• Short Summary

    1948 London Olympics Games, King George VI opens the games

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    Graphic reading 'The Olympic Games 1948', then 'Not in the winning but in the taking part lies the glory'. Teams of athletes making their way through crowds to Wembley Stadium for the opening ceremony. Wide angle of Wembley Stadium with crowds, then close up Princess Elizabeth in royal box. Greek team marching into the stadium, and close up of applauding spectators. Greek team marching, and brief close up of King George VI watching them. Team marching, and close up of King George VI saluting. Argentina team marching into stadium, close up cheering spectators, then Argentina team. Close up dignitaries in the royal box, and Canada team marching. Female Canadian athletes marching in smart jackets and sailor hats. Team marching, close up applauding spectator, and wide angle of stadium with teams marching. India team marching, and close up Princess Elizabeth applauding. Indian athletes marching in smart jackets and turbans. Teams marching, and close up of USA team. USA team, then close up of the Shah of Persia and Queen Elizabeth. Great Britain team marching, and close up King George VI saluting them.
    Wide shot of stadium with teams lined up in the middle. Spectators watching, as King George VI, at podium, declaring the games open. Teams lined up, and close up of Olympic flag being raised. Close up of pigeons being released, then wide angle of stadium with pigeons flying. Pigeons in sky, and pan of stadium with pigeons flying above. Wide angle of stadium as the last pigeons fly towards camera and away.
    Great Britain's John Mark entering the stadium carrying the Olympic torch, before holding it aloft, and jogging around the track. Spectators applauding, and wide angle of stadium with Mark jogging with torch in foreground. Long close up of Mark running with torch, as he is applauded by Great Britain's athletes who have broken from their line to applaud. Mark runs up slope to Olympic flame, holds torch aloft, and lights the flame, and leaves.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:00:00 / 10:04:27

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