Title ID 7943Collection ID920
TitleThe Tea Scone Cops
Date[ca. 1977]
CollectionWoking Film Makers
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubFictionChase
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsLaw Enforcement Men Bicycles Shops
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWoking Film Unit
CameraWoking Cine Club
FormatColour Sound
Duration9 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A classic chase film, with creative intertitles produced by Woking Film Unit as it was then called in the 1970s. A man thinks up a plan to make some money but is caught stealing jewellery. The goods are recovered, earning an old man a handsome reward, while the thief gets away with his crime. The film is accompanied by piano and instrumental music throughout [The sound has been removed on the online clip for copyright purposes].


"I'm going to make some money," thinks a man, sitting on some large pipes, tossing a coin. walks along high street, past shops, to Kowles, a builder's merchants. The man enters a room, testing various bricks for weight before making his choice. The assistant wraps a single brick in brown paper and takes the man's money. The man later arrives at a jeweller's, using the brick to smash the shop window, reaching into the display and stealing jewellery. He makes a getaway in a car parked in the street with a woman asleep in the back.

Two policemen write down, the number plate of the car "ABC 123" and give chase on their tandem bicycle. Piano accompaniment music plays with the footage sped up. The policemen chase the thief along a long road, round a roundabout and down country lanes. The thief abandons the car after it breaks down and runs down a road, before he is soon tripped up by an old man with a walking stick on a common. The policemen catch the thief but leave the jewellery, which the old man takes for himself. The thief is held before a judge and put in prison. A by-line: "Reward; smash and grab raid; £10 reward for the recovery of jewellery stolen on the 15th" is printed in a local newspaper. At the police station, the old man collects his reward while the thief is handed a loaf of bread "from Joe". inside is a file, which the thief uses to escape from his cell, dodging a policeman. The film closes with the escaped thief running off through a field, shown is fast motion.