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Still from In Search of Switzerland via EAFA


  • 212572 (Source: East Anglian Film Archive)

Date produced: 1936


Laurie Day

Stuart Day

Country of Production:

United Kingdom






525 ft




Dufaycolor and B&W

Sound Notes:



"Holiday footage taken by Laurie and Stuart Day during a fortnight’s break in the Swiss Alps prefaced by, and concluding with, scenes involving Laurie and Stuart Day at home in Stoke on Trent" (EAFA Database).


  • Stoke-on-Trent, UK (Filming)
  • Switzerland (Filming)






Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Collection, East Anglian Film Archive

Viewing Notes:

"The film begins as the couple plan their holiday at home. Sitting at a table in their lounge, they look at maps of Switzerland. Stuart Day suggests that they should make Interlaken their base and they agree on the places they wish to visit. Deciding to plan the holiday in detail, beginning at Bâle [Basel, Basle], footage of the actual holiday follows. The footage shot in the Alps is followed by another scene in the Days' lounge as the couple, having agreed on their holiday plans, write to Thomas Cook & Sons to make the appropriate arrangements. The holiday film includes footage of sightseeing attractions in the Alps, as well as street scenes, and people encountered during the journey. Sequences in the holiday film include shots taken of: alpine scenery during rail journeys from Bâle to Interlaken, from Interlaken to Harder Kulm; from Harder Kulm to Scheidegg, and down from the mountain peaks to Grindelwald; a snowball fight outside the Jungfrau Bahn; a visit to the village of Habkern on foot, where the Days with their friends [Margaret, and Mrs Belsham presumably] talk to villagers; street scenes and alpine views in Mürren; boat trips on Lake Brienz to and from the Giessbach Falls; street scenes in Thun, including shots of fish in tanks at a local restaurant; views from the Schynige Platte; Stuart Day at the Interlaken Swimming Pool; a female host modelling the Swiss national costume in Brienz; the journey by road through the Grimsel Pass and Gletsch Valley, with shots of heavy snowfalls; an encounter with an unidentified neighbour from home; farewells from hotel staff before the return journey; other ferry passengers. Shots in colour include scenes in Kandersteg, at the Interlaken Swimming Pool and in Brienz, including the female host modelling the Swiss national costume" (EAFA Database).

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