• Short Summary

    Cotton picking contest, army supplies drop in Palestine and General Morgan in Italy.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Wide Wide World".

    Annual cotton picking contest in Arkansas, USA (United States of America). An official fires a pistol for the beginning of the contest. Various shots of some of the pickers at work. Various shots of the pickers trudging home with loaded sacks slung across shoulders. One man tips out raw cotton onto the ground. C/U of small black girl with hair in braids sitting amongst a pile of raw cotton. All the cotton pickers seen are white.

    Delivering supplies to our army in Palestine (now Israel). Supplies of all kinds are dropped by parachute to British army forces in the Transjordan (now Jordan) area. Various shots of a plane dropping its load of supplies which float down to the ground. M/S of parachutes floating down. Various shots of a camel patrol of the Transjordan Arab legion standing by and picking up the supplies as they land on the desert sand. M/S of a British soldier hands a drink to one of the Arabs who is seated on a resting camel. C/U of a jeep supported by four parachutes comes down. C/U of an Arab legionnaire watching the parachutes. Various shots of British soldiers of the 3rd Hussars and 6th Airborne Division unharnessing the jeep, climbing in and driving away.

    General Morgan inspects the 56th London Division in Italy. General Sir William D. Morgan, Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean, addresses troops on the anniversary of Caserta's capture. M/S of the General walking towards the camera through ranks of troops. M/S of soldiers. M/S of a Scottish company standing to attention. M/S of Alcide de Gasperi, Prime Minister of Italy, wearing spectacles, standing on rostrum saluting, with General Morgan and General Lee. L/S of the rostrum, with heads of troops in foreground, American, Union Jack and Regimental flags draped behind it. C/U of shot of some of the local women watching the ceremony. Elevated view of troops marching past rostrum while a Scots pipe band provides music.

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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:
    01:09:36:00 / 01:11:27:00

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