GREAT WESTERN ROAD 1915

Small boys run to keep up with the camera, past mothers with perambulators and men in service uniform, especially tartan trews, on leave from the First World War. People stop to look as the camera passes. (clip)

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Landscapes and seascapes

Genres:

  • Local topical

People/organisations:

  • HART, James

Decade:

  • 1910s

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Title: GREAT WESTERN ROAD 1915

Reference number: 0019

Date: 1915

Director: [filmed by James Hart]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7.00 mins

Description: Sunday morning church-goers promenade along Great Western Road, Glasgow.

Filmed by projectionist James Hart from the back of an open car as it travelled along the middle of the road (eye-witness account.) Made exclusively for the Hillhead Picture Salon in October 1915. Previously dated as 1914 by Scottish Film Council in 1940's but re-dated by Archive in 1998. Intertitles added at later date.

The boy in the kilt is Jack Robertson, later journalist and editor of the Glasgow Evening News.

See also refs. 0012, 0570 and 1392

Shotlist: Credits (.08); A peep into the past. Shots of Sunday morning church parade with pedestrians walking along Great Western Road in Glasgow. Shots of Glaswegians walking down to Kelvinbridge from Anniesland, with captions drawing the viewer's attention to specific aspects of the film: Persistent Peter (1.34); Hats - "acting as sunshades" (1.56); Tall hats (4.15); "The Swing o' the Kilt" (5.50); Shots of crowds around the camera at the roadside and general views of street scenes. (7.00)

[intertitles added at later date]

[NB. The boy in the kilt is Jack Robertson, later journalist and editor of the Glasgow Evening News.]