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  • Air-Sea Rescue Launch (1952)

    🎬British Pathé – New RAF air sea rescue boat being tested on Solent. Air sea rescue launch tested on Solent near Portsmouth, Hampshire. Various point of view shots from back of speed boat. Various shots of RAF (Royal Air Force) air sea rescue speed boat at sea. C/U of helmsman at wheel. The boat passes a liner. C/U of controls inside wheel house. More shots rescue boat speeding past. L/S raft on fire at sea. The rescue boat passes it, crew direct hoses at blazing raft. C/U of man operating foam hose. C/U of foam squirting onto raft. Note: newspaper cutting and press release from Ministry of Supply about launch on file.
    1827 Views
  • C.E.A. Scrapbook For 1952 (1952)

    🎬British Pathé – Humorous film made for delegates to the Cinema Exhibitors Association Conference. High waves crash against a seaside seafront. A man in an overcoat and hat runs out to a shelter on the front. A man walks along the sea front under an umbrella. Flooded road (Alvis Ave.), water several feet deep in garden. Man and woman in rain coats and holding umbrella stand on pier. Flood water in front garden - sign reads 'Chalet to Let'. LV seafront with pier. People line up outside cinema ticket booth. LV Seafront at Llandudno in Wales. Various shots of men playing golf. (The voiceover describes it as "Work... work ... work") Men stand under golf umbrella marking scores. SV. Film Stars Lex Barker and Arlene Dahl at Meyrick Park bowling green. (From CEA Conference 1951 Bournemouth). Various traffic scenes from the turn of the Century. Female musicians in orchestra pit of Electric Palace cinema (clips from TTR - Edwardian Summer). Old fashioned Opel car driven along road, passed by man on a penny farthing bicycle. Man rides bicycle of the end of a pier. CU hand turning over pages in a picture book. View of Porthcawl, Wales. Seafront. Man tries to get statue of reclining female to drink from wine glass. Group of CEA (Cinema Exhibitors Association) delegates chatting. CU two men's feet walking along pavement. CU sign reading 'Kenilworth Hotel'. More feet on pavement. CU ext. Earls Court. Ext. Buckingham Palace, London. Views of various hotels in Bournemouth. Delegates at conference. Men playing golf. Young woman rides motorcycle around 'Wall of Death'. Strange rotating funfair ride. Centrifugal spinning ride - man pinned to wall by centrifugal force. Speeded up film of people riding Merry-go-round. Speeded up film of driving style ride. Speeded up film of roller coaster. Speeded up film of watersplash ride. POV speeded up shots of driving through London traffic. GV of Llandudno, Wales seafront. Voiceover describes the next sequence as being wives of delegates to the CEA (Cinema Exhibitors Association) Conference - in fact we see - Glamorous women combing hair and getting dressed in backstage dressing room. Two women doing keep fit exercises. Four women in leotards exercising with balls. Woman having legs stretched by physiotherapist. (Great CU of her face). Women in leotards exercising on floor with balls. CU and MS of woman having some kind of beauty treatment applied - possibly petroleum jelly - smeared over skin. Two women in leotards and fishnet tights exercise. Woman fastens strap on dress (Voiceover makes a joke about support). Woman exercises by rolling ball around waist. Mr Fuller (CEA General Secretary) and Mr Bill Speakman (President of CEA) at table looking over papers. Mr Speakman puts on a traditional Welsh cap and bonnet. End title reads - "Good Wishes from Pathe to Our C.E.A. Friends."
    1761 Views
  • Forest Heritage (ESSO) (1952)

    🎬 The New Forest. A film exploring the rich landscape, people and forest traditions in the post war years.

    18th century Agisters and pigs with rights to wander are just some of the ancient traditions celebrated in this beguiling look at life in the New Forest. Less familiar sights are captured, too, such as broom making and logging, forestry planting and sailing on the River Beaulieu near Buckler's Hard. No film about the area would be complete, though, without the famous Forest ponies – who are seen here in all their equine glory.

    Filmmaker Roy Layzell made many films during this period including other local area films such as Pipelines Under Southampton Water in 1957.

    Clifton Parker was a renowned British composer. With nearly 50 feature films under his belt, including The 39 Steps in 1959 and Sink The Bismark in 1960.

    John Snagge (OBE) was the voice of the BBC from the war years to his retirement in 1980.

    Featuring John Snagge
    Music by Clifton Parker
    Filmed and Directed by Roy Layzell
    Original Cinema Release 1952

    The film was commissioned by the Esso Petroleum Company in 1952, just as they were establishing a new refinery on the eastern edge of the New Forest at Fawley, but Forest Heritage is entirely concerned with the natural beauty and traditions of the area: ‘A place out of this modern world where simple pleasures are enough – a miraculous survival of pre-Norman England’.
    5882 Views

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