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    Documentary looking at how the Union Jack flag came into being.

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    Sound for this documentary is currently missing.

    British Instructional Films - Scenario & Direction - Mary Field. Photography - Jack Parker. Recording - David Howells. Distributed by Wardour Films.

    As sound is missing, it is difficult to work out storyline of this documentary but seems to be a historical recreation of the design process behind the Union Jack flag. Begins with shots of a grown man moving toy soldiers around and talking to a small boy. The boy is handed a model tent and a Union Jack flag. The man begins to tell the child a story.

    There is a reconstruction of an event during Norman times (?) A man steals a piece of fruit from a tent. He is caught by another man who then argues with another. Various men in costume are seen having discussions and disputes. A St George's flag is taken down and held against a soldier's body. Perhaps they are hatching a plan for the new Union Jack?

    St George's flag is seen at half mast. Elizabethan costumed actors are seen in what looks like a reconstruction of the Tower of London. Man uses a feather quill to write a letter and then to map out the design of a new flag. Union Jack - almost as we know it - flies.

    Next sequence shows men in costume discussing an addition to the flag. It is a meeting at the Court of St James. They make a new design for the Union Jack as we know it. The flag is seen flying. Sequence showing actor portraying Nelson aboard the Victory. Various shots of an Englishman abroad. Anthropological footage in unidentified locations - the Union Jack flag is used to repel marauding tribesmen!

    Film ends showing Antarctica, seascapes, time lapse photography of clouds skimming a mountain, icebergs, and the Union Jack flying. Very "British Empire" and patriotic - would expect that this originally had a very rousing soundtrack!

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:09:03:00 / 01:19:15:00

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