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    Recruitment film for the Metropolitan Police - nice footage showing day to day work of the police.

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    Metropolitan Police logo.

    01:33:13 Policeman in uniform is followed up a majestic stairway by many men wearing suits. They march into a room and stand to attention. C/U of Metropolitan Police general declaration. High ranking policeman sits at a desk. Aerial shots of London. Bobbies on the beat in London. C/U of policeman's feet as he walks through the pigeons in Trafalgar Square. Man steps from the back of an ambulance.

    01:35:13 C/U of policeman's legs as he "escorts" a stumbling (drunk?) man up some steps. Policeman's legs as he patrols a park. Children play by a pond. Pan down parked cars. London street scenes. C/U of a car registration plate. C/U of a list of stolen car number plates. A police telephone box on a street corner. Two policemen climb into a van and drive off. C/U of Barclays Bank branch. Two men emerge, climb into a car and drive off.

    01:36:49 C/U of a "closed" sign on a shop door. Policeman checks that the door is locked. Policeman takes the hand of a lost child. A military band parades. Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. A couple approach a policeman for directions. Policeman holds up his hand to stop traffic in a busy London street. Black cabs drive around Piccadilly Circus. Shot from moving car of wet West End streets. Could be Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. Prince of Wales Theatre - Max Bygraves is on the bill. La Belle Etoile restaurant. Good shots of London streets from inside a police car. Trafalgar Square. Police van. Policeman pushes open a door to operations room. Many men work at machines. Policeman turns and looks into camera.

    End titles: Produced for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis by Associated British-Pathe. Metropolitan Police - Wanted - Men and Women - London Needs Them.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1960 - 1969
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:54:00 / 01:40:05:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    Narrowing down this clip's current date range, the policeman's list of 19 car registration plates that we see 02:57 bears no post-1963 numbers. Nor are any post-1963 reg plates seen on the streets during the clip.

    Furthermore, at 05:18, there's a glimpse of "Chanel Story" by Barbara Griggs. I've found extracts from "Chanel Story", (presumably a book, or maybe a newspaper column) in newspapers from March 1962.

    I think, then, that this footage can be safely dated as originating from between 1961-63.

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