright reasons]


Music plays. Flowers in bloom are shown in close up. 'We are all aware of the power exercised over us by flowers,' begins the narrator, 'the power to enchant us with the beauty of their blossoms.' Begonia blossom, a bright yellow Daffodil and an Anemone blanda, are shown in close up. Some possess powers hard to credit, he explains, 'We enjoy the bluebells in the woods at springtime but, you know, they're not called bluebells for nothing!'. The camera draws closer to the flowers, 'they have the power to make sound,' he explains. A bell rings, as if emitted by the bloom. Others also have the power to ring out. A microphone is brought close to a white bloom, from which church bells are heard. Another plant makes a ticking sound, telling the time. The May flower, the blossom of the May tree, causes a man to divest his clothing beside it, 'hence the saying "n'ear cast a clout till May is out!"' 'Enough!' End.