CINEMA AND FILMS
1940's - 1950's
12 FEBRUARY 2006
was interesting to read of Mr. Ian Swift's childhood in Knottingley and a
coincidence to see the photograph of his grandfather, Mr Swift, the
commissionaire at the Crescent Cinema, Pontefract, the same month as the
cinema series started in the Pontefract edition of the Digest.
Star cinema group owned the Crescent Cinema at that time and the badge can
be seen on Mr. Swift's cap. The advert sheet behind him showed the film
was 'Neptunes Daughter', starring Ester Williams and Red Skelton, an
aquatic musical made in the late 1940's. The musical featured the song 'Baby it's
Swift would not have realised it at the time, and for that matter neither
would anyone else, that these film promotion advertisements would in the future become
very collectable and sell for at least $600-$900 a time.
advert picture 'The Kid' with Charlie Chaplin, seen in the February issue,
went for auction at Sotherby's in 1992 at the asking price of between
$12,000-$15,000. They have certainly been worth saving.
12 February 2006