This film is held by the BFI (ID: 19497).


ACTUALITY. A record of the Prince of Wales' Indian tour, 1921-22.

Rl.1 Arrival of the Prince at Bombay on November 17th, 1921 and reading a message from the King; the King's message is included in the sub-titles preceding each shot (22-54); Sir David Sasson, Bart. presents an address of welcome from the Bombay Municipality (61-69); shots of cheering crowds (92); presenting new colours to the 7th Regiment (98-103); visit to Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda, November 23-24 (107-122); state elephants arriving (127-168); garden party in the grounds of the Moti Baghi, where gold and silver guns are drawn by sacred oxen (174-186); a panorama of the palace and lake at Udaipur (190-213); the rulers of Rajputana welcome the Prince at Ajmer, November 28 (221-239); state visit to HRH the Maharaja Sahib Bahadur at Ratanda Palace, Jodhpur, December 1 (247-258); scenes in the Sardar market (265-290). Bikaner - a troupe of Nautch dancing and singing girls at a state entertainment (300-312); the orchestra (317-322); a man dancing barefooted on swords (329-341); Sir Percival Phillips, the famous war correspondent, satisfies himself that the swords are sharp (350-7); views of the Lawrence Tower, Lucknow (368-396); the city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges (405-465); funeral ceremonies in progress, with shots of burning ghats (476-502). The Prince takes part in a tiger shoot at Nepal, December 14-21 (511-608); he is welcomed in Patna, December 22 (619-644); a primitive water works (654-680); a pageant at the Maidan, Calcutta (688-699). The Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Rangoon (707-724); Burmese dancers (728-759). Officers of the Burmese army are presented to the Prince at Mandalay, January 5-7th, 1922 (768-777); boat races on the Moat at Fort Dufferin (784-800); a procession of effigies (812-868); a group of Burmese priests (872-880); a bullock cart race (894-914); the Mignon bell (922-931); the Prince touring the lakes on a State barge (939-983). Madras - typical village scenes (988-1009) with native conjurors and snake chammers (1015-1026ft).

Rl.2 The Prince's arrival at Bangalore, January 18th (1033-1077); arrival at Mysore, the same day (1089-1109); at the Amba Vilas Palace (1114-1164); inspecting cavalry troops (1189); Brahmin temple and gods, within the fort - the first cinematographic record of these places of worship (1197-1221); an old sacrificial juggernaut car (1232-1239); the Prince attends a tiger shoot (1246-1281); with the Nizam of Hyderabad in procession to a Durbar, January 25-28 (1291-1333); scenes in the city (1344-1376); some lion cubs (1380-1391); state elephants enjoying a cooling dip at Indore (1395-1404); the cultivation of rice (1418-1433); state elephants awaiting the arrival of the Prince at the station, Bhopal, February 4th (1443-1460); state visit to H.H. the Begum (1472-1512); procession to the Durbar (1518-1531); natives at work on pottery making at Gwalior (1535-1558); with the Maharajah on a state elephant, February 8th (1568-1627); the Taj Mahal, Agra (1638-1688); rice threshing (1699-1770). The arrival of the princes for the Durbar for Ruling Princes at the old fort, Delhi (1776-1860); welcoming the Prince at Patiala, February 22nd (1868-1875); a banyan tree at Jullundur (1884-1891); the Wriza Khan Mosque at Lahore (1900-1966); the brass bazaar at Peshawar (1911-1923); presentation of local Durbaris to the Prince, March 4-7th (1928-1951); Tibetan lama dancers at Kashmir (1961-1980); the Grand Lama and attendants (1991-1996). (film incomplete). Unedited and unidentified material (2047ft).




Technical Data

Running Time:
30 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
35mm Film
2047 ft

Production Credits

Production Countries:
Great Britain