Film: 8905

Social History | 1930 | Sound | B/W

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Superstitions and bad luck or unlucky things 1930's

A short black and white film on superstitions and animals in the zoo. Voiceover throughout the film, it starts by examining superstitions and then offering humorous observations and facts on different animals at a zoo. There are a wide range of animals included such as bears, monkeys, raccoons, bison and various birds.

Opening title. Credit information editing and photography Ronald Haines, Sound H.L. Sheridan, recorded at Imperial Sound Studios. Narration, Lionel Gamlin. Devised and directed by Ronald Haines. Fade from black calendar dated 13th Friday October. A man carrying a newspaper sits down at a laid table on a veranda, he picks up a piece of toast and unfolds his paper to read, as he does so he reaches for the salt which spills out, he throws salt over his left shoulder and continues with his breakfast. He holds his head in his hand. He pushes the breakfast away from himself and gets up from the table. He walks down some steps and passes a woman midway, towards the bottom of the steps he slips over. A banana skin on the floor, than mans hand picks it up. He throws the banana skin back down onto the floor in anger and walks away. A ladder leans up against an Ivied arched wall, the man stops suddenly before walking under the ladder and he walks round it, as he does so something small falls on his head, he looks up at the wall and raises his fist in anger. He walks towards a mock Tudor bungalow that has an iron fence outside and trips on the steps leading up to it (possible entrance to a zoo).
He walks out of an exit from the other side of the bungalow, and sees something on the floor.
He bends down to pick something up from the floor, and rubs it against his hand, as he does this his image fades away and is replaced by a chimpanzee who walks slowly towards us.
01.51.16
A weather vein with a cockerel on top. A man feeds a medium sized animal raccoon type animal from one side of the fence. The raccoon eats the food upon the floor. Three penguins inside an enclosure stand on ground surrounded by water, the penguin closest looks into the water. A small monkey, sitting down in front of a fence, eats something. A large bird, in a mid shot from the lower neck up, looks to its left, with a large tree and fence in the background.
A parrot on a perch. A looking upwards view of a white cockatiel with clouds in the background. An owl on a perch, eyes open. A chimpanzee from the waste up, which appears to have one of its fingers in its mouth. A large snake (python) coiled but moving, with painted background of plants. A crocodile eating a small fish, on dry concreted floor with a few rocks in the background. The crocodile moves to get to another fish, which is lying on the ground, which it picks up and starts to eat. The chimpanzee moves quickly across what appears to be a lawn.
Three penguins, huddled up quite close together, two are forward facing and one backwards. Owl looking down from its perch. Three penguins looking around, and occasionally pruning themselves. The owl looking down from its perch, blinking. Three penguins stretching and moving their wings sporadically. Three penguins, wider apart, upon a small jetty surrounded by water, the penguin in the foreground shakes his tail. An owl on the perch moves his head left to right quickly.
03.09.11
A parrot chained to a perch by it’s left leg. Small owl looking down from its perch then moving its head sideways. A parrot chained to a perch by it’s left leg. Small owl looking down from its perch and to its left. An owl right on the end of its perch. A small group of flamingos in a small enclosure of rocks and water. Flamingos moving about in the shallow water of the enclosure. Two emus in a concrete enclosure, moving their necks up and down. A view of an emu from the neck upwards with a metal fence and the branches of a tree in the background, a second emu walks into frame behind the first. A decorative bird walks in front of a fence and is followed by two more, the third flies off. A bird on a large lawn area. A duck walks across a grassed area. Several different types of geese upon a lawn type area. Three geese stood to attention and moving their heads about. A chimpanzee sat on a smooth rock surface, appearing to eat. Three bears in an enclosure, two are on all fours and one is stood on its hind legs stretching upwards, it then goes down to all fours and sniffs the floor.
Chimpanzee on smooth rock puts its hand up to its face. Three bears in an enclosure, two are on all fours and one is stood on its hind legs stretching upwards and moving around, one of the bears on all fours moves out of the frame. Two bears in an enclosure, one is on all fours and one is stood on its hind legs stretching upwards, a third bear appears but only its face is in the frame.
Chimpanzee on smooth rock moves to the right of frame. One bear stood in an enclosure upon its hind legs, it them moves onto all fours. Chimpanzee on smooth rock moves to the right of frame.
05.12.02
A chimpanzee climbing over and on a tripod and film camera. Chimpanzee looking through the viewfinder of a film camera. Chimpanzee winding up a film camera, a woman and a man watch the chimpanzee in the background. Chimpanzee looking through the viewfinder of a film camera and moving around the camera as it balances on the tripod. A man bending over, clothed bottom, examining potted plants. Chimpanzee climbing down a film camera tripod.
