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Movietone at War: Sir Malcolm Campbell – Seer

In the 1930s, Sir Malcolm Campbell was a well-known figure.  He had established nine land-speed records from as early as 1924.   He reached 301 mph on Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  In August 1939 he set a water-speed record of 141 mph on Coniston Water in Lancashire.  He had been a pilot in the Royal flying Corps and, maybe, if someone had provided him with an aircraft he might have had a go at the world’s air-speed record as well. Read more

Colleagues: Victor Mardon – Movietone

Victor Mardon first joined Pathe at the age of 21 in 1921.  Movietone produced the first sound newsreel in 1929 and in the following year, Victor joined them as an engineer working out of a workshop in Conway Street, close to Fitzroy Square.

Victor Mardon was a brilliant engineer and proved that he was, on more than one occasion, during his long career with the company. Read more

Churchill’s funeral – 1965

On January 9th, 1965, Sir Winston Churchill, at the age of ninety, had a stroke and went into a coma. He was living in his London home at Hyde Park Gate.

At his age and with a stroke, he was not expected to survive and Hyde Park Gate became crowded with the world’s press. This included UPIN and Movietonews crews. It was necessary to have a camera crew outside the house for twenty-four hours a day.

Journalists were ask to accompany the cameramen in the vigil. Eventually, due to exhaustion and the frequency of the shifts, the crews became unable to continue. It was decided to bring cameramen in from Paris. Paul Badin turned up and it was I that was elected to accompany him. Read more