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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
  
SYNOPSIS: 

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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Watch the complete film on 16mm:  "Return Fare To Laughter" on You Tube   

NOTES: 
    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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