• Short Summary

    Motorists are praying for petrol rationing so that they can get some petrol.

  • Description


    Images of petrol shortages induced by the Suez crisis. GV. Cars assembled waiting for petrol. GV. Garages with cars lined up to go in. TV. First car at pump and long line behind it. CU. Sign 'Sorry Regular Customers Only Please'. CU. Petrol being put into car from pump. CU. Pump face coming up to register one gallon - at the end of the scene slip pan. GV. Down roadway showing cars lined up. Camera pans to show garage where there is a Cleveland tanker standing in the garage. TV. Line of cars waiting at garage. Pan to garage where people are being served. CU. Sign reading 'Sorry Petrol Quota Sold for the Day'. CU. Two men pushing car away because it has no petrol.

    GV. Loch long with ship tanker called the British Realm coming up. SV. Bow of British Realm. LV. Pan along British Realm as she nears quayside. SV. Large hoses are hoisted aboard ready for transporting oil from ship. Onboard ship men attaching hose for pumping oil to storage tank on land, camera pans along the pipes showing them running off the ship to the storage tanks.

    GV. Night time - believe Regent Street - the rush hour, buses etc. SCU. Mass of people boarding bus. LV. Entrance to Oxford Street tube Station showing queues formed outside waiting for entrance. LV. Pan along pavement showing people queuing, waiting to get into station where the gates are closed. AS. Sign over station "It's Quicker by Tube". AS. People coming down escalators, & SV. LV. Packed escalators, & SV. SV. People arriving at bottom of escalator. GV. Along platform, tubes with people packing themselves into the train.

    SV. Pan, second hand car dealer's place showing lined up cars. CU. Car marked £99 this has been crossed out and replaced with £69. SV. Car with 'Suez Special' written on windscreen. Man cleaning off the first figure of its price and paints '1' in its place making the cost of the car £19. CU. A bottle being emptied into the petrol tank of a car. Bottle is marked 'Scotsman Head Whiskey'. SV. Man, after having put whiskey in tank goes round and gets in car. SV. Car drives away up road rather fast.

    (Neg. & Lavender.) (Orig. 'L') (Title Scene 'G')

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:13:00 / 01:29:15:00

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