Biography of 'MARSHALL, Frank M.'

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Amateur cinematographer

Born: 11th March, 1896
Died: 1979, Renfrewshire

Frank Marshall developed an interest in photography and film as a schoolboy. He was to make the family story film his own particular reserve, firstly with his son and daughter and then later his grandchildren providing the willing actors. He wrote, directed, produced, edited, and sometimes acted, in his films which are often pervaded with his wry and gentle humour. He built and designed his own sets and props.

During the war he made instructional films on training women for war work (on the treatment of burns injuries) and The Life Saving Bank, (1941) to publicise the Blood Transfusion Service.

Marshall was elected first chairman of the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers formed in 1949. During his lifetime he produced over 120 films of different genres, achieving frequent national and international success at amateur film festivals. He served on the board of the Scottish Film Council until 1972.

Researcher: Carolyn Young

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'ALL ON A SUMMER'S DAY' thumbnail

ALL ON A SUMMER'S DAY [3801]

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A film about a family preparing to go on a picnic and their antics when they arrive at the picnic spot.

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1936

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APPLE A DAY, an [2718]

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A prize-winning film at the 8th Scottish Amateur Film Festival, 1941, it tells the story of two children, who because of their pranks, become ill from eating too much stolen fruit and have to be given a dose of castor oil!

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1941

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ARP: A REMINDER FOR PEACETIME [2769]

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Commended at the 7th Scottish Amateur Film Festival in 1940, Frank Marshall's film shows a household preparing for the black-out, using petrol coupons and an air-raid shelter.

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1940

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ARRAN HOLIDAY [3829]

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A travelogue around Arran. Filmed by the amateur film-maker Frank Marshall.

1946

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BEST LAID SCHEMES, the [3824]

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As the children are in the river swimming some of their belongings are stolen. The culprits are a boy and a dog.

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1941

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CHRISTMAS [1668]

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A children's Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. [An amateur prize-winning film of 1937].

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1937

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CLAN CAMPBELL COUNTRY [3821]

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An educational film showing the viewers around Argyllshire and its historical monuments and landmarks.

1965

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COMING OF THE 'CAMERONS', the [3828]

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Follows Glen Clova postwoman Jean Cameron on her rounds (on bicycle) and documents the introduction of the "Camerons" - uniform trousers for post women (rather than skirts), named after Jean Cameron of Clova who started the fashion after requesting trouse

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1944

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CRIEFF ODD SHOTS JANET, RAINBOWS ETC. [10444]

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Behind the scenes footage of activities at the Scottish Association of Amateur Cinematographers' weekend at Crieff Hydro.

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1968

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CRIEFF: Our Town [0752]

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A tourist guide to the town of Crieff and surrounding countryside. Describes Crieff's attractions as a tourist centre.

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1953

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DOUBLE TROUBLE [3818]

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A comic tale of the trouble two young girls and two Dachshund dogs cause around the house with the grocery delivery, behind their parents backs. (Features Muriel Marshall and her daughter).

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1963

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DREAM HOLIDAY [3815]

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The film is about a couple who are looking at brochures to choose a holiday. It takes a sarcastic tone as it states how the brochure describes places as idyllic and then shows what is more realistic - in this case in Majorca.

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1970

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EARLY BIRDS [3823]

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Child study comedy, following a tiny tot's raid on the kitchen in the early hours. The older brother is initially blamed, but the real culprit is soon discovered, with a happy ending.

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1956

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FIFTH CENTENARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW [0009]

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Celebrations in Glasgow attended by students from around the world including a torchlight procession and bonfire.

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1951

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FILTERS AND FILTRATION [3878]

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Simple examples of filtration; methods of accelerating filtration - fluted filter papers, longer stems, suction devices - micro filtration - industrial filtration - the filter press. Includes animated diagrams.

1934

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FISHERMAN AND THE DJINN, the [1226]

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A morality tale in which a drunken fisherman tries to sabotage an American yacht competing in a race. His actions cause his son to fall ill and he repents and gives up drinking. [A prize-winning film at the 1948 Scottish Amateur Film Festival]

1947

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FRIDAY 13 [5625]

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Children visiting their grandmother create mischief in the garden and in the kitchen.

1960

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GLASGOW [0546]

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Various scenes of Glasgow including Glasgow University, the Cathedral, Sauchiehall Street, Singer's factory, John Brown's shipyard and Hampden Park football stadium.

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1950

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HARRIS [0548]

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Sheep dipping, island landscape, and the blackhouses on Harris in the Western Isles.

1950

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HOLIDAYS, HURRAH! [3807]

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Misadventures of family preparing to go on their holiday.

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1940

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HUSTLE OF SPRING, the [3811]

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The film shows the chaos of a mother trying to spring clean her house and all the things that go wrong.

