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Topical Budget 696-2: Topical's Review of 1924 (1924)


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"A pageant of historic events filmed by our cameramen the world over. January: Mr MacDonald first Labour premier". Close-up of Ramsay MacDonald. Smokes a cigarette. "March: Prince's terrible fall". Horse jumping a ditch and a rider falling [presumably the Prince of Wales] . "April: King opens Wembley". King George V and Queen Mary in an open carriage driving around the arena at the British Empire Exhibition. "April: largest floating dock launched". The launching. "May: R.A.F. pilot dives into sea for experiment". Shot of Flight-Lieutenant Rea's dive. "May: King and Queen of Rumania in London". Driving in an open carriage. "May: King and Queen of Italy also visit London". Similar shot. "June: The Derby - 'Sansovino' wins". Finish of the race and the crowd. "June: Trooping the Colour". Various shots of the ceremony from ground level and above. "June: the aerial pageant". Aeroplanes flying in formation and looping the loop (aerial shot). "July: review of the fleet". Still of King George V. View down on battleship and ships firing at sea. "August: Cowes week". Yachts in full sail. Shot on board a yacht. "August: Women's Olympiad at Stamford Bridge". A hurdle race. "October: 'Joey' - escapades of escaped monkey amuse thousands". A monkey running along some rooftops. "November: Mr Baldwin premier". Close-up of Stanley Baldwin speaking to camera with hands in lapels on his jacket. "December: Queen Alexandra's 80th birthday". Queen Alexandra in an open carriage.

Note: All of the items follow directly on from a still of that action with superimposed titles (except July).