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Sunny Days (clip)

Scotland's first synchronised sound film

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This film is Scotland's first film with synchronised sound. The sound was recorded on a gramophone record and played simultaneously with the film. The animal sound affects were made by the producers of the film in a studio.

The film is one of a series of fund-raising films produced in aid of the Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund, Glasgow. The fund was set up to raise money to help poor children have a holiday in the countryside or seaside away from a summer playing in the dirty tenement backcourts and streets. The film was shown in cinemas and a collection taken after the screening.

This clip shows Glasgow children at a farm where they see cows, chickens and puppy dogs and playing in the hay field.

Questions & Activities


  • Would you want to be one of these children? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think there are no girls in this clip?
  • How do you think the animal sound effects were made?
  • How have harvesting methods changed since 1931?


Write a journal entry from the point of view of one of the children after the visit.

Make an alternative soundtrack using 'instruments' made from objects you have found.

Create a promotional film to make people want to visit your school, or for a special trip away.

Make contact with a farm and ask if you can keep a logged entry of how they spend a week in maintaining the farm. Create a graph to show the percentage of a time the farmer gives to each aspect of his work.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-151-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0893
Date 1931
Genre Documentary, Sponsored, Charitable
School Subject History, Social History, Modern Studies, Music, Mathematics
Subject Matter Children, holidays, Leisure, charity
Who Glasgow Corporation Education Authority (sponsor), Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund (sponsor), Ronald L Jay (director)
Where Rural
Event Holidays
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 1:57
Film Length 33:05