• Short Summary

    A look at the obsession with speed and travel during the late 1920s.

  • Description

    Pathe have rights to clips in Time to Remember programmes but not to commentary or whole programme as screened.

    According to paperwork, all material in this compilation was sourced from the Pathe library - no bought in material.

    Reel 1. 01:27:40 Begins with shots of the Baby Gar IV speedboat racing a train which is travelling along the coast. The song "Bye Bye Blackbird" is the accompanying soundtrack. M/S of train approaching the camera around a curved track. Short shot of a car driving into the back of another car - presumably a stunt, then a car driving into a tree - also a stunt.

    01:28:10 Time to Remember title. "A programme to take you back - however young you may be. Recalled by Roger Livesey.

    01:28:34 Airman and his new bride emerge from church to walk through an archway made of aircraft parts held by their friends. The friends throw confetti. They don aviator helmets and climb into a plane to head off on their honeymoon. A shoe is tied to the undercarriage. Narrator states: "This was a couple air-minded, but then we all were in 1927." The plane is a "Westland Wigeon."

    01:29:14 Issue title "Fast and Far in the Twenties".

    01:29:24 Montage sequence of various old locomotives at a showground. People travel on the trains in old fashioned costumes of the appropriate period. One of the trains has the name "Peter Coopers Tom Thumb" on the side.

    01:30:02 "Look at the roads!" exclaims Roger "packed!" Shot of traffic travelling towards Buckingham Palace in the late 1920s - buses and cars. "Buses in the Mall indeed" says Roger over shots of traffic passing the Palace.

    01:30:30 Nice moving shot of buses and shots of the "Albatross Sleeping Car" which had beds on board for London to Liverpool travellers. Policeman directs traffic.

    01:30:52 Great sequence showing a new invention, a car with wheels that can be turned sideways for easy parking.

    01:31:23 A motor car races a horse, the horse jumps fences as does the car! Good stunt.

    01:31:45 A motorcycle race. Various shots of motorbikes speeding along a dusty road and two crashes. Could be the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT or T.T.) races.

    01:32:13 The Ulster Grand Prix of 1928. Drivers rush to their cars, various shots of the cars racing through the streets of Ulster. Malcom Campbell's Bugatti catches fire. We see him struggling with a fire extinguisher. Crowd congratulate Kaye Don on his victory - he is awarded a trophy.

    01:33:00 Roger states: "One thing in those days everybody had his eye on - the land speed record." C/U of Parry Thomas in his racing car. This was filmed as he was about to attempt the land speed record - this was the journey that led to his death. Camera follows the car then there is a shot of the wrecked car with men shovelling sand onto it to put out the flames. There is no footage of the actual crash.

    01:33:37 Malcolm Campbell's "Bluebird" is wheeled out of a shed by a group of men. Crowds watch as Campbell prepares his car for an attempt on the land speed record. Camera follows the Bluebird as it speeds around the track at Pendine, eventually breaking the record.

    01:34:41 High angle shot of Major Segrave's latest car being pushed by a crowd of men. Major Segrave climbs into the car, C/U of the Major. M/S of the car ("Sunbeam"?) being driven out of the factory. Aerial shot of his car racing along Daytona beach. Shots of the car speeding past the camera - his record attempt is succesful. M/S of Segrave and his wife (?). He shakes hands with an unidentified man not recognised by this cataloguer.

    01:35:28 Two shots of Atlantic liners, one in port the other under sail. "The Atlantic, that was the draw in those days, how to beat the Atlantic." says Roger.

    End of Reel 1 - see other records.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    hd tape id:
    hd time out:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:40:00 / 01:35:41:00
    hd film id:
    hd time in:

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment