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A Couple of Down and Outs

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Edinburgh Central Library is delighted to have the opportunity to show the film “A Couple of Down and Outs” in the Reference Library in conjunction with the charity Scotland’s War, and courtesy of the British Film Archive.

This silent film from 1923 tells the story of unemployed ex Royal Horse Artillery serviceman Danny Creath (played by Rex Davis) who discovers that his old artillery horse “Jack” is about to be shipped off for slaughter in Belgium. Daniel rescues the horse and the pair go on the run. The film has flashbacks to the Western Front and depicts the comradeship which often grew up between man and horse in the horrors of the WWI trenches where horses performed the vital role of transport to the front line. By the end of the war all but 4 of the 150 horses used in the trenches were killed.

This was the first film directed by Walter Summers, who went on to direct further WWI instructional films. The producer was G. B. Samuelson. The film was missing for many years until its discovery in the Netherlands and restoration at the British Film Archive.

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