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The Tale of a Swan


Series Name
British Movietone News


Issue No.
Date Released
9 Apr 1959
Date submitted
6 Apr 1959
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1The Budget
  2. 2Motoring Memories
  3. 3A Royal Patient
  4. 4The Tale of a Swan
  5. 5The Prince in the Islands
  6. *St Mirren V Celtic

* Story has local or special distribution


Story No. within this Issue
4 / 5
MOVIETONE CARD TITLE: Tale of a Swan. DESCRIPTION: These pictures show Swan lake, Moscow, and a swan that nearly pined away with grief over the loss of his mate. Now, he’s just mad about the keeper. Every morning, he taps at his window, demanding the attention of his friend, Pavel Granov. Before he formed this extraordinary attachment, the swan had refused to eat or to go swimming on the lake. But the keeper’s kindness put an end to all that. SHOTLIST: MS swan (key). MS swans on a lake. FS same. CU swan. SS same. CU swan taps on window. MS keeper leaves hut to see the swan. MS swan follows keeper. Closer same. MS keeper. LS swan rushes to keeper. Closer same. MS keeper. LS swan rushes to keeper. CU same swam flaps wings. CU swan and keeper.
Local distribution only
Not shown in Scotland.
Birds; Animals
Moscow; Soviet Union
Footage sources
Card file number
Geoffrey Sumner
Length of story (in feet)
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