• Short Summary

    Athletes approach Wembley Stadium, Earl and Countess Mountbatten tour the offical film headquarters, the King greets members of the International Committee, participating athletes of 58 nations parade into the stadium, the King proclaims the games open, thousands of pigeons are released, the torch-bearer lights the Olympic Flame, Wing Commander Donald Finlay takes the Olympic Oath, and the following day, the track and field events begin

  • Description

    Wide interior of stadium
    Arrival of Royal Party
    Earl Mountbatten inspecting officials
    Parade begins headed by Greece.
    Shah of Persia watching his team with Royal Family
    More of Parade
    King George VI salutes
    More of Parade
    Great Britain team enter stadium
    KingGeorge VI declares the London Olympic Games open
    Pigeons released
    Gun Salute
    Runner comes in with flaming torch and lights the Torch
    Wing-Commander Finlay takes the Olympic oath
    Games open with qualifying rounds of high jump
    Discus Mdlle Ostermeyer wins the Women's Discus event at the 1948 Olympic Games at Wembley with 137 feet 6???? inches
    Heats of 400 metres hurdles
    10,000 metres won by Zatopek of Czechoslovakia

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    CZECHOSLOVAKIA Zatopek wins the 10,000 metres in 1948 Olympic games


    Discus Mdlle Ostermeyer wins the Women's Discus event at the 1948 Olympic Games at Wembley with 137 feet 6???? inches


    QUEEN ELIZABETH Accompanies the King and the Shah of Persia to the Opening of the Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium


    D.O. FINLAY At opening of 1948 Olympic Games - Takes the Olympic oath on behalf of all assembled competitors


    FLAGS Olympic flags flying together at Wembley Stadium. Flag flying over the Stadium
    GEORGE VI King and Queen at Opening of Olympic Games accompanied by the Shah of Persia. King makes speech and declares the games open.


    IRAN, Shah of & Queen (Mohamed Riza) Seen in Royal Box with the King and Queen watching Iraqi team march past at the opening of the Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium


    KNIGHT MR CASTLETON Seen accompanying Earl and Countess Mountbatten in an inspection of the Official Film Unit for Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium


    JOHN MARK Seen running into Wembley Stadium with the Olympic Flame and lighting the Olympic Torch


    MOTORING. Really crowded car-park at opening of the Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium


    LORD AND LADY MOUNTBATTEN Earl and Countess Mountbatten accompanied by Mr Knight inspecting the official Camera unit at Wembley Stadium for the Olympic Games


    OLYMPIC GAMES OF 1948 Olympic games opening ceremony. Crowds gathering. Cars parked. Official film headquarters at work. and visit paid to them by Earl and Countess Mountbatten. Arrival of Royal Party. Parade begins headed by Greece. Shah of Persia watching his team with Royal Family. King declares the Games open. Runner comes in with flaming torch and lights the Torch. Wing-Commander Finlay takes the Olympic oath. Games open with qualifying rounds of high jump, Discuss heats of 400 metres hurdles. and 10,000 metres won by Zatopek of Czechoslovakia


    Sport; Athletics

    post-war, postwar, parade of nations, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, King George VI
    Background: Athletes approach Wembley Stadium, Earl and Countess Mountbatten tour the offical film headquarters, the King greets members of the International Committee, participating athletes of 58 nations parade into the stadium, the King proclaims the games open, thousands of pigeons are released, the torch-bearer lights the Olympic Flame, Wing Commander Donald Finlay takes the Olympic Oath, and the following day, the track and field events begin

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2Y3OOEZHZ4K4IHF3O3DRPFDY1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2Y3OOEZHZ4K4IHF3O3DRPFDY1
    Group:
    Reuters - Gaumont British Newsreel
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1948
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:08:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A
  • Part of…

    England hosts the first Summer Olympics since 1936 England hosts the first Summer Olympics since 1936

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