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  • Short Summary

    American teenager, Gertrude Ederle, swims the Channel.

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    Full title reads: "Girl conquers the Channel. Miss Gertrude Ederle, the 18 year old American swimmer, completes wonderful achievement in record time of 14 hrs. 35 mins."

    Location of events unknown, probably Dover, Kent.

    M/S of a young woman wading into sea, photographers in a nearby rowing boat take her picture. M/S of Gertrude swimming close to the seashore, next to her is a rowing boat with three people in. M/S of Gertrude swimming out to sea, leaving both rowing boats behind her.

    M/S of Gertrude (in bathing suit) and a large man walking down beach, passing sunbathers. C/U of Gertrude (in elegant suit) sitting beside the railings of a ship or boat. C/U of Gertrude. Panning shot follows Gertrude from beach crowded with supporters into sea. She swims a little way before returning to the shore. C/U of Gertrude sitting in rowing boat in swim suit and cap.

    Various shots of Gertrude walking down a street followed by a large crowd. She wears a robe over her swim suit, two men walk on either side of her. Could be in France at other end of marathon swim? Some of the crowd pick her up and carry her along on their shoulders. M/S Gertrude with arms linked with an older woman (her mother?) and the two men. They laugh a lot and seem in high spirits.

    Various shots of Gertrude (still in swim suit) behind a desk, her family and friends all around her. She opens letters and shakes peoples' hands. C/U of old man in dungarees with no teeth. C/U of old man and dashing young man. Various C/U of Gertrude and a older man. They clown about and laugh. More shots Gertrude reading letters and telegrams. Gertrude is seen standing next to bust outside Hotel Burlington with her supporters. She is then seen signing autographs.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:06:00 / 01:43:40:00
    G 1318

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