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Summary: British propaganda piece warning against buying German goods after the war, summer 1918.
Description: The film starts with a Belgian town in flames, and civilians lying dead in the streets. A terrified young mother with her baby is encountered by two drunken German soldiers, one carrying a smouldering torch. Despite her pleas they snatch the baby from her and throw it to the ground. "Once a German, always a German." The figures of the soldiers dissolve into the same two men, a few years older, in business suits as travelling salesmen. "They will be the same beasts then as they are now. A leopard cannot change his spots." The two salesmen come into a peaceful English village. One enters a general store and offers the shopkeeper examples of the pots and pans that he sells. The shopkeeper is keen to accept the pan, but his wife, noticing the "Made in Germany" label, objects strongly and calls the village constable; at which the salesman leaves rapidly.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Hepworth Manufacturing Company (Production company)
Hepworth, Cecil M (Production individual)
Taylor, Alma (Production cast)
Edwards, Henry1882-09-181952-11-02 (Production cast)
McAndrews, John (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 155 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Credits: taken from an article in 'Pictures and Picturegoer', August 17, 1918, page 189, which is also the authority for classing this title as a 'Film Tag'.
Remarks: a well-made propaganda piece with an unusually virulent message, showing clearly the direction in which British propaganda was heading under the Ministry of Information