• Short Summary

    A Ministry of Information comedy trailer to show how late Christmas post causes chaos in the sorting offices

  • Description

    Title reads: "M of I - Government Official"

    Ministry of Information public information trailer

    POST EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS

    Film staring comedian Richard Hearne, aka Mr Pastry.
    CU Two letterboxes with many hands posting items of mail. Cut to MS A postoffice worker in an extremely busy sorting office. There are piles of letters everywhere. Delivery men bring more and more, and the letters mount up and come at the exasperated worker from all directions (even above). 'No, no, this is too much!' he cries. 'This is nothing - it's going to get much worse than this' comes the reply. He tries to sort the letters, but it's chaos and even more arrive. He begins to be 'drowned' by piles of post. Cut to MS the post office worker at home in bed having a nightmare. It's all been a dream. His wife enters and tells him that he'll be late for work if he doesn't hurry. The distressed man gets out of bed and walks directly to camera. CU the man pointing into the camera. 'This sort of thing wouldn't happen - if only you'd post early for Christmas'. He holds his head in dispair.

    End title: 'Post your chrismas mail not later than Dec 19th'

    NB: item was originally part of Gazette issue 42/95.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2911.07
    Media URN:
    84032
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1942
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:29:00 / 01:32:00:00
    Canister:
    42/95 (TRAILERS)

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