• Short Summary

    The Brains Trust meet and answer questions spontaneously on camera - fascinating stuff.

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    Reel 2. The B.B.C. Brains Trust answer questions sent in by radio listeners. See records a and c.

    Reel begins with Jennie Lee's answer to the question about farmers begun in reel 1. She thinks they will do well after the war.

    Is it true that human beings change every seven years? Huxley says no, we are changing all the time.

    What is the difference between the left and the right in politics? Joad thinks the main thing is a difference in the belief in human nature. Jennie thinks it is increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the left and the right. Colonel Walter Elliot gives his view.

    Can the Brains Trust explain the popularity of astrology? Joad thinks it is to do with wish fulfilment - a kind of aspirin for the masses. Huxley likens it to superstitions in wartime - he thinks it is dangerous. Question master makes a joke about how if you want to dabble with the stars, it is safer to stick with blondes.

    Do Hollywood films give an accurate picture of America and Americans? Huxley says no - the average life is very dull, not what we see in the movies. Jennie agrees - but she thinks that American films such as "Citizen Kane" and "Mr Deeds Goes to Town" are good at entertaining whilst also tackling social problems. Joad talks about the two aforementioned films and says they are mentioned because they are the "ideal" rather than the "reality." Campbell likes "Wild West" but hopes films featuring Chicago underworld are not realistic.

    When the War is over what will happen to girls working in the factories and serving in the forces? Jennie hopes there is no standard answer but hopes there will be a chance for jobs and a good home life for all those girls. She seems to be urging young women to become politically aware. Continued.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:11:22:00 / 01:22:38:00

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