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Summary: Short fictional piece encouraging people in Britain to plant food in their own gardens, summer 1918.
Description: The "New Version" is of the poem "Come Into the Garden, Maud". Maud is a bored young lady whose husband invites her to join him in their middle-class garden, which he has turned into a kitchen garden. She complains that he has ruined the lawn, but he explains that otherwise people in Britain would starve. Later in the day she helps him plant seed potatoes, feeds the chickens, and finally falls asleep in the hay tired but fulfilled. "And the moral is that one is happier doing useful work than loafing around in drawing rooms."
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Hepworth Manufacturing Company (Production company)
Hepworth, Cecil M (Production individual)
Edwards, Henry1882-09-181952-11-02 (Production cast)
Taylor, Alma (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: propaganda, British - practical (object name)
animals, birds: chicken (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 220 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Credits: taken from an article in 'Pictures and Picturegoer', August 17, 1918, page 189. (NB Luke McKernan identifies the female lead as Chrissie White - this needs to be checked.)
Technical: this film is held on one reel with IWM 549-01+02+03.