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  • Propaganda


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 1058

Date: 1950

Sponsor: [ COI for the Dept. of Agriculture for Scotland]

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 1.04 mins

Description: Cinema trailer aimed at schoolchildren to persuade them to help pick the potato harvest.

Note: Pathe trailer was released in the cinemas on 17th August 1950, though we still have no production date for the film. See https://www.britishpathe.com/video/glasgow-trailer-aka-potato-harvest/query/wildcard [last accessed 18/05/2020]

Animation in this film recently identified as Halas and Batchelor, the largest and most influential animation studio in Western Europe for over 50 years. For more information see https://www.halasandbatchelor.co.uk/

Credits: (comm.s. Molly Weir and possibly Harry Gordon)

Shotlist: No credits. Animation film on the necessity of harvesting the potato crop before it rots (0.35); Telegram which reads "SOS Scotland. 50,000 schoolchildren can save us from rotting". Cartoon continues (0.58); Let your children help gather the potato harvest. Details from any school (1.04)