• Short Summary

    Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park are restored under supervision of natural history expert.

  • Description

    Crystal Palace, London.

    C/U shot of a crocodile, or a similar monster made of stone and coloured green. C/U shot of another monster's face - this one look more like a dinosaur and less like a crocodile. Voiceover says these are the monsters of prehistoric time - dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park who are about to have a makeover. L/S of a man restoring one of the monsters. M/S of a man working. Voiceover says those sculptures were over 100 years old and have to be handled with great care. Man in charge of the restoration is Polish born sculptor Mr Adam Bienkowski.

    C/U shot of another monster's face. This one resembles a boa constructor from Disney's Jungle Book. M/S of an artist working on the teeth of yet another monster. C/U shot of the teeth being restored. L/S of a monster with step ladder leaning to it. Man is climbing up the ladder. Painter and decorator Gordon Free is about to put few coats of paint on dinosaur's back. M/S of Mr Free painting the monster. Several shots of Mr Free painting.

    All repairs are done under the supervision of Dr Swinton of the British Museum Natural History section. L/S of the trees and bushes with the heads of various monsters seen among them. M/S of Mr Free painting the head of a dinosaurs. C/U shot of the dinosaur's paw (hand?) being painted. M/S of Mr Bienkowski holding a head of one of the dinosaurs in his arms. Panning shot reveals the headless dinosaur in the pond. Voiceover says it lost his head in bombing during the World War Two and it is time to get it back on. Several shots of the sculptures in the park - park looks great, very green.

    Note: Combined print for this story is missing.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:29:00 / 01:54:29:00
    CP 236

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