- Title: SOLDIER, SAILOR [Main Title]
- Film Number: COI 229
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- Summary: Drama revolving around a convoy "guarded by gun crews of the DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships) - sailors of the Royal Navy and Soldiers of the Maritime Royal Artillery [who] sail together under Admiralty Control".
- Description: (Reel 1) West Africa. A group of soldiers and sailors, survivors of a wrecked DEMS, are rescued and granted survivor's leave. Two of them, Mike (soldier) and Bill (sailor), meet an old colleague, Dave, in Benghazi. Later, on boarding their new ship at Alexandria, they find that Dave is one of the crew. The DEMS (with New Zealanders in the crew and called the "C. of Windsor" according to lifebelt) is loaded up and sets sail across the Mediterranean. Crew chats below decks. (Reel 2) AA gunners practice. Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer worries about recent repairs to the condenser pump. Ship arrives at Bari in Italy - brief shore leave and visit to "DEMS centro Organizative Angrafe Tributari di Bari". Back at sea, crewmen inspect trinkets picked up in Italy, dreaming of home whilst listening to a song on the radio. The damaged condenser gives way; the Chief Engineer doesn't know how long it will take to fix. (Reel 3) The captain explains the problem to the escort, but they cannot help immediately, the DEMS has to drop behind the main convoy. Crew waits below decks, playing cards and talking. Bill looks at a teapot which he bought in Bari, and explains why he has bought it in an extended flashback. (Reel 4) Bill finishes his story, then Mike and Dave tell stories about their trinkets in flashback. Bill has a rant against advertising. The gun crews intensify their watch after an enemy reconnaissance plane flies over. Later, the watch reports objects off the port quarter. (Reel 5) It is two attacking S-boats; the 4-inch gun is hit. The Bofors gun swings into action as enemy aircraft join in. In the ensuing battle, one of the S-boats is sunk and the ship is damaged by bombs. Mike is badly injured, but survives. The ship is patched up, the engines now working, rejoins the convoy and finally heads for home.
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- Featured Period: 1939-1945
- Production Date: 1945
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Central Office of Information (Production sponsor) Realist (Production company) Shaw, Alexander (Production individual) Taylor, John Elston1914-10-051992-09-15 (Production individual) Jeakins, A E (Production individual) Launder, Frank (Production individual) Alwyn, William (Production individual) Mathieson, Muir (Production individual) Clowes, Leigh (Production individual) Lloyd, Al (Production individual) Massy, Jane (Production individual) Ellitt, Jack (Production individual) May, Jock (Production individual) Carrick, Edward (Production individual) Pullen, Pat (Production individual) Besserman, Anne (Production individual) Addinsell, Richard (Production individual) Grenfell, Joyce Irene1910-02-101979-11-30 (Production individual) Elton, Ray (Production individual) Still, George (Production individual) Pearl, Bert (Production individual) Halliday, Ted (Production cast) Beresford, Al (Production cast) Sime, David (Production cast) John, Rosamund (Production cast) Victor, Charles (Production cast) Kent, Jean (Production cast) Cadell, Jean (Production cast) Carney, George (Production cast) Elliott, Bill (Production cast) Plant, Jimmy (Production cast) Knight, Jimmy (Production cast) Rae, John (Production cast) Gunners of the DEMS (Production cast) New Zealand Expeditionary Force (Production cast) Green, PaulaPaula Green was a singer and radio entertainer in the famous "ITMA" team, during the Second World War. After the war she gave it up and became a telephonist, marrying and so becoming Paula Batchelor. In 1999 she was retired and living in Surrey. (Production cast)
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- 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: 5 Footage: 4420 ft; Running time: 49 mins
- Notes: Credits: director and producer are not named on the film itself; their details come from "British Official Films in the Second World War: A Descriptive Catalogue" by Frances Thorpe and Nicholas Pronay. The names Jack Ellitt and Jane Massy are spelt as they appear on the film. Summary: mixture of studio sequences, location shooting and stock footage. Technical: soundtrack is of a poor quality, occasionally making the dialogue hard to hear.
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