WATT FAMILY SCENES: Valentine Prince, Frances and Anna May

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Places:

  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire

Subjects:

  • Media, communication and the creative industries

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: WATT FAMILY SCENES: Valentine Prince, Frances and Anna May

Reference number: 9354

Date: 1946c

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bwcol

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 16.21 mins

Description: Amateur footage of the Watt family travelling around the west of Scotland to their variety shows in a converted bus mobile home. David Watt topped the bill as ventriloquist Valentine Prince, supported by his daughters Francess and Anna May, also known as the Prince Sisters and later Fran and Anna.

Shotlist: [B&W] gvs Watt sisters paddling on beach at Wemyss Bay, father David Watt walking past, man operating film camera on tripod, Short Sunderland flying boat EK586 on slipway - dark shots of Watt family and others in field next to converted bus mobile home, on beach - tracking shots from vehicle along coast - gvs around mobile home in field, sisters dressed in different outfits posing for camera - other families with car and travellers' caravans in background - Watt family and friends relaxing on deck chairs - l/shots naval vessel on Firth of Clyde - family posing for camera around mobile home - gvs Balloch, boats on river - gvs caravans and cars in field - family posing outside cottage - gvs Firth of Clyde, steamers and piers - three sisters posing in field and around mobile home, dog in field - exts Florida Cinema, King's Park, Glasgow, showing 'The Keys of the Kingdom' - exts cinema showing Rita Hayworth film - more exts Florida Cinema - Watt family gathered round estate car, bedecked with Union flags - Edinburgh Castle - queue of children gathered out Ardrossan Town Hall - poster for variety show with Valentine Prince, Famous Ventriloquist and Francess and Anna May [COL] queues outside large building for 'Valentine Prince's Variety and Marionette Entertainment' - dark int shots of theatre - Watt sisters [and brother?] posing for camera at side of road in country, then get back on board single-deck bus