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Summary: Emphasises the essential nature of unglamorous jobs not seemingly connected with the war effort.
Description: Story opens with man beginning an order for 1-inch nails; his work-mate wishes he were making tanks. These nails are used by girls packing cases of cocoa, they are bored and want to join the WAAFs. A lorry driver transporting a load of soap is sustained by the cocoa, but complains about the long hours, blackouts and lack of lorry spares. The soap is used by skin dressers working on sheepskins as a protection against anthrax - they complain about their lot, saying they are not doing real war jobs, and are therefore nagged by their wives. The skins are used to make gloves, and the girls sewing them protest that they are making "fancy gloves for fancy people" and threaten industrial action. They are assured that the gloves are specially designed for girls manning AA equipment. Film ends with girls manning ack-ack equipment.
Production Details: Ministry of Labour (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Paul Rotha Productions (Production company)
Page, John (Production individual)
Alexander, Donald (Production individual)
Pritchett, V S (Production individual)
Rodwell, Stanley (Production individual)
Wilkins, Leo (Production individual)
Cummins, Sylvia K (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: industry, British - general (object name)
propaganda, British - inspirational (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: 540 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Remarks: fair only. Workers give stilted performance.