Nice film about hop picking contrasting new mechanical methods with hand picking of old.
A film about the mechanisation of hop cropping. C/U of a man drinking a tankard of beer. He wears a flat cap and has a neckerchief. He smiles broadly at the camera with a ruddy nose - presumably he is drunk or an alcoholic.
Intertitle reads: "Yus! 'ops is me favrit flahr - I've drunk millions of 'em, I 'ave." C/U of the man who mouths part of the preceding intertitle then takes a big gulp of beer. "But, we're afraid the days of the merry pickers are numbered. Instead of this...." M/S of a group of hop pickers - presumably a family, mother cuts bread, father eats something out of a tin and children sit around them also eating. They are obviously in the hop fields having a break. M/S of two women laughing as they work. "there'll be this..." Several men stand on a platform moving branches of hops onto an elevator which moves the hops to another location. C/U of the conveyor belt which transports the hops. "...and this, for a giant machine has just arrived in England that does the work of 600 men at about one third the cost." Interior of a hop processing plant where the machine is in operation. M/S of woman sweeping the ground as a large barrel with hops attached spins around. C/U of spinning drum. Various shots of the processes the hops go through. Lots of hops pile up at the bottom of a machine and suddenly a woman pops out of the pile - a bit bizarre, perhaps she is standing behind it rather than in it! Man stuffs sacks full of hops. Sacks are piled on to a lorry.
Was a Pathe Pictorial item.
Note: nice footage of hop picking workers.