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War Over Somers Town
War Over Somers Town

War Over Somers Town 1937

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War Over Somers Town 1937

12 mins United Kingdom

Vivid footage of slum living conditions is combined with heartstring-pulling intertitles and a generous splash of religious overtone. This film was produced by the St Pancras House Improvement Society which was established by Father Basil Jellicoe in 1924, who was vigorous in raising funds to build new homes in the area.

The St Pancras House Improvement Society was prolific in its use of film as a fundraising tool, making over 20 films. It was bold in using shock tactics - seen also in Paradox City (1934) and Challenge - War on Slums (1941). It later became the St Pancras Housing Association, and is now Origin Housing.

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Puppet theatre Childcare Priests Somers Town Housing co-operatives Housing Old People

Released

1937

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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