• Short Summary

    Excellent footage of smuggling techniques used during prohibition.

  • Description

    Buffalo, United States of America.

    "The Canadian-American frontier point, where artful dodgers of both sexes sometimes take points (and pints) past the officials." M/S of the customs point, cars draw up. An official asks "Anything to declare?". M/S of customs officials talking to the driver of a car. The driver is told to move on. M/S of man at customs post. Sign reads: "United States Customs and Immigration." Two officials talk to the driver and look in his boot. He is allowed through. "Some of the dodges." A man in uniform lids the bonnet of a car. He says: "A frequent place to smuggle liquor is underneath the hood." There is a sack inside the bonnet which contains 8 quarts of alcohol. We are shown how bottles can be hidden inside car radiators and tubes which can go inside car tyres.

    We see a woman from the waist down. The customs official shows how women can hide bottles inside their dresses. He says "The women are about as bad offenders as the men." A man models a device which fits around his waist and can hold 6 quarts of alcohol. The customs official turns the device upside down and the booze pours out.

    "But it takes New Jersey to really organise the super dodging, when the spirit moves them." Prohibition agents show how they discovered alcohol hidden in a coal truck. C/U of a spade being used to move coal aside and showing where the tank was hidden. Enough alcohol was in this tank to "start a dozen white mules kicking". Various shots of the truck. The "dry agents" attach a hose then siphon off the booze. It runs out of the hose into a drain. Two of the agents pretend to wash their hands in the alcohol. "What a headache it must have given the poor fish!" states the American narrator.

    Safety print only - has separate mag track.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    3467.09
    Media URN:
    93443
    Group:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1931
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:13:00 / 01:59:55:00
    Canister:
    PSP 706

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