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Film Details
Title: The SMITHS AND THE ROBINSONS
Filmography Code: SR-3
Archive/Control Number: IWMFVA/OTAN 144
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: Inquire directly to archive
Type of Material: Motion picture (16mm)
Series: None
Film Date: 1952
Description: Sound (English?), b&W, 16 (?) min. 35mm(?), 1692'. An amusing but serious dramatization featuring the Smiths and Robinsons of London, and their not entirely happy lot: At this 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. 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. 1952. 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. Written and produced by Philip Mackie. by Philip Mackie. Sponsored and produced by MSA/SRE. Presented by Cinetone Studios of Amsterdam. NB: This is a cut-down version of the 29-minute STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD series film, THE SMITHS OF LONDON. The longer version contains additional footage illustrating the domestic life of the two couples and the difficulty of purchasing goods for home use.
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