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The Tale of Elsie Bossing

1975
6m 27s
Colour
Sound

Description

An animated road safety film.

A stop-motion animation story of a difficult old woman who takes risks crossing the road. A rhyming ode describes the action as she suffers a number of near misses with passing traffic as she goes out shopping. The animated film is bookended with live action footage of boxer Henry Cooper sat behind a desk in a wood panelled room explaining the importance of taking care when crossing the road. On the desk beside him is a small monitor showing a busy street (possibly Theobald's Road).

Further information

This film is part of the following galleries:
50 Years of the London Boroughs
Road Safety Week

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On 30 August 2018, Anon said:
Cyril Fletcher fans will love his Ode
On 14 May 2016, john barker said:
Elsie Bossing, a very awkward old lady, just couldn't be told HOW to cross the road safely, until one day she has a minor accident. The story of Elsie, is read by the well known Cyril Fletcher. This film is specifically aimed at the 'elderly' citizens, but is directed at them in an humouristic and amusing way.
On 13 May 2016, john barker said:
On 13 May 2016, john barker said:
Film title "The Story of Elsie Bossing", made by Camden Road Safety . Story by peter Hart, Camden Road Safety Officer, Production Assistants... Harry Walker Assistant Camden Road safety Officer, and John Barker Area Road safety Officer. Introduction by Henry Cooper .... Animation by Pasquale Ferarri.....Story read by Cyril Fletcher.....Basically Elsie Bossing just wouldn't be told HOW to cross the road safely...1974.

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Cast

presenter: Henry Cooper

Location

United Kingdom; England; London; Camden

Categories

Animation; Public Information Film

Themes

Comedy; Educational; Transport

Credits

Ode read by: Cyril Fletcher; Ode written by: Peter Hart; production: Peter Hart; production: Harry Walker; Animation: Pasquale Ferrari

Formats

Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre 16mm film LSA220 Optical
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre DVD LSA220 Unknown
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre AVI master digital file LSA220 Unknown
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre DV mezzanine digital file LSA220 Unknown
Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre MPEG-4 LSA220 Unknown
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