Investigation into prospects of building undersea link between Britain and France.
Dover, Kent, London & Paris, France.
GV. The white cliffs of Dover and the English Channel. GV. Cliffs of Dover, pan down to Mr Arnold, caretaker of the old channel tunnel, walking towards the exterior of the old tunnel entrance. SV. Mr Arnold unbolting door with large spanner. CU. Unscrewing bolt on door. TV. Mr Arnold opens door to the entrance of tunnel and walks in. SV. Interior of the old channel tunnel. Mr Arnold walking towards camera with lamp. He prods the roof of the tunnel for testing purposes. CU. Water dripping through roof of tunnel. CU. Engraved writing on tunnel wall "This tunnel was begun in 1880." GV. Interior of channel tunnel. GV. Car ferry channel boat entering Dover Harbour. GV. Rough channel seas breaking over the promenade and harbour wall. LV. Rough seas breaking over promenade wall. AS. Name on building "Dover Harbour Board Car Ferry Terminal." GV. Cars driving off a ferry at Dover. SV. Name of "Townsend Channel Ferries" pan to passengers walking down gangway on ferry to disembark. SV. Cars driving off ferry. SCU. A diagram of channel tunnel starting at Dover and Folkestone, pan along diagram across the channel until Calais, Cap Gris Nez. CU. Diagram of channel tunnel showing the depth of the channel to the top of the tunnel which is 180 feet. Air view of channel steamer crossing the channel. CU. Ken Goddard looking out of plane window - Paris below. General air view of the Seine and Eiffel Tower in the background. General Air view, flying over the Place de la Concord. Arc de Triomphe. General view of exterior of Royal Exchange London. General view interior, members of the Stock Exchange at work. Angle shot, Worsley Statue on Horse Guards Parade. Close up reading "Field Marshal Viscount Worsley 1833-1913 Commander in Chief of the British Army 1895-1900." Long view of V2 rocket being launched. Door of No 10 Downing Street. Close up, Prime Minister Mr Harold Macmillan sitting at desk. GV. Parliament. SV. Interior, Pathe reporter Bill Symon interviewing Mr Teeling MP for Brighton and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee.
B.S.: "Sir, what are the chances of this project going through and why do we have to have a Parliamentary Committee?"
Mr Teeling: "Well, the chances look brighter now then they have ever looked before. Now if it is going to be profitable, then money will be easily found privately, but it is possible that it would be found practicable, if it is wanted; but if it is going to cost too much money, then the Parliamentary Committee will come in there because we would have to get both French and British Governments to do some subsidising."
BS: "Will the controlling interest remain in the hands of the British and the French?"
Mr Teeling: "Definitely yes - and the British Parliamentary group and the French Parliamentary group will probably see to that - in case there is any question of outside money, but of course, there will also be a possibility because of a certain amount of American money coming in."
GV. River Thames and Tower bridge. LV. Cargo ships in the Port of London, unloading. SCU. Sacks being loaded into hold of barge. LV. Ships being unloaded. SV. Interior of the channel tunnel with Mr Arnold walking towards camera holding lamp. SV. Mr Arnold emerges from the tunnel and closes the door. GV. Cliffs of Dover.
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