Biography of 'Green’s Film Service / Green’s Topical Productions'

Exhibitor, production company and newsreel company

Green’s Film Service was established around the beginning of the First World War by George Green, showman/exhibitor in Glasgow, as an adjunct to his cinema owning business. As the number of cinemas in his circuit increased, Green’s volume of film hires was also increasing. He decided that a more cost-effective process was required, and he began to buy the reels outright. His selection of purchases were so successful with the public that he started to select and supply programmes to other showmen growing into what was to become the renting operation Greens Film Service.

By 1915 Green’s circuit consisted of 10 cinemas with Greens Film Service, having offices in Glasgow and London. By 1917 Greens had a thriving enterprise, renting comedies, serials and dramas, they also launched their own magazine ‘Greens Kinema Tatler’. They had a mechanical department selling projectors, their own printing division for programmes and publicity materials and a musical department.

Investing in Samson Films, and buying out their rival JJ Bennell’s producing plant the Greens acquired an interest in film production. They began producing local topicals for independent exhibitors and their own circuit of screens under the name ‘Green’s Topical Productions’. In October 1917 this topical production activity was further developed with the introduction of the first Scottish newsreel The Scottish Moving Picture News. In May 1919, the name was changed to British Moving Picture News suggesting an attempt to break in to a wider UK market. However the newsreel revered back to its original name in 1921 and by the end of 1922 newsreel making had ceased.

Green’s Topical Productions continued in business until about 1925.

Researcher: Joan Allan

Films associated with 'COCOZZA, Enrico'

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BOYS' BRIGADE RALLY IN ABERDEEN [1336]

The Lord Provost presents new colours to the Boys' Brigade.

1925

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BOYS' BRIGADE RECRUITING MARCHES, LEITH [1726]

The Boys' Brigade recruiting march, Leith with shots of the flag-bearers marching, a gymnastics display, and a parade by former BB's.

1925

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BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS GREEN'S NEWSREEL: Marriage of Green / McMahon [1900]

A compilation reel including footage of the fairground ride called "The Whip", possibly at Green's Amusements at the Carnival in the Gallowgate, Glasgow. The film also shows the marriage in 1920 of Edward MacMahon to Mary Frances Green, daughter of Geor

1920

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BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO 127 and UNIVERSITY NEWS [0516]

Compilation of local topical and news stories of Glasgow University life, including a rugby match against Edinburgh University, the rectorial elections, and student charity day.

1930

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'BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No 166, OPENING OF DRUMPELLIER MOSS' thumbnail

BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No 166, OPENING OF DRUMPELLIER MOSS [3617]

Opening of Drumpellier Moss Park, gifted to Coatbridge by Mr W. R. Carrick-Buchanan opened on 13 September 1919. [Made for local cinema. Incomplete]

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1919

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BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No. 156, FUNERAL OF THE EARL OF EGLINTON AND WINTON [0565]

Funeral of the Earl of Eglinton and Winton at Kilwinning, 14 August 1919.

1919

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'BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 165, ROTHESAY PEACE CELEBRATIONS' thumbnail

BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 165, ROTHESAY PEACE CELEBRATIONS [2336]

Footage of the peace celebrations, including the parade, crowds and band. General Sir Hunter Weston takes the salute at the Town Hall. An effigy of Kaiser Bill is hoisted up the mast of a boat.

Full length video available

1919

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'BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, ARDROSSAN SHIPYARD' thumbnail

BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, ARDROSSAN SHIPYARD [0560]

The various stages involved in the construction of vessels at the Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co shipyard. 'Pentland Firth' and "Cromarty Firth" on the stocks, and launch of 'Hunstanworth'.

Full length video available

1919

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'BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS:  Wedding of Alys Couper and Douglas Lindsay' thumbnail

BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Wedding of Alys Couper and Douglas Lindsay [1659]

The wedding of Alys Couper and Douglas Lindsay, son of Sir John Lindsay, the Town Clerk of Glasgow, at Glasgow Cathedral, June 1920.

Full length video available

1920

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BUYING A HORSE [0719]

An extract from a cinemagazine featuring the music hall comedians Power and Bendon.

1925

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'COUNCIL'S ENTERPRISE' thumbnail

COUNCIL'S ENTERPRISE [0563]

The building of the seawall at Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

Full length video available

1923

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'GLASGOW'S HOUSING PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTION' thumbnail

GLASGOW'S HOUSING PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTION [0844]

Plans for building new housing in Glasgow and encouraging skilled tradesmen to return to working at their old trades on building sites.

Film clip available

1919

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'GREAT GLASGOW FIRES' thumbnail

GREAT GLASGOW FIRES [1733]

Coverage of the fire at the Kelvin Hall and Kelvingrove UF Church, Glasgow.

Full length video available

1925

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HOLIDAY SCENES AT ROTHESAY [2334]

Holiday-makers arriving in Rothesay by the steamer "Columba". Beach scenes, the ladies' bathing pond, the putting green.

Full length video available

1922

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'LOCHGELLY AT WORK AND PLAY' thumbnail

LOCHGELLY AT WORK AND PLAY [0967]

The people of Lochgelly at work and play, with footage of wash day and playing golf and bowls.

Full length video available

1923

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LOST INDEPENDENCE? [5890]

Greens Film Service records the marriage of Mr. Arthur Mone, formerly an Independent Labour Candidate, to Miss Elizabeth Dunn, at St. Alphonsus', Glasgow on 27th November 1923.

