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    Note: the soundtrack is missing. This is an alternative version of 2997.01. There was two versions of this documentary - an "Austin Version "and a "Morris Version" - not sure which is which. Some shots are shared or similar.


    British Motor Corporation Logo (B.M.C. BMC). Film starring Fred Emney (comedian) and Terence Alexander.

    Aerial view: City of London street with buses. Our hero gets out of taxi and enters an office. WS. The office interior. He speaks to his secretary and meets with his boss. CU a brochure "The big breakthrough in suspension".

    01:13:38 Two cyclists arrive in the grounds of a stately home. WS interior room full of bicycle parts. Our hero and another man talk. CU 'Moulton' Hydrolastic suspension unit, 'manufactured for BMC by Dunlop' on display. Its key features are pointed out. An Austin 1100 drives through a high street. The driver opens the boot to reveal boxes labelled 'Fropax', he walks into a shop with Fropax signs in the window. CU the same car in residential surroundings being washed by a woman. She leaves with two women dressed for tennis. MS the Austin 1100 again in a picnic scene by a lake. CU the same car driven by Fred Emney. He talks to our hero in the passenger street and they drive up to a London night club. Four glamourous ladies emerge from the back seat! CU the sign 'Murray's Cabaret Club'.

    01:17:48 WS Four glamorous cabaret girls on stage in outrageous skimpy bikinis. The lead girl who has a small costume made only of flowers dances with an umbrella frame. CU the audience. Four more cabaret girls in satin 'Bunny girl'-esque costumes perform on stage. MS the theatre curtains pull back to reveal Fred Emney playing at the piano. Two girls in silver top hats and short red cloaks pose next to him on stage.

    19:35 Aerial view a small plane. CU the pilots inside (our hero again). GV Four men in flying uniform get into the Austin 1100. WS as the car passes planes on a runway and drives down a country lane. CU the driver a man in an anorak. He arrives at a Car rally. Various shots the race / rally in progress. Variety of cars and spectator shots (in the rain). CU a mini coming into the pit-stop. Several Mini shots.

    23:34 GV A farmer attending to a sheep in a pen. Our hero is talking to him. The same Austin 1100, now quite muddy is parked next to them. the two men drive off with a pen of sheep in the foreground. The car leaves the farm and drives across a grass field. Cut to a police car (another Austin 1100). CU interior shot with two policemen driving and our hero in the back. They stop to chat. WS A vehicle test track. The police car and a Morris Minor? skidding round corners.

    25:59 A city scene at night. The police car in pursuit of a man on foot. MS he is caught by their Alsatian dog. Cut to another car rally? our hero talks to a young couple. Various shots cars being flagged off. The young couple are inside a MG. Various shots of cars stopping at Time Check-in Points, and speeding down country lanes. WS A 'Youngs' brewery horse and cart outside a pub. Our hero enters and makes a telephone call at the bar. CU cuts between a man in his office on the phone and our hero on the phone in the pub.

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    British Pathé
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    01:11:46:00 / 01:29:33:00
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    Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    bmc Austin Cars Secretaries at Work office Rally Clips Mini: John Cooper Cops and Robbers group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look Ep4 early 50s consumer col
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Comments (2)

  1. bacon_robert says

    I don't think that this film can be from 1950. The Austin 1100 was not launched until the 1960's.
    Perhaps 1960 should be the correct date.

    Robert Bacon

  2. jamied says

    Following on from the previous contributor's comment, the film here certainly isn't from 1950, it was made in 1962.

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