• Short Summary

    The mile of the century - Roger Bannister wins his race while Peters fails to 'cross the line'.

  • Description

    Vancouver, Canada.

    GV Sports Stadium, with crowds. SV Duke of Edinburgh with Lord Alexander. SV start of marathon. Jim Peters on extreme left of field. SV towards, runners passing camera. LV runners on way out of stadium. SV crowd. GV packed stadium. SV start of mile. Baillie in black vest and shorts nearest camera, dashing to lead field. SV pan, Baillie crossing to inside lane and taking lead, Landy and Bannister are 4th and 5th. GV law takes over lead from Baillie, pan to Back view. SV crowd pointing, Landy takes the lead over this shot. LV towards and pan, Landy in the lead with Bannister in third place, pan with Landy on his own. SV Landy away on his own setting a fast pace. SV towards and pan, Landy in the lead followed by Bannister a good five yards behind. STV Landy in the lead, Bannister begins to gradually narrow the gap, pan with both. SV excited crowd. SV GV pan, Bannister closing up almost to Landy's heels. SV pan, Bannister begins his finishing burst. Landy looks the wrong way as Bannister passes him, pan as Bannister increases his lead all the way to the line which he crosses. He collapses into official's arms. SV crowd applauding. SCU Bannister looking exhausted. SV Landy walking away. STV Bannister breaking away from crowd and officials, he runs over to Landy. SV Bannister and Landy congratulating. GV packed stadium. STV Peters staggering along track trying to finish marathon. SV Peters, as he staggers and falls. SV officials, pan to Peters laying on track exhausted. SV officials watching. SV Peters tottering along. SV Peters staggering along. SV Peters making supreme effort to cross what he thinks is finishing line. He collapses into arms of official on line. STV Peters being helped by officials. SV pan, Joe McGee of Scotland running up to finishing line which he crosses to win marathon. SV crowd. CU McGee of Scotland. SCU Landy and Bannister.

    (F.G.) (Orig.C.)

    Note: Dramatic end of the marathon race has Rosselini quality. Pure neo-realism.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:08:00 / 01:07:02:00

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