Title ID 7041Collection ID972
TitleTwo Friends
Date[ca. 1950s]
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent Artist/Film-makerCine/Video clubFictionAdaptation
KeywordsLeisure Time Activities Rivers Armed Forces Uniforms
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGeorge Alexander and Rosalind Howe
CameraRon Prosser
DirectorGeorge Alexander Howe
ProducerCrawley Film Unit
Other creditsContinuity: Roaslind Howe; Assistant Cameraman: Timothy Polhill; Military Advisor: Richard Jochkush.
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A fictional film based on the short story Deux Amis by Guy de Maupassant set during the Franco-Prussian war.


Two friends drink together in a cafe and decide to cross the French lines to go fishing in Colombes despite the dangers the Prussians present. Securing a pass from their officer they walk through the 'no man's land' between the French and Prussian lines and reaching the river they begin to fish. It becomes apparent they have been spotted and pursued. Once captured by the Prussians, they are asked for the password to return back through the French defence lines to France. Failing to answer, the two men are shot as spies. The Prussian commander requests the camp chef cook the fish the men had caught.


A still from TTID 7041 - Two Friends, (ca. 1950s) showing a black and white still image of two men dressed in a day suits and hats, shake hands whilst stood next to a wall, as they are being held at gun point by a firing squad of Prussian soldiers.