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Title: NEWS PARADE 1939

Reference number: 0060

Date: 1939

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9 mins

Description: A news compilation featuring Franco's victory, the sinking of the submarine USS Squalus, floods in China, a 'Love Parade' in Canada, the German invasion of Poland and France's declaration of war.

Credits: [SCFL. BFI.]

Shotlist: Franco's Victory. The Nationalist Army enters Barcelona in ceremonial procession with Franco in open car. Wings Over Atlantic. Air passenger service begun from US to Europe. Shots of large Pan American Airways System sea plane taking off and landing with shots of passengers during the flight. London's Great Day. George VI and Queen Elizabeth returning to London after good-will tour of Canada and the USA. Shots of crowds in Trafalgar Sq. as royal carriage passes on its way to Buckingham Palace. Franco-British Unity. Bastille Day celebrations in Paris Military parades in the streets. Submarine Disaster. USS Squalus sinks with loss of 26 lives. Rescue vessel at scene lowers diving bell which saves 33 crew members. Sub towed to New Hampshire. Tension in the Far East - Tientsin Foreign Settlement becomes centre of great unrest. Crowds in streets. Japanese troops barricade the British Concession and search all who enter. China's Floods. Flooded streets with populace making way through flood water on rafts and rickshaws. Love Parade - Mass ceremony in Montreal when 125 couples married. Hurricane Over Europe. German invasion of Poland. Scenes of devastation from bomb and fire and civilian refugees. France declares war - rail movement of artillery. Troops occupying Maginot Line. British army transported by sea. Shots of carriers and warships. Grain elevator disaster. Chicago grain store goes up in flames. Round Cape Horn - US Cruisers battle round Cape in heavy seas (9.00)