• Short Summary

    Ministers inspect a Rolls Royce and land is reclaimed in Chester.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Britain Gets Down To It".

    Images of the names of Government Ministries are superimposed over a background of the Houses of Parliament. This signifies a Cabinet Reshuffle.

    Conduit Street, London. Sir Stafford Cripps, Economic Minister and Harold Wilson, President of the Board of Trade visit the Rolls Royce show room.

    CU Various close ups of Rolls Royce and Bentley cars. CU Wilson (with Moustache) and Cripps have details of the cars pointed out to them. CU the lavish fittings of one of the cars including a drawer full of tools which slides out of the front panel. CU Cripps at the wheel of a Rolls Royce.

    CU Pathe Cameraman Cedric Baynes operating a camera.

    At the mouth of the River Dee, near Chester, Cheshire 100 acres of Marshland are being transformed into a factory site.

    LS Aerial view of the reclaimed land showing the pipe which carries the water from the drained land two miles away. CU Dutch men, experienced in this type of work, putting on their clogs to go to work. LS Pan of the pipe line. CU the dredger at work. CU Engineers study a map. CU the water draining out of pipes at the outlet end. MS a crane at work scooping up the soil. LS 2 men walking on the firm reclaimed land. LS Aerial shot of the scene

    CU Adolph Simon at work inside the recording van.

    Wembley Stadium, London. Wembley Lions beat Manchester's Belle Vue at the speedway National cup Final.

    LS General view of Wembley stadium. LS MS Various shots of the riders roaring round the track on their motorcycles. MS the start of the race. LS Elevated shot of a race.

    CU Pathe Cameraman Jock Gemmell at work.

    First experiments with the pilotless supersonic rocket propelled plane. Tests at St. Eval, Cornwall.

    CU the rocket plane being fitted into a twin engined De Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber which will release the rocket into the air. CU two scientists, waiting to watch the performance. The Mosquito is moved out of the hanger.

    Giant Brabazon air liner named at Filton, near Bristol, Gloucestershire.

    LS Back view of the Bristol Brabazon transport plane. LS General view of the huge crowd watching it. LS Air Marshal Coryton who performed the naming ceremony, standing on a stand by the nose of the plane panning to the tail. MS mechanics pushing the plane out. CU the Lord Mayor of Bristol, with Air Marshal Coryton. MS the plane in its hanger with crowds surging forward to see it.

    CU Kibby Rickard at Work.

    Wigan, Lancashire. Cotton Mills adopt a Women's Leisure shift scheme for a textile drive.

    LS General roof top shot of Wigan showing factory chimneys belching smoke. LS MS Workers leaving mill after a shift.

    MS Mrs Nellie Smith, a housewife with two children who works from 6 to 10 pm in a cotton mill, setting the table for tea. CU Head shot of her small daughter. Head shot of her small son. MS CU Mrs Smith shopping, seen entering a shop and buying at the counter, putting her purchases in a bag. (Typical of a British housewife). MS She leaves the shop and walks through the drab streets of terrace houses. LS She lets herself in at her front door.

    MS Mr Smith arrives home from work and sits down at the table. Mrs Smith provides tea for her husband. CU Mrs Smith explains to her husband that she is off to work.

    MS Woman arriving at the mill for the evening shift. LS General interior view of the mill with women at work on the benches. CU Mrs Smith at work, fixing reels of thread on the machine. CU She speaks to another worker about the leisure shift, saying she thinks its all right but she doesn't like leaving her husband at home to put the kids to bed. (nat sound).

    CU Mr. smith at home, playing cards with 2 pals, says the leisure shift is the best thing since firewatching.(nat sound). CU the cards in his hand, a perfect hand, Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10. A half empty glass of beer stands on the table.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:45:00 / 01:14:30:00

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