A Western S.M.T. coach trip to Burns Country, a tour of Burns' Cottage by curator Tom McMinn and a recitation of 'Tam o'Shanter'. (clip)

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Reference number: 0889

Date: 1946

Director: d. Stanley L. Russell

Production company: Thames and Clyde

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 22.10 mins

Description: A tour of Burns' country illustrated with poems and songs.

Credits: Levers Rich Recording.
From a script by Jack House
camera Frank McLachlan, Robert Anderson ed. Stella Smallwood
continuity Jan Jack
unit man. L Gordon Begg
sd. rec. Fred Fleming
special musical arrangement by Dorothy Arnold and her Sextet.
Robert Burns' poems read by James McKechnie and Douglas Robin
comm. s. James McKechnie

Shotlist: REEL I

Credits (.48); Man consults railway timetable, buys ticket, gets luggage. Locomotive at platform. Tickets are punched, guard waves flag, train leaves Glasgow Central (1.32); Aircraft lands, possibly at Renfrew airport (1.44); Paddle steamer "Talisman" under way (1.59); Ayr station platform as train pulls in (2.03) Group of people board bus, "Burns Country Tour" (2.15); Burns statue and landscape as bus arrives in village of Alloway, passengers alight (2.50); Visitors taken round Burns' cottage. General views of cottage and of farm attached (4.40); Cottage interior, interior of museum on same site (6.35); Burns memorial in Edinburgh, statue of Burns' Highland Mary, and various other monuments around the country (7.04); Plaque outside house where Burns died and statue (7.11); Tam o'Shanter Inn, Ayr. Patrons inside (7.38); Drawings illustrate poem "Tam o'Shanter", interspersed with shots of local landmarks incorporated in the verse (8.56); People on banks of River Doon (9.05); Exterior Poosie Nansie'e Inn, Mauchline. Views inside as customers drink. Shots of Saturday night concert of Burns' songs (10.52); Exterior of the inn again (10.54)


No credits. Interior Poosie Nansie's Inn during concert of Burns' songs, including "Oh My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose" and "Coming Thro' the Rye" (2.48); General views Mauchline streets as poem is read aloud (3.33); Jean Armour Burns Brown and museum. Shots of exterior. Picture of Jean Armour Burns Brown (3.55); Ballochmyle House, now a hospital. General views of exteriors of old and new parts of hospital complex (4.57); General views traffic in Edinburgh's Princes Street (5.11); Painting of group of people and silhouette of Clarinda, Mrs Maclehose (5.23); Mossgill Farm near Mauchline and shots of field. Horse-drawn plough with voice-over recital of "Tae a Mouse" (5.55); Memorial tower in Mauchline to Robert Burns and National Burns Memorial Cottage Homes at foot of tower. General views of tower and cottages to reading of "A Man's a Man for a' That". Some of the occupants at bowls, gardening, etc. (7.18); Interview with Sandy, one of the occupants (7.38); Dumfries. Mercat tower in town centre (7.55); Drawing of funeral procession of Burns in Dumfries (8.02); Road over hills to Gatehouse of Fleet. Narrator walks road (8.33); Long shot Gatehouse of Fleet. Shots of the town (8.48); Narrator enters Moray Arms Hotel, has drink in room where Burns wrote "Scots Wha Hae" (9.13); Collage of shots people at work, sailors, industrial scenes (9.40); Burns Cottage, Gatehouse of Fleet, Tam o'Shanter's Inn, Ayr, Burns memorial (Edinburgh), Mossgiel Farm, tower at Mauchline (10.14); The End (11.16)