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Jewish Pensioners' Controversial Pools Win
All good pals and jolly good company! A syndicate of Jewish pensioners from Southend celebrate their big win on the football pools.
News 1975 5 mins
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In the days before the National Lottery, the (football) pools offered members of the public the rare opportunity to win huge amounts of money from a relatively small stake. In 1975, in Southend, a syndicate of Jewish pensioners were lucky enough to receive a win, celebrating with a sing-a-long and a stroll along the seafront. However, not every member of the Jewish community thought “the pools” was harmless fun, arguing according to Jewish law that gambling is prohibited.
Judy Finnigan reports for Anglia Television regional news.
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Documentary 1969 30 mins Location: Westminster
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1947 19 mins Silent
Poignant postwar appeal for Britain’s Jewry to support orphaned Jewish children rescued from Europe
Factual TV 1974 54 mins Silent
A Jewish Eastender recalls growing up in poverty in the 1930s and being part of a community now long gone
Drama 1944 97 mins
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Drama 1962 61 mins
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Non-Fiction 1963 8 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Amateur film 1967 4 mins Silent Location: Southend Pier
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Amateur film 1929 3 mins Silent Location: Westcliff-on-Sea
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Documentary 1965 11 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Promotional 1953 18 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Amateur film 1950 3 mins Silent Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 9 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1909 4 mins
Toy Story meets Fatal Attraction in this tale of an Edwardian childhood romance scuppered by poor finances and a stalking dolly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1940 8 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1919 10 mins Silent
Remember when Charlie Chaplin went into space? Reality is no obstacle in this endlessly inventive silent cinema cartoon of the 'Little Tramp'
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1925 6 mins
1920s canine icon Bonzo the Dog tests the Entente Cordiale to the limit in this silent British cartoon
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