• Short Summary

    Winston Churchill views New York from the top of the Empire State Building.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "New York. 'It's the highest up I've been' said Mr Winston Churchill - now happily recovered, during visit to top of the quarter of a mile high Empire State Building as guest of Mr Al Smith."

    New York, United States of America.

    Winston Churchill, with his wife Clementine (and possibly his daughter Sarah) with other men walking around the top of the Empire State Building. Three shot, Churchill, Clementine and a man (probably American politician Al Smith). The man is pointing upwards.

    Low angle shot from the base of the skyscraper looking up.

    Two shot, Churchill and Smith standing in front of microphones. Smith asks "What do you think of the sight of Greater New York from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building?"

    Churchill replies: "It's a marvellous sight."

    Long shot Empire State building. Long shot of other tall building.

    Churchill says "It's much the highest I've ever been up."

    Smith says "Highest for me too, probably the highest I'll ever be."

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary)

    (Cataloguer believes the reference to Churchill being 'recovered' is due to him having been knocked down by a car earlier in his stay in the USA)

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    663.42
    Media URN:
    4811
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:11:00 / 01:52:05:00
    Canister:
    32/15

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    "a man (probably American politician Al Smith)" - yes, that's Al Smith.

    Further to the comment currently at the end of the shots list, Churchill's accident with the car hadn't occurred earlier in his stay, it had occurred during his previous visit to New York in 1931. The visit seen here to the Empire State Building was circa October 1932.

  2. mikeos says

    "now happily recovered" possibly refers to the traffic accident churchill was involved in the previous year in December 1931. He was struck by a car in 5th Avenue while crossing the street.

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