• Short Summary

    Film explaining how penicillin was discovered and spores being incubated to produce drug.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Titles read: 'African Mirror No. 246 - A MIRACLE FROM A MOULD'.

    C/Us of mouldy potatoes, bread and fruit. M/S still of Professor Alexander Fleming of St Mary's Hospital, London, the man who discovered penicillin. C/Us of laboratory dishes with mould cultures on them, as commentator explains the work that led to the discovery of the drug.

    C/U of specimen of penicillin spores that has been sent to South Africa (label on side of bottle is dated 6 January 1944). The bottle is opened and a tiny tube with a pellet inside it taken out. The tube is cut open, the pellet is dropped into a test tube of fluid. The fluid is added to other tubes and incubated in a special cabinet.

    Later, the tubes are taken out. C/U of one of the test tubes to show it is now a large, mouldy blob. The penicillin is transferred into glass flasks for further incubation. Shot of the flasks with clear liquid inside; fade into shot of flasks with mass of white mould inside. Fluid is taken from the flasks and put into test tubes. C/Us of test tubes shows how the penicillin drug has cleared deadly germs in one of them. Scientist looks through microscope. Magnified view of "the wonder fungus". C/U of still of Professor Alexander Fleming.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:32:00 / 01:31:41:00
    UN 1200 C

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