[Town Scenes]

1951 , Clacton-on-Sea (Essex)

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Clacton-on-Sea c.1951, filmed for an amateur film production of H.G. Wells' novel `War of the Worlds'.

These shots of Clacton-on-Sea were taken for an amateur film production of H.G. Wells' novel, `War Of The Worlds'. Most are overhead shots. They begin showing Clacton pier and the front. The camera pans over the rooftops. There are beach scenes showing a pleasure boat at the wharf. A sequence shows the streets of Clacton in the town centre and shops. The people of Clacton go about their everyday business. There are scenes from a Council meeting. Inside a public house, two men talk over a pint of beer. A barber shaves a customer and people take books out of the public library. This is followed by another pub scene with the landlord pulling a pint. The film shows a fictitious scene of a young man using a public telephone box to call the fire brigade. There is a shot of the switchboard operators before the firemen slide down the pole and get into their fire engines and driving the tenders and the station officer's car out of the station. The last shots of the film are of a bus leaving the bus station and of people hanging around.

Featured Buildings

Clacton Fire Station

Keywords

Amateur productions; Seaside resorts; Stock footage

Background Information

The young man using the public telephone was Douglas Salmon; he became a producer at the BBC and made many films that are kept by the Archive.

Manifestations

[Town Scenes]

  • Barcode
    INV338312
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:03:07
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    710885
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV328603
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:03:07
    Modification Date
    25/10/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    695265
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV167639
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 255
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    22/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673157
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV248430
    Canonical Identifier
    A-1313
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour Type
    bw
    Dimension
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    positive
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    656049
    Sound
    silent

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