1941

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IAN AND PETER 1955 - 1956 [5633]

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Family scenes with a young boy and a baby, namely Ian and Peter, playing and eating.

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1956

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ISLE OF LEWIS [0549]

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Life on Lewis in the Western Isles; herring fishing, cutting peat and crofting.

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1948

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JOYS OF THE OPEN ROAD [1250]

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A humorous satire on the joys of motoring, the film was entered at the 1961 SAFF. [Please note there is no actual footage of cars driving in this film, only tracking shots as seen from a moving vehicle]

1961

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JUST ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER [3803]

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Film with children acting as servants and showing their typical lifestyle. A bedtime story about a magic wand becomes an adventure for the children when they find the wand and use its powers!

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1936

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KIDS IN CLOVER [1670]

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The story of two children who visit a farm with their mother and get into all kinds of mischief. Commended at the 7th Scottish Amateur Film Festival 1940.

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1940

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LES BETES NOIRES [3814]

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Entertaining domestic scenes as the family puppies are let out by young children and run riot, wrecking the mother's wedding outfit while she is out tending her flowers in the greenhouse. Scenes of a young boy and his baby sister dressing up in the weddi

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1962

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LICK AND A PROMISE: an Escapade of Frank and Hexe, a [3831]

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A warm-hearted little tale of a boy's determination to get an ice-cream, helped by his pet dog.

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1960

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LIFE SAVING BANK, the [1703]

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The work of the Blood Transfusion Service in Glasgow.

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1941

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LOG CABIN, the [3808]

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Children playing cowboys and Indians around a log cabin.

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1936

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MAJORCA [3840]

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This film records a family holiday in Majorca during the 1950s.

1966

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MOWER MADNESS [0812]

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A lawn mower goes out of control!

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1939

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OLD COLLEGE, the [1683]

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Glasgow University's Old College as seen through illustrations, paintings and photographs.

1957

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ONE CROWDED HOUR [3813]

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A short film showing the antics of children one afternoon while their mother was picking fruit in the garden.

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1943

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OUR ANGEL CHILDREN [3805]

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Entertaining film about the antics of two mischievous children and what they get up to when their mother is away, including flooding the kitchen, dancing the jig, upsetting the maid and her laundry and playing dangerously in the family car.

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1938

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PAYMENT DEFERRED [3832]

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In order to raise money for a motor boat ride, Nairn and Muriel decide to sell the vegetables they have growing in their own small allotments, at a local garden sale. However, their plants are still too young and small, so instead, they pull up the ripe

1941

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PITLOCHRY WELCOMES YOU [3812]

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Industry in Pitlochry with amusing overtones.

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1958

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SEABIRDS OF THE FORTH [2764]

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A film showing the wide variety of birds living in the nature reserve on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth.

1953

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SEA-BIRDS ON SCAR ROCKS [3884]

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Shows flight, eggs, nests and young of gulls, gannets, cormorants, shags, guillemots and razor-bills. Also demonstrates the method of ringing.

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SEASIDE ESCAPADES [3809]

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The film shows the adventures of children on a day at the seaside. They get trapped by the tide and have to climb up the cliff face.

1938

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STORNOWAY [0550]

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The town and harbour of Stornoway with shots of trawlers at work, new houses being built and of the standing stones at Callanish.

1950

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SUNDAY TO REMEMBER, a [3810]

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A dramatised commemoration of the baptism of the Lewis family's new baby son on 2nd February 1964.

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1964

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SURPRISE IN STORE [3804]

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Short humorous film of four children who find a way to slip into a toy shop at night, while their father fetches petrol — never suspecting their escapade. Interiors of the shop include a number of recognisable brands, including Corgi, Dinky, Tri-ang and S

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1965

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TABLE D'OLT [2670]

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Short comedy of an announcement of an engagement at a dinner party.

1953

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TEN MINUTES IN LUCERNE [3837]

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This film records a family holiday taken in Lucerne, Switzerland.

1962

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THRILLS FOR THREEPENCE [3079]

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Comedy about the daydreams of two children reading a comic-book story.

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1937

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TRAIN CRUISE [3827]

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A film showing the Marshall's train journey around, Geneva, Vienna and Budapest.

1937

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TREE FOR TWO [5626]

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Two mischievous young children create havoc around the Christmas tree- opening all the presents, knocking over the tree and surprising their dad!

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1957

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TWEE BOMEN: A Tale of Two Trees - an Escapade of Frank and Hexe [3819]

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Follows the children of Nairn Marshall getting into trouble around the house on Christmas Eve.

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1961

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VENGAN A ESPANA [3835]

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Travelogue of the rustic life around Torremolinos, 1958.

1958

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