Footage of safety glass being tested in Kings Norton, Birmingham.
Testing safety glass in Kings Norton, Birmingham.
L/S Car approaching, stopping, the comedian Kenneth Horne gets out fakes smash and grab attack on mock-up shop, hitting at window with hammer but the glass does not break. M/S Hitting window. C/U Prising window through hole made by jemmy. C/U Horne looking disgusted, turns away and walks back to car. C/U Window splintered but unbroken, pan to silver cup safe behind glass. M/S Horne jumping off wall onto 'Vinal' strengthened glass, stretched over frame. C/U Feet standing on Vinal. C/U from under glass, feet treading up and down. L/S three girl workers getting on to sheet of toughened glass resting on two trestles. Horne watching reaction of girl's weight on glass. C/U Girl's feet on glass. C/U girl's faces. L/S girl's feet on glass, they jump off, one by one.
M/S Girl getting on to swing with glass seat, others holding it, she swings backwards and forwards. L/S Interior factory. M/S looking up at cannonball. C/U laying glass in position. M/S girl pulling rope to top of shaft. M/S Cannonball on way up. C/U Ball in position ready to drop. C/U light flashing. C/U Ball dropping (slow motion) Low angle through glass ball descending and smashing glass into fine powder (slow motion). M/S Girl taking ball out, hoisting it back up to the top again, C/U Girl looking up as she pulls rope. C/U Ball at top of shaft. C/U Girl looking up, pan down to her pressing switch. C/U Ball dropping hitting glass which does not smash.