• Short Summary

    Heathrow Airport in 1955 - EMPTY! Some great panoramic shots of central London in the film.

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    Panoramic view (from the air, rather long take) of London Airport. Aeroplanes can be seen parked around a building complex. Cars, car parks, buildings, buses are seen from the air. High angle panning shot of a car park with lots of cars parked. While panning, camera shows a roundabout, several buses and few aeroplanes in the background.

    C/U shot of a radar spinning. M/S of a man in control of the tower. A large command board is seen in front of him as he operates the switches. C/U shot of the man's face. M/S of the people working at different tables, all wearing earphones. C/U shot of a radar screen with a man looking at it. M/S of another man working on a board with switches and a little screen. Several other shots of the ground and air control people working while voiceover explains what they do and how.

    L/S of the line of flags on top of the entrance hall. C/U shot of the sign reading 'Stockholm' on a double decker bus. C/U shot of the sign reading 'Paris' on another bus. M/S of the people leaving a bus on which is written 'British European Airlines'. Uniformed air hostess is standing next to the bus door. High angle long shot of the interior of the airport. Huge windows, spacious waiting areas, escalators - all empty! Several shots of the building's interior. M/S of a conveyor belt - language is arriving. Several shots of the planes from the roof terraces. L/S of the passengers entering a corridor leading from the piste into the airport building.

    White screen - obviously some damage exists. Picture is back - a helicopter in the air with voiceover saying that the fastest from the airport to town is by flying to South Bank heliport. Panoramic shots of the countryside gradually become panoramic shots of London. Great view of central (imperial) London from the helicopter. Big Ben is not clearly seen due to works on it. The helicopter finally lands at South Bank.
    Note: Combined print used as track since track neg does not synchronise.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:27:00 / 01:24:21:00
    CP 026

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