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Summary: A tribute to the Avro Lancaster as "the most powerful and efficient bomber in the world, and one of the most important war-winning weapons in the UN".
Description: Perfunctory coverage of production (no clear picture of processes, but close-ups of men and women workers, while commentary speaks of RAF's reliance on their craftsmanship etc); a completed Lancaster is rolled out, and there is good footage of its test flight. Rest of the film shows Lancaster participating in (allegedly) a "1,000 Bomber" raid - ground crews service planes, bombing up - briefing of aircrews - take off - some film of Lancasters in flight and of burning town (see 'Remarks') - landing. Commentary mocks Goering's denial that "1,000 Bomber" raids happen, and his promise of German cities' safety - also speaks again of the importance of the builders of the planes, as well as those who fly them.
Production Details: Ministry of Aircraft Production (MAP) (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Movietone News (Production company)
Sanger, Gerald (Production individual)
Whale, Peter (Production individual)
Mitchell, Leslie (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Avro (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Avro Lancaster (object name)
industry, British - aircraft: Avro Lancaster (object name)
intelligence, military, British - briefing (object name)
operations, British air - preparation: bombing up (object name)
operations, British air - sortie (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 925 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Remarks: allegedly incorporates "the first successful film" taken on an operation over Germany (cameraman a second-pilot of a Lancaster). Compare technique to SPEED UP ON STIRLINGS and see 'remarks' on that film.
Documentation/associated material: COI file - script, music cue sheet