Feature Drama | 1930 | Sound | B/W
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In the French mine. Workers load a tipper and push it along the tracks in the tunnels. A worker at a brick wall with thermometer. A worker is filling explosives in two holes and connects the fuses. The blasting: miners walk out of range, a miner shouts "Attention!"; a miner kneels on the ground and triggers off the blasting. A bang. Smoke fills the tunnel slowly. - The thermometer at the brick wall. Miner examining it closely. Suddenly he jerks and runs away: A hole in the brick wall opens, smoke comes out. Fire, blaze, a cry. Miners stand still, shocked. In the tunnel: a sea of blazes. Miners run away: "Un feu!" (= a fire). Small groups of miners run through the tunnels, shout. Fire in the tunnels. -
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At the station. The train leaves. The young woman in the train leans out of a window, shouts "Au revoir!" and waves. Suddenly a cry: "The mine!" The passengers turn their heads. From the moving train: the mine. Smoke rises. The young woman, shocked. At the station: All the remaining people run over platforms and tracks to the mine. The young woman opens the wagon door and wants to jump out, but other passengers hold her back (the train is already moving!) and close the door. The train drives off.
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On the streets in the village. People run, others look through shop windows to find out what happened. Shouts: "A fire! A fire in the mine!"; an old man sitting at a table in his living room is startled. He runs past a table with a big gramophone to the window, then out on the street. People run past. "What has happened?" the old man asks. A man stops for a short time: "A fire in the mine!", then runs on. The old man is worried about his son and runs to the mine, too. Street scenes with people running to the mine; policemen mount their bikes and drive off to the mine. Men, women, children run out of their houses, on the streets, to the mine. More and more. Outside the mine: smoke. - On the German side: An engine driver at the mines and another worker see the smoke. "Must be a bad accident." - French side: People crowding at the gates of the mine premises, but they are not let in. Women clinging to the bars, crying and shouting. Guards run to the gates and try to keep them closed. A car horn… the car is let through. The old man uses the opportunity, clings to the car and goes in, too. The gates are closed again. On the premises of the mine. The car arrives. The old man on the sideboard runs on to the mine entrance. A man is shouting at him, but he ignores it. Miners with rescue equipment (?) on their backs stand around. The old man takes a mine lamp and sneaks to a side entrance. Smoke rises. At the entrance: A miner is let down on a rope. Tools are let down. A miner, looking down. The lift is stuck. The miner who has been let down stands on the lift and tries to repairs it. - At the gates. An officer tries to calm down the women. Another officer tells him that the lift is out of order. A woman hears the remark and spread it among the crowds at the gates. Cries, shouts. Smoke. - The old man opens a hatch. Smoke rises. He climbs down into the smoky shaft, climbs down the shaft. Further down, the smoke becomes thicker and thicker. - Outside: Women at the bars of the gates, shouting. - Inside a tunnel: A steel pillar bends very slowly… miners run past. A fork; three miners run to the tunnel on the right hand side, a fourth one stops undecidedly. The tunnel on the right hand side collapses. A miner runs to the left. The undecided miner tries to hide in a ledge. The tunnel collapses. - Another tunnel. A miner collapses. Two others run to him and try to bring him back to consciousness. The tunnel collapses from rear to front, just in time (to save themselves) the two miners leave the unconscious one and run away. The rest of the tunnel collapses.
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