Of All the Gay Places



TIME/IMAGE Note:
This title is reissued in 1940 under the title Healing Waters. Much of the information below comes from the Healing Waters entry from the 1939 edition of Films of Britain. As Healing Waters was not released until 1940, it is assumed that the information listed under this title in 1939 is likely to in fact refer to Of All the Gay Places, considering that Healing Waters was still in production at the time of publishing. Entires in The British Film Catalogue; Vol 2: Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 [1] state that the material in the different titles is almost identical.

Of All the Gay Places is also occasionally known as Modern Bath.

[Sarah - 29/06/11]



'The Romans discovered the healing properties of the water at Bath when they invaded Britain. They built a city knead the springs, equipped with a system of baths which exists to-day, as complicated and efficient as any modern plumbing scheme.
The baths were forgotten for hundreds of years until the beginning of the 18th century, when they were rebuilt. At the same time a building programme was started in the town, and before long Bath had become the best planned city in Europe. It attracted the famous and wealthy, partly because of the balls, masquerades and other such entertainments given there, and partly because of the curative powers of its waters.
Those healing waters which flowed so freely in Roman days and in the 18th century, flow to-day, and the city has lost none of its importance as
a spa and a holiday centre.' [2]

13 minutes.
35mm: 1200ft. 16mm: 480ft.

Date: 1938
Director: William Pollard
Duration: 10:--
Format: Unknown
Sponsor: TIDA / British Council
Production: Strand
Production: TIDA
Script: Donald Taylor
Photography: George Noble
Photography: Fred Gamage
Cast Member: Nina Keech
Cast Member: Bath Operatic Dramatic Society
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  1. ^ By Dennis Gifford. 2001 Edition.
  2. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1939