• Short Summary

    Quirky item showing policemen practising their traffic signals.

  • Description

    Preston, Lancashire.

    "Lots of us have worried over those traffic signals. In Preston the Police have evolved a new drill to thoroughly master them." High angle shot of two dozen policemen in uniform standing to attention in a yard. They wear the white gloves of traffic police.

    A Sergeant Major type yells off screen and they perform a routine like soldiers doing drill. They hold their arms up in the air. They then lower their arms and turn to the right, clicking their heels. Turn again, click heels. Turn again and hold their arms out to signal to traffic to turn right. They continue to practice these moves in unison. It is quite an amusing spectacle.

    "And on the job... M/S of a policeman standing on a wooden platform in the middle of a Preston street. He holds his arm out to indicate to a man driving a horse and cart the direction in which he should go. A tram passes by. The policeman turns and beckons forward another vehicle (we do not see the vehicle).

    Note: item length includes opening title sequence. Sequence features the words "Pathe Pictorial - Puts the World Before You" over a shot of the River Thames with Tower Bridge in the background. Intertitle follows which reads: "Recorded by R.C.A. Photophone System.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:39:00 / 01:32:50:00
    PSP 715

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