• Short Summary

    Newsbriefs from the Middle East include a tailor in the desert and soldiers fishing for their meal.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Newsbriefs from the Middle East.

    M/S of R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) camp in the desert. A man removes the 'Officers Mess' sign and replaces it with Pilots' Mess'. M/S of the pilots sat around, others come up and they shake hands. Commissioned and non-commissioned pilots now meet on common ground. Various shots of them drinking and socialising.

    M/S of 'Tailors' sign in the desert, an officer walks up to a man sat at a sewing machine and asks him about alterations. The tailor measures the man around the waist and writes the results down in a book. He sits down at his machine again.

    M/S of a palm tree, the camera pans down to blacksmith at work. M/S as men go into a tent, one man takes his helmet off and looks lovingly at the picture of the film star he has got stuck inside. The camera pans across the pictures in the soldiers' upturned helmets, they include Myrna Loy and Mae West. One soldier takes his cap off to scratch his head revealing his picture.

    M/S of men filling their cans with water from the sea, they carry it up the shore where they have a clever distilling system with big cans and pipes. A soldier drinks it and winks at the camera.

    M/S of a dinner table, C/U of soldier's feet tapping. M/S of a soldier without his shirt on sat on some rocks fishing. Others carry nets and throw them in the sea. M/S of a soldier asleep, the camera pans down to show he has string around his big toe, it starts to pull and he stands up but overbalances into the sea. M/S of the other soldiers sat in front of their empty plates looking glum, they reach for the cans of bully beef and open them. M/S of Pathe cameraman Terry Ashwood, he puts his helmet on top of the camera and smiles.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:30:00 / 01:22:18:00

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