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    In this item a robotic arm, designed for use in nuclear accidents, shows how it can also apply lipstick.

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    Erith, Kent.

    C/U of a robotic arm - its full title is a "Remotely Operated Power Manipulator" - lifting a "supposedly radioactive" valve wheel. Panning shot follows the arm as it lifts the wheel and sets it down on a table. M/S of the entire robotic arm, in the background is the operator, George Tulfry standing behind a window. The arm is the first of its kind to be made in Europe and was produced by the General Electric Company Ltd. C/U of George's hand turning a switch on the control panel. C/U of the arm still holding the wheel. C/U of George's face. M/S of the arm lifting a brush dipped in red paint from a tin and painting a block of metal - the narrator explains that during a nuclear accident the arm would be useful for marking affected material a distinctive colour. C/U of the arm painting. Tilt down to show the delicate brushing movements the arm is capable of. M/S from the side showing the entire arm. Tilt up to show how the arm moves back and forth by sliding along a rail attached to the ceiling. C/U of George using the controls - the narrator points out that with closed circuit television the operator could potentially be miles away. C/U of the arm picking up a block of frozen carbon dioxide. C/U of the George. C/U of his hands on the controls. C/U of the arm gently dropping the block into a beaker of water. C/U of the controls being operated. C/U of the carbon dioxide fizzing and smoking in the beaker - the narrator jokes that "you could use it at home for putting sugar in your tea but when you realise that it can quite easily lift 750 lb. at a time ... well, it is rather like taking a steamroller to press your clothes with". C/U of the George. C/U of the arm lifting the beaker of carbon dioxide and carefully decanting the gas into another smaller beaker resting on a metal block. The arm almost knocks the beaker over and in response the narrator japes: "Steady George!" M/S of George's back and the control panel. C/U of a dial on the control panel.

    M/S of a young woman, Eve Ward, sitting on the table holding a tube of lip stick. The arm moves menacingly close to her. She places the lip stick between its pincers. C/U of the girl and the arm. C/U of the operator. C/U of the arm applying lipstick to the girl's lips.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:17:00 / 01:55:39:00
    CP 175

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