London | 1950 | Sound | Colour
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How Londoners can get out for some fresh air in the countryside 1950's
Opening shot of Victoria Bus Station. Street scenes - London in summer. 'Too many people'. People are seen boarding Green Line Bus for the country. Next, shots of pleasant wooded landscape. Children romp in a hayfield. Boy climbs tree - looks at squirrel. Deer roam in parkland. Girl feeds deer. Close-up of children, birds' eggs, ducklings and turkeys, swans and geese. Shots of pretty village Finchingfield in Essex. Picturesque pub. Farnham Castle, Canterbury Cathedral. (Close-up of station in niches). Windsor Castle. Hyde House in Essex. Chalfont St. Giles. Rochester, Cobham. Kent wooden ships at Rochester. Essex wooden houses. Greenstead Church Essex. Hatfield's row of Queen Ann houses. Shere Church Surrey. Clock Tower at Abinger Hammer Surrey, 2 women look up to clock. A bus passes through a village heading to Guildford. St Albans roman ruins. Roman artefacts. Harefield Church and tomb of Alice Countess of Derby. Panning rural view of hills as walkers or ramblers come into view. Horse riding in the Chiltern Hills. Kids playing in the woods, dressed up as cowboys and red indians. People playing archery. Kids playing in a stream, building a dam. Sailing, rowing and waterside picnics. Kids lying around in long grass. Man looks upwards and wipes his lips. View of various pub signs, Golden Fleece, The Kicking Dickey and Heart of Hand.
People lunching at a outside café. Boy drinks from a 2 litre bottle. Men drinking outside a canalside inn. Canal boats go past. Overhead view of outside riverfront restaurant or inn. Older man smokes his pipe and dreams. Young couple in a canoe, close-up of water lilies. Large garden, lots of flowers and butterflies on flowers. Virginia Water. We see horses jumping at Knoll Park and elsewhere. Brass band, carriage riding and hounds. Children riding ponies competitively, a gymkhana. Children on the roundabout at fair. Kids eating candy floss. Hammer game at fairground. Morris dancers at Westerham. Cricket at Cookham. Shots of early evening in the countryside - a train, a Green Line Bus. Final shot of sunset over a lake.
Pleasant film of summer in home countries. Rather literary commentary. Lots of cheerful children escaping the city smog.
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