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  • 1950s

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Reference number: 0620

Date: 1951

Director: p. and d. Gordon O'Connell

Sponsor: SCWS

Production company: Gate Film Productions

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 23.45 mins

Description: Made in the SCWS (Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society) furniture factories at Shieldhall and Beith, the film shows machinery at work and the production of a three-piece suite.

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

Credits: Artistes : Mary, Joanna Scott; Jack, James Liggat
ed. Ivy Mulligan
ass. d. Philip Horne
cartoon p. E. Smith-Morris
cartoon d. Pat Griffin
cartoon anim. Sam Harvey
ph. Paul Barralet
sc. James Eastwood in conjuction with SCWS Advertising Department.
Special musical arrangement by John Reynders with his orchestra.
Made in the SCWS furniture factories at Shieldhall and Beith.

Shotlist: title and opening credits (0.32) animated cartoon, figures cutting down trees (4.50) man polishes a wardrobe, and a woman puts the final touches to a display of wooden furniture (5.21) SCWS draughtsmen at work in the drawing office (5.50); Timber arriving at factory. Boards and veneer being cut and glued together. Parts are cut out and finished (8.09); A chair leg is marked out on a solid piece of oak, and then cut and moulded into shape. Various cutting and drilling operations. Shots of a lathe, cutting and boring machine, sandpapering machine (10.52); The finished parts in the assembly shop. Drawer assembly machine. Checking drawers and doors (13.13) Women hand-stain furniture, gvs spraying and polishing (14.07); Wooden frame of three piece suite before upholstering. Cutting the material and making cushions and chair covers. Upholsterers at work. Stuffing a cover, tacking it to the frame and stitching on the piping. Furniture is loaded onto van (16.00); A young couple are seen choosing furniture for their new home to give a display of SCWS furniture. They imagine the furniture and it magically 'appears' in the rooms (22.24); ecs (22.47)