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Title:BETHLEHEM, SOLOMON'S POOL AND JERUSALEM [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 15
Summary: Scenes of Bethlehem, Solomon's Pool and Jerusalem, including General Allenby's visit to Bethlehem on Christmas Day, Palestine Front, 1917.
Description: I. A long sequence of 2/4th Battalion, the Dorset Regiment, with its band leading, marching into Bethlehem (poor quality film). II. Allenby's visit to Bethlehem, 25 December 1917. He can be seen among a large crowd, getting into his car and leaving. (Note the official still photographer, Sergeant Westmoreland, at work.) III. The 'Solomon's Pool' reservoir. A flashframe reads "the reservoirs built by Solomon 3,000 years ago were cleaned and the waters sent into Jerusalem by the aqueduct built by Herod and Pontius Pilate". IV. Turkish prisoners on the march guarded by Indian lancers. V. Interior shots of the Church of the First Prison of Christ at Jerusalem.
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jeapes, Harold (Production individual)
Hurley, Frank1885-10-151962-01-16Australian photographer (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman (person)
Westmoreland, George W (person)
British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Dorsetshire Regiment, Bn 2/4 (regiment/service)
Indian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Indian Army, lancers (regiment/service)
Keywords: prisoners of war, Turkish - movement: march (object name)
operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
journalism and record, British - photographer (object name)
buildings, Palestinian - religious: church (object name)
Turkey & Jerusalem, Palestine <Solomon's Pool & Church of the First Prison of Christ> (geography)
Turkey & Bethlehem, Palestine (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 630 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Intertitles: these are all flashframes.
Summary: Allenby attempted to make his visit to Bethlehem secret, and the cameramen did not arrive until just as he was due to leave.