|The Kamera Cine Films
Last updated November 2011
Harrison Marks first announced that his glamour films were in production in Kamera No.23 (1959). However, it wasn't until seven months later, in issue No.30 (1960), that the first 7 titles were advertised for sale. Title No.1, 'Art for Art's Sake', featured Pamela Green and Jean Sporle. The other six films each featured one model; No.2 Rona (Scott - shown above), No.3 Virginia (Green), No.4 & No.7 Paula Page, one of which is illustrated above, No.5 Mary Deighan and No.6 Erica. In fact, when released, the last three films were given different numbers.
There was no such thing as video in 1960. The black and white films were made on celluloid, available in 8mm or 16mm format and there was no sound track. In order to watch one you had to have a movie projector and not that many people had an 8mm projector at that time, let alone a 16mm machine. The 16mm format was eventually dropped.
In Kamera No.32 a new aspect was added to the range of films: 'Wonderful London' described as 'A magnificent series of films in black & white and colour. It would certainly be interesting to look back on them now to see how London has changed in the intervening 50 odd years. However, one has to suspect that the films had limited appeal at the time because the advert only appeared the once.
A further seven new glamour titles where announced in Kamera No.35 and issue 36 advertised 12 new titles but didn't give any details you had to apply for a 16 page catalogue. It wasn't until No.48 (1962) that any details of new movies appeared. This issue promoted Ann Walker in 'Dark Exchange' and Jackie Salt in 'Night Prowler'. 'Margaret Nolan in 'One Track Mind' came next. Then on the inside cover of issue No.50 all the titles currently available were listed for the first time. There were 40 in all and the same advert appeared for the next six issues. After that there were occasional adverts for new films. In issue 66 the first advert for a colour film appeared. It starred June Palmer in 'Dream Goddess', which was shot on the Roman set built for the HM feature film 'The Naked World of Harrison Marks'. By issue No.73, a total of fifteen 8mm colour titles were available.
As you will see, the film numbers can be a little misleading. The two covers above, which were re-releases of the originals, show number 4, which actually was the fourth film made, and No.109, which is not the 109th film, it is the ninth 100ft long film. There were also a series which began with 'E.1' and ran to 'E.27', which were all produced between 1967/8. For some reason HM decided to change the numbering system. There is neither a film No.13 nor a film No.E.13 and I guess we have to put that down to superstition, although there was a Kamera No.13.
The production of these short Glamour films continued for some twelve months or more after Kamera Publications ceased trading in 1968, and the full catalogue that we are aware of includes 132 titles (two of which are unknown). However, the film at the end on our list that has no film number and although it was probably made c.1968/9 it may not have been published under the Kamera Cine Films banner. After the Kamera companies went into liquidation in 1969 HM formed a new film company, Maximus, which re-released earlier HM films and continued making movies for both the home and continental markets. A detailed list of all the Harrison Marks and Maximus films of the seventies that we know about is also available behind the Green Door.
Our film archive now contains over 100 of the titles on the list below, and we have made all the Harrison Marks films we have available to members of The Green Door. To get the best possible results from these old 8mm films, they are being digitized by a top UK film laboratory using tele-cine, and copies can be ordered by members on DVD or VCD.
To view the full list of over 130 Kamera Cine Films that we know about, please use the link below.