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Other titles:WALK SHORT DISTANCES [Alternative Title]
Summary: Second World War British Ministry of Information newsreel trailer encouraging the public to walk short distances instead of taking up valuable space on public transport.
Description: The film opens with film of a small queue of people waiting at a suburban bus stop. One of the people is identified by the commentary as George. "You wonder why we make a fuss, if George decides to take the bus, but look again and you will see, that George is not all that George should be. He's only got a step to go, a couple of hundred yards or so, whilst others further down to queue, have far to go and lots to do. When George gets on we often find, that other folks get left behind". A no 213 bus to Kingston arrives and George manages to get on - he is the last passenger and many others in the queue are left behind to wait for the next bus. George pays his fare and then gets off the bus after a very short journey to the anger of the bus conductress and his fellow passengers. George then goes in to the pub. In the pub he suddenly realises that he is a "transport hog" and is shocked to look in a mirror and see himself with a pig's head. The next scene sees George walking briskly along the road past a queue at a bus stop " Now George is quite a different man, he walks at every time he can. A difference it makes is clear, a minute here, a minute there. He is feeling sound in wind and limb and his liver never troubles him" The commentary concludes "Be Like George and walk for Freedom, and leave the seats for those that need them!" End title "WALK SHORT DISTANCES"
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Ministry of War Transport (Production sponsor)
Publicity Pictures (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 130 ft; Running time: 1 min 20 secs
Notes: The film is listed in British Official Films in the Second World War with the title AGAG
Shot in and around Kingston upon Thames
Held on reel NPB 13534~13536 (other items copyright ITN)