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Summary: How the magazine 'Illustrated' put together an issue on the war effort.
Description: Film shows editor briefing his photographers, then follows them to their assignments (including some shots of darkrooms, editorial staff planning page-formats etc): these are to an aircraft factory (including roof spotters during an air raid), a fighter base (ground crews, Hurricanes scramble to beat off a strafing attack), a Home Guard unit (called out to capture pilot of shot down Bf 109). Civil Defence fire fighting, and a bomber base (a Hampden raid take off and return); also briefer coverage of mechanised army, women trained in use of stirrup pump, a convoy, and air raid shelter "fashions". Film follows magazine through censorship and publication and ends with a scene with Bernard Miles playing a sailor dissatisfied with the issue until he finds a spectacular picture of a battleship.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Odhams Press (Production sponsor)
Strand (Production company)
Eldridge, William John18981985 (Production individual)
Taylor, Donald19111966British film producer and director. (Production individual)
Groves, Reg (Production individual)
Jago, Jo (Production individual)
Brav, Ludwig (Production individual)
Mathieson, Muir (Production individual)
Rhind, Al (Production individual)
Belfrage, Bruce1900-10-301974-08Family origin: London (Production cast)
Harradine, Archie (Production cast)
Miles, Bernard (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Home Guard (regiment/service)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - combat: Handley Page Hampden (object name)
journalism and record, British - press: Illustrated (object name)
operations, British air - sortie (object name)
society, British - domestic (object name)
society, British - precautionary (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Running time: 16 mins
Notes: Remarks: not bad - except the film's credibility is stretched by the way all photographers coincide at their assignments with moments of exceptional activity; some staged scenes look staged.