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    English Channel.

    GV. Elevated shot of crowds on the beach at Cap Gris Nez, France, at night. SCU. Two French Gendarmes. SV. Woman competitor having her legs greased. SCU. Man competitor having his body greased. SV. People sheltering under raincoats because of the bad weather. SV. Woman competitor having her arms greased. SV. Man competitor covered in grease. LV. Competitors well greased, lined up at the water's edge. SV. Billy Butlin, the organiser of the race, talking to man competitor just before the start. LV. Woman walking out into sea, waves break round her. SV. Panning shot of man walking out into sea, behind him men are getting into small boat. Walking shot of two men walking into sea with Billy Butlin. SV. Ken Goddard standing in water filming man competitor. SCU. Man wearing goggles walking in water.
    LV. Helicopter flying over the swimmers. Air shot of Danish swimmer Greta Anderson swimming beside boat, & air shot. LV. Control boat. SV. Ken Wray lying in second place swimming strongly, & SV. LV. Brenda Fisher swimming beside boat, & SV. LV. Man swimming beside boat, & SV. He is being given instructions by man standing on boat with megaphone. LV. Boat that is looking after Greta Anderson. SV. She is handed a drink by man sitting in dinghy.
    GV. Greta Anderson swimming beside boat nearing Dover, cliffs can be seen in the distance, & SV. GV. People on beach at Dover awaiting the winner. SCU. Small boy on cliff top looking through binoculars. LV. Greta Anderson sitting in the water a few yards out from the beach. She is so tired that she can hardly pull herself up to the beach and is being coaxed by her followers in the boat. SV. Crowd at the water's edge. GV. Greta Anderson trying to walk ashore, but she falls. SCU. Of her crawling out of water on her hands and knees. SV. Two men putting coat round her shoulders, as she reaches the beach she falls back into their arms completely exhausted. CU. Panning shot of Greta Anderson walking up beach helped by two men. LV. Crowds cheering. SCU. Greta Anderson waving to crowds after her victory.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:28:00 / 01:27:26:00
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  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure
    Folkestone english channel swimmer channel swim Channel Swim
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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