• Short Summary

    Trees being dug up for a new road in Rome, the Victophonium played by inventor Mr Shepherd and wagons hauled by electrically driven capstans at Paddington Station.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Caught By The Camera".

    Various locations.

    Several shots of men working on a huge building site in the valley of Murcia, near the Circus Maximus in Rome, Italy. A new road is being built through the valley, and we see the men digging up trees and moving them to be transplanted elsewhere.

    We then see a novel one-man-band played in a nightclub (?) by the inventor of this 'Victophonium', Mr Shepherd. He sits playing a drum kit and blowing on a tuba (there are several other instruments attached), and accompanies a gramophone record. People dance as he plays. C/U of a clock face shows the time at one o'clock.

    Various shots at Paddington railway station in London; good shots of steam engines. We see that goods wagons are hauled by by electrically driven capstans here, as smoke and sparks from the engines are considered harmful to goods. A man hitches a rope to a wagon, presses a large button with his foot and the capstan starts to turn, winding the rope around it, as a man unravels the other end of the rope as it turns.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:26:00 / 01:37:44:00
    PT 240

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