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The British Policeman, Documentary, 1959 IMDB

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dsl SX

2015-03-08 16:22

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Nothing on imdb, but 17 minute COI (Central Office of Information) feature of "a typical day in the life of Police Constable Jack Edwards over an eight-hour shift ... as a guardian of law and order in 1950s Britain". The location is never mentioned, but is very clearly Leicester from visual evidence during film. References with full footage - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1951to1964/filmpage_bpolice.htm , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eExiQ1d-NwI . Very dated now for paternalistic commentary, mundane incidents and wooden cliched set-pieces, but ends up being gently amusing.

Also featured in full length on this 2007 compilation DVD "On The Beat - The British Policeman 1900-1984", which in turn was reissued by Atlas Editions a couple of years ago as a free gift for subscribers to their "Best of British Police Cars" partwork mail order series of Vanguards-based 1:43 diecasts.

Interesting snapshot of pre-radio communications - PC Plod used these street phones to report in at regular intervals during his shift
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When Headquarters want to contact him while he was on patrol, they activate a flashing light
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Very useful poster in the police station to help all the PCs recognise any H-bomb that might be dropped on Leicester
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jettalover US

2015-03-09 03:22

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Interesting pre-radio communication system. These police call boxes showed up on U.S. cop tv shows such as Adam-12 and T.J. Hooker. After these call boxes tv shows showed them using pay phones.

dsl SX

2015-05-08 01:44

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Everything upgraded on like-for-like basis from better quality version included on this DVD COI Collection Volume One: Police and Thieves. Seems identical version, but timings did not match - have kept the originally entered Atlas Editions DVD timings, with COI timings usually about 30 seconds later. Or my counter is having a wobbly.

A couple of new pages, plus several new pictures in comments and various registrations now legible. Still a lot of glimpse/background things which could be picked up in a total sweep, but only 3 caught my eye on this revamp. Any special pleading for these (but no better views for any of them)??

1] whatever it is poking its rear out on the left at 05-27
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2] shiny grille Citroen at 10-12
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3] convertible at 10-32
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johnfromstaffs EN

2015-05-08 09:47

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1) Rover P1
2) Slough built traction avant
3) Sunbeam Talbot. 2 litre or Ten? Oxford III on the right.

-- Last edit: 2015-05-08 09:48:35

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