• Short Summary

    Food Minister Ben Smith speaks about food crisis. Also shots of famine victims in Bengal.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Food. Operation 'Larder'. ( Operation Larder )

    Sir Ben Smith. Food Minister, seated at desk speaks of the food crisis. M/S showing a family seated at breakfast table, we hear the housewife's voice complaining about the lack of food and things she has to serve. M/S's as plates of bread and dried egg are served to the children at table. The woman pours cup of tea whilst husband reads paper. C/U small boy eating. Various shots as they eat. She cuts loaf of bread. C/U hands buttering slice of bread. Various shots women queuing at English shops. C/U feet of people queuing. Interior shot woman buying fat in butcher's shop. C/U of British ration book with points being marked off. M/S's woman looking into shop window. C/U of the people with empty shopping baskets. Various shots of queues outside Lyons Restaurant in Oxford Street, London. C/U woman looking into shop window full of tinned food.

    Various shots threshing machine at work in cornfield, we hear Ben Smith talking about shortage of grain. Various shots binding the corn. Various shots people working in the rice fields of Malaya. M/S people silhouetted against a light appealing for food with upraised hands. Various shots of the famine in Bengal with pictures of the emaciated starving and dying. Various shots of locals eating paper and straw. Brief shot of the dead laid out. Various shots of large numbers of people with utensils in hands, they appeal to camera for food. M/S as Ben Smith speaks again telling people not to waste food.

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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:
    01:41:02:00 / 01:45:23:00

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