1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Opening Ceremony and athletics action
Graphic reading 'The Olympic Games 1932 ? Vice President Curtis, before vast assembly, opens Xth Olympiad, in which athletes of 50 nations compete in true spirit of sport?' Wide, slightly shaky aerial shot of the 1932 Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles during the games' opening ceremony. Various closer shots of spectators looking on at the opening ceremony. Close up of the Great Britain team marching past. Wider shot of teams parading around the track. Long shot of marching band on the grass of the stadium. Pan along from the Great Britain team's banner to the team standing in line. Wider shot of teams standing behind their banners. Wide shot of birds being released during the ceremony. Audio effects cut out at this point. Pictures fade to black as a British voice over announces British team captain Lord David Burghley's popularity in the athletics. Pictures recommence, as Lord Burghley starts running in the men's 4 x 400m hurdles heats, with the camera following the athletes around the bend of the track. Wide shot of the runners, as Burghley is caught and passed by the Italian athlete Luigi Facelli. Facelli crosses the line first, with Lord Burghley coming a close second. Pictures fade to black as the British voice over announces the women's javelin competition. Pictures commence as Japanese athlete Masako Shinpo throws her javelin close to 40 metres. Nice shot of US athlete Miss Mildred Didrikson throwing her gold medal winning throw of 43.69 metres. Nice shot of female fans in the crowd standing to watch. Start of men's long distance race, with no audio. Close up of two men running together, then longer shot of race winner running down home straight and over the line.