• Short Summary

    Good footage of horse racing at Northolt - lots of women are betting on the gee gees.

  • Description

    Northolt, London?

    Introductory intertitle reads: "Racing in every shape and form fascinates the Britisher - and the new sport of pony racing is no exception. Today we are taking you in front and behind the scenes of the famous Northolt track."

    Shots of the crowds at the racetrack - some in the stands, others milling around beside the track. M/S of the bookies at work beside the racetrack and L/S of the "Totalizator" building (or "Tote") where people can place bets. Nice shot inside the Tote - we see a man taking bets and punching tickets. The gamblers seem to be predominantly women.

    C/U of drums with numbers printed on them which are presumably used to register the odds. These are located in the "machine room". We are shown other parts of the machinery used.

    High angle shot of racehorses. Various shots of jockeys climbing on to the scales in the weighing in room. Narrator explains how the weight is measured and evened out with lead weights.

    Exterior - horses are prepared for the race. They are led around in the paddock then towards the starting gate. Short shots of the crowd then possibly the man who starts the race. L/S of the race itself. Camera follows the horses. Shouts are heard from the crowd.

    L/S of people queuing up to collect their winnings. Most of them seem to be women. One of the women looks suspiciously at the camera - perhaps she doesn't like being filmed.

    C/U of woman in a fur coat approaching the window of the Tote to collect her winnings. She is rather a glamour puss and it looks as though she has won quite a bit. She winks at the camera.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:02:00 / 01:07:28:00
    PSP 734

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