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Other titles:EM PROL DE UM ESFORCO TOTAL [Alternative Title]
Summary: Outworking, "taking work to the workers", as a partial solution to the manpower problem in total war.
Description: The basic concept is explained in a detailed example, a factory solving a production bottleneck by giving the (unskilled) job concerned to casual workers in a village hall, working for factory scale pay without factory discipline. Other examples of simple jobs (eg frames for parachute packing, armature coils) outside the factory follow - mothers of schoolchildren work in a clubroom near the school; part of a private house, or a furniture showroom department also become workshops - some 'kitchen table work' is done in worker's own home. Three examples of outwork carried out by people with other jobs (firemen, London Underground workers, theatre chorus girls). Film closes with a cross-cutting sequence between outworkers in a country house making throat microphones, and throat mikes in battle conditions.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Strand (Production company)
Gunn, Gilbert (Production individual)
Bristow, Cyril (Production individual)
Mitchell, John (Production individual)
Mason, Joan (Production individual)
Holt, William (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: economics, British national - employment: outworking (object name)
society, British - precautionary: outworking (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: Portuguese
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 1090 ft; Running time: 13 mins
Notes: Technical: IWM holds 16mm copies, with English titles, full soundtrack and credits; on 35mm copy, soundtrack stops some seconds from end, and most credits missing.
Remarks: commentary makes much use of the 'introduction' technique: individual workers names, husbands at different war fronts mentioned, etc.