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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!



14Nov2014 - YouTube upload (songs) added
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