The Movietone Years Podcast – recap
After thirty one episodes of “The Movietone Years” podcast, we’re having a break for a week. All episodes so far have been my recollections of British Movietone News from the time I arrived in October 1945 until leaving for Australia in 1956 and from my return in 1961 until leaving for UPITN, as Assignments manager.
Here’s a list, and description, of all thirty one episodes so far:
Episode one – “My first days at Movietone” – The people and the events on those first days at British Movietone News in 1945.
Episode two – “The Movietone Commentators” – memories of working with some of the famous voices in the newsreels.
Episode three – “Soho in the 1940s” – the people and places, as well as the newsreels who populated Soho.
Episode four – “If I only knew then what I know now” – a twice weekly trip to the 20th Century Fox printers and the classic movie posters of the time.
Episode five – “The British Movietone News Theatre” – the early days of seeing news from around the world, outside of Movietone’s general releases to the feature showing cinemas.
Episode six – “The Victory Parade 1946″ – a great view alongside cameraman Martin Gray of the 1946 Victory Parade in London.
Episode seven – “A return to civvy street” – after two and a half years in the Army, I’m offered a job with British Movietone News.
Episode eight – “Movietone: the process of bringing stories to the screen” – How the Movietone newsreel was put together in the 30s, 40s and 50s.
Episode nine – “The Epsom Derby” – Movietone’s coverage of the Epsom Derby and the characters surrounding (and filming) the event.
Episode ten – “The death of King George VI” – Memories of Movietone’s coverage of the Funeral of King George VI.
Episode eleven – “The Coronation 1953″ – Working as a runner for Movietone to get the footage back to Soho Square to get the story out the same evening – and taking a few pictures too.
Episode twelve – “A sound idea” – Responding to a call from Twentieth Century Fox for ideas on improving sound at Fox cinemas.
Episode thirteen – “My day in court” – The day I was called upon as a witness to confirm when a Movietone newsreel story was shown in a London cinema.
Episode fourteen – “The Flight of the White Heron” – Movietone films the Queen’s tour of the Commonwealth using the CinemaScope system.
Episode fifteen – “The Le Mans crash 1955″ – How British Movietonews came to an editorial decision concerning the footage from the tragic events at Le Mans.
Episode sixteen – “Only one eye, but what an eye” – my attempts to progress and become a Movietone cameraman and the barriers and people in my way.
Episode seventeen – “Film editing – finishing school” – preparing for a future career in film editing.
Episode eighteen – “Returning to Movietone 1961″ – looking for work on my return to England from Australia and the story of the job I turned down.
Episode nineteen – “Betting Shops 1961″ – directing an item for Movietone on the legalisation of Betting Shops.
Episode twenty – “Movietone’s FA Cup coverage” – Attempts to improve Movietone’s coverage of football, starting with the 1961 FA Cup Final.
Episode twenty one – “The evacuation of Tristan Da Cuhna” – meeting the islanders after their evacuation in Southampton, and editing footage thought impossible to edit.
Episode twenty two – “The 1962 Grand National” – The great steeplechase filmed in colour when Movietonews and Pathe pooled resources to get the film back to London fast.
Episode twenty three – “Ken Hanshaw Algeria 1962″ – an example of ingenuity from Ken Hanshaw which preserved a valuable roll of footage.
Episode twenty four – “Some guy leaning on a fence” – meeting Sir Lawrence Olivier on the opening of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Episode twenty five – “A plane crash at Denham” – phoning the emergency services from my office at Movietone before an accident occurred.
Episode twenty six – “Coventry Cathedral 1962″ – arranging the filming of the opening ceremony for Movietone.
Episode twenty seven – “Libyan earthquake 1963″ – The story of how cameraman Ian Grant arrived in Libya without a visa and brought back the rushes quickly.
Episode twenty eight – “Movietone and the UPI Wire Service” – long before the internet and emails, how Movietone communicated worldwide via the teleprinter.
Episode twenty nine – “Cleopatra and the Christmas Bonus 1963″ – How going over budget affected the pockets of Movietone employees in 1963.
Episode thirty – “The Beatles come home” – the filming of an item for Movietone on the return of the Beatles from their first American tour.
Episode thirty one – “15 assignments a day” – how the job of assignments manager grew due to the increasing demands of clients.
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