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Sadness and Gladness (1928)


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Credits. "If you keep your face to the sunshine then your shadows behind you will fall". Sadness. The story begins as John Fraser waits outside a factory gate with sign reading 'No vacancies'. He returns home despondently to his "single end" tenement home. The family eat a sparse meal. Jeannie and Mattie go off to bed dreaming about the unattainable summer holiday . The Education Officer, 129 Bath Street, Glasgow. Rev David McQueen, Convenor of the Authority's Committee on Necessitous Children. Shots of clerks in offices and close-up of the Rev McQueen A letter arrives at the Fraser household offering Jeannie and Mattie a place at summer camp. Preparations are made . Mother hands over the two girls to the Education Offices . Parents wave farewell to the girls as they board buses and drive away Leaving gloom behind. Entering sunshine ahead. LMS steam locomotive pulls train out of station . All the children are housed in schools kindly lent for the purpose by various education authorities. Girls, led by teacher, file into the school building in Gullane . Golden hours on golden sands. Girls play games on beach and dance the charleston for the camera . Memories of the old home make writing a positive pleasure (postcard and stamp supplied free of charge at all camps). Shots of girls surrounding the "cheery cook" . 13th July. Returning with happiness. Pipe band leads file of children out of [Central] station in Glasgow. Convoy of buses pulls away to arrive outside the Education Offices in Bath Street to a crowd of waiting parents . The girls arrive home to discover that their father has found a job. John Fraser writes a letter of thanks to the Education Department . End captions [half frame only] requesting donations to the NCHCF. In the other half frame a young girl performs fairy dance in ballet dress.