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Race for a Bride
Dastardly deeds are afoot when rivals for the hand of a young woman vie against each other in a bicycle race.
Drama 1922 15 mins Silent
A bank clerk and a sportsman, rival suitors for the hand of a young woman, attempt to resolve their claim in a bicycle race, after she promises to marry the winner. (How romantic!). But the bank clerk is no gentleman and plots to undermine his rival. Can the true sportsman triumph over the cad?
Tragically, the film is missing its ending, although the outcome is never in any real doubt. This film is the only known surviving episode of a 12-part series, 'The Sporting Twelve', which featured a different sport - others included football and rowing - in each episode.
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Edwardian ladies work their pedals, eagerly watched by workers and an attention-seeking dog.
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Amateur film 1960 11 mins Silent Location: Blaydon
Blazing saddles on the 140-mile Blaydon route of the 1960 British National Road Race with one of the greatest amateur road cyclists of all time.
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Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
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Non-Fiction 1970 6 mins Location: Wolverhampton
A tough training regime for a cycling world champion. Although it helps that he goes home to a fellow Olympian.
Tour of the North
Sport 1957 5 mins Silent Location: Belfast
Crowds flood Belfast to catch a glimpse of the Tour of the North cyclists
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Prince Charles at Play
1949 6 mins Silent Location: Sunningdale
Mischievous baby Charles toys curiously with the necklace of his giggling mother, the future Queen
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A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
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Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
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Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
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1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.