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  • Short Summary

    Preparations for a large firework display - some night shots of the fireworks.

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    "Most of us, one time or another, have watched a firework display, but few see the labour in putting the big set pieces together...." M/S of man carry a large framework to which fireworks are attached. He lays it down on the ground with other pieces. A man oversees the work. "Then the sections join up...compulsorily. The projections on the frames are the fireworks, linked at the top by the white "quickmatch." L/S of the huge framework. Men work in foreground. C/Us of men working on the frame. L/S of the frame and men at work. L/S of another part of the display taking shape. Dissolve into a M/S of two men strapping fireworks to the framework. Large spoked framework is lifted up into an upright position.

    "Other experts arrange the rockets and bombs..." M/S of a man threading rockets into a stand. M/S of a row of "bombs". C/U of a bomb being placed inside a holder. "And when all's pray for a nice fine night, and...." Night shots of the display. Impressive display representing a volcano erupting (I think!) Various shots of the fireworks. [Next shot seems incongruous and I wonder if it should be in the "Seeing by Wireless" story in same reel] C/U of man opening doors of an unusual cabinet. Word run along the bottom "Was, and is, and is to be..." Inside the cabinet is some kind of mechanical device - perhaps this controls the lighting of the fireworks? The man is pointing out various parts of the workings. More firework shots. Excellent fireworks representing elephants walking along. Short shot though.

    Issue number unknown - was probably Pathe Pictorial.

    Note: flash-frame intertitles. Location is probably Crystal Palace, London.

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    Film ID:
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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:36:00 / 01:32:31:00
    EP 284

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