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Topical Budget 644-1: Peeps at the Past (1923)


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"A Pageant of Events filmed by 'Topical's' Cameramen the World over in 1923". [Opening titles superimposed over revolving globe] "Presented to all 'Topical's' patrons with best wishes for their health and prosperity in 1924. January. British refuse to leave Constantinople". Large crowd in Constantinople square. Naval ratings marching down street. "January. French enter the Ruhr". French cavalry riding down street. Street scene with large crowds and troops riding past on bicycles. "February. State Opening of Parliament". King George V and Queen Mary arriving by coach at the Palace of Westminster. "February. Tut-Ankh-Amen. Tomb of the great King yeilds [sic] up its treasures". [Section missing] "February. Princess Mary's Baby. Close-up of baby held up by nurse. "March. Sergeant Murphy wins the Grand National". High level panning shot of finish. "March. Oxford wins the Boat Race". Panning long shot of close finish to the race. "March. Prince rides to Victory at Hawthorn Hill". Finish of race. Medium shot of Prince and horse being led into enclosure amid a cheering crowd. "April. Duke of York's Wedding. Camera tilts down still of altar scene inside Westminster Abbey. Medium shot of Duke and Duchess of York with King George V and Queen Mary on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. "April. Cup Tie Sensation at Wembley". Crowds scaling walls outside Wembley stadium for the F.A. Cup Final. Vast crowds covering the pitch. Players and mounted police on the pitch before the game. "May. King and Queen in Rome". Long shot of troops in square and royal coach arriving. Close shot of King George V and Queen Mary in a car sightseeing. "May. Royal Review at Aldershot". March past of Highland troops. Gallop past of cavalry. Medium shot of King George on horseback saluting. "June. Papyrus wins The Derby". Panning shot of finish. "July. Henley Regatta". High level long shot of river scene. Long shot looking down at rowing race. "August. Sullivan swims The Channel". Close-up of Henry Sullivan (on land) smiling for the camera. "September. Peace with Turkey; Troops Return". British troops looking over deck of ship at camera. Troops coming down gangplank. Onquayside with kit bags. "October. Mr Lloyd George in America". Long shot looking down at motorcade passing down crowded street. Medium long shot rear view looking down at Lloyd George's car. "November. Passing of a Great Statesman; Mr Bonar Law". Shot of Westminster Abbey. Still of Bonar Law's face fades in. "November. Princess Maud's Wedding". Medium shot taken indoors of wedding group. "December. General Election. Mr Baldwin defeated". Close-up of Stanley Baldwin in country setting. "December. Skating comes - and goes!". Man and two women skate past camera on frozen pond. "For the best news in animation in 1924 See - TOPICAL BUDGET [end title]".