A man with a hat (zoo keeper) holds the chimpanzee by the hand and walks him along in front of woodened framed structure. A sign on the wooded framed structure for ‘to refreshment rooms’.
A chimpanzee drinking from a dark glass bottle being assisted by a person’s hand. A front view of a chimpanzee drinking from a dark glass bottle being assisted by a person’s hand.
A sign stating ‘Hans Brick with his performing Lion, Bears & Elephant, 4.45pm, Seats Free Children or adults, extra performances on busy days’.
06.20.00.
An elephant in an enclosure with a man, the man takes a hat from the elephant and with his coat hangs them on a wooden coat stand. The man sits down at a wooden table and the elephant ‘dusts’ the table with a white cloth. A crowd of people watching behind a wooden barrier. Over the shoulder view from the man, as the elephant picks up a menu with its trunk and brings to the man sat at the table. The man takes the menu. Over the shoulder view of the menu, which offers ‘soup, fish, chicken, entrée’. The man points with a cigarette in his hand and passes the menu back, you can see on the back of the menu a list of wines. The elephant picks up a tray with its trunk and brings it over to the man at the table. A group of spectators watching intently. The elephant takes away the tray, with its trunk, and brings forth a wine bottle, being carried by its corkscrew. With its trunk the elephant turns the corkscrew, the man assists by holding the bottle. A waist up shot of the man watching the elephant. The elephant removes the cork and the man takes the corkscrew from him. A crowd of people watching behind a wooden barrier. The elephant attempts to pick up the bottle with its trunk and pour the wine. The man raises a cup to the elephant. The man drinks from the cup and raises it again. A crowd of people watching behind a wooden barrier. The man take s cigarette from his pocket and puts it in his mouth, the is a metal cash register in the back ground, with its trunk the elephant manages to press down a large lighter so the man can smoke his cigarette.
The man and the elephant are by the table, the man signals towards the cash register for the bill. The elephant presses its trunk onto the keys of the cash register and a sign for seventeen shillings comes up, which he lifts of the register and gives to the man. The man looks angrily at the bill and the elephant pushes over the table with the man still behind it. A crowd of people watching behind a wooden barrier. The elephant walks over to the coat stand and gets a hat for the man, the elephant then returns to get a coat from the stand, he returns the coat to the man and holds it with his trunk as the man puts the coat on, then man walks away.
08.40.00
A monkey hanging from some bars, while two men watch it the background. A male lion, sat down, in front of a brick wall, the lion yawns. A female lion, with a group of cubs, within a caged enclosure, the cubs are playing amongst each other as the mother sits close by. Male and female lion and two cubs playing with a ball in front of them. A male lion gets up from sitting down and walks out of frame. A male and female lion sit with their four cubs playing in front of them, the both look towards their left, the females gets up and moves to the left.
09.26.00
A sign on top of a metal fence that say’s ‘Bison Bison American’. A large bison looking straight at the camera, and then turns itself to the left. Two bison eating grass within a small paddock. Bison eating grass. A bison chewing in a small paddock.
A chimpanzee walks across a grass lawn. A chimpanzee sits on grass by the foot of a man. A chimpanzee walks quickly across a grass lawn; there is a large white bird in the background. Three monkeys sit on a raised log, within a cage, the monkey’s look around. Three monkeys sat very close together on a tree trunk then one monkey runs off. A group of four monkeys on the bottom of a tree trunk that is surrounded by water.
A monkey jumps into the water as one watches, it appears that someone is throwing something into the water causing ripples. A monkey, on a log, eating, an animal in the next cage comes up behind. A monkey trying to get in the water and looking around.
A small raccoon like animal next to the monkey’s enclosure, eating something next to the water. A raccoon searching for something on the ground moves away when it does not find anything. A chimpanzee moves slowly off a rock surface. A raccoon eating close by a small pond. A chimpanzee on a rock. A man and a woman feeding a raccoon through a wire fence, the raccoon is holding itself up on the fence.
A group of small animals in a burrow. Small animal comes from out its burrow. The chimpanzee moves away from the rock it has been sitting on with the help of a human hand. A chimpanzee sits with a man on a grassed area and examines his one leg/sock. The chimpanzee examines a man’s leg, and try’s to lift his trousers up to see where his sock ends. A chimpanzee sits with a man on a grassed area and examines his one leg/sock. A chimpanzee examining the mans cuff links and hands. A closer look at a chimpanzee examining the mans cuff links and hands. A man behind a wire fence reading a newspaper. The man examining the newspapers runs his finger down some of the newspapers text. A man behind a wire fence reading a newspaper, he looks up and then continues to read his paper. A close up of two columns of situations vacant within a newspaper. A chimpanzee image fades into the middle of the situations vacant newspaper


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