1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Opening ceremony
Graphic reading 'Games open'. Greece team marching at the opening ceremony in Helsinki, and spectators watching. Close up Finland's President Juho Kusti Paasikivi and other dignitaries standing, then close up President Paasikivi. Great Britain team marching into the stadium, close up of applauding spectators. British team marching, and close up of British male athletes marching in smart jackets and hats. Japan team marching past, and wide shot of large USSR team marching into stadium. Teams marching in rain, and close up of USSR male athletes marching past camera. Close up Lord Burghley in crowd. Stadium with teams lined up in centre, and close up of pigeons being released from cages. Finland's Paavo Nurmi running into the stadium carrying the Olympic torch, and close up applauding spectators. Nurmi running with the torch, and approaching the Olympic flame, lighting it, and walking out of shot. Close up spectators in raincoats applauding. Germany's Barbara Rotbraut-Pleyer is escorted from the track, following, according to the voice over, 'a futile private demonstration which left everybody guessing'. Olympic flag flying in crowded Olympic stadium.