• Short Summary

    Spooky story shows ghost hunters setting up equipment to check for a ghost in a haunted house.

  • Description

    Brighton, East Sussex.

    M/S at night shows a torch light shining onto garden gate showing name of house 'Alpesbury'. We then see various shots of four men setting up equipment inside this reputedly haunted house to check if there is really a ghost around, or a human prankster.

    Former Brighton policeman and ex-soldier Ted Henty seals the windows of the house with tape. Dowser Bruce Copen uses a ball on a string - radio-magnetic detector pendulum - and a divining rod to find out about any ghosts present. Luis Haestier, wireless and electrical engineer sets up a radar system.

    Henty checks around the fireplace, where caretakers of the house said the 'disturbances' occurred. He puts cotton thread across the fireplace and strings ornaments together, then sets up a microphone that will amplify any sound if threads snap or ornaments break. The lights are turned out. The men make their way upstairs. In one of the rooms we see a shadowy shot of a deer head mounted on the wall.

    Dudley Gamble-Jones sits at a tape recorder. Luis speaks on an internal telephone - part of a system the men have set up so they can communicate with each other if anything occurs. He puts the phone down and looks at an oscillagraph. Camera pans down the stairway and along the wall. The ghost hasn't shown up (yet).

    Note: lots of correspondence and magazine article on file.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1339.08
    Media URN:
    44200
    Group:
    New pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1953
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:25:00 / 01:16:17:00
    Canister:
    NP 479

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