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    Graphic reading 'XVth Olympiad', and then '6000 athletes assemble at Helsinki'. High undramatic wide shot of Helsinki's skyline. Exterior of Olympic Village, with the Olympic rings above the gates, and flags flying. Close up Olympic rings, and Hungarian athletes out for a stroll. Japanese athletes showing their passes and entering the village, and nice shot of two female Japanese athletes smiling, wearing 'Japan' jumpers. Three Pakistani hockey players walking past the camera, and USA athletes out walking. Pan across athletes lined up outside village, showing flags flying. Jamaican athletes waiting to go into opening ceremony, and close up Arthur Wint wearing beret and smart jacket. Jamaica flag being raised to fly with other flags, and soldiers saluting. Australian athletes waiting to enter stadium, and pan from close up of Australian logo on blazer pocket to athlete. Australian flag being raised. Australian female athletes waiting by door, and pan from badges on jacket lapel to close up of sprinter Marjorie Jackson . Olympic flags flying. Close up of door to office of the Great Britain team's headquarters, and pan to number '13a'. Brief interior shots of Olympic village apartments, including pan of sunny living room, and simple bedroom with twin beds and Olympic poster on wall.
    Empty village lane, then close up of sign to the USSR Olympic village, where Russian athletes are staying. Car park, and close up of Joseph Stalin poster being lowered into place on exterior of building. Close up of 'CCCP' logo on exterior of building. Buses arriving at camp, and male USSR athletes out walking. Female USSR athletes laughing with a man and holding a dog, and close up of USSR badge on tracksuit. Close up female athlete talking and smiling, and group of athletes receiving a talk, with close up of smiling men.
    Exterior of main athletes' village, and 'restaurant' sign. Pan across athletes' canteen, and close up men getting their food. Great Britain rower Chris Davidge receiving a tray of food. High jumper practising his jump, Puerto Rico's Francisco Castro practising his triple jump, and Brazil's Wanda Dos Santos practising her hurdles. Close up male German athlete, and female sprinters practising, and male Yugoslavian athletes looking on. Male sprinters practising, high diver practising, and swimmers practising in the pool, then high wide angle of swimming pool.
    In London, mid shot of The Duke of Edinburgh's car slowing to a halt, and close up of the Duke getting out and greeting people before leaving for Helsinki. Duke of Edinburgh getting onto aeroplane on runway.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:06:29 / 10:09:19
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  • Appears in...

    Olympiad 1952
  • Stills

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

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