Various scenes in the unopposed election of Klement Gottwald to the Presidency of Czechoslovakia, with shots of "show-of-hands" vote, and huge crowd scenes outside Prague Castle.
MS Interior vaulted roof of Vladislav Hall, in Prague Castle, where the new Czechoslovak President, Klement Gottwald, is being elected on 14th June 1948. MS Coat of arms (unknown) on the drapes. LS Front view National Assembly seated (predominantly male Assembly). (5 shots). CU Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr John, announcing that there is one candidate for the Presidential elections. MS Front view seated Assembly. (2 shots). MS National Assembly members looking around, then applauding and rising to their feet. LS Assembly giving show of hands vote for the President (not an instantaneous show of hands). MS Tellers recording votes, row by row. MS Handing vote results in on platform. CU Dr John announcing the result (elected unanimously). MS Standing assembly members applaud. (2 shots). CU Dr John shakes hands with Gottwald. LS Side view Dr. John speaking. CU Klement Gottwald speaking. MS and LS Assembly members standing and applauding. CU Gottwald looking tense.
MS Exterior of Prague Castle on the evening of the election. MS Flag (unknown) flying from roof. LS High shot, crowds going through into the forecourt of the castle. MS Crowd passing through castle gates carrying placard with portrait of Gottwald. LS High shot, full screen, of crowds with a row of flags in the foreground. (2 shots). MS Gottwald moving from the interior of the castle to the balcony to speak to the crowd. MS Officials clapping on the balcony. MS Crowds in front of balcony. LS Very high shot, of crowds in front of balcony. MS Full screen , crowds waving. MS and CU Low angle, Gottwald speaking from balcony. LS Full screen, huge crowds of thousands of people, with a row of flags in foreground. MS Ditto, one with poster of Gottwald. CU. Gottwald speaking. LS Pan across immense crowd applauding, past camera crew on roof of their truck. MS Crowd clapping and waving their papers. CU. Officials and ministers dancing in the courtyard of castle, plus parts of crowd looking on. MS High shot, dancing scene, officials hold back the crowd. MS Crowd scene in courtyard. MS Official personalities at windows of the castle. MS Crowds look up clapping. CU. Rear view, Gottwald, and wife waving to crowds from the balcony.
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 21/06/1948.