• Short Summary

    Documentary made to persuade people to stay in the forces in the 1950s.

  • Description


    Sergeant Brown goes to the Army Leave Centre in Winterberg, Janie stays at a nearby hotel but can enjoy the resources of the Leave Centre. We see them swimming, playing tennis, horse riding, having a picnic etc. They chat to some friends about other Leave Centres. Janie is still a bit cynical about army life but everyone tells her how wonderful things are - how the schools and pay and pensions are better than they used to be.

    Footage of the "combined exercise". Narrator tells us that this is what army life is all about and how this is what makes Pete want to stay in the army.

    Inter-unit games. Infantry Regiments play each other at football. Various shots of the game and of soldiers. Party in the Officer's Mess. Some of the Officers chat about things in the army. The soldier that left to try his luck in civvy street has come back to the army. He loves it! The wives tell Janie how wonderful it is that their husbands love their jobs so much. Looks like Janie is finally giving in to the idea of army life. She tells Pete that she wants to drink to the idea and she takes a swig from his pint! (This was quite a shock, she is wearing a white evening gown and white gloves!). They have finally managed to persuade her that the army life is a good one.

    Narrator tells of how the flow of new Officers will continue. New men will join, older men will leave.

    Credits: Photographed by Jo Jago, Film Editor - Eily Boland, Sound - George Newberry and Nolan Roberts. Production Manager - Terry Hunter. Music composed by Philip Green. Played by the band of the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) Associate Producer - Lionel Hoare. Produced by Terry Ashwood. Written and Directed by Don Sharp. Army Kinema Corporation Production Director T.L. Rich. Production Supervisor - F.C. Battey.

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    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:18:00 / 01:41:55:00

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