• Short Summary

    Debate on how far phone tapping can go.

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    CU. Phone on desk and a hand comes in to lift off the receiver. A voice says "Is that you Nasser?" CU. Man's shoulders, back view, he is listening on phone says "It is not wise to speak on the phone, you may be tapped." GV. Interior, Telephone Exchange, & AS. GV. Whitehall. CU. Name plate "Home Office." SCU. Home Secretary Mr Butler sitting at desk. GV. Barrister Mr Patrick Narriman, whose phone was tapped, walking towards Pathe reporter Bill Symon. CU. Mr Narriman. CU. Newspaper headlines "Phone Tapping Storm" and "What I Said on the Phone, by Billy Hill." LV. Billy Hill, self-confessed criminal, notorious underworld leader of Soho, sitting on bench in Regent's Park as Bill Symon approaches him. SV. Symon shakes hands with him and they sit down. CU. Billy Hill. CU. Tape recorder spinning round. SV. Eve Samuels having conversation with Stewart Farrar (natural sound): "I have had wonderful luck with customs. I could have got thousands of cigarettes through." SV. Stewart Farrar answering (natural sound): "Used the famous glamour to good effect." SV. Eve saying "Darling, you simply have no idea." SV. Stewart answering: "I must send you over next time I want to bring something really big..." - natural sound ends here. SV. David Warner with tape recorder taking off spools, he lays them on desk. CU. David cuts tape and reaches for tape. SV. Eve talking on phone (natural sound, starts and ends on this scene): "I could have got thousands of cigarettes through." SV. David with tape recorded putting back spools. CU. As he starts the tape recorded. SCU. Recorder going round (natural sound, off stage.) "Darling I had wonderful luck with the customs. I got thousands of cigarettes through." SV. David switches off tape recorder and turns to camera and smiles. SV. Bill Symon talking to Mr Marcus Lipton MP. CU. Mr Lipton - natural sound, with voice off stage saying "Do you regard this as a fundamental attack?" Mr Lipton replies: "Oh yes, I regard this whole episode as most sinister an odious. It is the first time in living memory that anyone has had their conversations intercepted in this way, where the National security was not involved and then to add an insult to injury the information handed over to an outside body. It is absolutely monstrous." AS. Scales of Justice, & SV.

    (Neg.) (Title Scene D)

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    hd format:
    4K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:41:00 / 01:46:11:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    "Secretary Mr Butler" is Rab Butler.

    "Patrick Narriman" should read Patrick Marrinan, (3 changes required, inc tags).

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