Material relating to newsreel story "Everest Heroes Home" - 53/50
Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story "Everest Heroes Home" 53/50.
Selected originals for this story include rather lengthy interviews with members of the expedition as well as the welcoming speech by the Minister of War. Current record contains detailed description of the interviews which do not exist in the newsreel story. This record is not in chronological order.
CU Hillary and Tensing, Hillary speaking (nat. snd.): 'My immediate plan for the future, I don't know probably have a holiday like Colonel Hunt...'
J. P. (John Parsons, Pathe news commentator) asks Tensing: 'Are you happy?' Tensing: speaks in foreign language.
J. P. 'And How do you feel after twenty years climbing... to climb the mountain?'
GV press assembled in room at London Airport as conquerors arrive. LV Everest heroes gather around mikes. LV Colonel Hunt says: 'On this wonderful occasion we have a number of distinguished people to welcome you home. etc., etc.,
SV & CU Head Brigadier Anthony (Secretary of State for War), Minister of War delivers a welcoming speech: 'I am here on behalf of her Majesty's Government to welcome you here to express our sincere congratulations on your great achievement, etc., etc., SV Anthony speaking: 'The whole Commonwealth was intensely moved and proud of your great achievement... We owe you a great debt for what you have done in the sense that it put our Country and Commonwealth on the map and inspired us at this particular time... Contd.... 'I think basically speaking a big problem like Everest, you are confronted with a challenge as in any other field of activity there is an urge... to Hillary and Tensing, we salute you and we do think that the only two individual human beings alive... to be in the position must be an experience, to both of them' SV & CU Hillary and Tensing pan across to Colonel Hunt.
Hunt speaking (natural sound, someone has asked him a question): 'I should like to answer that question in two parts first of all the reason really all those expeditions that before the war went to North Side and got so near the top, about 28,000... More recently the brilliant Shipton in 1951, in which he traced the route as far as we can tell, was one exactly followed by us. The most recently of all, of course, the magnificent effort by Swiss, last year, who got so near the top by the Southern route, the fact that they got there showed us that we could certainly get as far and therefore left, the uncertainty of getting far...
J. P. Could I have your personal opinion on the empty arguments, on who got to the top first? Hunt: 'I most willingly comment on that...' CU Colonel Hunt: 'The matter couldn't matter less, it's not a question which any person climbing attaches any importance to, because it's work of a team...' Pan over to Hillary and Tensing...
J. P. 'What are you're immediate plans Colonel Hunt?' Colonel Hunt: 'I have not seen the programme laid on for us I hope to have a holiday, it's being called leave (laughter) and I am going home to my family.'
CU Hillary and Tensing.
J. P. 'Can you tell me what were the worst moments, going to the top?' Hillary: '...28-7000 ft. we debated to go on, we debated to on the summit, after that we were fairly pleased about it... our sensation to the lack of oxygen, were very dull...'
Press conference ends abruptly.
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