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Reference number: 2181

Date: [1937, December 13]

Director: [filmed by Horace H. Collins, Fred Collins Variety Agency]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7.08 mins

Description: Stage routines, sketches and the finale of the pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh.

Fred Collins set up business as variety Agent. Also owned at one time 5-6 venues (cinema and variety) including the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, Tivoli, Aberdeen and Shakespeare, Liverpool. His son, Horace H Collins, shot film of pantomimes on their circuit using a 16mm cine Kodak, still in the family's possession. Died 1947. Films left to son, Randall, and subsequently given to sister Josette. Collection of memorabilia, cast lists, etc. in Randall's possession 1988. Horace's brother Pete wrote "All the World's a Stage" .

See publication "Journey Through Stageland - The Collins Family of Glasgow" by Josette Collins Marchant.

See also ref. 2178.

Research undertaken as part of the 'Pantomime in Scotland Project' at Glasgow University: https://www.gla.ac.uk/subjects/filmtelevision/projectsandnetworks/pantomimeinscotland/pantomimeonfilm/ [last accessed 15/12 2021]

See also Scottish Theatre Archive at Glasgow University: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/library/files/special/collections/STA/index.html [last accessed 15/12/2021]

Credits: Produced by Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, 13th December 1937.
cast Florrie Forde, Bert Denver, Stella Peters, Denis Emons, Cora O'Farrell, Edna Thompson, Harry Niblock, Jimmy McKinlay & 12 Sherman Fisher Girls

Shotlist: Credits (0.23) gvs stage routines and Holland-based sketch, shot from balcony. (5.25) spotlit sketch on bench (6.08) comic dance with policeman (6.23) further gvs stage routines, including acrobatic performance (9.03) gvs finale (9.56) c/u of cast backstage [man in the middle of the first shot is Alf Dixon of the Daily Record] (10.16)