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Public Information Films

Stop! Look! Listen! For decades public information films have been educating, persuading and above all warning us of hidden dangers.

Local authorities had long been using film to spread their public health messages. But the 'official' information film came of age in WWII, when it was used by government to guide the public through austerity and a life under fire. The 1960s and 70s saw a public information 'golden age', with hundreds of short films launched on to the small screen to cajole the British public into binning their litter, giving up smoking or driving carefully. Children of the 70s will remember a world of dangers - from roads and railway tracks to farmyards, ponds, electricity pylons and especially strangers - and a legion of characters including the Green Cross Code Man, Charley the cat and the chilling Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water. Sometimes witty, sometimes alarming, always memorable, these films are a priceless and entertaining record of 20th century British life. But please, be careful...

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Green Cross Code - He's Great
Green Cross Code - He's Great
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Green Cross Code - He's Great

Public Information Filler1976 mins

David Prowse (the frame of Darth Vader) appears as the iconic Green Cross Code Man, heaping praise on a young GXC expert.

Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
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Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive

Public Information Filler19631 mins

Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party

Coughs and Sneezes
Coughs and Sneezes
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Coughs and Sneezes

Public Information Filler19451 mins

One of Richard Massingham’s most famous public information films, which lead to the ubiquitous mantra: "Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases".

I Am a Litter Basket
I Am a Litter Basket
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I Am a Litter Basket

Public Information Filler19596 mins

A heartfelt cry on behalf of the world's litter-baskets.

Charley's Black Magic
Charley's Black Magic
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Charley's Black Magic

Animation & Artists Moving Image19499 mins

Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow

Lonely Water
Lonely Water
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Lonely Water

19732 mins

Terrifying public information film presenting the horrific consequences of playing in or near rivers, ponds and other water hazards.

Rickets
Rickets
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Rickets

1944 mins

A hard-hitting WWII Food Flash warning about the dangers of rickets - and how to avoid them

Playing with Fire
Playing with Fire
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Playing with Fire

Public Information Filler194710 mins

You're asking for trouble when you play with fire - and this public information film is the stuff of nightmares

Searching
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Searching

Public Information Filler19741 mins

John Krish’s haunting fire prevention film prowls through a carefully designed burned-out shell of a set.

What's in a Number
What's in a Number
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What's in a Number

Documentary drama19481 mins

National insurance made amusing by the eccentric Richard Massingham.

Apaches
Apaches
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Apaches

Documentary197727 mins

One of the most disturbing public safety films depicts six children being picked off one-by-one by deadly farming machinery.

Drink Drive Office Party Cartoon
Drink Drive  Office Party Cartoon
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Drink Drive Office Party Cartoon

Advert19641 mins

Quirky photo-montage film warning of the perils of drink driving.

Be a Good Cyclist
Be a Good Cyclist
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Be a Good Cyclist

Public Information Filler19503 mins

Invaluable advice for the careful cyclist in a quintessentially British safety film.

Traffic Island
Traffic Island
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Traffic Island

Public Information Filler196316 mins Location: London

The tyranny of traffic is given suitably rough treatment in this powerful film sponsored by town planner Colin Buchanan.

The Losers
The Losers
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The Losers

Government sponsored film197516 mins Location: Fulham

Having your car nicked is one thing, but then you're branded a loser – by this unsympathetic crime prevention film about car theft

Simply Metric
Simply Metric
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Simply Metric

Public Information Filler197314 mins

Wouldn't budge an inch for a centimetre? This guide to the new-fangled system of metrication may change your mind.

Copy Book Please
Copy Book Please
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Copy Book Please

Public Information Filler19491 minsSilent

Return to sender? A posh postie – in the shape of Terry-Thomas - appeals to the public to "address your letters clearly and correctly"

Fair Rent
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Fair Rent

Documentary194711 mins Location: Aberdeen

Power cuts, housing shortages and exorbitant rents – Aberdeen man Norrie Williamson goes head to head with his greedy landlady

In Which We Live Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself
In Which We Live  Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself
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In Which We Live Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself

Documentary194413 mins

Wonderfully eccentric 'make do and mend' message from public information genius Richard Massingham.

Get Cracking
Get Cracking
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Get Cracking

Public Information Filler19441 mins

Bad eggs and cracking jokes put a frown on Hitler's face in this advert for National Savings

Burns and Scalds
Burns and Scalds
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Burns and Scalds

Public Information Filler19471 mins

Hard-hitting depiction of the danger to children of burns and scalds

How to Fit a Gas Mask
How to Fit a Gas Mask
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How to Fit a Gas Mask

Public Information Filler19392 mins

Matter-of-fact wartime instruction in how to fit your gas mask efficiently - leaving no margin for error.

