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PATHÉ FRANCE
17.5MM SOUND FILM
CATALOGUE



In France (and Belgium), the Pathé-Rural cinemas and private showmen used the 17.5mm size for commercial film shows in smaller venues. The cinema side of (by the 1930s), Pathé-Natan, - Pathé Consortium Cinema, offered complete film programmes for rental. Each programme ran for about 2 hours and varied from just a longish feature film to perhaps a feature plus a cartoon, comedy short or documentary and a shorter feature film or one episode of a serial type feature film. A three monthly catalogue of the scheduled releases seems to have been issued. Few if any of the French 17.5mm sound films were offered for sale, so like the UK, perhaps only four or six prints of each title may have been issued. (The films were printed two at a time on specially perforated 35mm film stock).

Where titles have been taken from Pathé Natan catalogues, the length in reels (ie cinema 'reels' - approx 9 to 11 minutes running time) may not be exact, but if feature film running times are listed, these are from contempory French film reference sources and should be correct (17.5mm versions were normally issued uncut). The 17.5mm film programmes were issued on 300 metre (approx 1000 foot) spools running about 18 to 22 minutes - hence each spool was effectively two 'reels' long. Where a film number is in italics, this refers to the programme reference number, not the individual film.

Do you have any 17.5mm French sound films in your collection - let me know in confidence and I'll update the catalogue to show the extra titles. A photocopy of a French 17.5mm film catalogue would be even better!
I'm also interested in any 17.5mm films (French or English) in good runnable condition for sale.

Avez-vous des films 17.5mm Français dans votre collection? Peut-être c'est possible donnez-moi les titres pour cette liste. Une copie d'un catalogue des films 17.5mm Francais est aussi très utile pour moi!

Si vous avez les films 17.5mm Francais en bonne etat pour vendre pensez a moi SVP !

e-mail: presto @ pathefilm.freeserve.co.uk (no gaps in actual e-mail address)



Number    Film Title                             Class     Date      Reels  Orig.Run Time
 
