Various means of transportation including rickshaws and sedan chairs.
Title reads: "The Van Beuren Corporation presents Walter Futter's Curiosities "Pedal-Power" Distributed by RKO Pictures Corporation. Copyright MXMXXIX by Record Pictures - Inc." Introductory intertitle reads: "Where modern methods and inventions do not exist, pedal-power plays and important part in industry." - shot missing -
"The Javanese Taxi or carrying chair relies solely on feet. - Batavia, Java." L/S of a group of men carrying a chair contraption on long poles. "The Chinese Jinrikishas too! -- Singapore, M.P."
M/S of busy street with rickshaws. "They couldn't coal an ocean liner here, without human pedal-power. --Manila, Philippines." M/S of large group of men at work with baskets on long poles. High angle shot of coal being moved around by means of these baskets.
L/S of coal being carried by hand, men walk across a plank of wood with the baskets over their shoulders. "Llamas furnish the pedal-power in hauling freight across the Andes. --San Felipe, Chile." L/S of herd of Llamas on a steep hillside - they look quite comical. High angle shot of the Llamas being herded along a path in the mountains. "This one looks like some people we've seen!"
C/U of Llama which wears a tasselled collar and has bells around its neck. M/S of a street in China. "Honest weight -- no springs." Street market. Woman crouches beside baskets of vegetables. Goods are weighed on primitive scales. "The sweetest men in China." M/S of a market trader selling sweets. He sits under a parasol.
Unrelated piece of film - man speaks into a microphone. M/S of group of reporters taking notes on his speech. C/U of the man as he speaks.
Note: first part of this film is one of the"Walter Futter's Curiosities" in the Eve Pic collection - American films which it appears Pathe bought then retitled for use in the U.K. Part of this film also to be found in "China Fish People"
Safety neg exists. Nitrate can for this whole reel currently missing.