Film ID:
YFA 2778



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This safety film, made in association with the East Riding police, features a man going around Yorkshire and recording notes on the dangers of the roads. It emphasizes how adults and children alike should be more safety conscious. The film is a well shot piece in which the editing and voiceover help make clear: danger is always present, and it is up to all pedestrians to be safe.

A man sits at a desk smoking a pipe and flicking through a notebook; he looks to the camera.

Title-Commentary by Captain C.E. Banwell, Chief Constable of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Title-Directed and Filmed by Debenham and Co., Beverley , Yorkshire.

Title-Music by M. De Wolfe.

Title-Recorded by Imperial Sound Studios

Title-Acknowledgement and Foreword. This film has been made in the belief that its exhibition will assist in the prevention of road accidents.

We are greatly indebted to the Directors of Blackburn Aircraft Limited, of Borough East Yorkshire, which company has generously borne all the expenses incurred in the cost of this production.

In doing this the Blackburn Company joins with us in the hope that this audience will like `The Man with the Notebook', take note of how accidents happen, and avoid them.

The man with the notebook stands on the side of the road smoking a pipe and writing in his notebook. His voice over says that people call him the man with the notebook; there is a close-up shot of some of the notes written in it. The first line reads ` Accidents to Children' and this is followed by a list of various accidents.

The first shot shows one child on a bicycle being chased by another child up a narrow street in Beverley. The two children almost collide with another person cycling on the street. The bike swerves dangerously and the voice over comments on what has just happened.

Following this is a shot of a group of children on one side of the road; one of the girls is pushing a pram. A car drives down the street in their direction and half of them run out in front of it; some of the children just stop in time to avoid being knocked down. The voice over is continuous and talks about how silly behaviour can cause accidents.

A child runs out from behind a stationary double decker bus just as a car is driving past it. The child skids to a stop and the car has to jam on its breaks. This near accident is show again but from the driver's viewpoint looking towards the stationary bus.

The next scene takes place in a hospital ward; it is full of children who have had accidents. The children all have cuts, bruises and arms in slings. The voice over says that there will always be a few children who end up having accidents, but parents should teach their children the` kerb drill' and to also look right and left before crossing the street.

The next shot is of the notebook again, with the heading `Accidents by Adults' and the voice over talks about the many silly things that adults do, like walking onto the road without looking. This is followed by shots of a busy street and a man who is walking along the path and then walks out in front of a car. Straight after this is a shot of a woman holding a young boy's hand, she also walks out onto the street and is beeped at by a driver.

The next entry in the notebook is `The Case of the Open Gate' and the voice over says that if the gate hadn't been left open then there would not be an entry in his notebook. There is a shot of a young girl sitting at a little table in the garden; her sister, mother and `man with the notebook' are also outside. The little girl is pouring tea for all of them. The voice over describes what the little girl is doing and that it is her birthday and then along comes her younger brother pushing a dog in a pram. The dog sees a cat, jumps out of the pram and runs after it; the little girl sees the dog run away and runs after it.

There is a shot of a lorry driving along the road in front of the house at the same time that the dog runs out of the front gate; the young girl follows the out of it. The young girl drops the doll as she runs across the road and it gets crushed by the lorry.

Back in the garden the mother and sister realise where the little girl has gone and run after her. The mother sees the crushed doll on the road and then sees her daughter hiding in the grassy verge. She shows the young girl the crushed doll and tells her that it could have been her. There is a shot of the man with the notebook standing beside the gate; he closes it and his voiceover describes bout how this potential accident could have been prevented.

`The Case of Richard Shaw' is the next entry in the notebook and the voice over describes the man and his daily trip to the local pub to meet his friends for a glass of beer. This is followed by shots of Richard Shaw sitting down with his friends and playing dominoes.

It is the following day and Richards's friends are waiting for him to arrive in the pub, but he never does. The voice over then tells the story of happened him. The next scene shows Richard getting onto the bus and allowing a woman to sit on his seat and then helping the woman and child off the bus at the end of his journey. The voiceover says that Richard has always been a polite man and is well known and well liked. He walks down the path and goes over to his usual paper boy to buy a paper.

The voice over says that he is looking to place a bet as he got some hints from the paper boy. Richard walks off reading the paper and doesn't look where he is going and gets knocked down; a crowd of passers-by rush over to help him. He is tended to and taken away in an ambulance and this scene is accompanied by the voice over saying that so many older people succumb to the dangers of the road.

The final shot takes place in a graveyard and the man with the notebook talks to the graveyard supervisor. He tells him the huge amount of people who are killed and seriously injured each year on the roads. He says that even though it is a very large graveyard, the amount of road victims is many times the amount of graves. He then says that there is a lot that can be learnt from his notebook and this is followed by a final shot of him writing `The End'.