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Film Details
Title: The SMITHS OF LONDON
Filmography Code: SOL-1
Archive/Control Number: NARA/111-MSA-1095
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: VT
Type of Material: Motion picture (35mm, 3R)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD
Film Date: 1952
Description: Sound (English), b&w, 29 min. An amusing but serious dramatization featuring the Smiths and Robinsons of London, and their not entirely happy lot: This is the time of the Korean War and the build-up of NATO in the face of Moscow's threats. Young men like the Smiths’ son are being conscripted for service in Korea, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, and with the British Forces in Germany. On the radio, Conservative Party leader Anthony Eden counsels sacrifice for the sake of rearmament and defense: Automobiles, television sets, even steak, are for export only. Considerable footage (more than in the shorter version, THE SMITHS AND THE ROBINSONS) is devoted to domestic life and the difficulty of purchasing goods for home use. Foreign tourism, even to the continent, is restricted by limitations on the amount of currency to be taken abroad. In the pub, customers watch the Chief of the Imperial General Staff call for volunteers for civil defense, the Home Guard. Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Robinson decide to do their duty and join. In the process, they find that cooperation and mutual aims unite them in a way they hadn’t expected. Written and produced by Philip Mackie. Directed and photographed by Peter Hopkinson. Camera, John Baxter Peters; Organiser, Michael Delamar; Editing, Maurice Harley and Lien d’Oliveyra; Sound, John Mitchell and Wim Huender. Made at Cinetone Studios, Amsterdam.” Produced by the MSA Film Section, Paris, for MSA Washington. NB(1): See “STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD (series)” for more information. NB(2): See also the shorter version (19 min), THE SMITHS AND THE ROBINSONS. NARA ref. copy: VT.
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