Film ID:
NEFA 22311

THE POLIO PROBLEM

1954

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Description

This film was produced for the King's College students' rag appeal to help raise the money to buy a house in Jesmond and convert it into a hostel and training centre for polio sufferers to live in, an idea masterminded by Joe Fisher from Gosforth who had contracted polio in Burma in 1945. 

Credits:

Director: A.C. Watt

Production Company: King's College Students Rag Appeal

Photography: G.R. Davison

Sound: Brent Laboratories

Cast:  John Arlott (narrator)

The film opens with scenes of people on a Newcastle street as the voice-over explains how adults contract polio along with children. Children with polio receive physiotherapy and exercise in a swimming pool. The voice-over comments that it's not just the physical well-being of polio sufferers that is a problem, but their self-esteem. A child is shown looking morose and bed-ridden. Child polio victims enjoy a ride on a miniature railway. 

Exterior shot of a building in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, which it is hoped will become a hostel and training centre for people with polio. 

The final sequence documents the events to enjoy during Kings College Students Rag Week, including reviews on stage and a folk dance festival, that in 1954 aims to raise money for the hostel. 

Title: The End

Credit: Produced by King's College Students Rag Appeal

[Thanks to the proceeds of the King’s College Rag Appeal some £13,500 was raised (an amazing sum at the time) which enabled them to buy a house in Jesmond and convert it into a hostel and training centre for 15-20 Polio sufferers to live in.]