• Short Summary

    Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald flies off to a Disarmament Conference.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Croydon. Off to Geneva - by air! despite his eye trouble - gale & rain - the Premier leaves by air for the Disarmament Conference."

    Croydon airport, Greater London.

    Exterior of building at Airport. Small crowd gathered around doorway for 'Outward Bound Passengers". It appears to be raining. Pilot and James Ramsay MacDonald - both dressed in flying gear come out of building.

    Voiceover tells us that they are flying on route to a peace conference in Geneva in an open plane. He also notes that it is cold, rainy and windy. Several photographers are there to capture the moment.

    Prime Minister MacDonald is helped into the rear seat of the plane. Closer shot as the pilot climbs in. The voiceover suggests that the PM is having problems getting his parachute comfortable.

    Ramsay MacDonald gives a short interview from the plane. He says that he is glad to be up in the air again. Travelling by air is always congenial in all weathers.

    The plane taxies off with MacDonald waving and shouting goodbye.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary)

    NB By this stage Ramsay MacDonald was in his mid-60s and not in particularly good health , he was just recovering from an eye operation.
    Alternative spelling for search purposes - Ramsey McDonald.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    669.31
    Media URN:
    4931
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:47:00 / 01:52:27:00
    Canister:
    32/33

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