1923

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'OPENING OF GREEN'S PLAYHOUSE, DUNDEE' thumbnail

OPENING OF GREEN'S PLAYHOUSE, DUNDEE [0842]

Graphics used to describe the furnishings and facilities in the new Green's Playhouse, Dundee.

Full length video available

1936

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'OPENING OF HAMILTON LA SCALA PICTURE HOUSE' thumbnail

OPENING OF HAMILTON LA SCALA PICTURE HOUSE [1600]

Opening of Hamilton's La Scala picture house 14th March, 1921. General views of patrons and staff.

Full length video available

1921

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'PATRIOTIC PORKERS' thumbnail

PATRIOTIC PORKERS [2995]

A wartime propaganda film on the benefits of saving household refuse to feed pigs and provide cheap food.

Full length video available

1918

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PRINCE AT COCONUT SHY [0853]

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The Prince of Wales at a coconut shy as police patrol the crowds.

Full length video available

1924

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PRINCESS ROYAL OPENING NEW HARBOUR AT MACDUFF [5645]

Green's Topical Productions present the Princess Royal opening the new harbour at Macduff. [See also ref. 4432 for longer version]

1921

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REMEMBRANCE DAY [1335]

Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph, Aberdeen with shots of a pipe band and a boy's trumpet band.

1926

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ROTHESAY 1918 [2338]

A parade through the streets of Rothesay led by a pipe band, the colour party outside a church, with the Marquess of Graham and other prominent citizens.

1918

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'SCOTTISH CUP FINAL - ABERDEEN v CELTIC AT HAMPDEN PARK, 24th APRIL, 1937' thumbnail

SCOTTISH CUP FINAL - ABERDEEN v CELTIC AT HAMPDEN PARK, 24th APRIL, 1937 [0849]

The Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, Glasgow, where Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-1. Footage of the crowds making their way to the ground, watching the match in progress and the winning team having their photograph taken with the trophy.

Full length video available

1937

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'SCOTTISH CUP TIES' thumbnail

SCOTTISH CUP TIES [3357]

Scottish Cup Round football matches. (5 mins)

Full length video available

1921

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 120, SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 120, SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL [0576]

Film of the Scottish Grand National at Bogside (between Irvine and Kilwinning), Ayrshire, won by "The Turk, II".

Film clip available

1919

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SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 32 [1238A]

Scenes of flooding of the river Clyde and footage of the "Tank bank" week in Aberdeen to raise funds for the war effort. [£2 million was raised in a week in Aberdeen]. [See also ref. 1238B].

1918

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No. 46' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No. 46 [3616]

Brief shots of the Lowland Regiment the Cameronians leaving Glasgow Cathedral in 1918 after a ceremony where they deposited their flag in the Cathedral to commemorate the heroic services of the regiment in France.

Full length video available

1918

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, RETURN OF THE INTERNED' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, RETURN OF THE INTERNED [2583]

Taken at Leith in 1918, the film shows the arrival by ship of internees returning from Europe, with the request "watch the picture carefully, and see if you can identify anyone."

Full length video available

1918

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, ROUTE MARCH 1st BATTALION LANARKSHIRE VOLUNTEER REGIMENT' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, ROUTE MARCH 1st BATTALION LANARKSHIRE VOLUNTEER REGIMENT [0376]

1st Battalion Lanarkshire Volunteer Regiment march through Coatbridge, March 1917 in furtherance of the National Service scheme.

Full length video available

1917

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS:  FUNERAL OF LIEUTENANT GEORGE DINWOODIE' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: FUNERAL OF LIEUTENANT GEORGE DINWOODIE [1458]

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Funeral of a young Glasgow Airman, Lieutenant George Dinwoodie, RAF, killed in an accident while flying in Yorkshire. Shots of bearers carrying the coffin onto the horse-drawn hearse which moves off followed by a carriage filled with flowers, 1917.

Full length video available

1917

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS:  TANK BANK ABERDEEN, AERIAL DISPLAY EDINBURGH' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: TANK BANK ABERDEEN, AERIAL DISPLAY EDINBURGH [1236]

The "tank bank" campaign in Aberdeen, an aerial display and sports at Powderhall, Edinburgh.

Full length video available

1918

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Royal Visit to Edinburgh' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Royal Visit to Edinburgh [3360]

Scottish Moving Picture News. First post - Armistice Royal visit of George V, Queen Mary and the Prince of Wales to Edinburgh, 21 November 1918.

Full length video available

1918

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'SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Wedding of John Glaister and Isobel Lindsay' thumbnail

SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Wedding of John Glaister and Isobel Lindsay [2833]

The First World War was still raging when the wedding of Captain John Glaister RAMC, son of Prof John Glaister and Isobel Lindsay, daughter of Sir John Lindsay took place at Glasgow Cathedral, 25th May, 1918.

Film clip available

1918

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'UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL, SALTCOATS' thumbnail

UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL, SALTCOATS [1329]

Address and unveiling of the War memorial, Saltcoats by Marchioness (of Ailsa), 27th May, 1922. Shots of street parade including Girl Guides, Boys Brigade and Scouts.

Full length video available

1922

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VOTE FOR HARRY KEMP [0642]

"Party political broadcast" by Harry Kemp, a candidate for office on Saltcoats Burgh Council, and shown in his cinema in the run up to the election.

Full length video available

1922

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