Strangers
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Strangers

Public Information Filler19731 mins

Who needs to talk to strangers when you're the only one who can understand the garbled mewling of your best buddy cat, Charley?

Mummy Should Know
Mummy Should Know
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Mummy Should Know

Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

Killjoy, or conscience of a generation? Charley cat scuppers a playdate, but earns a fishy picnic through doing the right thing

Falling in the Water
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Falling in the Water

Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

Kids don't always listen to their parents. But in the 70s they certainly listened to a giant ginger tabby cat...

Matches
Matches
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Matches

Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

Home safety is child's play if you have the feline guardian angel of the 70s on hand

Teapot
Teapot
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Teapot

Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

Charley's cat-astrophic teatime hijinks leave him with a burning message to share

In the Kitchen
In the Kitchen
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In the Kitchen

Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

If you can't stand the heat, Charley, get out of the kitchen and spread your message

Peidiwch Mynd i ffwrdd Gyda Phobl Ddiarth (Charley - Strangers)
Peidiwch Mynd i ffwrdd Gyda Phobl Ddiarth (Charley - Strangers)
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Peidiwch Mynd i ffwrdd Gyda Phobl Ddiarth (Charley - Strangers)

Public Information Filler19731 mins

Children beware strangers is the message contained in this public information film. Charley the cat, acting as a young boy’s guardian angel, sounds the alarm.

Adventures of Tom, Dick and Harry
Adventures of Tom, Dick and Harry
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Adventures of Tom, Dick and Harry

School programme and Educational film19536 minsSilent Location: Burgess Hill

School children learn that mistakes made when cycling to school aren't always forgiven - in this instructional film made by their headmaster

The Balloon
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The Balloon

Children's198110 mins

A creepy clown brings balloons and death in this dreamlike road safety film, along with some not-so-subtle product placement

Fe Dal I Chi Holi - yn Eich Pwll Nofio Lleol (Teenagers Learn to Swim)
Fe Dal I Chi Holi - yn Eich Pwll Nofio Lleol (Teenagers Learn to Swim)
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Fe Dal I Chi Holi - yn Eich Pwll Nofio Lleol (Teenagers Learn to Swim)

Public Information Filler19721 mins

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl to another because he's no fish. Message to any boy viewer: learn to swim at your local pool and become a great catch!

Sglefrio Rhew: Tair Rheol (Ice Skating: Three Rules)
Sglefrio Rhew: Tair Rheol (Ice Skating: Three Rules)
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Sglefrio Rhew: Tair Rheol (Ice Skating: Three Rules)

Public Information Filler19701 mins

Public information film directed at children, who are advised, where ice-skating is concerned, always to let their parents go first!

Dressed for Drowning
Dressed for Drowning
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Dressed for Drowning

School programme and Educational film19657 mins Location: Worthing

A well-made and light-hearted instructional film which demonstrates how your own clothes can save you from drowning

How to Use the Telephone
How to Use the Telephone
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How to Use the Telephone

Public Information Filler194819 mins

Hold please. Enter a distinctly British bureaucracy as the post-war Civil Service learns to be civil on the telephone

Door to Door Salesman
Door to Door Salesman
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Door to Door Salesman

Public Information Filler19611 mins

Don't get caught cold by cold calling – this TV public information short advises caution before buying on the doorstep

Rate Rebates 1969
Rate Rebates 1969
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Rate Rebates 1969

Public Information Filler19691 mins

Zippy public information animation on how to keep up with the Joneses - by getting a rebate on rates.

National Milk Cocoa
National Milk Cocoa
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National Milk Cocoa

Public Information Filler1944 mins

Drinking chocolate flashes before your eyes and makes an offer you can't refuse

Phone in Confidence
Phone in Confidence
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Phone in Confidence

Public Information Filler19781 mins Location: Belfast

Learn how to report paramilitary activity in complete confidence with this shocking television advert by the Northern Ireland Office.

Typing Technique
Typing Technique
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Typing Technique

Government sponsored film194524 minsSilent

Dive into a typing pool of the 1940s and see the delightful Miss Brown learn to master her craft

Women after the War
Women after the War
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Women after the War

Campaigning film194610 minsSilent

A provoking film on the place of women made by the inimitable Richard Massingham

Women in Industry
Women in Industry
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Women in Industry

Public Information Filler19481 mins

The Ministry of Labour exhorts women to return to industry – the post-war production drive depends on them.

Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch
Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch
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Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch

Public Information Filler194112 mins

Poetic tribute to Mrs Turner's vegetable growing prowess, plus the delights of "wartime steaks"

Help Scotland's Harvest
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Help Scotland's Harvest

Animation & Artists Moving Image19441 mins

Johnny Barleycorn issues a rousing call for help with the Scottish harvest in this woodcut-style animation

Older Workers Are Still Wanted in Their Jobs
Older Workers Are Still Wanted in Their Jobs
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Older Workers Are Still Wanted in Their Jobs

Public Information Filler19481 mins

At 65 Tom's still a better man than many a youngster - and decides that a tranquil retirement is not for him

Agricultural Holiday Camps
Agricultural Holiday Camps
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Agricultural Holiday Camps

Government sponsored film19471 minsSilent

The effortlessly comic Richard Massingham abandons the stress of his city job to work on a farm

The Government of London
The Government of London
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The Government of London

Public Information Filler197723 mins Location: London

From the Thames Barrier to Covent Garden, this public information film looks at the responsibilities of the GLC and future of London.

Everybody's London
Everybody's London
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Everybody's London

Public Information Filler197125 mins Location: London

Dramatic public information film exploring the role of the GLC and featuring numerous shots of London streets, people, parks and institutions.

Looking After Londoners
Looking After Londoners
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Looking After Londoners

Public Information Filler197224 mins Location: London

From schools to sewers, this film explores the roles and responsibilities of local councils, visiting almost every London borough in the process.

Ballot Box Not the Bomb - Ulster Assembly Elections
Ballot Box Not the Bomb - Ulster Assembly Elections
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Ballot Box Not the Bomb - Ulster Assembly Elections

Public Information Filler19738 mins Location: Belfast

This poignant Public information film from Northern Ireland publicises elections for a new Assembly.

Ulster - Behind the Headlines
Ulster - Behind the Headlines
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Ulster - Behind the Headlines

Public Information Filler19705 mins Location: Downpatrick

Will level headedness triumph? Hear how the peace and good neighbourliness of one town contrasts with the violence and tension prevalent elsewhere in Northern Ireland.

Fear and Peter Brown
Fear and Peter Brown
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Fear and Peter Brown

Documentary194016 mins

Terror on the home front - literally - in this heady and eccentric brew.

Never Go with Strangers
Never Go with Strangers
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Never Go with Strangers

Documentary197118 mins

Is this the scariest public information film ever? This hard-hitting warning against 'stranger danger' was considered too distressing to be broadcast on television.

Safe or Sorry
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Safe or Sorry

School programme and Educational film19504 mins Location: Tottenham

Policemen in mufti act out accident scenarios to an assembly of school children, while Safety Sam drives the road safety message home

Help for the Housebound
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Help for the Housebound

Amateur film196111 mins Location: Reigate

Therapists from the East Surrey Mobile Physiotherapy Unit bring relief to many elderly patients in the comfort of their own homes

New Lives for Old
New Lives for Old
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New Lives for Old

Public Information Filler195721 mins Location: Croydon

Nonagenarian croquet players and Brighton day trips feature in this study of social services in Croydon, focussing on help given to the elderly, lonely, sick and disabled.

Cold Comfort
Cold Comfort
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Cold Comfort

Animation & Artists Moving Image19441 mins

A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short

House That John Built
House That John Built
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House That John Built

Public Information Filler19287 minsSilent

Empire buying begins at home: John Bull gets a makeover in this cartoon promoting British farmed goods

Coi: Seat Belts - Human Cannonball
Coi: Seat Belts - Human Cannonball
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Coi: Seat Belts - Human Cannonball

Advert19781 mins

A circus act – of sorts – combines with gallows humour in a shatteringly effective reminder to "clunk, click" even on the shortest trip.

Pedal Cyclists
Pedal Cyclists
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Pedal Cyclists

Public Information Filler19472 mins

A witty, eccentric guide to safety on two wheels under the watchful eye of a pedalling angel.

Firework : Eyes
Firework : Eyes
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Firework : Eyes

Public Information Filler19741 mins

Stark 70s firework safety film which mixes the everyday and the uncanny

Night Call
Night Call
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Night Call

Fantasy197727 mins

Stylish 70s road safety film with a sting in the tail.

