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    45 Pathe cameraman shoot the Grand National from all angles and in slow motion! 'Master Robert' is the winning horse.

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    Aintree, Merseyside.

    Title: "The grand National 1924".

    Intertitle: "The Race for 'Grand National' - first run in 1837 - is 4 miles 836 yards, over 30 obstacles and is worth �5000 to the winner".

    Intertitle: "Our 45 Camera-Men - the World's record to be employed on one event - leave nothing to chance!"

    High angled shot of all the 45 cameraman, they are making final adjustments to their cameras and tripods.

    Intertitle: "The Police Parade".

    Panning shot showing hundreds of policemen being shown photographs by a senior officers - could be of potential trouble makers?

    Intertitle: "Full throated cheers from thousands greeted the King on his arrival".

    High angled shot King George V arriving by car, dense crowds line the road. We see the King walk into the Royal Enclosure.

    Intertitle: "The Saddling Ring was a wonderful sight".

    M/S of racehorses being lead by stable hands around an arena past a crowd. Various shots of stable hands grooming horses. Various shots of jockeys climbing onto horses. Various shots of horses and jockeys being lead past a crowd onto the race course.

    Intertitle: "The Parade"

    High angled shot of horses and jockeys being lead onto the course. L/S of a board with all the horses' names and numbers on. M/S of the horses and jockeys being lead past the spectator stands. High angled L/S of the horses coming onto the course.

    Intertitle: "All eyes on the packed stands were then glued on the Start and the horses were despatched after a delay of 8 minutes".

    Panning shot along the crowded stands. Various shots of the jockeys trotting their horses around the course - warming up for the big race? Various shots of the start of the race - one of the seems to be a false start as some of the horses do not run.

    Intertitle: "Not a single horse fell at the first jump!"

    L/S of the horses jumping over the first fence.

    Intertitle: "Now again - ever so gracefully - in slow motion".

    High angled slow motion shot of the horses coming over the fence. L/S of the horses approaching the second fence.

    Intertitle: "And all cleared at the second at a great pace".

    Grand National, Aintree, Merseyside.

    L/S of horses jumping a fence.

    Intertitle: " ... and remarkable to relate, there were no falls at the 3rd".

    L/S of horses jumping a fence.

    Intertitle: "But at the 4th, 'Winter Voyage' - hitherto leading, was the first casualty".

    Various L/Ss of horses jumping a fence, several jockeys and their horses fall.

    Intertitle: "'Palm Oil' fell at the fifth jump".

    High angled shot of horses coming over a fence, several jockeys fall, one horse falls on his jockey. Slow motion M/S of horses coming over the same fence. C/U of the King watching the race through binoculars. More shots of horses coming over fences.

    Intertitle: "The Field was well strung out by this time with old 'Sergeant Murphy' leading the Field".

    Various L/Ss of horses jumping the fences, more jockeys fall.

    Intertitle: "Passing the Stands, Drifter and the 'Old Sergeant; were just in front of Winnall, Silvo, Fly Mask, Chin Chin, Master Robert and Eureka ..."

    M/S of horses jumping a fence.

    Intertitle: " ... with Mainsail, Wavetown, Shaun Spadah, Ballinode and others well in the rear".

    Various shots of the horses jumping different fences.

    Intertitle: "The Water Jump ends the first circuit".

    M/S of horses jumping a fence and splashing through a trough.

    Intertitle: "'Winnall' dashed away with a long lead but 'Chin Chin' and 'Eureka' came to grief before reaching 'Becher's' the second time ..."

    Various L/Ss of horses jumping fences, one horse leads by quite a distance! More jockeys fall from their horses.

    Intertitle: "Riderless horses hampered the leaders and refusals were frequent at the Canal Turn".

    L/S of horses jumping over a very high fence on a corner, some refuse to jump.

    Intertitle: "At the second fence after Valentine's 'Old Tay Bridge' fell - 'Winall's' Jockey having been unseated previously".

    M/S of horses coming over a fence, one jockey falls and lies unconscious as other horses ride over him.

    Intertitle: "'Master Robert' outside at 25-1 wins".

    M/S of the remaining horses running up the final stretch. M/S of the winning horse and jockey riding through a crowd of well-wishers.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:57:00 / 01:30:15:00
    G 1072

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    Thank you for this piece of film, I am sitting here truly astonished. As the great niece of the winner, Bob Trudgill I have visited this subject many times by searching on the internet, and found this today. I have seen a few photos and reports of the race but never the entire thing, on film. I have enjoyed this immensely, it is a great family story with many other stories wrapped around it.

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  2. m0neypennie says

    Hi Lyndylou,

    This is a very strange coincidence but, apparently, I am also a great niece of Bob Trudgill through dad's aunt was married to him.

    Like you I've also searched on the internet and done some other research too. I have also seen some photos and also it has been a great family story down the generations.

    My dad worked for him in London as he bought some shops with his winnings.

    Apparently, my grand parents had a photo or a painting of uncle Bob jumping over Beacher's Brook......

    Fabulous to see this race.....

    If you see this message please get in touch.

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  3. Lyndylou says

    Dear M0neypennie,
    Well goodness me, how wonderful. Sorry to be three years late in replying, I hope you see this. So you are a relative of Bessie Rumble! And Dennis Trudgill. I have just been doing more research on my ancestry, did you know that Robert's brother was killed in the Balham Tube station disaster in 1940? Mornington Trudgill. I also have photos too, and my Trudgill ancestors had shops around the same area in Rotherhithe, - Robert's father and mother, brothers and sisters. I would love to get in touch with you properly and I can tell you more. My email address is

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