• Short Summary

    A documentary showing the work of the film department of Morris Motors.

  • Description

    Reel 2. "Magic in Metal" is the next film featured. M/S of hot metal being poured into a vat in the Morris foundry. Top shot of floor of foundry with many vats with flames emerging. Camera pans across showing several men at work. 1934 - a retrospective within a retrospective. A flag with the word Morris and the company logo emblazoned upon it flies in the breeze. Narrator speaks of 1912 when Lord Nuffield laid the foundation of the British motor trade. Still image of a row of Morris cars outside the factory. Shot of a stationary early Morris on a country road. C/U of a "Morris Authorised Dealer Sales and Service" sign. The word "Specialisation" is spelt on the screen letter by letter. Sir William Morris seen in C/U at a desk signing some paperwork. L/S of a country road with two Morris cars being driven towards the camera. Various shots of hot metal plunging into a vats.

    Steel panel being made. "The Invisible Car - Astounding discovery by Morris Scientists aids testing of new models." Man climbs out of a car. By a magical transformation camera trick the car suddenly disappears. The man puts his glasses in his pocket and walks off. Two men stand by a car, one hands the other something - a box of pills. The older man takes one of the pills and promptly disappears and reappears. The two men take another pill and both disappear. The car doors magically open and close as if the invisible men have climbed in. They turn on the "invisible switch" and the car disappears. A man dressed as a comedy policeman hides in a ditch. He is holding a large clock and a bell. He is waiting to catch speeding motorists. The car approaches then becomes invisible when they spot the policeman. 1935 - Two pleasure boats travel across the water in tandem. Two other launches approach the camera as the narrator describes Morris Marine Units. Morris road sweepers are shown, as is a Morris road roller (steam?). Interior of a railway station with a large locomotive by the platform. Man drives a small tractor vehicle which pulls baggage trolleys. The tractors embody Morris Industrial Units and replace. 1936 - film called "Production Perfected" is featured. C/U of scientist in a laboratory looking intently at a test tube. "No car is better made than a Morris, no car is submitted to fuller tests and no car can give greater satisfaction in use." states the narrator. A car being tested is featured. The wheels rotate on a testing block - C/U of the gauge and M/S of the car on the blocks.

    Man sits in the car and watches the wheels go around. The film "Sahara" showed the trials and ordeals of a car travelling through the Sahara desert. Various shots of the car travelling the desert, both in barren landscapes and with hundreds of African children running behind the car. C/U of the front of a Morris car with African men in traditional dress admiring the vehicle. A white man in pith helmet seems to be describing the features of the car.

    1937 - Various shots of industrial plant including low angle shots. Industry montage: men at work, locomotive "Edinburgh" approaching camera, fishing boat at sunset, liner, Post Office Telephones van, defence services vehicles driving in a line in some sort of parade. C/U of the Union Jack flag - fills the screen.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:21:00 / 01:22:41:00

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