Spoof film made by members of the Tees-Side Cine Club based in Middlesbrough, which parodies the Sherlock Holmes crime dramas. Scenes for the film were shot in various parts of Cleveland, North Yorkshire, including Great Ayton, Great Broughton, Kilton Wood, and Middlesbrough. The Jet Miners Inn, Great Broughton, and Hush’s Pawnbrokers shop, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, feature prominently in the film as locations. It was written and produced in 1931 by Kate Brown, wife of Tom H. Brown, and photographed by Wilf Maxwell. Tom Brown takes the principal acting part as the detective, Darelock Bones, and also plays the Mayor. His father, Tom Brown Senior, plays the part of Dr Darling, and his wife, Mabel Brown, plays the Mayor’s Wife.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
Home movie compilation by Dr H. Brenton Porteous that captures winter scenes in Newcastle and surrounding countryside; biplanes and monoplanes at Woolsington airfield; Beadnell bay and harbour; High Force waterfall on the River Tees, and the building of an air raid shelter at Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, the home of Dr Porteous, and now the site of Whites Hotel. Also included are shots at the wedding of Dr H. B. Porteous (the filmmaker) and Dr Winifred Ormerod in 1926, with good examples of 1920s bridal wear.