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  • Short Summary

    Astra Gazette containing seven stories, including football, bombing Heligoland / Helgoland and hot wax!

  • Description

    Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.


    Oxford. Various shots of muddy football match between the Royal Air Force and Oxford University on 30 January 1952. RAF score first goal. The very sparse crowd cheers. RAF score two more goals. We don't see the fourth one. RAF players Mudie (who scores 1st goal) and Broadbent play for Blackpool and Wolves, respectively.

    Intertitle reads: 'NEW USE FOR GLASS'.
    C/U of hand fondling fibreglass (?). A man pours some treacly liquid into a bowl and paints it over some fibreglass matting. Small panel of stiff fibreglass is tested for strength by releasing a block of wood onto it, which bounces right off. Two men examine the body of a rowing boat made from fibreglass. A man walks to a river with the boat strapped to his back. He launches it, starts up the motor and travels off.

    Intertitle reads: 'BEHIND THE SCENES AT ELSTREE'.
    At Elstree film studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, we see various shots of men dressing a set so it looks like a spooky old castle or haunted house. They scatter leaves on the ground, try out a (hinged) loose floorboard, break window panes with a hammer, spray cobwebs about with a special gun and blow dust on them for that lived-in look. A man cuts holes in the webs to make them more authentic.

    Intertitle reads: 'WORKING ON ROLLER SKATES'.
    Various shots show women in overalls and roller-skates, skating around the 'Meteor' garage - filling up a car tank with petrol, cleaning the bonnet and checking the oil. A girl zooms over on skates and gives the man a ticket or receipt as he hands over some money.

    Intertitle reads: 'SHEDDING A LIGHT ON NEON SIGNS'.
    Several shots show men making neon signs from glass tubes that they heat before being bending into different shapes. A man tests out a length of tubing, turning on taps of neon and argon to make it light up. Shots of illuminated neon lights and shapes.

    Intertitle reads: 'OPERATION BULLS-EYE' (bombing Heligoland / Helgoland).
    Marham. Various shots of RAF mission to bomb Heligoland / Helgoland. Bombs are loaded. Crews receive briefing from officer in briefing room. Crew enter plane, plane takes off. Several shots of B-49 bomber in flight. Crew inside plane. Bomb doors opening, bombs being dropped. Pilot gives thumbs up. Fighters attacking. Smoke trails in sky.

    Intertitles read: 'SLIMMING WITH WAX'.
    A pretty young woman in shorts and top lies on the ground in a gym while an older woman (fitness instructor or beautician?) makes her exercise her legs, throwing them into positions that make her yelp (oo-er). We then see the older woman covering the younger one (lying on a couch) with hot wax in some kind of beauty or slimming treatment. Pan down the woman from head to legs - she is covered with wax from neck to thighs. She is then covered with greaseproof paper and blankets. C/U of the woman lying there, sweating. She is finally released by her torturer, is wrapped in a bathrobe and walks off.

    End titles - 'THE END'.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:02:00 / 01:29:16:00
    UN 2427 A

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