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Summary: A 'careless talk' film aimed at factory workers.
Description: A manager interrupts a canteen sing-song to deliver a lecture: "everybody working in a factory knows at least one bit of information that can give Jerry a missing piece for his jigsaw puzzle." Some of the workers are bored or insulted, but three of them are shown in plausible situations at the start of a significant 'leak'. A young man quotes statistics on the value of his work trying to impress a girlfriend who scorns him because he is not in uniform; a young woman takes home an example of the component she makes to show her proud parents; a father in a pub tries to explain to his RAF son the way in which they are indirectly working together. All the information is passed on ('ripples in pond' imagery), invariably with instructions to "let it go no further": a picture of Germans manning an (anti-aircraft) sound-detector suggests the listening enemy, as the soundtrack repeats crucial phrases.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Verity (Production company)
Cass, Henry (Production individual)
Box, Sydney (Production individual)
McQuitty, William (Production individual)
Wintle, Julian (Production individual)
Baynes, John (Production individual)
Elton, Ray (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: propaganda, British - security (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: 893 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Remarks: competently enough made, but lacks a satisfactory finish, the ends feel rather ragged.