   612    1900 RETROSPECTIF DU CINEMA PARLANT    Interest  193?  FR    1     10m

   505    ACCUSÉE, LEVEZ-VOUS!                   Drama     1930  FR    9    110m
   538    AFFAIRE CLASSÉE                        Comedy    193?  FR    2     20m
   561    AFFAIRE EST DANS LE SAC (L')           Comedy    193?  FR    3   
   582    AFRIQUE VOUS MORD (L')                 Comedy    193?        2
   583    AÏDA                                   Comedy    193?        2
   547    AIGLON (L')                            Drama     1931  FR    9    109m
   530    A LA DOUGLAS                           Animated  193?        1      8m
   544    ANNIVERSAIRE DE MICKEY(Birthday Party?)Animated  1931  USA   1      8m
   537    APRÈS L'AMOUR                          Drama     1931  FR    9     73m?
  5847    ARÈNES JOYEUSES                        Musical   1935  FR    9     90m
   558    ARIANE, JEUNE FILLE RUSSE              Comedy    1931  FR    8     85m
   506    ARLÉSIENNE (L')                        Musical   1930  FR    8
   539    ARTHUR                                 Comedy    1930  FR    8    
          AS DU REVOLVER (UN)                              193?
   521    ATOUT COEUR                            Comedy    1931  FR    9     95m
   560    AU NOM DE LA LOI                       Drama     1931  FR    8     77m
   558    AU PAYS DE LAMARTINE                   Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   582    AU PAYS DU VER A SOIE                  Interest  193?  FR    2
   607    AU SERVICE DE LA MER                   Interest  193?  FR    3     30m
   580    AU SERVICE DE LA TERRE                 Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   557    AUX URNES, CITOYENS!                   Drama     1932  FR    9    102m
   534    AVANT PREMIÈRE                         Comedy    193?  FR    2     20m
   519    BAL DES PETITE LITS BLANCHES (LE)      Interest  193?        3   
   517    BARBENZINGUE AVIATEUR MALGRÉ LUI       Animated  193?        1      8m
   505    BARBENZINGUE CRAINT LA CHALEUR         Animated  193?        1      8m
   548    BARBENZINGUE EST FRIGORIFIÉ            Animated  193?        1      8m
   523    BARBENZINGUE FAIT DE L'AVIATION        Animated  193?        1      8m
   526    BARBENZINGUE N'AIME PAS LA MUSIQUE     Animated  193?        1      8m
   521    BARBENZINGUE N'AIME PAS LES ANIMAUX    Animated  193?        1      8m
   593    BARCAROLLE D'AMOUR                     Drama     1930  FR    9
   571    BEAU VOYAGE (UN)                       Interest  193?  FR    3     
   511    BELLE GARCE (UNE)                      Drama     1930  FR    9
   530    BÊTE ERRANTE (LA)                      Drama     1931  FR    7     84m
   549    BOSTON                                 Travel    193?        1     10m
   778    BOZAMBO         (Sanders of the River) Drama     1935  GB    9     98m
   608    BOUTON D'OR                            Comedy    193?        3 
   619    CABIRIA                                Drama     193?  FR    6
   524    ÇA COLLE                               Animated  193?        1      8m
   503    CASBAH DE L'ONCLE TOM (LA)             Animated  193?        1      8m
   532    CASQUE DE FER                          Comedy    193?        2     20m
  5799    CATHERINE DE RUSSIE                    Drama     193?
   559    C'EST LA FÊTE A BARBENZINGUE           Animated  193?        1      8m
   555    CENDRILLON DE PARIS                    Drama     1930  FR   10
   590    CEUX DU "VIKING"                       Drama     1931  FR    7     77m
   510    CHACUN SA CHANCE                       Comedy    1930  FR    8     76m
   591    CHANT DES VOILIERS (LE)                Interest  193?  FR?   2?
   570    CHANT DU GRILLON (LE)                  Interest  193?        1     10m
   565    CHANT DU MARIN (LE)                    Musical   1931  FR    8    100m 
   589    CHANSON PYRÉNÉENNE                     Interest  193?  FR?   1?
   563    CHANTEUR INCONNU (LE)                  Musical   1931  FR    8     95m
   564    CHATEAU DE LA LOIRE                    Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   527    CHAUVE-SOURIS (LA)                     Musical   1931  FR    8     80m
   543    CHEVAL (LE)                            Interest  193?  FR    2     20m
   559    CHICAGO                                Interest  193?        1     10m
   516    CHIMPANZÉ (LE)                         Comedy    193?        1
   514    CHIQUE                                 Comedy    193?  FR    1     10m
   561    CIRCULEZ!                              Comedy    1931  FR    7    102m?
   507    CIRQUE (LE)                            Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   551    CLAUDIE DOMPTEUSE                      Comedy    193?  FR    1     10m
   580    COULISSES DU TURF (LES)                Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   549    COSTARD DES P.T.T. (LE)                Musical   1931  FR    7     80m
   513    COUP MANQUE (UN)                       Comedy    193?  FR    3     30m
   606    CRIME DU BOUIF (LE)                    Comedy    1932  FR    9     91m
   562    CROIX DE BOIS (LES)   (& trailer)      Drama     1931  FR   10    110m 
   518    DACTYLO                                Com/Mus   1932  FR    8     77m
   577    DERNIER CHOC (LE)                      Drama     1932  FR    7     77m
  4977    DEUX FAVORIS (LES)                     Drama     1936  HUN   9     95m
   563    DRANEM AU BAR                          Comedy    193?  FR    1
   501    DRAME NOIR AU PAYS JAUNE (UN)          Animated  193?        1
          DROLE DE NUMERO (UN)                             193?
   501    DURAND SENATEUR                        Comedy    193?        1

   507    ECHEC ET MAT                           Drama     1931  FR    8     75m
   541    ECOLE DE JOINVILLE                     Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   504    ENFANT DE L'AMOUR (L')                 Drama     1930  FR    9
   553    ENFANTS S'AMUSENT                      Comedy    193?        3?
   566    ENLEVEZ-MOI                            Drama     1932  FR    8     98m
   580    EN TELÉPHÉRIQUE                        Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
          ESCARGOT EXPRESS (L') (The Cannonball) Comedy    1931  USA   2
   542    ÉVASION SENSATIONNELLE DE BARBENZINGUE Animated  193?        1      8m
   579    EXPOSITION DE CHICAGO                  Interest  193?        2

   522    FAUBOURG MONTMARTRE                    Drama     1931  FR   10    115m
   573    FEMME DE MES RÊVES (LA)                Comedy    1931  FR    8     77m
   516    FEMME ET LE ROSSIGNOL (LA)             Drama     1930  FR    9    102m
   607    FEMME NUE (LA)                         Drama     1932  FR    8     91m
   612    FÊTE DU TRAVAIL À MOSCOU               Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   583    FILS D'AMÉRIQUE (UN)                   Drama     1932  FR    8     91m
   554    FINE PARTIE (UNE)                      Comedy    193?        4
   564    FLEUR D'ORANGER (LA)                   Comedy    1932  FR    8     87m
   509    FRA DIAVOLO                            Musical   1930  FR    8     82m
   508    FRÉGOLI DÉTECTIVE                      Animated  193?        1
   534    FRÈRES KARAMAZOFF (LES)                Drama     1931  FR    8     85m
   592    FOLLE AVENTURE (LA)                    Drama     1930  FR    9    103m

