• Short Summary

    A look at the manufacture of bullet proof vests by a small discrete firm in West London.

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    Greenford, Middlesex.

    Exterior. M/S of a man in a trilby aiming and firing a revolver at the camera. M/S, taken from behind the man, as he fires at a tailor's dummy wearing a bullet proof vest while another man looks on. C/U of the bullet hitting the bullet proof vest. The marksman stops firing and the two men unfasten and inspect the vest. They are at the West London Shooting Grounds - "this is the only firing-range of its kind in Britain - a testing-ground for armoured waistcoats". C/U of the men looking for bullet marks inside the vest - it "doesn't even need darning".

    Acton Lane, Chiswick, West London.

    Interior. C/U of a man having his chest and waist measured by a tailor (possibly Leonard Barret) - "the tailor's shop in London where these reassuring garments are made is so exclusive it doesn't even show a name outside". C/U of the tailor writing on a note pad next to his tape measure and clippers. M/S of the tailor fitting the "high-tensile alloy that goes inside the heavy lined canvas" of a bullet proof vest. C/U of the tailor's hands fitting the squares of alloy which "overlap like fish's scales" to make the garment flexible. The bullet proof vest is one of the lesser known products of Wilkinsons Swords Ltd. C/U of the tailor's hands fitting the strips of scales into the main part of the vest. C/U of the tailor. M/S of the tailor constructing the vest at a work bench. M/S of a man taking off his suit jacket, the tailor passes him the vest to try on. C/U of the tailor placing the vest over the man's head. C/U of the tailor fastening the straps. The tailor takes orders for bullet proof vests from all over the world - "in fact, Mr. Leonard Barret, who runs it says his order book is a pretty accurate barometer of the international climate". M/S of the man as the tailor checks the vest is securely fitted.

    Mute neg goes out of sync with track neg - please use print.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:00:24:00 / 01:02:19:00
    CP 356

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