Film: 8881

Education | 1960 | Sound | Colour


The dangers of leaving potentially harmful medicines around the home for children to take 1960's

A young toddler takes her grandmother's hand whilst standing on the pavement at the side of the road, waiting to cross. There follows a busy road full of traffic. We move back to close up head shots of both the child and the grandmother, holding hands, the two cross the road, toward where the camera is stationed, the camera follows them panning left, they walk past a 'danger' roadwork sign and the camera closes up on the sign, there is a simultaneous crescendo in the music.

We see the camera panning out from a medicine cabinet mounted on a wall in a room, the child reaches for something on the lower shelf of the cabinet, a middle aged woman comes up from behind and takes a bottle away from the child and replaces it in the cabinet, the woman closes the cabinet and locks it , but leaves the key in the lock. The narrator chides her for this. She then removes the key. A new design of cabinet is shown with no key and the child is unable to open it, hurting her fingernails in the process. The adult then demonstrates how to access the cabinet - long fingers are needed to reach inside a hole in the side of the cabinet and undo a catch. The child has been outfoxed.

There is a shot of an elderly looking woman sitting in an armchair with a small table to her right, and on the table are a number of what appear to be medicine bottles, the woman reads the label of one of the bottles, which the camera does a close up of: the label warns not to exceed the stated dose.

We are on a suburban high street, with an ambulance with its siren blaring driving fast around a corner toward the camera and moving from left to right of the screen. The camera does not follow the vehicle, but instead focuses on a shop across the other side of the road, there is then a close up shot of a 'chemist' sign. Inside the chemist, an elderly man takes an empty bottle, weighs out some tablets and pours them into the bottle, the shot then cleverly cuts to some jelly-babies being poured into a white paper bag. There is a girl in the sweet shop and she pays the shop keeper for the sweets and the narrator warns of the danger of considering the sweets and the tablets as one and the same. This is an interior of a messy home, where the camera zooms in on some red and white coloured tablets that have spilled onto a table. Some objects are shown on a kitchen table and one by one the objects disappear, and reappear in the medicine cabinet, using some rather crude cutting techniques. The middle aged woman shuts the cabinet door once more with the dangerous materials in, locks it and takes away the key. The elderly woman with the bottles by her chair is sitting reading her book with only a very dim lamp on, the middle aged woman comes along and turns the main light of the room on, as the narrator warns not to take tablets when there is not sufficient light to be able to see what you are taking. The narrator states that drugs that are no longer required should not be kept, and a bottle of liquid is shown being poured down a metallic toilet.

There is a shot of children opening presents at a party, possibly Christmas time. Exterior shot of toddlers sitting on grass playing with toy cars and soft toys. The mother of the children sits on a bench on the grass by the children, she produces a bottle of tablets from her handbag, she then takes one. There follows a shot of a child in a plastic toy car driving up to a real car, into which a man gets and drives off, close up of the child's face, the child gets up from the car, takes a box from the passenger side and opening the boot of the car, puts the box inside, making sure that he locks the boot again when he has closed it.

There is a shot of a gas fire being turned on and a hissing noise. An old woman is shown sitting in an armchair with a red blanket covering her knees, she has her eyes closed as though she is asleep. There follows an exterior shot of a hospital, the camera zooms in on the 'casualty' sign. We then see an ambulance reversing and stopping by a hospital, the doors open and a nurse opens the doors and is assisted by a man in uniform who fetches a trolley to put a stretcher on, a patient is on the stretcher who is apparently suffering from poisoning. Quick cutting of newspaper headlines of different situations where people have been poisoned in their homes by various means.

There is an interior of a kitchen, where a mother brings down a bottle of bleach from a high shelf, she is watched by her young son, of about toddler age, the woman then uses the bleach and then replaces it back on the high shelf where the child cannot reach it.

We see a man in tweed jacket putting weed killer into a watering can, and then to him pouring weedkiller onto a garden path. There is a close up of the liquid being poured onto the path, the man then puts the weed killer back onto a high shelf in his shed. There is a shot of a child in the garden shooting a water pistol at a rose, whilst his grandmother sprays something from a can onto the rose. There are two children spraying each other with water from water pistols, whilst the narrator emphasises that if the grandparents were not being careful, it may not be water that the children spray in one another's eyes, but weedkiller.

The camera pans out to reveal a large graveyard and a church nearby. There is a woman driving a white open top car down a quiet suburban lane, she pulls into the driveway of a cosy looking house, and stops, the woman has a very 1960s 'beehive' hairstyle, she removes her sunglasses and puts them into her handbag. She opens the passenger seat door from inside car and lets the little boy sitting in the passenger seat out, he rushes to his tricycle and she gets out, closes her door and brings a basket from the back seat, she walks to the front door, opens it, goes inside and closes the door. Whilst the mother is in the kitchen putting her shopping away, the camera cuts to the child playing in the garden, who has gone over to the car, where the passenger door is still open, and seeing a white package in the glove compartment, takes it out to find a bottle of pills, opens the bottle, and pours the pills out onto the passenger seat. We see the mother in the kitchen who realises that she has left the pills in the car, and rushes out to the child, cradles him in her arms and rushes inside with him. The camera zooms in very close on a red 'emergency' telephone and we see the woman's fingers dialling 999. We see the bell of an ambulance ringing, the shot then fades into the white pills sitting on the red passenger seat of the car.

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