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Summary: A comprehensive picture of life on board for the 1500-strong complement of the battleship.
Description: In port: taking on stores; maintenance of engine room (including scrubbing inside of boiler tubes). Routine life: financial administration; mail call; religious provisions; Bridge, and station of Engineer Officer of the Watch; 'specialist craftsmen' (printing room, darkroom, machine shop, seaplane). Rum-ration issue; bakeries and Galleys; (Boy's) mess and wardroom meals (including Paymaster-Commander tasting mess food); canteen. Off-duty hobbies; sick bay. Gun drill: the interior of a 14" turret, the workings of loading machinery etc. Day's end: men sling hammocks. The 'other side' of life, involvement in war, is implied by a sequence suggesting how news of an enemy would arrive, bring the crew to action stations and send the ship and attendant fleet (heavy Arctic weather film) into battle. There is no combat film, but commentary closes with pledge that the ship would show "that spirit which will uphold the tradition and reputation associated with her name."
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Verity (Production company)
Laurence, Lister (Production individual)
Elton, Ray (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, King George V (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British naval - maintenance: boiler tubes (object name)
operations, British naval - preparation: guns (object name)
operations, British naval - routine (object name)
recreation, British naval - casual (object name)
society, British naval - domestic (object name)
society, British naval - sustenance: rum ration (object name)
ships, British naval - battleship: King George V (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: 2
Footage: 1389 ft; Running time: 15 mins
Notes: Remarks: good, if unadventurous - in fact quite refreshing, with no pretensions (eg note the absence of a faked 'action' sequence, or the coolness of the commentary); marred only by a slightly inexpert soundtrack: the commentary runs ahead of the film in reel 1.