The Prince And Progress 1960

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    Carreras present a promotional film made in March 1960 showing Prince Philip's visit to the Carreras Rothman's factory. "Basildon, Essex - the home of fine cigarettes" begins the narrator "a few years ago a village, today a flourishing new town." We are shown an aerial shot of a very large factory - Carreras and Rothmans have established what is effectively "two factories under one roof" after a merger. Low angle shot of a helicopter. This film is a record of what Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh saw when he visited the Carreras Rothmans factory.

    01:47:22 M/S of large crowd waiting for the Prince's arrival - mostly children. The helicopter comes into land. Men in suits wait anxiously. Factory workers and their families wave at the helicopter. Panning shot of the crowds. This is not an official visit, the Duke has come "because he wants to, because he wants to see modern industry in action." The Prince climbs down from the helicopter. The Lord Lieutenant of Essex Sir John Ruggles Bryce (sp?) meets the Prince. M/S of children smiling - one young girl takes a photograph.

    01:48:24 The chairman Anton Rupert accompanies the Duke into the factories - many photographers run in front of the Duke trying to take his photograph. R.W.S. Plumley (sp?) the Vice Chairman and Managing Director accompanies the Duke. More shots of the crowds and of the Duke's personal ensign being unfurled on top of the factory. Doorman wearing many medals salutes. The Duke goes inside the company's office block where the top executives are waiting.

    01:49:05 Outside an old fashioned "Rothman's coach and horses". This is contrasted with a guard of honour of men standing beside fantastic vans painted with the names of the various brands of cigarettes - Guards, Rothman's King Size, Peter Stuyvesant. The Prince's cortege - headed by a Wolsey police car - drives through an avenue lined with Austin Farinas and other fleet cars. His Royal Highness arrives at the Bonded Warehouse.
    01:49:47 Marketing Director Gerry Phipps (?) meets the Prince and takes him into the Bonded Warehouse. In a sense this is Royal territory as it comes under Her Majesty's Customs. Various shots of tobacco leaf in the warehouse. Narrator speaks of all the processes involved in conditioning the tobacco. David Graham - the supervisor - is introduced to the Prince. Various shots of processes involved in preparing the tobacco. Tipping and threshing section is shown. Leaves are placed on a conveyor belt which takes them through the leaf cutting machine. Production Manager Leslie Breffit (sp?) explains processes to the Prince. C/U of the cut golden tobacco passing through various machines. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh picks out and rolls some of the tobacco between his fingers. High angle shot of the processing plant.

    01:51:44 The "leaf department" - tobacco is carried on a current of air to storage banks. Engineer in charge of the banks is presented to the Duke and he explains the technology which controls operations - shots of large bank of dials and controls. Computerised - "the first of their kind in the world" and controlled by an "electronic brain." The Prince is invited to start the machine by throwing the main switch. This he does and a plaque is unveiled. "This automatic feeding system, the first in the world, was set in operation by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G.K.T. on March 4th 1960.

    01:52:45 Miss Muriel Roberts has worked for the company for 20 years. The Prince stops and chats to her about changes she has seen within the company. Technical Advisor Mr Veigel (?) demonstrates the modern technology in use in the factory. Machines are made in Britain. Great C/U of cigarettes on a production line.

    01:53:38 Packing department. Various shots of the production line, cellophane wrapping, cartons etc. Prince chats to a woman worker. Cameraman is seen . "Even though the whole process is becoming more and more automatic, experienced human eyes still watch it at every stage.

    01:54:23 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smiles and laughs with one of the women workers. The Duplex Packer is demonstrated. Jack Kilkannon (?) the packaging supervisor explains how it works. Good shots of cigarettes moving through the machine and cigarette packs moving out of the other end of the machine. C/U of a woman checking cigarettes by hand.

    01:55:28 Duke is shown around the dispatch department. Vast numbers of cigarette cartons stacked up in the dispatch area. Craven A, Guards, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, Rothman's King Size Filter, Peter Stuyvesant, etc are mentioned.

    01:55:53 Duke is taken into the staff canteen. He chats to some of the women. Good shots of the girls in uniform smiling and waving. L/S of what looks like giant glass models of cigarette packets lit from inside - advertising display of some sort. C/Us of each of the following: Rothman's King Size, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven A, Piccadilly, Guards.

    01:56:39 Prince leaves the factory - girls wave. Duke is escorted by the chairman of Basildon Development Corporation - Lieutenant General Sir Humphrey Gayle (sp?) who presents the members of Basildon Council. The Prince leaves for a tour of the town. He is waved off by the factory workers and his visit is described as being "a Royal honour to an enterprise and a community who together have bought new industry to Essex."

    Note: Makes me proud to be an Essex girl!

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