• Short Summary

    Story examines why we read our horoscope and attempts to predict what lies ahead for 1959.

  • Description

    Titles read: "ASTROLOGY - IS IT SCIENCE OR BUNK?".


    General view of electric trains rushing through station and crowds of people standing on platform. C/U as train rushes past camera. Electric train rushing into London. Interior of tube train, passengers seated reading newspapers.

    Several shots of newspaper horoscope headlines - 'What the stars hold for you in 1959', 'This is your Luck', 'New Year Stars', 'What the stars hold for you in 1959', 'Luck Ahead'.

    Inside a newspaper building we see printing machines at work; newsprint going round rollers and papers coming off machine on conveyor belt. Outside, men put bundles of newspapers into bags and a newspaper van moves off down street.

    Exterior of block of offices in City of London. Interior shot shows a boss sitting at desk smoking cigar with Vic standing alongside, thinking. We hear his thoughts - "Wish I could get old Brown's job". Woman (Joy) leaning over typewriter thinks "Why doesn't he propose to me?". Man (Norman) reading newspaper looks up, smiling, and thinks "Wonder if I'll win the pools?". Woman (Eve) on the phone thinking "Shan't I ever get a fur coat?". Man (Stewart) sighing and reading book thinks "Suppose there's another war?". Woman (Margaret) at typewriter smoking cigarette thinks "Wonder if he suspects anything?".

    Massed crowds walking over London Bridge. Mass of people leaving train at Victoria Station and walking towards camera in the rush hour. Forecourt of Victoria Station. People queuing at Victoria Bus Station in the rain with umbrellas up (before the shelters were built).

    Montage of shots showing rocket missile in flight; Russian troops marching past in Red Square, Moscow; Paris riots, Police fighting rioters.

    General view of exterior of the Labour Exchange. Pan down board "Ministry of Labour, etc.". Two men entering through doorway of exchange.

    Exterior of The London Planetarium, Marylebone Road. People queuing up and walking into the Planetarium. Inside we see the complicated projector and display of stars on the ceiling. Pan showing many stars, the sun and moon, outline of Aries the Ram, Leo the lion. Silhouette of London and the night sky and the stars, pan up showing the Pathe Cockerel among the stars!

    C/U of sign on door: "Federation of British Astrologers". Inside we see President of the Federation of British Astrologists, Dr Tucker sitting at his desk examining Astrological charts. Interviewer Bill Symon sits beside Tucker and asks him how he reads the stars. Tucker gives complicated answer that Bill admits he doesn't understand. He asks what is in the stars for the coming year; Tucker lists several vague things and mentions a few well-known figures such as the Queen and Harold Macmillan.

    Bill Symon walks through doorway with off-camera voice saying "Mr Symon, do you think there's anything in Astrology" and Bill Symon replies "I can't make up my mind. Let's ask the great Nostrogeezer". An old man in a pointy wizard hat sits at his telescope. He says does not predict happiness or prosperity, unless you don't smoke, drink or eat, but the tax people will take that 10 bob you save at the end of the year. Commentator says "That's a nice prospect, I must say!" Nostrogeezer says "Well, you did ask!".

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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:
    01:24:25:00 / 01:29:02:00

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