• Short Summary

    Events that have made headline news in 1954 are seen in this review of the year.

  • Description

    Review of the year 1954.

    GV. Royal yacht under Tower Bridge. SCU. Pan, Queen Elizabeth II with family on bridge waving. Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are returning from their Commonwealth tour. GV. Thames from Westminster pier. SV. Sir Winston Churchill, the Conservative Prime Minister, arriving at pier. SV. Queen stepping ashore. SV. Queen greeting members of Royal family. GV. Crowd in front of Buckingham Palace and up Mall. SCU. People waving through railings. SV. Queen, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and two children waving from balcony. GTV. Massed crowds waving. SV. Royal family on balcony. Prince Charles peers over edge.

    CU. Billy Graham, American evangelist, and wife. GV. Interior, packed Harringay Arena. CU. Billy Graham speaking (natural sound).

    SV. Observers looking through glasses. CU. Second hand on dial moving to zero. Zoom into H-bomb explosion - first ever. STV. Observers on aircraft carrier. LV. Shock wave towards ship.

    CU. Sir William Penney. GV. Atomic research station in England. SV. Technician working in lab. GV. Control panels in station. SV. Masked and protected workers operating plant.

    SV. Towards, Grand National winner, Royal Tan, being led in. SCU. Grand National winner being led in. Horse being difficult, not budging.

    SV. Welsh Boxer Dai Dower looking at his boxing trophies on 21st birthday.
    GV. Cup final - play in progress, West Bromwich Albion plays again Preston. SV. West Bromwich scoring winning goal. Ball in net. SCU. Queen Mother smiling from box. GV. Massed crowds waving. SCU. West Brom's captain with cup.

    SV. Duchess of Kent presenting Maureen Connolly (Little Mo), winner of the Wimbledon women's singles championship, with plate. In men's singles, Jaroslav Drobny fights Ken Rosewall for Wimbledon trophy. SV. Jaroslav Drobny serving and in play. SV. Mrs Drobny watching from box. LV. Drobny serves for match point. Opponent nets. SV. Crowds applauding. SV. Drobny and Duchess of Kent. Drobny holds cup. SCU. Pan,

    Queen, Princess Margaret and Duke of Gloucester walking in paddock for Derby. SV. Towards, horses racing into camera after start. LV. Pan, racing after Tattenham corner. Winner, Never Say Die, comes up on outside and takes lead. Pan with winner. CU. Banknotes being counted. STV. Winner being led into unsaddling enclosure. SV. Lester Piggott, the jockey, dismounts.

    SV. Jockey, Sir Gordon Richards, on crutches posing with nurses outside Hospital. He has decided to retire from racing and to start training.

    SCU Duke of Edinburgh and Earl Alexander watching Vancouver Commonwealth Games. SV. & GV. Pan, Roger Bannister closing up on Landy. SCU. Pan, Bannister sprinting past Landy, pan with Bannister to finish. He breaks tape. CU. Bannister collapsed in arms of another athlete.

    GV. Stadium and crowds, finish of a marathon race - very dramatic. SV. Jim Peters staggering and falling onto track. SV. Officials watching. SV. Peters staggering to cross what he thinks is finishing line. STV. Officials around Peters. LV. Joe McGhee, Scotsman, winning marathon. CU. McGhee.

    SV. Pan, Britannia taxiing along runway. GV. Skid marks on beach. LV. Britannia in mud.

    GV. Air to air, the Comet 'Yoke Peter' which crashed. Nearer shot, 'Yoke Peter'. SCU. Comet wreckage being lifted from sea. CU. Expert looking. SV. Pile of wreckage on salvage vessel. GV. From air, Comet being tested in Farnborough's water tank so the cause of the crash is found. CU. Showing rip in fuselage. GV. Air to air: The Vickers Viscount in flight. Nearer shot: The Vickers Viscount in flight.

    SCU. Sir Anthony and Lady Clarissa Eden posing at airfield. SV. Small crowd outside Lancaster House. SV. & SCU. Interior, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden signing 9 Powers Agreement about rearmament of Germany. SV. French Premiere Mendes-France signing. SV. Pressmen. SV. German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signing. SV. Pressmen. SV. American Secretary of State, John Fosters Dulles, Belgian Paul-Henri Spaak signing. Adenauer and France shaking.

    SV. Russian athlete Kuts leading Chataway in 5000 metre race at White City. Pan, Kuts and Chataway. SCU. Russian athletes watching. SV. Pan, approaching last bend. Chataway takes lead. SV. Finish of race. Chataway breaks tape. SV. Christopher Chataway exhausted. Bannister holding him. SV. Roger Bannister kisses Chataway.

    GV. Queen Elizabeth II with children and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, talking to Sir Winston Churchill at Waterloo. CU. Princess Anne. SV. Two kids talking to Queen. SV. Children wave as train comes to halt. SV. Queen Mother stepping from train and being greeted by Queen. LV. Queen Mother stoops to greet children.

    SV. Pan, Stanley Matthews dribbling against Germany. Harpers throws himself at him, but Matthews, as he stumbles, still clears. LV. Herkenrath hurls himself out of goal. Misses ball which bobs around goal area until Matthews crosses it and Bentley heads it into net at once. CU. Pan, Matthews walking off field with team-mates.

    GV. Interior, Churchill being greeted in Westminster Hall. SV. People applauding. BGV. Leader of the Opposition, Clement Attlee speaking, lead-in for voice. SV. Attlee speaking, presentation of portrait (natural sound). Finishes and walks back as picture, Sir Winston's portrait, is unveiled. SCU. Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill. LV. Churchill speaking, lead-in for voice. SCU. Churchill speaking (natural sound): "Portrait is fine example of modern art." SV. Portrait. CU. Portrait. CU. Sir Winston Churchill in Downing Street. Interior, SV. Sir Winston and Lady Clementine Churchill reading telegrams.

    (Dupe.Neg.) (All Library material)

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:13:00 / 01:40:36:00

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment