Title ID 7490Collection ID141
Title[West Wickham Plays; Parades; Train]
Date1937 - 1938
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsArmed Forces Civil Defence Parades Performing Arts Women
LocalWest Wickham Croydon
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEmile Lauste
CameraEmile Lauste
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration10min. 55sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film features scenes from plays performed by the all-female dramatic section of the West Wickham Constitutional Association. Titles and credits are given for each play, which are all performed outdoors. The film ends with scenes of a wartime marching parade.


Opening title [handwritten]: “Scenes from plays performed by the dramatic section of West Wickham Constitutional Association, 1938”. The film opens with a group portrait of the all-female drama group, followed by scenes from plays they have performed; intertitles give cast and character information. All of the scenes are performed outdoors. Title: “Mrs Hamblett, records her vote, by The Players. West Wickham Constitutional Association (Women’s Branch), 1937”, shots of scenes from the play. Title: "Some Person Unknown", which features Betty Lauste playing the part of Mrs Beauvis. "Helping and Hindering", which also features Betty Lauste playing the part of Mrs Head and "As we Sow". There are shots from the various scenes throughout the film.

The film cuts abruptly to a marching parade along Katharine Street in Croydon, featuring nurses, soldiers and other wartime professions. The film ends with a shot of Croydon Town Hall with a large board outside reading: “National Service - Civil Defence is the Business of the Citizen”.


A still from [West Wickham Plays; Parades; Train]  (1937-1938)