• Short Summary

    Protest against sentence on mother jailed for altering daughter's birth certificate.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "MERCY MOVES FOR JAILED MOTHER".


    London. Long shot of towers of Holloway prison, London, where Esther Cooper, mother of four, serves six months for altering her daughter's birth certificate. Close up shot of reverend George West, Salisbury priest who fights for her release.

    Several shots of shack in field in Wiltshire. Mrs Cooper,children's aunt, and Dorothy, 14 year old girl whose birth certificate was altered, leaving shack and joining other two children, Violet and Rose, Dorothy's sisters. Close up shot of Dorothy speaking (natural sound): "...I wanted to be a nurse. They won't have me until I'm 15."

    General view of Salisbury, showing Cathedral. Reverend West walking along the street and into church yard. Close up shot of Reverend West talking (natural sound). He strongly protests against the brutal sentence.

    N.S.P.C.C. (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) official arriving at the gypsy camp. Dog barking. Dorothy and her sisters leaving with N.S.P.C.C. official. Children being led towards car by their aunt. Close up shot, pan, Dorothy crying, walking towards car. Close up shot of Dorothy entering car, pan to interior showing children. Close up shot of uncle, Mr John Cooper, talking to driver of car and pointing. Panning shot of car leaving. Close up shot of aunt, Mrs Cooper crying.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:54:00 / 01:19:36:00

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