Kurshaal Kursaal Preparations 1956

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    Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

    Panning high angle L/S of the Kursaal amusement park out of season and devoid of crowds.

    Several shots in the amusement park show workers cleaning and checking the rides before the summer season. Cleaned merry-go-round horses are put back in place; the water chute lake is cleaned by two men with brooms and the debris piled beside it. Other men are seen sawing wood, tightening bolts and so on. Another man works high up on the run down to the water chute.

    M/S of John Martin, manager of the scenic railway / roller coaster, looking around at the length of the ride, built in 1937. He then climbs onto it and walks along the track. M/S of him on the brow of one of the drops as he checks the line gauge at several places; commentator says it takes him a whole day to check the entire ride.

    John stops and looks around, over the length of the ride, then signals to a man on the ground below to start the ride up. An old man in a hat starts the motor which sets the chain in motion that takes the roller coaster cars to the top of the first summit; C/U of the motor going round. M/S of John on the first summit, checking the chain as it turns round. Commentator says at this point in the ride, the cars are disengaged from the chain and complete the journey under their own momentum.

    M/S of John, cigarette in hand, getting into a car at the start of the ride; this is the acid test we are told. He signals for the ride to start. We then see various shots of the roller coaster ride, some are point of view shots from the ride. We finish with a shot of the cars speeding towards us down from a summit; the cars go over our heads, causing a blackout (of the film, not me).

    Note: neg is quite scratched and dirty. On file is a news cutting about cleaning the rides in Battersea Festival Gardens which obviously inspired this story.

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    Cataloguer:
    Sarah
    Stock:
    Colour
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    2013
    Sort Number:
    CP 072
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:05:00 / 01:48:03:00
    Canister:
    CP 072
    Film ID:
    41.23
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1956
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