• Short Summary

    French inventor gets colleagues to push his 'crash proof aeroplane' off a cliff - with predictable results.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Nice, France. Don't 'Bird' the 'Bird-Man'! After all - he believed in his own invention, look - listen & don't laugh, please!!"

    Nice, France.

    M/S of wooden glider.

    Monsieur Albert Sovo (sp?) being helped into his glider - described by the French accented voiceover as a crash proof plane. The glider is balanced precariously on a roadside wall high above a sheer drop.

    Tilt down drop - it is quite some distance.

    Albert is climbing into his flying machine.

    C/U the dare devil pilot wearing a crash helmet and sitting in the cockpit.

    The plane is pushed off the wall. It falls to take flight and crashes down the wall of the drop - the wings are smashed off and people at the bottom run to assist him. The voiceover says "O La La - he has, as the English say, been and gone and done it."

    He is dragged from the wreckage with (according to the voiceover) 'only bruises'. He is helped out, he looks very shaken. He waves to the camera.

    C/U of the wreckage of the crash proof plane. The voiceover commends Albert for his 'guts'.

    (Not sure if there is a link with the story of the same name in 32/29 which is missing)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    681.14
    Media URN:
    5111
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:56:00 / 01:21:05:00
    Canister:
    32/67

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The man in this clip is not, as currently stated, "Albert Sovo", but Albert Sauvant. (This error has proliferated across the Internet hundreds of times from this clip!). I'd attach some links to back this up, but I know you're no longer allowing them, however hopefully you'll amend this mistake nevertheless.

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