   567    GAIETÉS DE L'ESCADRON (LES)            Comedy    1932  FR    8     85m
   569    GALA DE LA JEUNESSE                    Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   525    GALERIES LÉVY & CIE (LES)              Comedy    1931  FR    8     88m
   551    GARDIENS DE LA MER (LES)               Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   524    GLORIA                                 Drama     1931  FR    8     85m
   532    GRAINS DE BEAUTÉ                       Drama     1931  FR    8     77m
   541    GRANDE ÉPOUVANTE (LA)                  Animated  193?        1      8m
   566    GRENOUILLE (LA)                        Interest  193?  FR    1     10m

   590    HISTOIRE DE POULES                     Interest? 193?  FR    2     20m
   608    HUIT JEUNES FILLES EN BATEAU           Comedy    193?  FR    7
   566    HORRIBLE DRAME DE RATAPOLIS (L')       Animated  193?        1      8m
   535    HORTENSE A DIT JE M'EN F....           Comedy    193?        2     20m

   525    IDYLLE TROUBLÉE (UNE)                  Animated  193?        1      8m
   533    ILE DES PINGOUINS                      Interest  193?        2
   610    ILE DE PERILS (L')                     Interest  193?        2?
   579    INTRIGUES A LA COUR D'HENRY V111       Comedy    193?        2?

   552    JEAN DE LA LUNE                        Drama     1931  FR    8     84m
   527    JE T'ADORE, MAIS POURQUOI?             Comedy    193?  FR    2     20m
   546    JE SERAI SEULE APRÈS MINUIT            Comedy    1931  FR    8    102m
   830    JIM LA HOULETTE                        Comedy    1935  FR    9     90m
   577    JOSEPH TU M'ÉNERVES                    Comedy    1936  FR    3

   508    LÉVY ET CIE                            Comedy    1930  FR    9
   533    LUMIERE BLEUE (LA)                     Drama     1932  GER   8     77m

   552    MACHINE A SOUS (La)                    Comedy    193?        2     20m
   542    MA COUSINE DE VARSOVIE                 Comedy    1931  FR    8     95m
   610    MADEMOISELLE JOSETTE MA FEMME          Drama     1933  FR    7     84m
   514    MAISON DE DANSES                       Drama     1930  FR    8     85m
   546    MAISON JAUNE DE RIO (LA)               Drama     193?        2     20m
   526    MARCHAND DE SABLE (LE)                 Drama     1931  FR    8     88m
   560    MARIAGE D'AMOUR                        Comedy    193?        2?
   543    MA TANTE D'HONFLEUR                    Comedy    1931  FR    7     85m
   550    MÉPHISTO                               Drama     1930  FR   16    164m
   570    MERVEILLEUSE JOURNÉE (LA)              Comedy    1932  FR    8     87m
   577    MÉTROPOLITAIN (LE)                     Interest  193?  FR    2     20m
   551    MICKEY A LA CAMPAGNE                   Animated        USA   1      8m
   540    MICKEY AVIATEUR         (Plane Crazy?) Animated  1928  USA   1      8m
   509    MICKEY CAVALIER                        Animated        USA   1      8m
   567    MICKEY CHASSEUR                        Animated        USA   1      8m
   562    MICKEY CHAUFFEUR                       Animated        USA   1      8m
   537    MICKEY DANSEUR MONDAIN                 Animated        USA   1      8m
   506    MICKEY DANS LA JUNGLE (Jungle Rhythm?) Animated  1929  USA   1      8m
   543    MICKEY ET LE GORILLE(Gorilla Mystery?) Animated  1930  USA   1      8m
   549    MICKEY FIANCÉ                          Animated        USA   1      8m
   511    MICKEY FOLIES      (Mickey's Follies?) Animated  1929  USA   1      8m
   519    MICKEY FORAIN                          Animated        USA   1      8m
   552    MICKEY FORÇAT                          Animated        USA   1      8m
   536    MICKEY GALANT                          Animated        USA   1      8m
   546    MICKEY GAUCHO      (Gallopin' Gaucho?) Animated  1928  USA   1      8m
   539    MICKEY IMPRESSARIO                     Animated        USA   1      8m
   520    MICKEY MARIN                           Animated        USA   1      8m
   507    MICKEY MECANO(Mickey's Mechanical Man?)Animated  1933  USA   1      8m
   514    MICKEY MÉLOMANE                        Animated        USA   1      8m
   564    MICKEY NAUFRAGE                        Animated        USA   1      8m
   569    MICKEY POMPIER    (The Fire Fighters?) Animated  1930  USA   1      8m
   510    MICKEY LABOUREUR                       Animated        USA   1      8m
PM1608A   MICKEY LIVREUR         (Delivery Boy?) Animated  1931  USA   1      8m *
   518    MICKEY PIONNIER        (Pioneer Days?) Animated  1930  USA   1      8m
   522    MICKEY SAUVETEUR                       Animated        USA   1      8m
   502    MICKEY S'EN VA T'EN GUERRE             Animated        USA   1      8m
   504    MICKEY VIRTUOSE                        Animated        USA   1      8m
   580    MIRAGES DE PARIS                       Drama           FR    7     77m
   536    M LE MAUDIT             ("M")          Drama     1931  GER   9    118m
   517    MONSIEUR LE DUC                        Comedy    1930  FR    8     81m
   515    MONSIEUR LE MARÉCHAL                   Musical   1931  FR    8     80m
   535    MONSIEUR, MADAME ET BIBI               Mus/Com   1932  FR    8     77m
   553    MONASTÈRE (UN)                         Interest  1933  FR    3?  
   502    MON GOSSE DE PÈRE                      Comedy    1930  FR    8
          MONSTRES DU POLE                                 193?
   540    MYSTÈRE DE LA CHAMBRE JAUNE (LE)       Drama     1930  FR   10    108m
   530    MYSTÈRE DU CHATEAU D'IF                Comedy    193?  FR    2     20m

