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Image from I'd Be Delighted To! in Movie Makers, Dec. 1936, 534


  • 3436 (Source: East Anglian Film Archive)

Date produced: 1932


S. Winston Childs






1 reel (400 ft)





Sound Notes:



ACL Ten Best 1932, Honorable Mention
American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1932 - Third Place
American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1932 - Equipment Prize, Bell & Howell Company, choice of Standard Cooke Telephoto Lens
IAC Film Collection, East Anglian Film Archive


"I'd Be Delighted To!, directed and photographed by S. Winston Childs, jr., ACL, is that kind of production often planned but seldom made — a film story told entirely in closeups. Presenting the simple incident of a dinner a deux in a gentleman's apartment, the picture runs through 400 feet of brilliantly chosen, strikingly filmed, significant closeups. It is adroit, amusing and sophisticated, and a splendid example of what, with skill and care, can be done in this distinctly advanced amateur filming method." Movie Makers, Dec. 1932, 562.


S. Winston Childs, jr. writes on filming exclusively in closeups in "The Closeup's The Thing" (Movie Makers, Feb. 1933, 65, 78).

An ad in Movie Makers (Feb. 1933, 91) for Bell & Howell's Filmo camera references I'd Be Delighted To! as an award-winning amateur film shot with a Filmo.

The film was available in the ACL's Club Film Library.

This original version of this film, which contains a "risqué" ending, is held by the Yale Film Archive. A copy is also available in the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers collection at the East Anglian Film Archive; EAFA's print omits the risqué ending.






Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Collection, East Anglian Film Archive;
Yale Film Archive


  • Screened at Eastman's Little Theatre on Dec. 6, 1932: Hollywood, CA
  • Screened by the Chicago Cinema Club in 1933: Chicago, IL
  • Screened by the Kansas City Cinema League at the Edison Memorial Hall in 1933: Kansas City, MO
  • Screened by the Milwaukee Junior Association of Commerce Cinema Club in 1934: Milwaukee, WI
  • Screened by the Telephone Camera Club of Manhattan in 1934: Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Sixteen Movie Club in 1935: Akron, OH
  • Screened by the Buffalo Amateur Cinema Club in 1935: Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Los Angeles 8mm. Club in 1936: Los Angeles, CA
  • Screened by the Nederlandsche Smalfilmliga in 1936: Emmastad, Curaçao
  • Screened by the Aruba branch of the Nederlandsche Smalfilmliga in 1936: Aruba
  • Screened at a Philadelphia Cinema Club "shorts" contest in 1945: Philadelphia, PA
  • 11th Orphan Film Symposium, April 13, 2019: Queens, NY

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