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  • Short Summary

    Runner Nurmi, the "Flying Finn", wins 3 mile race in Los Angeles. First part tinted mauve.

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    Item title reads - The Flying Finn. Before 40,000 people Nurmi easily defeats champion Indian runners in 3 mile race and makes new world record. Los Angeles, USA (U.S.A.).

    M/S of native American Indians in their head-dresses, their runners come up and they all shake hands. M/S as the race begins. L/S as they race around the course, M/S of Paavo Nurmi passing the other runners, the camera stays with him as he takes the lead. M/S in slow motion as they all race towards the finish line. M/S normal speed as Nurmi runs across the line followed by the others. C/U of him looking off-screen. (Note: this first section is tinted mauve.)

    Intertitle - Nurmi defeats Indian runners and sets new record! Flying Finn, applauded by 40,000, displays his usual composure as he prepares for 3 mile test.' M/S as Nurmi comes out of the tunnel and people applaud. M/S as he sits on the grass and puts his running shoes on.

    Intertitle - 'Their chiefs wish them good luck just before the start.' M/S as the runners walk along the line of native Indian chiefs and shake their hands. M/S of the Indian runners lined up, the camera pans across them. M/S as the race begins and they speed around the track.

    Intertitle - 'Nurmi speeds past the stragglers - a lap ahead of most of the field.' M/S as they race past the camera and Nurmi starts to overtake the rest. M/S slow motion as they run along with him in the lead.

    Intertitle - 'At the finish, Nurmi is still a lap ahead - his time for 3 miles; 14 minutes, 15 4/5 seconds - a new U.S. outdoors record.' M/S as Nurmi runs through the finish line, M/S as he is handed the winner's Cup. C/U of his face.

    Note: part of the mauve tinted version is repeated in the longer black and white version.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:38:00 / 01:23:24:00
    G 1190

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