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Reference number: 0231

Date: 1938

Director: d. Brian Salt

Sponsor: Films of Scotland

Production company: GB Instructional

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.50 mins

Description: One of a group of seven documentaries made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition under the supervision of John Grierson, the film was part of a campaign to improve the fitness of the Scots.

See also SPORT IN SCOTLAND ref. 0314, FACE OF SCOTLAND ref. 0034, WEALTH OF A NATION ref. 1062, SEA FOOD ref. 1060, THE CHILDREN’S STORY ref. 1059, THEY MADE THE LAND ref. 1063.

Credits: ph. G.W. Pocknall
associate producer Stanley L Russell
comm. s. Sir Iain Colquhoun

Shotlist: credits (.25) pan of central Edinburgh, shots of traffic in Princes Street (.52) Sir Iain Colquhoun, Chairman of the National Fitness Council, gives an address on behalf of the campaign to improve Scots' health and fitness. Sir Iain in studio set (1.36) Rossdhu House (1.41) Loch Lomondside and shots of Mr. Barr, a hiker (1.51) salmon fisherman (1.57) Mr. Barr enters the studio and explains his planned route with the aid of a map. He discusses holidays and going youth hostelling (3.29) shots of crofters reaping the fields (3.35) pan of Glasgow's George Square shrouded in fog (3.45) gvs Loch Lomond. Stag on the road. Mountaineers (4.03) liner on the river Clyde (4.09) the Cloch lighthouse (4.12) steamer "Lucy Ashton" in the Kyles of Bute and at the quay (4.22) gvs landscape (4.31) pan of Edinburgh's rooftops, brief shots of stairways (4.36) medium shot of traffic in Princes Street - tram, bus, lorry and car (4.39) steam locomotive travelling through countryside (4.43) steam fishing vessels in harbour (Leith?), shots of a coastal village and seashore (4.55) Portobello beach, Border hill country, the Forth rail bridge (5.15) the course of the River Tay (5.29) Inverness at bridging point. gvs of the town (5.46) Sir Iain Colquhoun in the studio (6.06) Jack Gardener, centre half for Queen's Park, comments on training for football players. Shots of outdoor and indoor training. Queen's Park football team come out onto the pitch, Desmond White is the goalkeeper (7.05) part of football match, possibly Queen's Park versus Falkirk at Brockville Park (7.33) a ladies' keep-fit class and shots of the movement's organiser, Mrs. Brown, as she guides class through the aims of the exercise. Shots of the class (9.40) Sir Iain in the studio (9.55) the one o'clock gun is fired from Edinburgh castle. Brief shots of cyclists, football, golf, swimming, hurdling, camping, climbing and hill walking (10.43) Keep fit and raise the Scottish standard (10.48) The End (10.50)