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Summary: Documentary which shows some of the spare-time activities of service personnel and civilians during the war.
Description: Opening sequence (after shots of Westminster) in Trafalgar Square - a band playing, loudspeakers in the fountains, War Savings posters on the plinth - the National Gallery, in the absence of its main collection, puts on lunchtime concerts, and exhibitions of new pictures (many now in IWM gallery). The sculptress Clare Sheridan is shown with her busts of Churchill and Lenin - an artist works on a 'Careless Talk' poster - a band of RAF officers ("Jimmy Miller and his Squadronaires") plays at a dance on an airfield - military band plays on the bandstand in Hyde Park - a group of factory girls are learning ballet - there is open air dancing on Plymouth Hoe - two soldiers compose a song ("Hold Your Hats On") and a whole audience is shown singing the chorus. This material is interspersed with film of services and home front activity - "Its part of what we're fighting for; it's part of what we're fighting with".
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Strand (Production company)
Lautour, Charles de (Production individual)
Shaw, Alexander (Production individual)
Marlborough, Charles (Production individual)
Cummins, Sylvia K (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Sheridan, Clare Consuelo (person)
Miller, Jimmy (person)
Keywords: arts, British - fine arts (object name)
recreation, British civilian - music: National Gallery concerts (object name)
recreation, British military - dance (object name)
recreation, British military - music: Jimmy Miller and his Squadronaires (object name)
recreation, British military - tourism (object name)
society, British - precautionary (object name)
GB, England & London, WC <National Gallery> (geography)
GB, England & London, WC <Trafalgar Square> (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Westminster> (geography)
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: 935 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Summary: "Hold Your Hats On" was written by Addinsell and Miller; one of the "two soldiers" is played by the actor Bill Owen.
Summary: The poster artist is Abram Games.
Credits: director's name is spelt "Charles de Latour" in printed credits.