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  • Short Summary

    Unemployed and working life in 1930s Britain

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    Location: Great Britain

    Britain during the 'great depression' of the 1930s.

    Various shots of industrial buildings and equipment, coal mines (pits), derelict buildings, an empty factory, a empty ship yard and machinery coming to halt. Sign reading '2,000,000 unemployed'. In between are shots of men and women standing in the streets and queuing for work.

    Close up of man directing traffic and cars and bicycles moving along the road. Shot of a busy seaside / beach. Sign reading 'No Men Wanted'. Various of shots a soup kitchen, people queuing, being served and eating soup. Close up front view of wealthy man and woman in a car.

    LS of men standing outside a labour exchange. Bus and cars pass by. Various shots of school children outside school and brother and sister walking home through derelict industrial waste land (distressed area). Shot of working class street and interior of home as mother serves dinner to two children . Various shots of ramblers / tourists walking and cycling through a town and countryside. This is interspersed with various shots of working class streets and houses, showing adults and children in poverty. Panning shot of a traffic jam. Various shots of working class men and families in the street Shot of people swimming and at the seaside. Various shots of working class children playing in rubble and standing in the street. CU of hunger marchers on the Jarrow crusade. Various shots of the marchers marching, sitting down and massaging their feet.

    Various shots of a city at night. CU of interior of hotel full if people in evening wear. Shot of Ellen Wilkinson and two hunger marchers. Various shots of the Jarrow crusade. Aerial shot of dancers on a theatre stage. CU of Barncluth Unemployed Social Club. Good shots of Prince Edward (Prince of Wales) meeting the unemployed. Police hold back an excited crowd. CU newspaper headline '£75,000 for distressed areas, LS of industrial town. Various hots of working women and children in a health clinic Panning shot of the . Ministry for Employment. Various shots of men going into work. Various shots of factories and pits at work. CU of car. CU sign 'More Morris for export'. CU crates to Chile and Dublin. Various shots of women and men working the looms in a textile factory.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:53:00 / 01:13:23:00
    UN 4664 D

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