Vertiginous footage of a man climbing up a flagpole for a bet. He stands on the top - scary.
Introductory intertitle reads: "The shades of Wall Street were falling fast, When up a sky-scraping flagpole passed, A man, who grimly climbed and climbed, and............ Well, just watch........"
Low angle shot of a man sitting on top of the dome of a very tall building. Camera pans around rooftops. There are skyscrapers so this is presumably an American city. Man climbs up a flagpole. Shot looking down on the man as he straddles the pole. Cars and people are visible below him. He clambers up like a little monkey and seems to be painting the pole.
"He's doing it to win £10, and if ever a motto fits, "Excelsior" does here..." Low angle shot of the domed building. Man looks up towards the camera. He shimmies right to the top of the pole, sits on it and holds his arms out. Scary!
Was a Pathe Pictorial item.