After Dark
After Dark
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After Dark

Documentary197914 mins

Careful Colin Welland warns hazardous Herberts of the dangers of night-time driving

Trouble in Toytown
Trouble in Toytown
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Trouble in Toytown

Public Information Filler194614 mins Location: Poole

An immensely charming toy story in which a distracted pupil becomes an attentive teacher and explains road safety to dolls

Pennies
Pennies
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Pennies

School programme and Educational film19519 minsSilent Location: Burgess Hill

The grim message of this film for youngsters shows how a lack of road sense combined with faulty bicycle brakes results in more than broken bones

Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders
Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders
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Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders

Public Information Filler19503 mins

The car-free, Kodachrome streets of 1950s London offer an idyllic environment for acting out the 'wrongs' of cycling safety.

War Rationing Milk
War Rationing Milk
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War Rationing Milk

Public Information Filler1941 minsSilent

Forthright reminder that children's milk rations are for their wellbeing, not the whole family's.

Unguarded Moment
Unguarded Moment
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Unguarded Moment

Public Information Filler19516 mins Location: Blackheath

The perils of Britain's roads are seen in this chilling 1951 film as the carelessness of Johnny, Fred and Mary results in disaster and death!

Only a Fool Breaks the Second Rule - Pile-up
Only a Fool Breaks the Second Rule - Pile-up
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Only a Fool Breaks the Second Rule - Pile-up

Public Information Filler19751 minsSilent

A mysterious stranger foreshadows Death, but is good enough to give a handy driving safety tip along the way

A Boy Goes Cycling
A Boy Goes Cycling
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A Boy Goes Cycling

Amateur film196315 mins Location: Catford

Pedal power saves a dad's day in this colourful cycling safety film set in a sunny 60s South East London.

Policeday
Policeday
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Policeday

Documentary197626 mins Location: Belfast

Ever wondered what it’s like to spend 24 hours in the RUC? Watch this 1976 recruitment film and decide if this was the career for you.

Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy)
Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy)
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Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy)

Public Information Filler19701 mins Location: Conwy Castle

Keep Wales Tidy! That’s the message for everyone, not just the children who are seen here attacking the litter in a Conwy Castle picnic area.

Diogelwch ar y Fferm (Safety on the Farm)
Diogelwch ar y Fferm (Safety on the Farm)
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Diogelwch ar y Fferm (Safety on the Farm)

Public Information Filler19701 mins

A farm can be rife with danger so farmers must take safety seriously. This public information film has under a minute to ram the message home.

Poenwr Defaid (Sheep Worrier)
Poenwr Defaid (Sheep Worrier)
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Poenwr Defaid (Sheep Worrier)

Public Information Filler19701 mins

Be aware: perfectly respectable dogs, gentle, friendly dogs, dogs who have never lifted a paw in anger are, when it comes down to it, dogs, and capable of worrying sheep.

All Hands
All Hands
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All Hands

Public Information Filler194011 mins

A commercially produced Ministry of Information film, explaining how vital information could be carelessly leaked to prying enemy ears on the home front.

Summer Travelling
Summer Travelling
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Summer Travelling

Animation & Artists Moving Image19451 mins

Delayed trains, crowded carriages, and standing room only: Blitz spirit makes a parent's nightmare commute a walk in the park

Progressive House
Progressive House
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Progressive House

Public Information Filler19681 mins Location: Belfast

How can professionals get ahead in 1960s Belfast? Find out in this muzak-filled public information film.

Yesterday Is over Your Shoulder
Yesterday Is over Your Shoulder
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Yesterday Is over Your Shoulder

Industry sponsored film19408 mins

An enticing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.

Doing Our Bit
Doing Our Bit
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Doing Our Bit

Charity appeal193511 mins Location: Middlesbrough

Digging a way out of the 1930s Depression in the Cleveland Hills.

If War Should Come
If War Should Come
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If War Should Come

Public Information Filler193910 mins

With its soothing Elgar soundtrack and calm commentary, this retrospectively poignant public information film aimed to reassure a pre-war Britain.

Clean Air at Handsworth
Clean Air at Handsworth
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Clean Air at Handsworth

Public Information Filler19677 mins Location: Handsworth

Three Handsworth households get paid to breathe more easily in this jaunty promo about Sheffield's switch to smokeless fuels.

Protect and Survive
Protect and Survive
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Protect and Survive

Public Information Filler19754 mins

One of a series of animated films designed to provide instructions on how to survive a nuclear attack.

