• Short Summary

    Pathe investigates the problem of inflation.

  • Description


    CU. Small boy blowing up balloon, it bursts.

    GV. Exterior of the Treasury in Whitehall. SV. Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr Peter Thorneycroft walking out of the treasury, & SCU. He talks to the press on stairs.

    GV. Exterior of Transport House. Angle shot of Transport House. SV. Group of officials at the entrance of Transport House. SV. Interior with Stewart Farrar and Ron Fowler standing at bar drinking - he is an employee of British Pathe. SCU. Ron Fowler speaking followed by Stewart Farrar (natural sound): "So what, my uncle Charles went bankrupt and made ruddy good out of it." Farrar answers "Bankrupt - who ever heard of a country going bankrupt?"

    Air view of ships in London docks being loaded and unloaded. LV. Cranes at work. SV. Men at work on the quayside unloading carcasses of meat. SV. Loading of meat onto trolley. SV. Pan up to packing cases being loaded up onto ship. GV. Idle ships at quayside. LV. Line of cars waiting at quayside to be loaded. GV. Interior of a deserted factory, & LV.

    SV. Vic Graham in pub - picks up pint glass of beer and drinks. Angle shot of five packets of twenty cigarettes with a 6d label. Pan to five more packets of twenty with the label 3s. 10d. SV. Loaves of bread moving along on conveyor belt. SCU. Loaf of bread being put into woman's shopping basket. Voiceover talking about rise of prices.

    GV. Exterior of coal mine. CU. Interior with coal cutting machine at work. LV. Exterior with loaded coal truck. SV. Women checking eggs at packing station. CU. Egg in egg cup on plate showing the lion mark stamped on it. SV. Oliver Cheatle sitting at breakfast table with egg on plate reading newspaper. He picks up spoon to crack egg. CU. Egg being cracked with spoon. SV. Oliver Cheatle looking surprised and looks into egg as cockerel is heard from it.

    SV. Strike meeting in progress. SV. Strikers raising their hands. GV. Panning shot of mass of strikers holding up union cards. GV. Exterior of Ministry of Labour and National Insurance. Angle shot of name over doorway. SV. Ministers leaving the Ministry.

    Angle shot of signal moving up to the all clear sign. CU. Engine wheels at speed. SV. Train coming towards and passed camera at speed. General air view of the Queen Mary at sea. GV. Pan, large cotton mills at full pressure. SV. Interior with two cleaners speaking - first one says (natural sound): "As soon as we get more money everything goes up, don't it? It must be this inflation they're all talking about - what is inflation Ivy?" "I don't know ducks."

    CU. Five one pound notes spread out on table. CU. Several pieces of clothing spread on table with price ticket - total value £5. CU. Ten one pound notes spread out on table. CU. Same amount of clothing (different clothing) with ticket total value $10. SV. The two cleaners continuing speaking: "We don't increase our production do we?" "Oh no, we've got enough mouths to feed already, ain't we." "Not arf."

    GV. Crowds on Blackpool beach, tower in the background. CU. Girls looking down on beach from top of tower. GV. From top of tower showing crowds on the beach. LV. Delegates assembled outside the Trade Union Congress building in Blackpool. SV. Delegates and sign post "Trade Union Congress". SV. Group of delegates talking with Jim Campbell on left. LV. Massed crowds on Blackpool beach.

    LV. Crowds in Downing Street standing on pavement. SV. Door of No 10 Downing Street. GV. Whitehall. GV. Pictorial shot of Houses of Parliament from across the river.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:51:00 / 01:42:15:00

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