America 1948

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    Full title reads: "AMERICA".

    California, United States of America (USA).

    Long shot of a timber train. Angle shot, man struggling with girl by trestles. Keg of gunpowder handed up. Villain clouts girl on head. Villain lights fuse. Man and henchmen run. Close up shot of girl tied up to trestle beside burning fuse. Long shot of train arriving at bridge. Close up shot of the girl and gunpowder. Close up shot of the wheels of engine. Close up shot of the villain peeping. Close up shot of the fuse. Long shot of the bridge as it blows up. Close up shot, front of engine. Long shot of engine crashing down embankment. Long shot of engine, track back reveals film technicians at work. Technicians directing tying up of girl. Top shot of the model of train. Long shot of the train crashing over embankment.

    Note: this sequence resembles the old fashioned "Perils of Pauline" serials. This item is also featured in Picette No. 5 - Chimps, Champs and Chumps.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:40:01:00 / 01:41:00:00
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