• Short Summary

    Men at work on pylons, constructing and maintaining England's National Grid.

  • Description

    Basingstoke, Hampshire.

    M/S three men lift large insulator coil into position at the foot of a pylon . Low angle shot of pylon; lovely blue sky behind. Scenic shot of countryside, man walks into frame and he climbs up pylon. Various shots of men climbing and working on the pylon. One man gets into a little cradle called a flying trolley, camera pans down to show the height. M/S man on the trolley as he rolls away down the wire, high over the golden fields.

    M/S man working at the top of the pylon (Doug Giddes?). Man on the ground signals, waves 'OK'. Man looking up. M/S two men haul on rope, heave against weight. M/S man on trolley up high. Shot of fields and countryside in summer from the moving trolley. Final pan shot back to ground from pylon .

    Nicely shot to show the splendour of steel and delivery of power across the country by the National Grid.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    53.20
    Media URN:
    1213
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:30:00 / 01:46:00:00
    Canister:
    CP 090

Comments (1)

  1. Simonr says

    Please can you let me know about the orchestral soundtrack for this film? Do British Pathe maintain a library of music which was tracked onto their films? The track to sequence is so beautifully lyrical and is reminiscent of many British Documentary films from the 1940s-mid 1950s. This one is very close to the one used for Terry Bishop\'s \'Five Towns\' (1947, Greenpark Productions and Western Approaches (1944 - Clifton Parker is credited with the music for this and it appeared on a CD called \'British Film Music of the 1940s). Anything similar for Pathe - or anything one can listen to in an archive?

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