Aids - Monolith
Aids - Monolith
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Aids - Monolith

Public Information Filler19851 mins

Portentous imagery and John Hurt’s grave voiceover define this key film from a £5 million campaign to combat the growing AIDs epidemic.

Aids - Iceberg
Aids - Iceberg
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Aids - Iceberg

Public Information Filler19871 mins

Simple and devastatingly effective, John Hurt narrates a key advert from Sammy Harari’s 1986 AIDS awareness campaign.

Jet-propelled Germs
Jet-propelled Germs
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Jet-propelled Germs

Documentary19481 mins

One of several highly entertaining films from Richard Massingham about the dangers of uncontrolled sneezing.

Handkerchief Drill
Handkerchief Drill
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Handkerchief Drill

Public Information Filler19491 mins

Another of Richard Massingham’s snappy public information fillers finds the oafish everyman’s personal hygiene in question again.

Mass Radiography
Mass Radiography
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Mass Radiography

Public Information Filler194310 mins

TB or not TB – that is the question travelling x-ray screening programmes are out to answer on a large scale

Your Very Good Health
Your Very Good Health
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Your Very Good Health

Animation & Artists Moving Image19489 mins

Long before the ‘Charley Says’ campaign of the 1970s and ‘80s, another cartoon Charley was used to demystify the newly created NHS.

Dusty No. 6 : Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
Dusty No. 6 : Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 6 : Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy

Public Information Filler1978 mins

Dusty the kangaroo catches a shadowy figure in the act of dumping an old mattress in this campaigning cartoon

Allwch Chi Helpu Rhywun? (Could You Help Somebody?)
Allwch Chi Helpu Rhywun? (Could You Help Somebody?)
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Allwch Chi Helpu Rhywun? (Could You Help Somebody?)

Public Information Filler19701 mins

An appeal to the youth of the day to take into account the needs of the elderly when out and about. A role model is shown to be cool and yet also helpful and considerate.

Cleanliness Is Happiness
Cleanliness Is Happiness
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Cleanliness Is Happiness

Public Information Filler193018 minsSilent

Melodrama and misery are washed away by a mix of soap and elbow grease

Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy

Public Information Filler1978 mins

Dusty the kangaroo patrols a train in this campaigning cartoon - until she comes upon a litter strewn carriage...

Dusty No. 16 : Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
Dusty No. 16 : Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 16 : Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy

Public Information Filler1978 mins

Nothing beats a relaxing picnic on the beach – but beware Dusty the kangaroo

The Story of John M'Neil
The Story of John M'Neil
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The Story of John M'Neil

Drama191122 minsSilent Location: Glasgow

Here in this tuberculosis nest lived the family of John M'Neil...

Premium Bonds: Xmas 1959
Premium  Bonds:  Xmas 1959
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Premium Bonds: Xmas 1959

1959 mins

The Happy (Christmas) way to save! Santa plugs Premium Bonds in a 'prize-winning' 1950s TV ad.

Premium Bonds: Clerk
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Premium Bonds: Clerk

Advert19601 mins

A cartoon city clerk escapes the binds of daily drudgery – thanks to a win on his Premium Bonds.

Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Camp
Premium Bonds Prize Winner:  Mr Camp
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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Camp

Advert19581 mins

Mr Brian Camp, an engineering inspector from Gravesend, is a lucky Premium Bonds winner.

Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mrs Brace
Premium Bonds Prize Winner:  Mrs Brace
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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mrs Brace

Advert19581 mins

Buying Premium Bonds leads a Gonerby villager up the path to prosperity - and the local parish church.

Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Molly Butters
Premium Bonds Prize Winner:  Molly Butters
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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Molly Butters

Advert19581 mins

Molly Butters hits the jackpot, winning £1,000 with one of her two Premium Bonds.

Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Shum
Premium Bonds Prize Winner:  Mr Shum
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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Shum

Advert19581 mins

Buy more Premium Bonds and maybe your ship will come in - it has for lucky winners Mr and Mrs Shum

Abcd of Health
Abcd of Health
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Abcd of Health

Instructional film/TV programme19429 mins

Healthy eating advice goes down easy in this fun public information film.

Port Health
Port Health
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Port Health

Public Information Filler196723 mins Location: London

Rat traps, house boats and London’s ports all feature in this public information film looking at the work of the Port Of London Health Authority.

Public Health Service
Public Health Service
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Public Health Service

Documentary193114 minsSilent Location: Bermondsey

White-coated scientists, doctors, chiropodists, dentists, and midwives unite in their mission to eradicate disease and ignorance from Bermondsey.

