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  • 1940s

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Reference number: 0608

Date: 1948

Director: d. G. Burger, in assoc. with Gordon O'Connell

Sponsor: [ SCWS]

Production company: Orion Productions

Sound: sound

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 23 mins

Description: Compilation film of Scottish inventors and their products, including John Dunlop's tyres, James Naismith's steam hammer and Kirkpatrick McMillan, inventor of one of the first bicycles.

For further information see "The British Co-operative Movement Film Catalogue" compiled and edited by Alan Burton 1997.

A companion film to PRIDE AND PROGRESS, ref. 0622.

Credits: ph. Leslie Wheeler, A Burger
ed. Victor Gray
m. De Wolfe
p. man. Harry Keeler
sd. Levers Rich and Co.
commentator Duncan McIntyre

Shotlist: Credits (.40); Scenes of Edinburgh - trams in Princess Street. General views of Scottish scenery (1.35); Industrial scenes. Coal mines and shaft (2.15); Shots of processes in production of coal gas to illustrate narrative on William Murdoch. Shots of his birthplace in Old Cumnock. Gas lighting and industrial use of gas (5.23); St Rollox station and LMS locomotives. (6.07); The wheel in the history of transport (6.40); John Dunlop's birthplace in Dreghorn (6.55); Thornliebank factory for manufacture of tyres. Shots of workers wearing mackintoshes, another Scottish invention (7.55); Pentport, Dumfries-shire, birthplace of Kirkpatrick McMillan, a blacksmith, who made one of the first bicycles. Shots of the original bike in motion (9.41); Stamps - John Chalmer's invention of gummed, perforated stamps (10.30); Steam hammer, invention of James Naismith. (10.48); Shots of rural and industrial Clyde (11.35); "Queen Elizabeth" on Atlantic voyage (11.50); Production of alganic acid from seaweed factory. Shots of manufacture of nitro-cellulose (13.05); Wool spinning (13.15); General shots of aspects of life (14.05); Introduction to the Co-op movement in Scotland by dramatised historical account of the Fenwick weavers in 1769. Cargo loading at docks (15.17); Shots of various SCWS offices around Scotland (16.17); Shots inside SCWS factories. First aid treatment for workers (17.54); Shieldhall shoe factory. Chancelot flour mill. Edinburgh and manufacture of Lofty Peak flour (20.00); Furniture factory. Shots of various Co-ops, British Luna Electric factory and clips of a grocery store (taken from COUNTER COURTESY) (22.35)