Pathe Knew How to Make Them Grand

Hi there, guys and dolls! For my Raves n Faves this week, I am sharing some of my all-time favorite things, Pathe films. There are so many great ones, but I am focusing in on some fantabulously glamourous ones. Just click on the image or the title to be taken to the whole film on their Youtube site. Happy viewing!

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Jill sure knows how to make a workout look fun, doesn’t she?

Jill Day’s Gym – let’s start with a little exercise, shall we? This short gem is fabulous, fit and funny. Really, this is something to be seen. You’ll learn a thing or two, and not just about keeping your girlish figure in check! And by the way, just who could resist a male gym partner named Rusty Hood!?! Well I couldn’t, and Jill sure can’t. This clip is certainly a workout for the eyes, too as it’s not just for the ladies. Now if only I can tear my good friend Biff away from the screen, I could move on…

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Stunning, just stunning!

Italian Fashions – What happens when fabulous Italian models invade England? Why, some of the most dreamiest scenes you’ve ever seen. That Schubert of Rome sure could design an evening dress? And how about that red brocade? Just darling!

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Rahvising works of art….

Old Master Fashions – nope, not dressing up some old geezers, but showing off some of the latest 1950’s designs influenced by classic paintings. Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, to name drop a few. And the dresses are devine. Designed by the Rahvis sisters, they are true works of art. Got a spare 60 yards of tulle? I’d like to see you try to just whip one up! Why not just whip one up.

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Ah, the jet set life

Taiho Fashions – and now we are off to Ireland to check out the latest in Taiho, the new spiffy, swiffy silk alternative (yeah, I have no idea what that is, either…). Ultra glamourous setting and clothing in Ulster, anyhoo. Ooh, just stop asking questions and enjoy the film, would ya? Love the dishy swishy and bright colors!

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Ooh, how glamourous!

Paris, the City of Fashion – last stop, Paris! This delightful film is such a treasure. It has opening credits, a bit of a storyline, Parisian street scenes and full of the usual quips and jaunty humor that make the Pathe films make you feel like you’ve been on holiday. At just over 14 minutes long, this is such a treat for the senses. Heck, even by the time it’s done, you can appreciate the really goofy almost French accent of the narrator (almost, it’s pretty geeky, to be honest – eh, it works in its own hokey way…)

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts. And don’t forget to give my Poppy Cove Mysteries a try if you haven’t already.

Toodles, Barbara Jean

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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2 Responses to Pathe Knew How to Make Them Grand

  1. amandasmother8 says:

    love your articles!

    Liked by 1 person

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