• Short Summary

    German claims to have bombed imaginary British places, Pathe responds with jokey item.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Those German Communiqués".

    Jokey item responding to false German claims that town of Random, harbour of Frinton and docks at Bognor Regis have been destroyed.

    M/S of man buying newspaper from vendor in the street. C/U of mocked up newspaper - Pathe Gazette Daily Message. The headline is "Nazis claim Random Bombed".

    Various shots of scenic town on river. Low angle shot of newsreel cameraman at work. Various shots of farmer leading sheep into a barn. C/U of workmen huddled around fire in barrel. M/S of a car scrap yard. Various shots of a country pub. M/S of man sitting in a rowing boat, looks like he's hunting. M/S of barge going down canal, crowds wave from tow path. M/S of a pile of turnips. Various shots of ducks on a river.

    Narrator talks in exaggerated German accent. Narrator mocks Germany's false claim by saying the barn is a munitions factory, scrap yard is important transport centre, the pub is a "large spirit dump", the hunter is merchant ship, the canal is Wigan Pier, the turnip is ammunition dump and the ducks are convoy of ships.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    02:00:43:00 / 02:02:07:00

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