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Summary: A tribute to the 'housewives of Britain', in the format of a day in the life of a 'typical' household during wartime centring around the mother/housewife's rôle.
Description: The family have breakfast after dad's return from the night shift and before the daughter sets out for work. Housework follows, broken by aiding a neighbour whose husband returns for a brief leave from the army. Finally at night the housewife reflects on the family - her son in the forces; will her daughter have war to cope with when married; her own luck in having her husband at home, etc.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Realist (Production company)
Grierson, Ruby I (Production individual)
Jeakins, A E (Production individual)
Halsted, H G (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
society, British - domestic: housewives (object name)
GB, England (geography)
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: 689 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: The film ends with a written tribute to the filmmaker Ruby Grierson (sister of the renowned documentary filmmaker John Grierson) who died on board the “City of Benares”, an evacuee ship bound for Canada with 90 child evacuees, which was torpedoed by the U-48 on 17 September 1940. Ruby Grierson was aboard to make a film about the evacuees.