Title ID 8179Collection ID1093
Title[Family Scenes; Baby on the Lawn; Garden; Beach Scenes]
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionBognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Cars Children Clothing Family Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Seaside Resorts
LocalBognor Regis
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHarry Guermonprez
CameraHarry Guermonprez; C. B. French
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration7min. 39sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Harry Guermonprez, co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society and his family and friends feature in this amateur seaside and rural film from the 1930s.


This compilation shows a series of shots of a group of adults and children in a park or large garden sitting on a blanket, and individual shots and group portraits.

The next sequence shows the Seafront at Bognor Regis, with several family groups walking on the promenade; men in a beach tent-hire booth holding a dog under one arm and a young baby in the other. The shot cuts to a man walking on a pier and a young boy and a woman in portrait.

A very brief shot of three strong horses pulling a plough in a field is followed by an intertitle: "A Dalkeith Production Whos Who - Photographed by C B French and H L Gomey" followed by shots of a man walking in a woodland.

Poetic prose as an intertitle: "French had a little car Its colour is not snow To cricket or Picknets The car was sure to go" [sic]

Intertitle: "One of the many lovely drive[s]" followed by views of rural woodland and a woman getting out of a car, collecting foliage; then views of a high street with a car approaching the seafront. The camera follows the car and the driver waves. There are mixed street scenes with pedestrians crossing a road; a policeman in the road [directing traffic?]; a wind vein with ship motif; two women walking on the seafront and on a pier; portrait of a man; and two women on the seafront.

The final compilation includes a toddler eating ice cream dressed in a cotton shirt and high-waisted woollen trousers. A group family portrait shows a man, woman and toddler. A larger family group are seen on a shingle beach [?]. A man and a woman behave in a mischievous way on the shingle - the woman pretends to faint and the man catches her, before laying her on the ground then pretends to stand on her chest. Three women are shown in portrait, followed by scenes of a large group of people having a picnic between beach huts.