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Summary: A film with the dual purpose of stressing the importance of repairing existing civilian vehicles (as a means of shielding new vehicle production for military priority) and showing the ability of women to taken on much of this sort of work.
Description: The film's structure reflects this duality: (after a good opening sequence on several types of vehicle moving) the first part tells of a man's old lorry breaking down, with an MoWT spokesman explaining the situation to him. In the second half, a short-staffed repair shop borrows workers from another shop, the manager is dismayed that they turn out to be women, but all goes well: the women are "trained and willing" (the commentary tells how women heavily outnumber men in some plants) etc. Film also contains a mild plea to skilled workers not to enlist in the forces.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of War Transport (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
GB Screen Services (Production company)
Searle, Francis A (Production individual)
Dane, Eric (Production individual)
Harvey, Walter (Production individual)
Douglas, John O (Production individual)
Mansell, Enid (Production individual)
Goodwin, Harold B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: economics, British national - employment (object name)
industry, British - general: repair shop (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: 770 ft; Running time: 9 mins
Notes: Remarks: rather uninspired and uninspiring; very poor continuity, the two halves being completely un-linked.