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RETURN FARE TO LAUGHTER
Actual 16mm film frames
From the Pathéscope Monthly June-July 1953
T.9733 (3 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope June 1953)
"RETURN FARE TO LAUGHTER" GB 1950 ---------------------- Butcher's Film Service Ltd 83mins B/W Cert "U" Produced by: Henry E. Fisher (Approx 25mins on 9.5) Distributed by: Butcher's Film Service Ltd Commentary by: Freddie Grisewood Written & Compiled by: James P. Anderson Music: De Wolfe Piano: Rose Treacher
This film includes some very rare silent material, but identification is very difficult as it would appear the titles named for some of the movies shown are not the original names, but 'made-up' by James Anderson. Sequences in the 9.5mm print lasting more than a minute include excerpts from:-
"Living Heads" - France 1900 : Novelty Original Title: "L'Illusioniste Et La Tete Vivante" Directed by: George Melies : Star Films "That Fatal Sneeze" - GB 1907 : Comedy Thurston Harris, Gertie Potter, Dolly Lupone Directed by: Lewis Fitzhamon - Producing Company - Hepworth (Freddie Grisewood names the main actress as Unity Moore but most sources claim it is Dolly Lupone) "The Sentimental Thief" - Drama - origin unknown "The Airship Destroyer" - GB 1900 : Drama (also known as "Battle In The Clouds" and "The Aerial Torpedo") Directed by: Walter R. Booth : An Urban Trading Company Production "The Sleeping Switch" - USA 1909 : Drama Distributed as an Edison Production starring Laura Sawyer & William Bechtel (This could be a very rare item as no source can be found to identify the title or the plot) "Little Moritz Se Fait Les Muscles" - France 1911 : Comedy Moritz Schwartz
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1. The original film runs for 39 minutes. Pathéscope cut the 9.5mm optical sound release to 3 reels (about 25 minutes), this meant it fitted nicely on one 900ft spool.
2. Omitted from the 9.5mm print were excerpts from films named as: "The Professor's Awful Mistake" Original title "Liquid Electricity : Or The Inventor's Galvanic Fluid" USA 1907 Vitagraph
"The Last Cartridge" The film strongly hints this is a British Drama. It is however:- "The Last Cartridge, An Incident Of The Sepoy Rebellion In India" USA 1908 A Vitagraph Production
"Nell And The Bandit" - Western - source unknown
3. Information mostly from the 9.5mm sound film catalogue produced by 9.5mm film historian extraordinaire Maurice Trace.
a few film frames from "Return Fare To Laughter"
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