IWM Film website upgrade: self-selection and authorised download of HD clips. More info
By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Description: Basically, the film portrays - with some good details, eg of punching, riveting and launching preparations - the various processes from drawing-board design to launching, with commentary, scripted dialogue scenes and quite good editing seeking to convey an impression of speed, efficiency and reliability ('Clydebuilt' - "to others a guarantee, to us just a working standard"). In the framework of lectures at evening classes, film also considers the comparative merits of riveting and welding, and discusses the different responses (dictated by factors of time, space and personnel) of British and US shipbuilders to challenge of mass production. Film also has a "cooperate" message - scenes depict employees' representatives reporting back on meeting of productivity council, and a worker's impromptu speech, just before the routine launching, stressing need for local and international cooperation against Fascism. Scenes include men and boys walking past a sign for Glasgow Education Authority Evening Classes in Shipbuilding, Welding and Marine Engineering and shipbuilders watching a Liberty ship sailing on the Clyde.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Spectator (Production company)
Carruthers, Robin (Production individual)
Hankinson, Michael (Production individual)
Luff, A H (Production individual)
Kemplen, Ralph (Production individual)
Hughes, Ken (Production individual)