• Short Summary

    Nice shots of shoppers scrambling for bargains at the C & A sale.

  • Description


    Oxford Street, London.

    Nice footage of (mostly) women queuing for the sales then sorting through clothes.

    GV. Crowds of women queuing up, outside C & A's Oxford Street. SV. From inside show window, showing model in foreground and queues of women outside. SV. Man with tray of teas handing them out to the waiting shoppers. One woman is asleep on another's shoulder, and she reaches for her tea without looking up. SV. Women queuing along shop front while woman cleaner cleans round their feet. SCU. Woman, Mrs. Smith knitting as she waits. She arrived at 6 a.m. SV. Two girls jive in front of the queue, as the queue beat time with their hands. SCU. Part of queue beating time with their hands. LV. Entrance to the shop (Interior) with shop assistants standing in front of mass of women and - the women start streaming into the empty shop. AS. Doorway (interior) as women pile in. GV. Big: interior of store showing mass of shoppers. LV. Entrance with women still streaming towards us. CU. SCU. Women sorting goods on counter. SV. Mass of women at counter of blouses sorting them over. SCU. Girl rings up cash register at counter. SV. Through mass of women sorting coats from rack. SV. As girl tries to fasten up small coat on large woman. SV. Fed up husband sitting on steps inside store, with pile of parcels all round him studying racing paper midday. TV. Racing paper and man looking at it sorting with a pencil. SV. Woman trying on fur coat in front of mirror. SV. Mrs. Atkins with husband, he adjusts a fur coat she is trying on. SV. Mass of women rummaging over hat counter. CU. Woman trying on hat. SCU. Towards, girl heavily laden with parcels. SV. Showing line of models dressed in window with "Sale" price tags on. SV. Same window, same models, but now stripped apart from slips. SV. Towards, Bill Symon coming out of shop carrying nude dummy, and he turns off to walk up street. Cutaway, man's reaction to seeing this - Charlie Chart. SV. Towards Bill Symon carrying a dummy and he steps off pavement and tries to board a bus, but the bus moves off and he is left holding the dummy.

    (Orig. Neg.) (Title scene G.)

    Note: commentary is rather nice - in rhyme.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:27:00 / 01:07:12:00

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