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"They Survive On Ninefive" - prints of this film appear to only exist on the 9.5mm film
T.9127 (5 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope sometime in 1941; withdrawn Dec1952)
"FINE FEATHERS" GB May1937 Director: Leslie S. Hiscott -------------- British Lion Production 68mins B/W Cert "U" Produced by: Herbert Smith (Approx 40mins on 9.5mm) Released by: British Lion Film Corporation Ltd Produced at Brtish Lion Studios, Beaconsfield, Bucks, England Screenplay by: Michael Barringer Art Director: Norman Arnold Photography: George Stretton Camera: Harry Rose Sound Engineer: Harold King Musical Director: John Borelli Film Editor: Arthur Tavares Assistant Director: Arthur Alcott
Song: (maybe others in the original full length film release?) "I'll Step Out Of the Picture" sung by Renee Houston & Donald Stewart (in the 9.5mm print)
Renee Houston Donald Stewart
Cast: Renee Houston ............. Teenie McPherson Donald Stewart ............ Jim Warren Frances L. Sullivan ....... Hugo Steinway Rob Wilton ................ Tim McPherson Jack Hobbs ................ Felix Marcelle Roger ............ Mme Barescon Henry Victor .............. Gibbons Stella Arbenina ........... Elizabeth Charles Denny, Lilian Lane
Following a picnic, Teenie McPherson is stranded in the Surrey countryside after the coach leaves without her. When a storm blows up, she seeks shelter in a nearby mansion and meets Jim Warren - an executive for an American financial syndicate wanting to invest in the country of Boravia. However people resent their Crown Prince's affair with cabaret artist Madame Barescon and plot to get rid of her. The authorities have announced the hated woman has left the country and is now living in England. The government sends Hugo Steinway to confirm this - but Madame is still in Boravia, secretly living with the Crown Prince. When Hugo arrives at the mansion, Teenie, who looks like Barescon, impersonates the cabaret singer. To further the deception, she travels to Paris to appear at Steinway's nightclub. While she is performing, the real Madame Barescon arrives ......
Watch my 9.5mm sound film print of "Fine Feathers" complete on You Tube 20May2014
Notes: 1. This was listed in the March 1941 issue of the Pathéscope Monthly as a "Future Presentation To Be Issued Soon".
2. One song: "I'll Step Out Of the Picture" sung by Renee Houston and Donald Stewart. Were there others in the full length feature?
3. The opening section of the film is omitted from the 9.5mm print which begins just as the coach drives off, stranding Teenie in the countryside.
4. At the start of the 9.5mm print, a notice appears:- "The Story of this Film and all names, characters and places mentioned therein are purely imaginary". Although such disclaimers are common in films, this is the only 9.5mm sound print where one is placed at the beginning before the main credits and also occupies a full frame. (The suspicion must be that it was placed there by Pathéscope. The notice is followed by "Pathéscope Presents" and then the original main titles. It appears over the music to the British Lion opening logo. King Edward V111's abdication was a few years prior to the 9.5 release, perhaps somebody was still sensitive about stories featuring a Royal Mistress!
5. In her autobiography ("Don't Fence Me In") Renee Houston wrote: "Fine Feathers should have been called Ruffled Feathers because I was distintly unhappy about the whole film from the start. To begin with there was this fellow Donald Stewart, an American actor. He was eight years younger than me and that didn't please me much as I was supposed to be doing a love scene with him. I was rather less than civil and he thought I was a rude self-opinionated bitch". After filming finished, the pair teamed up for a variety act and later married!
(Extra Info gratefully added from Maurice Trace) ZT-9127/gln/20.05.2014
The 9.5mm sound feature film "Fine Feathers" GB 1937 Directed by Leslie Hiscott with Renee Houston and Donald Stewart, plus three extra 9.5mm sound shorts - "A Song A Day" (Betty Boop cartoon), "What the Stars Foretell - Aquarius" and "Bobbin About" (A 1936 Ace Cinemagazine) are now available (May2014) on one DVD at £7.95 plus 95p UK postage (UK cheques payable G.L. Newnham) from Grahame L. Newnham, 22 Warren Place, Calmore, Southampton, SO40 2SD
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