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I Stopped, I Looked and I Listened, Short Movie, 1975 IMDB

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dsl SX

2015-08-01 03:07

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15-minute road safety film about the problems old people have in crossing the road in modern traffic. Taken from
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COI Collection Volume Four: Stop! Look! Listen! 2-DVD set.

Very strange approach by the same director as Drive Carefully, Darling and Sewing Machine, both of which had dramatic build ups to a fatal crash and very stark messages designed to shock. This one instead opens with lots of sepia stills of 1900s London congestion while the title song from the same period plays (which also inspires the title of the full DVD set). Then the rest of the film is a room full of coffin-dodgers
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talking about how they nearly got run over, how fast traffic is nowadays, and how they all need to take extra care. It's even more boring than a Toyota Avensis. Some brief interludes of traffic footage - probably about 5 minutes worth in total, but very densely packed with stuff - have picked out best - interesting/repeated appearances of same type etc - but left a lot behind - loads of blurry Escorts etc.

Opening stills with lots of stuff, but I didn't see anything distinct enough to get a page
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but if anyone spots something worth having .....

Long lines of things
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Traffic light heaven for rjluna
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johnfromstaffs EN

2015-08-01 08:28

There is a total lack, as far as I can see, of privately owned motor cars in the historic stuff. It seems that everything on wheels that is self propelled is either a bus, a taxi, a tram or a commercial vehicle. The buses are all various breeds of AEC or Associated Daimler but I shall have to do some looking up to identify any more clearly. None appears modern enough for pneumatic tyres, which could put all of the pictures prior to 1928, and there are no NS type buses, introduced in 1923, but may have taken some years to filter around the system. The latest bus appears to be the S unless anyone has better glasses than I do.

The unmistakeable roof of a late(ish) Rover P4 in the second coloured thumbnail.

I am also somewhat dismayed by the coffin dodgers comment, as I am probably of a similar age, if not vintage.

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dsl SX

2015-08-01 13:21

Would all the brown pictures match the same date? Presumably about 1923-ish?? Did anything significant happen about that time - a major event - which might cause such gridlock/congestion/crowds?? No sign of any placards or banners or flags, but I'd be surprised if it was just ordinary congestion.

@jfs - these folk were a fair bit older than wot I imagine you may be. In the last few minutes they start wibbling about childhoods spent while the Boer war was underway.

johnfromstaffs EN

2015-08-01 14:26

There is, in the background of the B-type picture, a lady with an almost ankle length skirt, suggesting that this picture may be the earliest, but it could possibly be Queen Mary out for a walk, she wore Edwardian fashion until she died in the 1950s. The others all seem to display similar fashions showing ladies in shorter skirts and cloche hats which would indicate at least the middle of the decade. There is certainly a drop dead date of 1933, because that is the year London Transport was formed, and the "General" branding would have been changed to "London Transport" but I think this is too late anyway. It is, however, my experience that the tendency is to put too early a date against pictures like these.

I was pulling your leg about coffin dodgers, I feel I have a few years left, there are still some low light Minors around. (See my profile).

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Sunbar UK

2015-08-01 14:35

Date of 1923 agrees for the Picadilly Circus sepia thumbnail a bus advert for the Prince's Theatre with Pavola appearance in a performance possibly in the ballet, 'Radha Krishna'?


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johnfromstaffs EN

2015-08-01 14:40

There is a GWR Thornycroft just behind Eros in the Piccadilly Circus picture. I would not argue against 1923 for that picture. The second thumbnail featuring a two horse drag appears to be printed back to front.

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Sunbar UK

2015-08-01 17:09

A better quality 'Piccadilly Circus picture' here Link to "blog.ltmuseum.co.uk" source here http://blog.ltmuseum.co.uk/author/kirsten-riley/ listed as '1919' probably from the J'Accuse film being shown.

London Bridge (reversed version) here Link to "www.ltmcollection.org" 'Photographed by Topical Press, 1918-28'

Parliament Square (fourth thumbnail) Link to "www.ltmcollection.org" 'Part of a series by Topical Press 1923'.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2015-08-01 19:27

It is amazing how much better the quality of those stills has become!

Still not sure I can find the NS, and the GWR Thornycroft may be an electric vehicle of some sort.

rjluna2 US

2015-08-02 03:36

dsl wrote Traffic light heaven for rjluna

Nice, dsl :)

My comments at Traffic Lights in Internet Movie Car Database.

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