Film: 7475

Road Transport | 1970 | Sound | Colour


Road safety film aimed at old people. Introduced by boxer Henry Cooper. Claymation narrated by Cyril Fletcher 1970's

Sir Henry Cooper OBE KSG (3 May 1934 – 1 May 2011) was best known for knocking out the young Muhammad Ali, but he also had a little known career in a rather different sphere – promoting road safety. In 1970, Cooper introduced a short public service film, ‘The Tale of Elsie Bossing’. Elsie is an irascible pensioner who refuses to cross at the proper place – until an encounter with a sports car lands her with a thump on the road, “her language blue, her bottom black.” Thankfully, Elsie learns her lesson and Cooper encourages others to do the same, urging viewers to “look for traffic, listen for traffic and keep your guard up. And box clever!”

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