Power Slave Aka Slave Automation Or Radio… 1958

Star Item
  • Add to Favourites
  • View as stills
  • Description

    Erith, Kent.

    C/U of a robotic arm - its full title is a "Remotely Operated Power Manipulator" - lifting a "supposedly radioactive" valve wheel. Panning shot follows the arm as it lifts the wheel and sets it down on a table. M/S of the entire robotic arm, in the background is the operator, George Tulfry standing behind a window. The arm is the first of its kind to be made in Europe and was produced by the General Electric Company Ltd. C/U of George's hand turning a switch on the control panel. C/U of the arm still holding the wheel. C/U of George's face. M/S of the arm lifting a brush dipped in red paint from a tin and painting a block of metal - the narrator explains that during a nuclear accident the arm would be useful for marking affected material a distinctive colour. C/U of the arm painting. Tilt down to show the delicate brushing movements the arm is capable of. M/S from the side showing the entire arm. Tilt up to show how the arm moves back and forth by sliding along a rail attached to the ceiling. C/U of George using the controls - the narrator points out that with closed circuit television the operator could potentially be miles away. C/U of the arm picking up a block of frozen carbon dioxide. C/U of the George. C/U of his hands on the controls. C/U of the arm gently dropping the block into a beaker of water. C/U of the controls being operated. C/U of the carbon dioxide fizzing and smoking in the beaker - the narrator jokes that "you could use it at home for putting sugar in your tea but when you realise that it can quite easily lift 750 lb. at a time ... well, it is rather like taking a steamroller to press your clothes with". C/U of the George. C/U of the arm lifting the beaker of carbon dioxide and carefully decanting the gas into another smaller beaker resting on a metal block. The arm almost knocks the beaker over and in response the narrator japes: "Steady George!" M/S of George's back and the control panel. C/U of a dial on the control panel.

    M/S of a young woman, Eve Ward, sitting on the table holding a tube of lip stick. The arm moves menacingly close to her. She places the lip stick between its pincers. C/U of the girl and the arm. C/U of the operator. C/U of the arm applying lipstick to the girl's lips.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1958
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    2357
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    73.36
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:17:00 / 01:55:39:00
    Canister:
    CP 175
    Sort Number:
    CP 175
  • Appears in...

    Collections
    Cinemagazines
    Categories
    Science & Technology
    WorkSpaces
    DRGPILOT Make-up Robots Titanic Centenary Collection Futuristic Items FRY - robots Sci-fi
  • Stills

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.

All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment

To post a comment, please Register or to add a comment
If you are a Producer and have seen some footage you wish to include in your film, please contact us.
laurelhardy
2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.
yardstare
Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
pope

Related Videos

Hide
The Queen Sees Our Atom Progress

The Queen Sees Our Atom Progress

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell.

Nuclear Manipulator  Remote Handling Equipment

Nuclear Manipulator Remote Handling Equipment

Operator and nuclear manipulator in action.

Trails And Rails

Trails And Rails

Educational film detailing the building of railways in West Africa.

Gladwyn Jebb Speaks At UN Conference

Gladwyn Jebb Speaks At UN Conference

Britain's delegate Sir Gladwyn Jebb speaks at UNO Security Council meeting on Korea.

Erection Of The Berlin Wall

Erection Of The Berlin Wall

On 14th April 1912, four days into her maiden voyage, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. These 15 images have been selected from Pathe's Titanic collection.
Titanic
2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.
yardstare
The Duke of Edinburgh has many talents, but it is his unique way with words that often receives the most attention. 
Philip
British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
Franz Reichelt
Are you guilty of perpetuating a story regardless of its truth? Here are some classic urban myths which you may not know are false.
Urban Legends
10 telling images selected from British Pathé's extensive WWI footage. 'The war to end all wars' was a war without parallel: over 70 million military personnel were involved and over 17 million people died.
WW1
There are some people who saw their mortality as really rather funny. Here are 12 of the best epitaphs.
laurelhardy
The images taken from inside Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation show us what it was like; it tells us what happened and forces us to remember.
Buchenwald
She may never have given a press interview but she is still one of the most famous women in the world. Here are 13 surprising facts you may not know about Queen Elizabeth II.
dancingqueen