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Summary: A National Savings film which uses a small, humorously enacted drama to show the public how its money is used, at the same time as inviting the public to contribute (financially) to the protection of the nation.
Description: Jovial middle-aged John Smith approaches a Royal Navy "boat" in dock and asks to look around: "I'm one of the owners. I always pay my taxes and lend my savings to the country. I want to see how the money is spent". Initially surprised by this unusual request but recognising the justice of Mr Smith's argument, the Captain shows his visitor around on deck. Mr Smith's knowledge of naval warfare is minimal but he is much impressed by the cost of various strange objects, including 2000.00 torpedo tubes and 200.00 depth charges. "Anything for about 15/- ?" he asks. The Captain replies by producing a shell, which Mr smith signs. An air raid interrupts the tour but the attacking plane is brought down with Mr Smith's own shell. "The proudest day of my life" he exclaims as he says goodbye and leaves.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
National Savings Committee (Production sponsor)
Spectator (Production company)
Bryce, Alex (Production individual)
Scott, Ivan (Production individual)
Wiggins, N (Production individual)
Luff, W (Production individual)
Bland, William S (Production individual)
Doe, Charles (Production cast)
Luff, W (Production cast)
Scott, Ivan (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: propaganda, British - practical (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: 519 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Sponsor: "by arrangement with" Ministry of Information.