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Sheila sees the folly of her ways when husband, John, is to be hanged for murdering her paramour, but once trusty Bill from the CID is on the case, the real killer is soon unmasked
Amateur film 1931 17 mins
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This tale of illicit love, revenge and murder begins when John returns home early to learn of his wife, Sheila's infidelity. He follows the lovers one day and the paramour is shot dead. A tramp reports the crime and John now awaits execution. CID man, Bill Carter, promises the now remorseful Sheila that he'll find the real killer. After he investigates, John is freed. Bill tells how, in revenge, an ex-miner shot the lover, who’d stolen his haul of diamonds many years before.
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Amateur film 1937 13 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Amateur film 1971 12 mins Location: Bournemouth
Tag along with the Deaf Club as they bask in the sunshine in Bournemouth, visit the Italian Villa at Compton Acres, and enjoy a cream tea.
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Amateur film 1920 1 mins Location: Bournemouth
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Home movie 1943 11 mins Location: Cenarth
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Promotional 1930 14 mins Location: Waterloo Sta
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Amateur film 1950 15 mins Location: Highcliffe
Two young men and a camera set off on a tour of South West England. Lucky for them it's sunshine all the way.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives in 2016
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
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Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Somercotes Parish Church Sunday School Procession 1953
Home movie 1953 5 mins Location: Somercotes
The Sunday school in their Sunday best taking their message into the community.
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Home movie 1955 3 mins Location: Malltraeth
Anglesey-based artist Charles Tunnicliffe swaps brushes for a camera and offers us the chance to look a cormorant in its emerald-green eye.
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News 1965 5 mins Location: Ogbourne St George
Life on a Wiltshire farm.
Pram Derby at Tewkesbury
News 1957 1 mins Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!