The Man Who Defies Death 1947

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    Switzerland.

    The man who defies death. A Dutchman is pierced with swords under the eye of Swiss doctors.

    LS General exterior view of the Burgerspital, Swiss sanatorium.

    MS Mirim Dajo taking off his jacket to perform the feat.

    CU His back, pitted with holes.

    MS The sword being passed through his body, from his back to his chest.

    CU His face.

    MS Cut in shot of audience watching.

    CU The face of the surgeon who puts the sword in.

    CU the sword being pushed through his side.

    VS of Dajo walking around with a sword pushed through his body.

    MS Dajo eating and drinking.

    Cataloguers Note: - This is fairly stomach churning stuff - treat with care. MD.

    Amendment February 2012: A visitor to the website has provided more information. "Mirim Dajo" should be "Mirin Dajo". The surgeon putting the sword in is not a surgeon but Dajo's assistant, Jan Kirk de Groot. The Burgerspital is in Basel.

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    Cataloguer:
    Mark
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Sound:
    sound
    Media URN:
    41250
    Sort Number:
    47/078
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:30:00 / 01:45:40:00
    Canister:
    47/78
    Film ID:
    1191.26
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1947
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  • shamrock rovers v bohemians,1926,my grandfather played in that game,just hope i can get a glimpse of him in it

    jimjim1201 13th Aug 2013

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