   569    NANOUK L'ESQUIMAU (Nanook of the North)Interest  1922  US    6     65m
   548    NEW YORK                               Travel    193?        1     10m
   546    NOUVELLE ORLEANS                       Travel    193?        1     10m
   545    NUIT A MONTE-CARLO (UNE)               Comedy    193?        2     20m
   589    NUIT DU CARREFOUR (LA)                 Drama     1932  FR    8     75m
   591    NUIT EST A NOUS (LA)                   Drama     1929  FR    8

  7882    OISEAU RARE (UN)                       Comedy    1935  FR   10    105m
   573    OMBRES SUR EUROPE                      Newsreel  193?  FR    2     20m

   571    PAGE D'HISTOIRE (UNE)                  Interest  193?  FR    2
   557    PAPILLON (LE)                          Interest  193?        2
   559    PARFUM DE LA DAME EN NOIR (LE)         Drama     1930  FR    8    109m
   548    PARIS BÉGUIN                           Drama     1931  FR    8    117m?
   538    PARIS-MÉDITERRANÉE                     Mus/Com   1931  FR    8     75m
   520    PARTIR                                 Drama     1931  FR    9     95m
   516    PATHÉ REVUE NO.1                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   529    PATHÉ REVUE NO.2                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   510    PATHÉ REVUE NO.3                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   517    PATHÉ REVUE NO.4                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   506    PATHÉ REVUE NO.5                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   525    PATHÉ REVUE NO.6                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   518    PATHÉ REVUE NO.7                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   502    PATHÉ REVUE NO.8                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   513    PATHÉ REVUE NO.9                       Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   523    PATHÉ REVUE NO.10                      Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   526    PATHÉ REVUE NO.11                      Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   525    PATHÉ REVUE NO.12                      Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   509    PATHÉ REVUE NO.13                      Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   524    PATHÉ REVUE NO.14                      Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   581    PARASITES DU BLÉ (LES)                 Interest  193?        1
   592    PARIS AU FIL DE L'EAU                  Interest  193?  FR    2     20m
   583    PÊCHE A L'ESPADON                      Interest  193?        1     10m
   553    PERDUS EN MER                          Interest  193?  FR    2?
   554    PETIT LISE (LA)                        Drama     1930  FR    6
   593    PIC DE BARBERINE (LE)                  Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   542    PINS DE ROME (LES)                     Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   513    POIGNARD MALAIS (LE)                   Drama     1930  FR    6     60m
   569    POMPIERS DE PARIS                      Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   565    POULE, OEUF, POUSSIN                   Interest  193?  FR    2     20m
   594    POUR LA MOISSON                        Drama     193?  FR   10
  5838    PRINCESSE CZARDAS                      Musical   1934  GER   9     85m
   549    PROMENADE EN CHINE                     Travel    193?  FR    1     10m

