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British Public Information Films 2 DVD Set

Synopsis
A compilation of 22 UK public information films made between 1945 and 1952. Titles are: A Warning to Travellers (Five Pounds in Notes); Berlin Airlift; Brief City; Charley’s March of Time; Charley Junior’s School Days; Coughs and Sneezes; Don’t Spread Germs; Festival In London; Into the Blue; Journey by a London Bus; London Airport; Men of the World; Modern Guide to Health; New Town; Pedestrian Crossing; Pop Goes The Weasel ; Read Any Good Meters Lately? (Watch Your Meters); Shown by Request; What A Life! ; Wing to Wing; Wonder Jet; Your Very Good Health.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1945-1952
Subjects
History; Politics & government
Keywords
health education; transport; World War II; public information films

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
$14.99
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2007

Sections

Title
Warning to Travellers, A (Five Pounds in Notes)
Synopsis
(1949). After World War 2, more money was leaving the UK than was coming in. To stem to the flow, all travellers were permitted no more than £5 in notes when leaving the country.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Berlin Airlift
Synopsis
(1949). How Great Britain did her part in keeping West Berlin free.
Duration
10 mins

Title
Brief City
Synopsis
(1952). A review of the prior year’s Festival of Britain held on the south bank of the Thames river.
Duration
19 mins

Title
Charley’s March of Time
Synopsis
(1948). The popular animated public information films character Charley queries the need for the 1948 National Insurance Acts which legislated health insurance for all citizens.
Duration
9 mins

Title
Charley Junior’s School Days
Synopsis
(1949). The strapping son of Charley learns what the nation’s school system has planned for him.
Duration
9 mins

Title
Coughs and Sneezes
Synopsis
(1945). The dangers of sneezing, and the employing of one’s handkerchief to combat them.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Don’t Spread Germs
Synopsis
(1948). The necessity of placing one’s used handerchiefs in a bowl of disinfectant is here asserted, though a suitable disinfectant is not posited.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Festival In London
Synopsis
(1951) Another fine documentary on the 1951 Festival of Britain held on the south bank of the Thames river.
Duration
10 mins

Title
Into the Blue
Synopsis
(1950). How Great Britain pioneered jet propelled civilian airline service.
Duration
11 mins

Title
Journey by a London Bus
Synopsis
(1950). A delightful, almost Pythonesque film on the famed London Double-Decker Bus system.
Duration
8 mins

Title
London Airport
Synopsis
(1949). A history of London’s famed Heathrow International Airport.
Duration
9 mins

Title
Men of the World
Synopsis
(1950). The British Army abroad in Gibraltar, Egypt’s Suez Canal and Hong Kong.
Duration
10 mins

Title
Modern Guide to Health
Synopsis
(1947). How the nation’s citizenry can correct it’s posture, exercise properly in the fresh air, and keep it’s health up in general.
Duration
9 mins

Title
New Town
Synopsis
(1948). City planning, post-war style.
Duration
8 mins

Title
Pedestrian Crossing
Synopsis
(1948). How to properly cross the road in the UK.
Duration
2 mins

Title
Pop Goes The Weasel
Synopsis
(1948). How the taxes of the day were being spent on the world war of yesterday.
Duration
10 mins

Title
Read Any Good Meters Lately? (Watch Your Meters);
Synopsis
(1947). The necessity of keeping watch on one’s energy consumption.
Duration
1 mins

Title
Shown by Request
Synopsis
(1947). How the Ministry of Information created and distributed precisely the same kind of films contained in this DVD set.
Duration
18 mins

Title
What A Life!
Synopsis
(1949). A light-hearted look at how grim life had become in post-war UK.
Duration
11 mins

Title
Wing to Wing
Synopsis
(1951). Britain’s part in the air forces of NATO.
Duration
10 mins

Title
Wonder Jet
Synopsis
(1950). A history of the jet engine from its invention by Britain’s Sir Frank Whittle to the earliest days of civil jet aviation.
Duration
19 mins

Title
Your Very Good Health.
Synopsis
(1948). Charley’s back to send us off knowing exactly what the National Health Service (NHS) was.
Duration
9 mins

Production Company

Name

Ministry of Information

Distributor

Name

MediaOutlet.com

Email
service@prosperohouse.com
Web
http://www.mediaoutlet.com/ External site opens in new window
Address
PO Box 1432
Bayonne
NJ 07002
USA
Notes
Specialises in US archival moving image and sound material, particularly vintage radio and public service films and broadcasts that have been digitally restored. Formerly known as Earthstation.com. Sale on multi-region DVD or CD.

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