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Production Details: Strand Films (Production company)
Dickinson, Desmond (Production individual)
Groves, Reg (Production individual)
Noble, George (Production individual)
Trinder, "Tommy", Thomas Edward1909-03-241989-07-10Having left school at a very young age to work as an errand boy he gave up that job at the age of twelve to tour South Africa with a variety show. From 1922 he toured with Will Murray's Casey's Court, touring for seventeen years. Then in 1939 he joined Bandwaggon at the London Palladium. He starred regularly in various shows at the London Palladium for the next eleven years. His film career also began in 1939, but his breakthrough film was his fifth, 'Sailors Three'. During the war he created a record when he visited seventeen theatres in London and did ten minute slots on stage during an air raid before the all clear sounded. He also took the last ENSA party to the Far East in 1946. In 1955 Trinder became the first host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He was appointed CBE in 1975 for his services to charity. He was married to Gwyn Green and they had one daughter. (Production cast)
Chapman, Edward (Production cast)
Colin, Jean (Production cast)
Fielding, Marjorie (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
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: 620 ft; Running time: 7 mins.
Notes: Summary: Frequently, popular show business personalities were used to present a propaganda message. The film and comedy star Tommy Trinder presents this light-hearted attempt to promote British Restaurants, part of the government's communal eating policy.
The use of Trinder and other actors in EATING OUT also facilitated one of the film's messages that using a British restaurant carried no social stigma, as they were frequented by stars and people from all classes. Not only are these restaurants democratic but, as Trinder demonstrates, an appropriate place to take your fiancée and her family.
Students of architecture and design may be interested in the mural designs on the walls of the restaurant in this film. These were a common feature in British restaurants and were executed by contemporary artists of the calibre of Edward Bawden and Eric Gill.
Texts taken from IWM Film and Video Archive Loans Catalogue (2000)