Cops and Robbers

Description

English

This footage was filmed in 1957 and shows children playing the popular variation of ‘Tag’, commonly called ‘Cops and Robbers’, on the bombsites of London. Roud refers to this running around game as a ‘character game’ and is similar to other favourites such as ‘Cowboys and Indians’. The game nearly always has the same set of characters and will always involve a prison from which the inmates can be freed by other robbers on their team.

Boy: [Rhyming]

He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day.
He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day.
He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day.

Title:
Cops and Robbers
Date:
1957
Duration:
1:32
Format:
Video
Copyright:
© British Film Institute
Held by
British Film Institute

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