• Short Summary

    Pathe enquires into the Murder rate and the effect of hanging as a deterrent.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Is Murder Increasing?"
    Intertitle reads: "Does partial abolition of hanging work, or does it encourage the killer?"

    GV Scotland Yard. SV shot of police car driving out. GV Int. shot of the new control room inside Scotland Yard. SV Policemen seated at switchboard. Policeman places slip of paper containing message onto conveyor belt. SV Slip of paper travelling down the belt. LV Policeman picks up the slip of paper and hands it to radio operator who transmits the message to a police car. CU Police radio operator. LV Night shot of police car at roadside receiving the message. CU One of the patrol car crew, camera pans down to him writing the information down. LV Detectives entering tenement building at night time where an elderly woman was found murdered. SV Int. shot of two policemen on guard outside room. CU Door of the room where the woman's body was found. SV Policeman on guard outside the room. LV Heston Parish Church. LV Graveyard, camera pans down to Mrs Murial Maitland's grave. She was murdered while cycling through woods to work. CU Grave. Reconstruction of bike ride. GV Looking across stream in the woods. SV Park keeper prodding ground where Mrs Maitland's body was found. CU Park Keeper. CU Spot where body was found. CU Police Station sign. SV Panning shot from the doorway to sign board containing murder notice. CU notice reading "Murder at Gloucester Road Station at about 10.20 p.m. on Friday 24th May 1957 - Countess Teresa Lubienska." LV Gloucester Road Underground where the Countess was murdered. AS Sign "Gloucester Road Station". LV Interior shot of train drawing into station. CU Exit sign. LV People leaving the train and going towards the lifts. LV People entering lifts. CU Lift gates closing. SV Panning shot of man running up spiral staircase from the platform, the route which the killer is thought to have taken after stabbing the Countess on the platform. GV Elevated shot of house boat on river where a man murdered his wife and then committed suicide. CU Name of the house boat "Lady Luck". LV House boat tied to the bank.

    GV The "Reveille Magazine" offices. CU Nameplate on door. LV Interior shot with the editor Mr Clarkson seated at desk talking to crime reporter George Young. CU Mr Clarkson, camera pans to George Young and show them both. CU Reveille placard reading "Now we offer £1,000 for murder information" copy of Reveille containing the murder article is placed on top of the placard. LV Panning shot of ex-Police Inspector Fabian walking down London's Berwick Street at night time, Bill Symon walks forward to greet him. SV Fabian and Symon shake hands. SV Bill Symon asks "Sir what do you think of the hanging laws in this country." Fabian replies "You mean the abolition - oh, I think it's disgraceful. You know, I often think that these people who sign on the dotted line they'd never have done that, you know, if they'd seen what I've seen, little children, elderly people, brutally assaulted and kicked around and murdered, they'd never have signed if they'd seen that, I'm sure". Question "Do you think hanging is a deterrent to murder?" Fabian replies "I'm certain it is. You know there is such a fine line between grievous assault and murder, that today, there's nothing to hold them back." Fabian's interview continues "They can go on bashing away as they do, these villains, and there is nothing to stop them, they don't fear that early morning walk." (Nat. snd. ends here).

    GV Panning shot of Parkhurst Prison. LV Warders coming out of gateway. GV Holloway Prison. CU "Signboard "H.M. Prison - Holloway". GV Pentonville Prison. SV Mrs van der Elst standing with another woman outside Pentonville. LV Pentonville Prison. SV Interior shot with Dr Donald Soper (later Lord Soper) talking to Bill Symon. They discuss the recent changes. CU Bill Symon asks "Why are you so against hanging". CU Dr Soper replies "I'm against it because it's cowardly, I'm against it because it's inefficient, I'm against it because it's evasive - often sadistic, and out of date, but above all, I'm against it because I'm trying to be a Christian. It's my job to preach Christianity, and I'm perfectly certain the Capital Punishment is incompatible with the Christian truth and the Christian way, therefore I'm opposed to it lock, stock and barrel". (Neg.)

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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:
    01:19:39:00 / 01:23:34:00

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