One Dutch and two Australian ex-servicemen making plastic dolls in their factory and handing out walking dolls to girls in the Orthopaedic Ward of Melbourne Children's Hospital.
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Australian newsreel item, full title reads: "For crippled children: Ex-Servicemen Create Plastic Dolls". 1949?
MS Hand scooping plastic powder out of a sack to make dolls in ex-servicemen Ken and Geoff Hutchens' plastic-moulding partnership with Dutch merchant navy man, Theo Shirrman. MS Hand putting powder into moulds. CU Machine pressing out dolls' legs etc. (3 shots). MS A woman lining up the dolls' legs from the moulds. CU Pan over dolls' legs. CU Pan along row of dolls' heads. CU Dolls' eyes on brackets. MS Man fitting eyes into dolls' head. CU Head with eyes opening and shutting. MS "Diana", the walking doll, in various outfits. (4 shots). MS The three ex-servicemen carrying a basket full of dolls into the Orthopaedic Ward of Melbourne's Children's Hospital. MS and CU The servicemen handing out dolls to delighted children, the younger ones kissing the dolls. (10 shots).
Cataloguer's Note: A rather laboured commentary making much of the irony that walking dolls are being given to children who may never walk again.