   547    RÉJOUISSANCES POPULAIRES               Animated  193?        1      8m
   519    RÊVE (LA)                              Drama     1930  FR    7     73m
   612    ROCAMBOLE                              Drama     1932  FR    8     92m
   571    ROCHE AUX MOUETTES (LA)                Drama     1932  FR    6     73m
   512    ROI DES RESQUILLEURS (LE)              Comedy    1930  FR   10    100m
   531    ROI DU CIRAGE (LE)                     Comedy    1931  FR   10    100m
   613    ROI DES SCHLEMIHLS (LE)                Comedy    193?       10

   575    SAHARA TERRE FÉCONDE                   Interest  193?  FR   10
   503    SALAMANCA                              Interest  193?        1
   590    SALON DE L'AUTO - EN BRETAGNE (LE)     Interest  193?  FR    2     20m
   589    SAUVAGES DU PACIFIQUE                  Interest  193?  FR?   2?
   606    SCRAPPY BONNE D'ENFANTS                Animated  193?  USA   1      8m
  4207    SECRET DE L'EMERAUDE (LE)              Drama     1936  FR    8     84m
   579    SERGENT X (LE)                         Drama     1931  FR    8     91m
   541    SOIR AU FRONT (UN)                     Drama     1931  FR    8     84m
   544    SOIR DE RAFLE (UN)                     Comedy    1931  FR    9    109m
   539    SOLEIL DE MINUIT (LE)                  Travel    193?  FR    1     10m
   528    SON ALTESSE L'AMOUR                    Comedy    1931  FR   10     91m
   529    SOUS LA CROIX DU SUD (LA CROIX DU SUD) Drama     1931  FR    6     66m
   558    SOUVENIRS DE JEUNESSE DE BARBENZINGUE  Animated  193?        1      8m
   550    SUR LES ROUTES DU CIEL                 Interest  193?        1     10m
   610    SYMPHONIE DE BUDAPEST                  Travel    193?        1?

   606    TEMPS NOUVEAUX                         Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   503    TENDRESSE (LA)                         Drama     1930  FR    8
   570    TERREUR DES BATIGNOLLES                Comedy    193?        1     10m
   582    TÊTE D'UN HOMME (LA)                   Drama     1932  FR    8    100m
  5920    TIRE-AU-FLAMC                          Comedy    1933  FR          8?m
          THEODORE ET COMPAGNIE (& trailer)      Comedy    1933  FR   10     97m
          TOTO       (& theatrical trailer)      Comedy    1933  FR    9     80m
          TOUTES VOILES DEHORS                             193?
   545    TOUT S'ARRANGE                         Comedy    1931  FR    8     90m
   501    TROIS MASQUES (LES)                    Drama     1929  FR    8

   567    VIE D'UN FLEUVE - LA SEINE (LA)        Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
   523    VIEUX GARÇON (UN)                      Comedy    193?  FR    8
   581    VIOLETTES IMPÉRIALES                   Drama     1932  FR    9    120m?
   619    VIVE LA CLASSE             (Fernandel) Comedy    193?  FR    6
   553    VRAI PARIS (LE)                        Interest  193?  FR    2?

   563    WASHINGTON                             Interest  193?  FR    1     10m
Notes:  Méphisto was such a long film it was issued in two parts (separate programmes)
        La Nuit Est A Nous was the first full length French film with synchronised speech,
                           although actually made in Germany.
        The Mickey Mouse cartoons come from what appears to be a 1933/1934 catalogue,
                           so they must all predate this.

Pathé launched 17.5mm sound film in France in 1933, a year later it was launched in the UK by Pathéscope Ltd.

As far as I know, in France 17.5mm sound was mainly used in the smaller 'rural' cinemas in the Pathé circuit. Hence the films were generally normal cinema features and shorts and presumably not actually offered for sale.
We now know that theatrical trailers (bandes annonces) were also produced for at least some of the titles.

By late 1939 Pathéscope in the UK had abandoned the gauge, probably because 9.5mm sound was doing so well. The 17.5mm film library was sold off and 17.5mm was no more in the UK ........

In France 17.5mm continued in use in the smaller Pathé circuit rural cinemas until 1941 when it was banned by the German Nazi occupying forces. These smaller Pathé cinemas were beleived to have been converted to 16mm.


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Feb2008 Many extra titles added - many thanks to Guy Edmunds
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