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Anthony Pigott

Mons film, 1924, with Gen. Smith-Dorrien in it

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Anthony Pigott

There's a reference in 'The man who disobeyed' (see http://www.1914-1918.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=9538 ) to a film made in 1924 apparently about Mons etc., in which Gen. Smith-Dorrien played himself. It may have been called "Mons", but it's not clear from the reference.

There's also what appears to be a short clip from it at http://www.firstworldwar.com/video/smithdorrien.htm although it's described as actually being 1914.

Does anyone know anything about it, please?

Regards

Anthony

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Anthony Pigott

Apparently it was one of a series of 1914-18 films made by a company called British Instructional Films.

Anyone know any more - do they still exist - are they available in any format?

Regards

Anthony

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Geoff Parker

As far as I'm aware most of these films are held by the IWM at Lambeth.

Enough clips from these films appear in various documentaries.

Why they've never released them on video/DVD amazes me as I think the

it would be quite a revenue for them. The IWM charges £40.00 to transfer

one of their documentaries onto video tape so it wouldn't cost much more

to do a film (I don't know the full running time but it shouldn't be too long),

sell them at around £13/14.00 and they'll recoup their money and more

overnight.

Geoff

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ianw

Looking at the IWM catalogue suggests they only have a 2 minute fragment of theis film. I wonder if the National Film Archive (somewhere in Bucks) has more ?

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