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  • Short Summary

    What happens in Liverpool when one o'clock is announced by cannon fire.

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    Liverpool. "Every good (and bad) Citizen of our Northern Seaport knows of the 1 o'clock time gun - watches and clocks galore are set by it."

    L/S of a rural scene - cows in a field. Low angle shot of a strange building with large domes. M/S of man inside this building operating machinery. It is presumably a place where the time is set. L/S of a cannon on top of an emplacement. In the distance the Liver Building can be seen. The cannon is loaded. C/U of man standing beside some kind of timepiece. He flicks a switch (presumably to let the cannon operator know that it is one o'clock.) The cannon is fired. M/S of group of men looking at watches and timetables. Elderly men in some kind of non-military uniform. C/U of them checking their fob watches (rather a nice shot). C/U of two men on the deck of a ship checking their watches.

    L/S of the Liver building. "To the good Liverpudlian, the world seems to stand still as the fatal seconds pass by - " M/S of men with timetables. "Far and wide its message is blown - and if it's Saturday, what a rush!" Sped up footage of Liverpool traffic follows. Trams, cars, pedestrians seem to rush around the screen. A passenger ferry called the "Marlowe" arrives at the quayside. Passengers rush off, new passengers rush on (sped up). Fast footage of boat moving away from the camera.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 604.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:40:00 / 01:16:56:00
    EP 308

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