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  • Short Summary

    General Strike affects all aspects of life in Britain.

  • Description

    Leeds (Yorkshire), Merseyside, Cardiff (Wales) and London.

    General Strike.

    M/S of M.P.s and other political types coming out of no. 10 Downing Street, a car pulls up outside and some of the men get in. M/S of three of the men posing for the camera in front of the railings in Downing St. M/S of two men in top hats getting out of a car, one stops to talk to the chauffeur. More shots of men getting out of cars and coming out of number 10.

    After some seconds of spacing, story resumes at 01:08:44. M/S of a man and women selling copies of the 'Star' newspaper. M/S of a submarine on the surface moored to the dockside. M/S of a line of sailors filing on board a battleship. Panning L/S of a dockside battleship (possibly the H.M.S. Ramillies on the Mersey). M/S of a battalion of armed sailors in tin hats, they march through the crowd lined streets of a town. Various shots of the armed sailors guarding an abandoned mine.

    High angled shot of a volunteers using a crane to unload large bundles from a cargo ship. Various shots of a convoy of food trucks guarded by soldiers driving past an abandoned rail track. High angled shot of the convoy passing a crowd at the roadside. More similar shots.

    M/S of a man in a military uniform behind a desk, a line of men in flat caps file past to sign on for strike pay (probably in Cardiff). High angled panning L/S of some industrial docks. Various M/Ss of men coming out of a large building (Union officials? politicians?), a crowd waits outside. Panning shot of the crowd outside. More shots of more comings and goings at Downing St., includes some shots of journalists.

    Various shots of volunteers training in a church hall to become members of the emergency constabulary reserves, they are been being allocated tin hats, white arm bands and truncheons. M/S of a volunteer policeman waving a stick in front of a horse (trying to accustom the animal to police work, in riots etc.). More shots of volunteers in training. Various shots of volunteer mounted police in training on horses in Hyde Park. C/U of a man in a safari helmet on horseback shouting instructions to the volunteers.

    Intertitle: "All clear".

    C/U of railway signal changing. M/S of a train pulling away from the platform, people wave from the carriage windows.

    Intertitle: "Back to work".

    L/S of factory chimneys belching smoke. Various shots of workers entering the factory. Various shots of men dismantling tents in Hyde Park, London - part of emergency food distribution centre.

    After some seconds of spacing, story resumes at 01:17:24. Various shots of men shovelling coal into sacks from a heap in Hyde Park, they load it onto the back of a truck. More spacing, story resumes at 01:18:00. Various shots of a brass band leading a large military parade through crowd lined streets, looks like London. A military truck pulling a loaded up trailing drives at the tail of the procession, a line of policemen walk behind, several appear to use their batons to stop the crowd surging forward.

    M/S of a volunteer sitting in the driver's cab of a bus, a policeman sits next to him. Various shots of trams driving around London. Various M/Ss of tram cabs with policemen standing next to the drivers. More shots of trams and general traffic scenes around central London.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:49:00 / 01:23:28:00
    G 1293

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