• Short Summary

    Good film investigating conditions in old people's homes.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Britain Neglects Her Old People - This System Must Go"
    Introductory Intertitle reads: "Adviser - Lord Amulree, MD, MRCP, Member BMA Committee on care of aged and infirm. Cameras - Gene Werner, K Rickard, C Baynes. Acknowledgements - County Councils of Surrey & Cambridge."
    Investigations into the conditions of institutions for old people. Homes at Epsom, Farnham and Cambridge.

    MS & CU old people walking down a narrow, badly lit stone staircase. LS Exterior view of a modern institution at Farnham Surrey. Good up to date institution. CU a nurse and two old ladies walking in the grounds. MS White coated waiters carry food on trays to old people sitting at small tables in a pleasant dining room which has flowers on the tables. A bearded man eats his soup. CU another drinks a glass of beer with relish. In an airy cosy sitting room a woman sits in a easy chair beside the fire, while a man plays patience on a polished top table. others sit about the room. CU a man writing seen from outside a window. CU an old couple chatting. VS shots of people walking along corridors. VS of people in their individual bedrooms.

    LS Exterior view of the institution at Epsom, an ancient building with tiny windows. MS & CU Old woman walking miserably in the drab yard. LS the comfortless common room where the old folk sit on wooden chairs. CU Various head shots of old women. MS Men at a long table drinking out of enamel mugs. CU Head study of elderly palsy stricken man.

    MS & CU various shots of the outmoded building of Chesterton Hospital, Cambridgeshire. Again with small windows. LS a ward full of old people lying motionless in bed. CU one man patient lights a pipe for another. CU the haggard corpse like face of one of the patients in bed. CU pan of a row of women sitting on chairs, in a barrack like room. Most of them are just staring with a pathetic hopelessness into space. CU an infirm woman hobbling across the room. CU of her feet. MS old people walking down a narrow, badly lit stone staircase. MS an old man stares out of a window.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:43:00 / 01:08:12:00

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