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Unguarded Moment

c.1951
3m 0s
B&W
Sound

Description

A film encouraging more care on the roads.

The dramatised tale of three factory workers making their way home is used to promote road safety (the factory appears to be the Greenwich Metal Works of G.A. Harvey & Co. on Woolwich Road). Each character uses a different form of transportation, Mary rides her bicycle, Johnny rides his motorcycle and Fred uses the trolley bus. In their haste, all three make careless mistakes putting themselves in danger however, only escaping accidents through good luck. The narrator alerts them to their folly by directing them to newspaper stories in which alternate fortune leads to their death or injury. Various streets in the Greenwich and Blackheath area are seen in the course of their journeys.

Further information

The production company BFU, may be the 'Blackheath Film Unit', a local production company which made a few films in the late 1940s including titles on road safety (the company existed until 1971). One secondary source, with incomplete information (the BFI database) lists an amateur road safety film of 1953 called 'Unguarded Moments' produced by W. Parker, which may refer to this film. The film features trams, which were removed from service between 1950 and 1952, suggesting an earlier date than 1953.

This film is part of the following gallery:
Road Safety Week

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Location

United Kingdom; England; London; Greenwich

Categories

Professional

Themes

Educational; Transport

Credits

Presented by: Greenwich Local Safety Committee

Formats

Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
Greenwich Heritage Centre 16mm film LSA266 Optical
Greenwich Heritage Centre DVD LSA266 Unknown
Greenwich Heritage Centre AVI master digital file LSA266 Unknown
Greenwich Heritage Centre DV mezzanine digital file LSA266 Unknown
Greenwich Heritage Centre MPEG-4 LSA266 Unknown
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