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The "?" Motorist
The lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid a speeding ticket… in this case to Saturn and back.
Science Fiction 1906 3 mins Silent
This eccentrically-titled Robert Paul comedy - made by trick specialist WR Booth - is one of the most iconic of early British films. As Cecil Hepworth did in Explosion of a Motor Car (1900), Booth uses a stop-and-substitute gag, using dummy body parts, for the sequence when a car runs over a policeman. Booth, however, takes it further. As the policeman reassembles himself (Terminator-style!) and pursues the car to a dead end, it drives straight up a building and up to the stars, where it drives around a very Georges Melies-style celestial scene before dropping back to earth and the magistrates' court.
Robert Paul: Giant of Early Film
Non-Fiction 1911 10 mins Silent
A film produced to celebrate the coronation of George V as King-Emperor at the Imperial Durbar of 1911.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
Pomp and circumstance marking the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India.
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Seen but not heard? Three children get up to mischief after mother puts them to bed in this Victorian entertainment.
Tom Merry, Lightning Cartoonist, Sketching Kaiser Wilhelm II Tom Merry, Lightning Cartoonist, Sketching Kaiser Wilhelm II
Trick film 1895 0 mins Silent
Quick on the draw: Victorian cartoonist Tom Merry does a rapid sketch of Kaiser Wilhelm II
Drama 1896 1 mins Silent
A river tragedy is narrowly averted in this early dramatic scene
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
A museum visitor takes an interest in a nude sculpture - to his wife's annoyance - in a sadly incomplete early film comedy
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.