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The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
The real Chariots of Fire heroes feature in this comprehensive look at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Sport 1924 91 mins Silent
Paris 1924, the Chariots of Fire Olympics, and this sporting extravaganza has it all - from the excitement of the opening ceremony to some spectacular slow-motion gymnastics and a highly controversial (and violent) rugby final, in which the USA took gold against France. British interest is focused on the two stars whose achievements were immortalised in Chariots of Fire: Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell.
Along with Abrahams and Liddell's record-breaking victories, we see those of their team mates, and much more. There's the marathon, swimming, diving, sailing, football and even some moments from the first ever Winter Olympics, held the same year in Chamonix. The daring and determination of the athletes is clear - several of the events result in broken legs.
Olympics on Film
Sport 1948 9 mins Silent
Tricky weather conditions cause some spills in the downhill and ski jumping at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St Moritz.
Non-Fiction 1928 4 mins Silent
British Empire Olympic athletes take on the USA in the track and field at Stamford Bridge.
Non-Fiction 1947 14 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
Documentary 1993 30 mins Location: Belfast
The incredible highs and crushing lows of the Belfast's boxing community
Documentary 1968 25 mins Location: Norton
“It isn’t the will to win, it’s that you don’t like to get beaten,” states the redoubtable Harvey Smith, revealed as smart, tough and easy going.
Dartchery in Taunton
Sport 1968 1 mins Location: Taunton
Dartchery aims for bullseye
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.