• Short Summary

    Row between blower services and Mrs Mirabel Topham at the eve of the Grand National.

  • Description

    Aintree & Piccadilly Circus.

    GV. Massed crowds at Aintree racecourse. LV. Aintree's owner Mrs Mirabel Topham watching men preparing the jumps for Grand National. SCU. Mrs Topham giving out instructions to the men. CU. Man working on jump. SV. Mrs Topham probing one of the jumps with her stick. GV. Massed crowds surrounding bookies at Aintree. SV. Bookies, man placing a bet. GV. Exterior, William Hill's Limited. LV. Interior, William Hill sitting at desk. SV. William Hill speaking (natural sound): "The blower services refusal to pay the excessive demands made by Mrs Topham will not affect the racing public in any way." SCU. Hill speaking: "The small bookmaker, will lay off his liabilities with larger office bookmakers and the fact that there's a very strong market at Aintree, leaves little cause for anxiety". GV. Girls sitting at desks in Hill's offices receiving bets on the phone from clients. LV. & SCU. Girls receiving bets by phone. SV. Men at work at desks. SV. Chief operator at work relaying code message to the course. Slip pan - GV. & SV. Blower offices in Poland Street, men at desks with telephones receiving betting information from the course. SV. Man altering the price of the horses on the blackboard. SV. Men receiving prices and information on telephone. SV. Top, two men operating small blower switchboard then they write information on paper. GV. Men at work in the blower offices. GV. & SV. Racecourse with horses parading around paddock. SV. Tic-tac man in the grandstand sending out information to the course bookmakers. Alongside him stands his assistant relaying prices by blower. SV. Racecourse tic-tac man 'tic-tacking' message back. BV. On course, tic-tax man relaying prices to off-course tic-tac man. SV. Off course tic-tac man with his assistant on the blower. CU. Off course tic-tac man, he stops signalling and talks to his assistant on the blower. SV. Men in grandstand looking through binoculars. GV. Racecourse horses cantering down to start, tic-tac man and blower in foreground.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:55:00 / 01:54:05:00

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