So This is London - Some of the Salient Features of the World's Largest City



'The charm of London lies in its variety. This film introduces both modern and historic London: the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Admiralty and the famous Tower; the Docks, the City, the parks and the palaces; the West End, with its fashionable shops and stores; and, in contrast, a typical street-market. Pageantry plays a big part in London life, as seen by the Judge’s procession to the Law Courts, and the Trooping of the Colour.
When night falls on London the streets are brilliantly lit, and the activity centres on the restaurants, theatres, cinemas and night-clubs.' [1]

Date: 1935
Duration: 10:--

Director: Marion Grierson
Production Company: Strand/TIDA
Producer: John Grierson
Cinematographer: William Shenton
Composer: John Foulds
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -

Length: 35mm: 1320ft. 16mm: 530ft.

Distributor: Zenifilms

Notes:

Credits listed here are taken from the British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition), page 265, ref: 06832.

This book also suggests that a silent counterpart film exists, entitled London Town.
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From August 1937, Films of Britain Leaflet: A Report of National Screen Publicity by TIDA:[2]
The first two sound films produced [by TIDA] were So this is London and, on behalf of the Lancashire Industrial Development Council, So this is Lancashire. ‘Difficulty was experienced, however, in marketing only two films since in some cases film renters purchase short films in batches of six. Further films were therefore produced.’
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  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1939
  2. ^ Ref: TNA T 161-1229 - 'TIDA & HM Treasury'