A-tish-oo
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A-tish-oo

Public Information Filler19416 mins

The face mask comes of age in this intriguing wartime guide to germ prevention.

Your Children's Play
Your Children's Play
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Your Children's Play

Children's195120 mins

Need some post-war parenting advice? Then this is the film for you.

Swat That Fly!
Swat That Fly!
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Swat That Fly!

Documentary19156 minsSilent

Warning - not safe for work lunch! This public health film on the common house fly is designed to make you squirm

Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie
Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie
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Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie

Public Information Filler19813 mins

Glenda Jackson makes a song and a dance about giving blood – in a wise-cracking double act with Ernie Wise.

The Magician
The Magician
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The Magician

Public Information Filler19421 mins

Alakazam! The fuel demon conjures up some fuel-saving tips for a wasteful family to help the war effort

Joe's Way
Joe's Way
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Joe's Way

Public Information Filler197513 mins Location: Rotherhithe

Road safety film, or warning of the dangers of flared trousers – you decide

Peter and the Moon Man
Peter and the Moon Man
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Peter and the Moon Man

Children's192914 minsSilent

The man in the moon learns about hygiene in this 1929 public information short promoting the benefits of all-electric mod cons.

A Record of Achievement
A Record of Achievement
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A Record of Achievement

Advert19312 minsSilent

The National Mark is marching on - for progress and prosperity!

The Finishing Line
The Finishing Line
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The Finishing Line

Instructional film/TV programme197721 mins

In this surrealist short, John Krish and Michael Gilmour tell a perilous tale at the railway station. Mind the gap - this is going to get scary.

Compost Heap
Compost Heap
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Compost Heap

Government sponsored film19422 mins

A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.

The Photographs Are Watching
The Photographs Are Watching
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The Photographs Are Watching

Government sponsored film19442 mins

‘Keep on saving’ – A plea to avoid waste during the Second World War.

Scabies
Scabies
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Scabies

Government sponsored film194336 mins

Burrows, baths and benzyl benzoate – advice is shared on how to understand and treat the scourge of scabies.

Buy in Bulk
Buy in Bulk
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Buy in Bulk

Government sponsored film19491 mins

The British tradition of queuing is parodied in this amusing short trailer, an ingenious piece of advertising by the General Post Office

Mother and Child
Mother and Child
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Mother and Child

Public Information Filler194010 mins

While Jack Crawford is serving at sea his pregnant wife Alice has access to all the care she needs at the local North London welfare centre.

Cyclist Turning Right
Cyclist Turning Right
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Cyclist Turning Right

Instructional film/TV programme19831 mins

Two young BMX-ers nearly come a cropper in this short and shocking cycling safety film.

Storing Vegetables Outdoors
Storing Vegetables Outdoors
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Storing Vegetables Outdoors

Government sponsored film19419 mins

Building a larder using soil and straw: this age-old method was a boon to home-front gardeners

Butter Information Council: Scrambled Eggs
Butter Information Council: Scrambled Eggs
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Butter Information Council: Scrambled Eggs

Advert19590 minsSilent

In the bitter butter war against margarine, this short TV ad suggests that a bit of butter’s better with eggs

Dr. Wise on Influenza
Dr. Wise on Influenza
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Dr. Wise on Influenza

Public Information Filler191918 minsSilent

A hard-hitting public information film made at the height of the Great Influenza 1918-18.

Silver Lining
Silver Lining
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Silver Lining

Animation & Artists Moving Image19471 mins

Bread today and jam tomorrow? Cheerful puppet cartoon with a catchy song sweetens the pill of post-war austerity.

SPLINK - Derek Griffiths
SPLINK - Derek Griffiths
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SPLINK - Derek Griffiths

Public Information Filler1 mins

An animated Derek Griffiths fronts the road safety campaign gone wrong

Swimming - David Wilkie
Swimming - David Wilkie
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Swimming - David Wilkie

Public Information Filler19792 minsSilent

The Olympic champion heads a fondly-remembered public information film

Telephone (Abstract)
Telephone (Abstract)
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Telephone (Abstract)

Advert19342 minsSilent

Early avant-garde short from the GPO, encouraging use of the telephone in an emergency.

Women's Munition Work
Women's Munition Work
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Women's Munition Work

Industry sponsored film191722 minsSilent

Your country needs you! An appeal for more women to take up munitions work.

Food for Thought
Food for Thought
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Food for Thought

Government sponsored film19405 mins

Grumpy Grandma is put in her place during wartime food demonstration