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March of Time -- outtakes -- British citizens listening to Neville Chamberlain on the radio

Film | Accession Number: 2004.723.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4063 | Film ID: 2729

Interior shots of people listening to Neville Chamberlain's September 27, 1938 speech about the Sudeten crisis. No sound. The setting appears to be the interior of a British home, with women and men listening intently to the radio. Close-up of the radio being turned on. Presumably the footage was actually shot in England, because the same cameramen shot the mid-September rally in London (Story 4061).

01:01:37 A man sells Evening Standard newspapers outside Victoria station in London. He wears a placard that reads, "What Hitler Said." Male and female members of the British Union of Fascists sell copies of their paper "Action." The headlines read, "Stop War!" and "British youth shall not be massacred." Close-ups of the paper and placards. A photo of Oswald Mosley, the head of the British Union of Fascists, appears on some of the posters. More shots of people buying and selling papers outside the Tottenham Court Road station. One of these placards reads, "Goering Taken Ill." Scenes of people talking on the street. The Blackshirt Bookshop, with BUF posters and advertisements in the window. Close-up of a sign quoting Mosley.

The next scenes take place in colonial India. British and Indian forces beat and arrest men at a riot, probably in Bombay. Mohandas Gandhi returning to India after a trip to England. He is shown walking down the gangplank of a ship, carrying flowers, then sitting on a raised dais outdoors. The last piece of footage shows a group of men being ushered into a building which is marked with the sign "Central Prison."

Film Title
The British Dilemma
Event:  1938 September 27
Production:  1938
London, England
Bombay, India
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:32
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