EARLY BIRDS

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Subjects:

  • Emotions, attitudes and behaviour
  • Food and drink
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions

Genres:

  • Amateur
  • Comedy

People/organisations:

  • MARSHALL, Frank M.

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: EARLY BIRDS

Reference number: 3823

Date: 1956

Director: filmed by Frank Marshall

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 12.01 mins

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

Winner of Meteor Film Society Prize (£2) at Scottish Amateur Film Festival, 1957.

Credits: A Lewis Family film by Frank M. Marshall

Shotlist: EARLY BIRDS Opening credits (0.14) ints. bedroom, a toddler manages to climb out of his cot intercut with shots of his brother sleeping (1.51) ms baby walks down the hall to the stairs; shots of baby hesitating at top of stairs, before crawling down backwards (3.31) he walks across the hall to the closed kitchen door; pulls a small chair under it; shots of child standing on top of the chair and pulling the handle (4.51) ints kitchen; toddler eats tomatoes and biscuits left out in the kitchen. (6.06) older brother wakes up; shots of older boy putting on rabbit slippers and looking for his brother intercut with toddler causing havoc in the kitchen. (8.45) The toddler is discovered, taken back to his cot; shots of brothers climbing stairs (10.10) older brother begins to clear up the mess; his mother comes in and finds him eating a biscuit. (11.22) Mother and son walk into the bedroom, and sees the toddler's face covered with chocolate; c/u boy smirking, and make-up hug from his mother (11.57) THE END (12.01)