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Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11
Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11

Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11 1949

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Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11 1949

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Pickering

The highlight of this 1949 issue is the visit of American actor and singer Paul Robeson to Woolmet Colliery near Edinburgh. Robeson was also a renowned (and often persecuted) left-wing political activist and he made several visits to British mining communities. On this occasion he sings "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night" for miners in the canteen, a song about an American trade unionist who was allegedly framed on a murder charge and executed in 1915.

Robeson had long been something of a hero to the British mining community, ever since he starred in the film Proud Valley (d. Pen Tennyson, 1940) as an American sailor stranded in Cardiff who finds work in a Welsh colliery (the newsreel opens with a short clip from the film).

The other segments of the newsreel are Safety First, a report on reducing accidents in mines, and Paying For It; an item on the increasing cost of coal.

Directed by

Peter Pickering

Featuring

Paul Robeson

Collection

Paul Robeson Most Popular Free 2016 Before Windrush

Released

1949

Country

United Kingdom

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