Film: 5301

Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | Colour


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Corporate promotional film showing visits to Scotland and Switzerland by bus 1950's

Wallace Arnold coach tours. Commuters in winter London, snow on the road. Boots etc. Long shot of coaches in garage. Passengers at Victoria Coach Station. Stirling, Dublaine, Highland cattle grazing. Glencoe. Piper. Fort William. Ben Nevis. Kyle Kyleakin Ferry to Isle of Skye, Scotland. Channel steamer arriving in Boulogne. Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Paddle steamer. Montreux. Tramcar to Rochers de Naye. Hotel du Lac, Geneva. Boats on lake Maggiore, Italy. Swiss countryside. Interlaken. Alpine scenes. Lucerne, Switzerland.

(NB fresh synopsis from second viewing)

Urban scene. Winter, snow. Feet stamping the ground, slush and snow. Sign on shop, WALLACE ARNOLD COACH TOURS. Series of picture-postcard holidays. Fleet of Wallace Arnold Coaches. Destinations up on buses: HOLLAND, DENMARK, SWITZERLAND, PARIS, SPAIN, DENMARK, VENICE, ITALIAN REVIERA. Tourists boarding buses. The open road. Signpost: WELCOME TO SCOTLAND and GRETNA GREEN. Stirling. Stirling Castle. Dunblaine Hydra Hotel. Coach arriving at hotel. Porters unloading luggage. Generic shots of hotel exterior. Guests admire the gardens. Walk on the terrace in early evening. Guests and staff pose for farewell photograph. Bus departing. Tourists admire waterfall. Fisherman at loch side. Highlands in the distance. Glen Ogle. Glencoe. Highland cattle (long-haired). Deer. Waterfall. Scotsman in kilt playing the bagpipes. Little girl dressed in traditional highland costume. tourists gather round to listen. Linnhe. Kinlochleven. Laird or country gentleman on side of mountain surveying the land through telescope, beside him sheep dog or collie and young boy. Signs: FORT WILLIAM, GRAND HOTEL. Ben Nevis, shrouded in list. Commando monument (three figures on plinth). Close up of monument against blue sky with light cloud. Glen Moor. Close Up Cluanie Inn. Waterfall - Five Sisters of Tintale. Ferry boat. Tourists admire ruined castle on small island in loch. Sign: KYLEKYLEAKIN FERRY.

Paddle steamer (to France). Life Buoy or ring with inscription LORD WARDEN. Tourists disembarking at Boulogne. French porters helping. "Mary Laycock, tour guide". Coach passing through small French village. Tree-lined straight road. Collection of 'amusing' road signs. French-Swiss border. Lake Geneva. Ferry on lake. Lucerne. Alps. Montreux. Fairytale castle on Lake Geneva. Mountain tram car. Sign : DEPART GUON - CAUX - ROCHERS DE NAYE. Tramcar ascent. Sign: GENEVA. Tourists stop to eat at restaurant, La Perla du Lac. Generic shots Geneva. Boats of Lake Maggiore. Swiss chalets. Cows grazing. Hikers. Alpine vistas. A couple on a chair lift. Cows on Alpine slopes. Woman looking over Alps, beside Swiss flag. Lucerne. Covered bridge. Cable railway. Funicular railway. Lido - beach with bathers. Confusion over Swiss money. Close ups Swiss currency, francs. Woman toying with flower on Alpine slope. Jolly men in uniform (police?)

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