• Short Summary

    Documentary about Lloyd's of London, the famous insurance organisation

  • Description

    Most footage dates from 1961 - there are some library shots from 1940 and 1952.

    01:00:12 Storm sequence - large sailing ship floundering in high seas. Lifeboat on calm seas. Titles superimposed over lifeboat. Associated British Pathe Present This Is Lloyd's.
    Spoken by Anthony Quayle.

    01:01:03 Men in lifeboat dressed in period costume spot sail and start calling for rescue. Model shot of 17th Century London. Recreation of exterior of Lloyd's coffee shop 17th Century. Two men in costume enter. Interior coffee house. People chat. Coffee poured. Men drink coffee. C/U hand banging candlestick on bar. Waiter reads from piece of paper about the capture of a ship. Various gentlemen discuss the news. View of coffee house interior. Men do business insuring ships. (This section is all played out in 17th century costume).

    01:03:22 Modern day - man in Lloyd's coffee house reads from Lloyd's List. Camera pulls back to wider shot. Two men discuss business while waiter pours them coffee. C/U coffee and milk poured into cup with Lloyd's logo on it. Tilt up to businessmen. C/U man moves hands over table.

    01:04:03 Aerial shot of English countryside. Aerial over farm buildings. Aerial as railway engine passes towards town. (Train is a diesel and is pulling Pullman carriages). Aerial of nuclear power station. Aerial over industrial area. Aerial over motorway junction. Aerial over seashore oil refinery. Ship is moored at quay. Aerial over hospital (ambulances can be seen leaving). Aerial follows ambulance along road. Aerial over Wembley Stadium, London. Aerial over Palace of Westminster. (sound of Big Ben). Also seen is Westminster Abbey. Aerial over Tower Bridge, boats move on the River Thames. Also seen is Tower of London. Aerial over London showing St. Paul's Cathedral. Aerial of London showing City of London.

    01:06:43 Exterior Lloyd's building (circa 1961). People walking through entrance. Man walks into reception wearing bowler hat. He speaks to male receptionist wearing red robe. A man comes through a revolving door and greets him. They walk through the revolving door. Men walk up steps . Lots of men moving around. C/U feet walking across mosaic floor. Men meet and shake hands. C/U panel showing chairmen of Lloyd's since 1771. Broker walks out of office to meet member of staff (staff are called waiters). Camera follows uniformed member of staff along corridor in the Nelson Room. C/U painting of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Two men look at the painting of Nelson. Silver plate in Nelson collection. C/U Trafalgar log.

    01:08:23 Member of staff walks through door into the Writing room. Lots of activity. High angle shot of the room. Lots of underwriters at work. C/U face of underwriter doing business. More underwriters at work. Camera tilts up to gallery floor (area devoted to non-marine business). Two men discuss business. Underwriters at work. Man looks up details in small book. Lots of different kind of business being conducted. C/U pieces of paperwork - hand written. G/V broking room. Underwriters at work. High angle shot marine floor. Man writes into the Loss Book. C/U entry being made into the Loss Book - hand written with a quill pen. C/U writer's face. Pages in Loss Book turned over to show many lost ships. Including 'Flying Enterprise', Clip of 'Flying Enterprise' sinking (the film of the sinking boat could come from 52/3, 52/4, 52/4 H, 52/5, 52/5 E). Clip of the Hindenburg Airship bursting into flames. Collapse of the Tacoma bridge. Bridge rocks to and fro and finally is ripped apart. The bridge plunges into the river below (40/97).

    01:14:33 High angle shot of Lloyd's floor. Underwriters chatting.

    01:14:53 L/V site for building of Kootaboolah Bridge in Australia. Two men talking and looking at plans. Two men in office looking over plans. Pull back to show secretary taking dictation. Broker on non-marine floor of Lloyd's. Talking about risk to underwriter. C/U blueprints. Various C/U's of broker and underwriter.

    01:16:33 High angle shot of boat show. Lots of boats being viewed by public. Two men discussing insurance.

    See Reel 2.

    Note: Some of this reel is scratched. This reel comprises reels 1 and 2 combined. The film is also known as "All Risks". Paperwork includes shotlist, script, music cues and other letters.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1961
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:12:00 / 01:17:13:00

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