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French Pathé Natan 17.5mm talkie projector

There were various attemps at a 17.5mm film gauge, but one was introduced by Pathé-Baby in France in the late 1920's with a projector and library of silent films. A Pathé 17.5mm cine camera was also advertised. Pathéscope in the UK presumably imported some of these items but only appear to have advertised the 17.5mm silent system once in their house magazine.

Pathé 17.5mm optical sound-on-film was launched in 1933/4 with a sound system added to the silent projector. A smaller projector was provided for amateur use. By 1938 a larger machine appeared.

I have a small collection of 17.5mm films and equipment. I would be interested in purchasing other 17.5mm items or a complete collection maybe. Contact me by E-Mail at:
presto @ (no gaps in actual e-mail address)

Pathé 17.5mm silent film clip Pathé 17.5mm sound film clip



1. A brief history of the 17.5mm film gauges - 03Oct2016


2. Details of all Pathé 17.5mm movie equipment 08Oct2016
. (plus some Pathé 17.5mm film specifications)

3. Magazine review of the 17.5mm Home Talkie 09Sept2017

4. Details of non-Pathé 17.5mm movie equipment 21July2006

5. A UK Pathéscope 17.5mmm Sales Leaflet 24Mar2015


6. Catalogue of 17.5mm optical sound films issued in the UK between 1934 - 1939 31Jan2017

7. Catalogue of 17.5mm silent films in the UK Pathéscope library 1927 - 193? 10Sept2002

8. Catalogue of 17.5mm sound films issued by Pathé in France 1933 - 1941 Feb2008 (incomplete!)

9. Catalogue of 17.5mm silent films issued by Pathé in France 1926 - 193? 01Aug2008

10. Actual 17.5mm UK Pathe Film Library Descriptive Catalogues 27Dec2014 23Mar2015


11. John Cunningham "Ever Heard of a GBL517.5?" - conversion of an GBL516 to 17.5mm 08Oct2002

12. Martyn Stevens' 17.5mm Jottings (Pathéscope "Home Talkie"/17.5mm film repairs etc.) 03Jan2003

13. French article "The Pathé Rural" (translated into English by Martyn Stevens) 20Jan2003

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21Oct2001 ..... Last updated 12 February 2018 ............. 175seventeen.htm ................. © MMXV Grahame .L. Newnham
27Dec2014 - Descriptive Film Catalogue scans being added ../ 23Mar2015 Another film library catalogue scan added..
24Mar2015 - Pathéscope 17.5mm Sales Leaflet scan added / 03Oct2016 - tidying!
09Sep2017 - Home Talie review added