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  • Short Summary

    Item shows effect of General Strike on all aspects of British life.

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    Events take place in various locations around the U.K.

    Item shows the effects of the General Strike on the country. Panning shot of a deserted colliery. Various shots of idle colliery lifts. Various shots of male volunteers being inducted into the emergency constabulary reserves; they are given helmets and truncheons, their training takes place in a village hall. Various shots of constabulary reserves being trained on horseback by a man in a safari helmet.

    Intertitle: "All clear".

    C/U of railway signals changing. M/S of a steam train leaving the station. M/S of crane lifting crates with Cyrillic writing on off a ship. C/U of the (Russian / Soviet) ship's name: the 'Kuban'. Various shots of volunteers unloading the ship. Low angled shot of the sun behind some clouds. L/S of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Various shots of M.P.s and government officials arriving, by foot and by car, at the House of Commons. Various shots of crowds of people waiting beside the railings of Parliament. Brief panning shot of Stanley Baldwin getting into a car. L/S of the Houses of Parliament, looking over the River Thames.

    C/U of an unidentified man talking to the camera (looks like Miner's leader, W. P. Richardson). Various shots of union officials and politicians leaving Downing Street with grim faces, some are seen getting into a car, others stop outside to pose for the cameras.

    Intertitle: "London. Strike Majority 367,917. Miners' Federation Delegates meet in London and announce startling figures".

    Various shots of delegates arriving at a smart city building. M/S of delegates coming out of the building. Panning M/S of twenty or so delegates posing on the step of the building.

    Intertitle: "BOB SMILIE and FRANK HODGES - the Miners' Leaders".

    M/S of Smilie and Hodges coming out of the building.

    Intertitle: "The GENERAL STRIKE 1926".

    Panning shot of empty collieries. M/S of telephone wires being rigged in trees. L/S of a row of army trucks parked in front of a park. Various shots of heavy traffic on Oxford Street; buses, charabancs, cars and many people on bicycles. C/U of a truck converted into a bus; people crowd into the back, sign on the side reads: "Golders Green to Newgate Street". M/S of people using a step ladder to climb onto the truck-bus. Note: this footage is also used in a 1924 Gazette story - THE GREAT RAIL STRIKE - in G 1053.

    Intertitle: "Labour organised a monster demonstration to Hyde Park".

    Shots are the same as those in Pathe Gazette story - MAYDAY 1926 - in G 1290. Please see separate record for details.

    Intertitle (flashframe): "Idle pits everywhere".

    More shots of empty collieries. Various L/Ss of a ship in docks. Various shots of troops of armed sailors marching through a Northern / Scottish town. Various M/Ss of armed sailors guarding a colliery. Various high angled L/S of cargo being unloaded from a ship by volunteers.

    Various shots of a convoy of food trucks guarded by armed soldiers, convoy passes deserted rail tracks. M/S, taken from a court yard, of workers coming through a factory entrance. M/S of workers heading towards a factory. Panning shot of volunteers standing next to a pile of parcels on the platform of a train. M/S of two volunteers climbing into the cabin of a steam train. More shots of workers entering the factory. C/U of a station master blowing his whistle and waving his flag.

    L/S of a factory chimney belching smoke. More shots of railway signals and volunteers in train cabins. L/S of train arriving at a station. More shots of factory chimneys. M/S of a crowd of anxious looking people outside a building. C/U on a poster, "LMS NOTICE. Members of the Staff who have absented themselves from duty without giving the notice prescribed by the terms of their service are notified that unless by 12 o'clock noon Friday ... (rest obscured by timecode)".

    More shots of workers returning to factory. High angled shots of army vehicles coming down a London street. Various shots of a group of voluntary policemen (probably students) sitting on the top of a truck carrying sacks of food. Low angled shot of two volunteers sitting on top of the truck, one hits the other's helmet, the other waves his truncheon.

    Various shots of a crowd of people cheering, they are outside a large building, a bank? Various L/Ss of a big army parade through crowd lined London streets. M/S of volunteer policemen receiving white arm bands. M/S of a volunteer and a policeman sitting in the driver's cabin of a bus. Various shots of traffic on a busy London street.

    M/S of a policeman and a volunteer in the cabin of a tram. M/S of people getting off a tram. More shots of trams and general London traffic scenes, including around Piccadilly Circus. Various shots of an temporary distribution centre being in Hyde Park. Various shots of men threading telephone cables through trees in the park.

    M/S of cars driving through a crowd of people, looks like somewhere in Central London. C/U of two men pouring over some plans, more men stand behind them. C/U of a poster for "London Milk (Emergency) Advisory Committee". More shots of the men looking at the plans. Various panning shots of an empty train station. More shots of cables being strung up in trees. More shots of policemen guarding the gates to Hyde Park. Panning shot of a long, curving queue, mainly of men.

    Intertitle: "Theatres as usual. Touring Theatrical Companies 'changed over' by char-a-bancs".

    Panning shot of actors and stagehands carrying carpets and bits of set out of the stage door and onto charabanc. Panning shot of the theatre company sitting in the charabanc, they have placed a promotional poster on the vehicle's radiator grill. Low angled shot of an actress sitting in the driving seat of the charabanc. M/S of two charabancs driving past the camera, the actors wave. Brief shot of volunteer policemen sitting on a truck.

    Note: item not edited in chronological order, many shots repeated from GENERAL STRIKE NUMBER 1. Please see separate record for details. Please see also GENERAL STRIKE NUMBER 3.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:44:00 / 01:50:30:00
    G 1290

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