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Job in a Million, A

Synopsis
Not many employers in the 1930s offered a secure job with a pension at age sixty, so there was always a queue of boys hoping to become messengers at the Post Office. Proud to be among the successful applicants John Truman reports for work on his first day - he is underheight and will have to grow a lot before he is 18, but he is given special exercises and his mother will be able to buy more milk for him now that he is earning 12s6d a week. The film follows John through the various stages of his two-year probationary training up to the final examination and prize day. This little-known drama documentary showing the Cockney lad at home with his mother as well as at his work, is an example of the breakthrough effected by the GPO Film Unit at a time when working-class people were usually presented as merely comic characters in British feature films.
Series
Britain in the Thirties. Vol 1
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 18 min.
Year of production
1937
Availability
Sale
Notes
See: BRITAIN IN THE THIRTIES VOL 1 for availability on compilation videocassette.
Subjects
Business studies
Keywords
personnel recruitment; postal services; training

Credits

Director
Evelyn Spice
Contributor
Brian Easdale; G C Diamond; Norman McLaren; S Onions

Production Company

Name

GPO Film Unit

Distributor

Name

Post Office Film & Video Library

Email
poes@edist.co.uk
Phone
01795 426465
Fax
01795 474871
Address
c/o Post Office Education Services
PO Box 145
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 1NH
Notes
Contact: Barry Wiles

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