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  • Edinburgh


  • Architecture and buildings
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • War


  • Public information
  • Sponsored


  • Campbell Harper Productions
  • HARPER, Alan James
  • Scottish Films / Thames and Clyde Productions


  • 1940s

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Reference number: 1386

Date: 1941

Director: d. Alan Harper

Sponsor: Edinburgh ARP Committee and Ministry of Home Security

Production company: Campbell Harper Films Ltd.

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 19.52 mins

Description: An illustration of how to cope with an air raid, including first-aid and fire fighting procedures. The film also shows air raid shelters being built and put into practice.

Preservation of this film supported by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Credits: comm. w. Norman Wilson
comm. s. James McKechnie
processed and recorded by Scottish Films.
[Warden played by Thomas Junor]

Shotlist: Credits (.26); Prints of Edinburgh castle (.37); General views of Edinburgh tenements, closes and back courts (1.56); Various shots of bricklayers building air raid shelters (2.15); Shot of closes protected by sand bags and brick shelters (2.30); General views of back courts (2.45); Close-up of door bell and interior shots of closes (3.09); Children playing near the sand bags and general street scenes (3.17); General scenes at ARP wardens meeting (3.59); Exterior shots of Edinburgh tenements. (4.04); Two wardens visit a tenement (5.10); Interior of house and warden interviewing house-owner. General views of meeting of all tenants (6.09); General shots at tenement wardens' meeting and demonstrations of fire fighting equipment by an officer of the AFS (6.50); First aid demonstration and lecture (7.09); Demonstration of use of stirrup pump (7.30); Tenement wardens check on neighbour in need of help and check on gas masks available (10.00); (End of Reel I) - Blank - (10.25); Warden checks on neighbours (10.45); Three wardens check on air raid shelter in back green (11.30); Wardens check stirrup pump at the top of the stairs (12.25); Shots of the warden and his wife sitting in front of a fireplace (12.40); Close-up of siren (12.47); General shots of tenants preparing to leave the building for the air raid shelter (14.45); General views of bed on fire and man raising the alarm (15.10); The warden and others fight the fire (18.00); Fire engine heading for the fire (18.33); Firemen and warden check the after effects of the blaze (19.15); Tenants leave air raid shelter (19.37); Pan over Edinburgh with The End superimposed (19.52).