LET GLASGOW FLOURISH

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Places:

  • Dunbartonshire
  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Politics
  • Ships and shipping

Genres:

  • Amateur
  • Propaganda

People/organisations:

  • Dawn Cine Group

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: LET GLASGOW FLOURISH

Reference number: 1721

Date: 1952 / 1956

Director: filmed by the Dawn Cine Group

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 12.00 mins

Description: Film about housing conditions in Glasgow using footage shot in 1952 during the proposed sale of Council houses in Merrylee.

Dramatised sequences and bulk of film taken 1956. Members of the Cine Group took parts in the film. Bill MacGregor and brother, Hugh Dalton. Una Bukelis, wife of Charlie, plays mother of dead child who puts flowers on grave.

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Credits: [camera Bill MacGregor, Charlie Bukelis]

Shotlist: Credits (.01) l/s of Clyde estuary looking south. gvs vessels in Clyde, shot shipyard gantries (.31) title and rolling caption concerning the fight to stop the sale of Council houses at Merrylee in Glasgow in 1952 (.57) int. of tenement flat in Maryhill as family eat meal (1.19) workforce entering John Brown's shipyard, Clydebank (1.52) shots construction site and labourers during lunch break (3.23) Suspension bridge over Clyde (3.44) gvs of Gorbals Street and Warwick Street. shots of children playing in streets and back courts (4.54) Children at play in Old Gorbals graveyard (5.05) More streetscenes around Laidlaw Street Kingston area (5.50) Dramatised accident as girl is knocked down by car, carried back into house and the doctor arrives and examines the child (6.59) woman lays flowers on grave in Caledonia Street cemetery (7.11) shots of accident. Tram in collision with motorcycle in Great Western Road. Scenes of rescue services intercut with shots of two women standing talking outside a grocer's shop window (8.00) streetscenes (8.10) gvs of Glasgow's West End. Kelvingrove swingpark (8.52) back courts in Gorbals (9.10) squatters' huts at Toryglen being used as "temporary" housing. Woman draws water from tap in street outside (9.16) Candlelit int. of prefab (9.20) strike meeting over the sale of Merrylee housing and protest march in George Square (10.06) Shots of Merrylee housing (10.16) Shots of City Chambers (10.52) Local elections. Man chalking slogans on pavement and staged sequence of protesters leafletting voters at ballot station (11.10) ballot box, election results (11.24) shots of march for "more new houses" (11.36) shots of new Council houses, prefabs (11.52) The End (11.54)