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Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
1955 17 mins
Could anything sound more miserable than the Society of Organised Fun? Certainly not to the children barred from their favourite local playground by the Society's irritable, child-phobic president. Arriving tightly packed and singing in unison on board Brighton's iconic Volks railway, the children's spontaneity wins out. They do also have a little help from comedy actor Peter Butterworth, 10 years before his first appearance in the Carry On film series.
- John Irwin
- Peter ButterworthHumphrey Kent
- United Kingdom
Romance of Rail
The Kiss in the Tunnel
Comedy 1899 2 mins
The earliest film kiss held by the BFI National Archive is this stolen smooch aboard a steam train, an important example of Victorian film.
A4s at Haymarket
Amateur film 1963 17 mins Location: Haymarket Sta
Watch these once mighty streamliners still hard at work in steam's twilight years
Death Was a Passenger
War 1958 18 mins
A chance meeting on a train brings back memories of a wartime escape.
The Gold Express
Crime 1955 58 mins
Claustrophobic train-set comedy-thriller with a gang of crooks intent on stealing a gold shipment on a Scotland to London express.
Kate Plus Ten
Crime 1938 80 mins
Laughs and thrills come thick and fast in this Edgar Wallace comedy-thriller with a hair-raising car versus train chase.
NYMR News No. 1
Non-Fiction 1973 4 mins Location: Pickering
No money incentives required for the dedicated volunteers bringing the defunct Whitby to Pickering up to speed for re-opening, and for the arrival of the iconic Flying Scotsman.
Veteran Car Rally, Brighton c1962
Amateur film 1964 3 mins Location: Brighton
Vintage vehicles on parade in this amateur film record of the longest-running motor event in the world.
The Sea Calls
School programme and Educational film 1961 14 mins Location: Brighton
Whether it's for holiday pleasure or a career in the Navy, the sea awaits.
A Seaside Introduction
Comedy 1911 4 mins Location: Brighton
A beach flirtation gets complicated when a thief makes off with a woman's shoes in this fun comedy
Brighton Swimming Club: Beach Snapshots part 2
Amateur film 1946 19 mins Location: Brighton
Sun-kissed and glamorous members of Brighton Swimming Club are back on the beach once more - in this vibrant film compendium from Roger Dunford
Amateur film 1965 6 mins Location: Brighton
Bouffants and beehives battle it out at the 1965 Miss Brighton contest in this white stilleto extravaganza filmed at the Black Rock Lido
Amateur film 1976 7 mins Location: Brighton
A lovely quirky film showing Brighton’s seafront coming to life one sunny Sunday morning in 1976 – before ending at opening time in a local pub
1974 5 mins
Reporter Michèle Brown visits London's Western Hospital, where a computer is on the medical staff to help doctors with routine doctor\patient consultations.
Anti-smoking Campaign: Artery - Clogged
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
One of the most gruesomely memorable of all British anti-smoking promos depicts fat oozing out of nonchalant smokers' cigarettes.
1968 21 mins
The social and political revolutions of 1968 seem a long way from the musings of a moderate Tory on the NHS and government .
Anti-smoking Campaign (Wales): Janice
2003 1 mins
Straight-talking anti-smoking promo, which introduces us to Janice, a 51-year-old woman who uses a ventilator to breathe.
Smoking and Health - Woman
1968 1 mins
A well-to-do woman is unable to answer her child’s cries due to a coughing fit, in this exaggerated anti-smoking advert.
Wanted for Life
Documentary 1951 8 mins
A child's life is save through a blood transfusion and this incident demonstrate s the need for blood donors.