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9.5mm film frame
Released by Pathéscope February 1939 on 9.5mm
sound as T.9134 (5 reels)
Also released by Pathéscope March 1939 on 17.5mm sound as T.7134 (5 reels)
"PUBLIC NUISANCE NO 1" GB Feb1936 Director: Marcel Varnel 78mins B/W Cert "A" Producer: HermanFellner, Max Schach (approx.42 minutes on 9.5mm/17.5mm) Cecil Films Production Scenario: Roger Burford, Robert Edmunds & Val Guest - Based on a story by Franz Arnold Editor: E.B. Jarvis Design: David Rawnsley, Norman Arnold Photography: Claude Friese-Greene Musical Director: Benjamin Frankel Music and Lyrics: Vivian Ellis Sound: Yorke Scarlett, Harold V. King RCA Photophone Distributed by General Film Distributors (GFL) Filmed at Beaconsfield Film Studios, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, UK
Released by Pathéscope on 9.5mm sound as T.9134 - February 1939 Also released by Pathéscope on 17.5mm sound as T.7134 - March 1939 Music in the Pathéscope 9.5mm print includes: "Swing" - sung by Arthur Riscoe "Give Me A Place In the Sun" - sung by Frances Day Music omitted from the 9.5mm feature but in Pathe Vox review shorts "Between You and Me and the Carpet" - Riscoe & Day (Vox Review 1) "Me and My Dog" - performed by Frances Day (Vox Review 3) Music missing from 9.5mm altogether includes: "Hotsy Totsy" - sung by Frances Day & Arthur Riscoe "Since I Met Her" - sung by Arthur Riscoe
Frances Day (9.5mm film frames)
Cast: Frances Day .............. Frances Travers Arthur Riscoe ............ Arthur Rawlings Muriel Aked .............. Miss Trumps Claude Dampier ........... Feather Peter Haddon ............. Richard Trelawny Sebastian Smith .......... Nr Snelling Robert Nainby ............ Arthur Rawlings Senior Syd Crossley ............. Policeman Anthony Holles ........... Head Waiter Alf Goddard .............. Fairground Barker C. Denier Warren ......... Manager Hermione Gingold ......... Secretary Wally Patch .............. Night Club Doorman Ian Maclean .............. Manager
Irresponsible playboy Arthur Rawlings is sent by his uncle to work as a waiter at a hotel in the South of France. Arthur arranges for shop assistant Frances Travers, with whom he has fallen in love, to win a fairground lottery and stay in the hotel as a prize. Complications arise!
Pathéscope Monthly - February 1939
1. Frances Day was a sensational star of the London West End during the Twenties & Thirties. Born 16Dec1907 at Newark, New Jersey, as Frances Victoria Schenk, it was rumoured she was the illegitimate daughter of automobile pioneer Horace Dodge. Frances was spotted singing in a New York club by Australian impressario Beaumont Alexander who brought her to London, dyed her hair platinum blonde and launched her into the cabaret world. She was married to him from 3June1927 to 2May1938 (divorced). Ms Day became infamous for performing in nothing but G-string and feather boa. During the Thirties this talented lady appeared in countless shows and films but her private life (with its numerous lovers) was mired in scandal. She died from leukemia in April 1984 aged 76, at Brighton, East Sussex, England.
2. Basil Copper wrote "Pathéscope cut out completely a lovely sequence where Arthur Riscoe sings and dances his way in and out of swing doors, down a lift, into a flower shop and then a restaurant before going through some more swing doors into Frances Day's store." He added that Pathéscope also severely chopped a musical number which begins in a fair, takes in a taxi ride to the heroine's digs and continues next day in the rain before Frances goes through the swing doors to confront her boss. Basil also noted the 9.5mm editing leaves one anomaly - Miss Day on a dry evening gets into a taxi and then comes through the store's doors wearing a very wet raincoat!
3. At the conclusion of the film, Arthur Riscoe and Frances Day look at the camera and say "This Is The End". Afterwards on the 9.5mm print there are no "End" titles, but a blank picture and thirteen seconds of fade out music.
4. This was the first screen work by Val Guest who later went on to direct many British films including "The Quatermass Xperiment" (1955), "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" (1961) and much of "Casino Royale" (1967). In an interview with Wheeler Winston Dixon in 2001, Guest revealed that during the Thirties he was running the London Bureau of "The Hollywood Reporter" trade paper. Val wrote a scathing review of "Chandu The Magician", a 1932 feature partly directed by Marcel Varnel (with William Cameron Menzies). His comments included "...if I couldn't write a better picture than this with one hand tied behind my back, I'd give up the business". Varnel was furious and Guest was sent to Elstree Studios to apologise. However Marcel surprised Val by saying that he had read his columns and believed with help he could really write a screenplay. The result was "Public Nuisance No 1". Following his work on this film, Guest became a contract writer at Gainsborough Studios.
(Information from the late Dennis Gifford, gln, and mainly - 9.5mm film historian exctraordinaire Maurice Trace)
Watch the songs from my 9.5mm print "Public Nuisance No 1" 14Nov2014
Picture - thanks to Maurice Trace!
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