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Topical Budget: Auctioning Dogs For Middlesex Hospital, Crystal Palace (1926)

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Topical Budget's camera is on hand to capture this odd spectacle of auctioning dogs For Middlesex Hospital at Crystal Palace.

Topical Budget's camera is on hand to capture this odd spectacle, which features actress Gladys Cooper brandishing a megaphone in one hand and a puppy in the other. Cooper, who was born in London and would later receive three Academy Award nominations, is opening an auction of dogs held at the Crystal Palace raising funds for the Middlesex Hospital in the West End (since closed). Witty captions and several dogs are featured, with a pair of Dalmatians looking particularly lovable.

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Topical Budget (1911-1931) was one of three major British newsreels of the silent era, its main rivals being Gaumont Graphic and Pathé Gazette. Produced by William Jeapes' Topical Film Company, its first issue was released in September 1911. Of several newsreels on the market in this early period, by the middle of the First World War only three survived: Topical, Pathé and Gaumont.

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Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
BFI National Archive ProRes digital file LSA26221 Mute
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