|Title ID||8402||Collection ID||1189|
|Title||How to Stop a Motor Car|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Transport|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
An inspector demonstrates the correct way to stop careless drivers after a policeman falls to pieces after a collision with a motorcar in this 1902 comedy from Cecil Hepworth.
A policeman lifts his arm to stop a passing motorcar. The couple fail to stop, colliding with the policeman. His newly fragmented body lies in the road and the car drives on. the pieces start to fly back together, dancing wildly as they regroup. He starts to crawl around in search of his hat. As he blows his whistle furiously, an inspector appears. The policeman begins to recount his experience. Both animatedly gesture towards one another. The inspector helps him to stand and then walk. Further along the road, the inspector spots the careless couple in their car. He pushes the policeman out of the way and turns his back towards the oncoming vehicle. Bending over, the car knocks against him and is repelled backwards into the hedge at the side of the road. The two men go over to the car.
Percy Stow was associated with Hepworth from 1901 to 1903, directing among others Alice and Wonderland (1903) before leaving to found Clarendon Film Company.