• Short Summary

    A look at the marvellous invention of the slot machine rounded off with a song from Sandra Barry.

  • Description

    London and Llandudno.

    C/U pinball machine, with the ball whizzing about. A man is trying to score and looks angry and annoyed as he fails, beaten by the machine. C/U of the machine opened up to show the mechanisms, some parts with numbers, pull back to show a man fixing the pinball table back down into position. Pan across to show that we are in a pub.

    An old vending machine with the words 'sweetmeats' on it. The coin mechanism part, removed from a machine, is shown close to the camera, to show how the coin drops down through the slot. Women in a kitchen area prepare pre packed lunches. One woman, wearing white coat and head scarf, pipes mashed potato onto a foil dish with stuffed tomatoes and peas. The meals are then wrapped with cellophane or cling film from a roll, and placed in the slots of the vending machine. Signs for 'Snacks' 'Tea' 'Coffee' 'Cold Food' 'Hot Food' . A man puts money into the machine and takes out a pre packed meal . People eat their lunch near the vending machines. Some men working in a car plant factory get drinks from a machine. There are machines for ice cream, tea, snacks, cigarettes, candy, coffee. Les Isaacs goes to a machine and gets chocolate. C/U quick edit of slot machines - cigarette machine, 'I speak your weight' machine, coin operated public telephone, voice recording machine, parking meter, change machine, foot massager, book vending machine, document copier (photo copier) shoe polisher, dial on machine for vending food, showing carton of eggs shifting out and moving onto delivery shelf. There are shots coins being put into into slots.

    There is an experimental bottle recycling box 'Help keep Britain Tidy and Safe' which gives money back for recycled bottles. Arthur Brown, who lives in North Wales, has made a fortune out of vending machines, is seen leaving his home in Llandudno and going to his office, stopping for cigarettes from a vending machine along the way. He looks at designs for shops designed for automatic shopping. Young people are seen looking at a jukebox - and making a selection - its called a scopitone machine as it has a screen. The girls have bottles of coca cola. Note: see also 277.04 for the end of the item and CP 489 Cuts.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    01:23:08:00 / 01:27:50:00
    CP 489

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    There's a nice shot at 03:33 of a Rover P5.

    Arthur Brown's company featured in this clip was called "Vending Automats Ltd".

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