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Challenge for a Lifetime, Documentary, 1975 IMDB

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dsl SX

2015-05-11 21:36

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Nothing on imdb and not even a youtube posting this time, but http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b8d4a9616 and included as the final film on this DVD set COI Collection Volume One: Police and Thieves. West Yorkshire = Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield etc and lots of towns that sound like they should be adverbs - Keighley, Otley, Bingley, Ilkley.

Another fairly stodgy police recruitment film with lots of staged incidents; after wading through loads of these 50s-70s police films, this one feels like the end of an era in some ways. No sign here for instance of the local plod on his bike being everybody's friend and being greeted with a smile or wave by all the local folk wherever he goes. Also the first real appearances of non-white characters, both as general public and in police themselves. But the message still portrays the police as protectors of their community and places a lot of emphasis on how the public respect for the police means they do not need to carry weapons or guns to carry out their duties and how this was a uniquely British set of values compared to forces elsewhere in the world. Depressing today to realise how quickly that attitude disappeared into them-and-us stances on both sides.

kudos SX

2015-05-13 00:07

Excellent! :king:

dsl SX

2015-05-13 02:46

:sun: - thanks.

Other stuff:

- a further evolution in the developmemt of police radio/communications since Anything Can Happen
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- videotape recording of training exercises
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- join the police and play with toy cars as much as you like and make new pals with lots of other enthusiastic playmates
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(early 70s Dinky Speedwheels versions of Escort Mk1, Morris Mini Automatic and Austin taxi)

- during training you can buy whatever weapons you like from a salesman who comes round with a case of samples
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- and the latest entry for imSheepskinCoatdb
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A whirly plane for impdb
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dsl SX

2015-09-20 21:21

Some footage nearly used in this film - included in DVD extra package of "Unused Test Sequences" - see batch of pictures within main page comments.

Corkeyandpals US

2016-06-07 18:42

Aircraft at: http://impdb.org/index.php?title=Challenge_For_A_Lifetime

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