• Short Summary

    Airmen at an American Air base collect and fix broken toys to donate to deprived children.

  • Description

    Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire.

    Exterior. M/S of three American airmen - Master Sergeant Philip Philipson, Staff Sergeant Billie Parks and Staff Sergeant Donald Turner - carrying a large cardboard model of a steam engine cabin. In the background are barrack huts, in the foreground is a sign which reads '3918th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron'. Panning shot of the airmen attaching the cabin to a yellow tractor decorated as a toy steam engine. The tractor is pulling two trailers with 'Cams Toy Express' painted on the side. M/S of the cabin being attached. Panning shot of an airmen as he leaves the cabin and climbs into one of trailers. Low angle shot of the 'train' pulling away.

    High angle shot of the 'train' coming to a halt outside the airfield's family quarters. M/S of an airmen collecting old and broken toys from the airmen's wives and children - "for the Cams express operates its own special service, touring the widespread housing estates of the American community, to collect (on this occasion) toys for more needy children in English orphanages and hospitals". C/U of two toddlers holding out broken toys for the airman to place in the trailer. M/S of a very little girl handing a pink teddy bear to the airman, he laughs and places it in the trailer. M/S of the train pulling away from the bungalows. Panning shot of the bell ringing on the engine as it drives away. M/S of an airmen in the trailer sorting through the donated toys as it drives along. M/S of a front door, belonging to a black family, opening. Mrs. Fields comes out, holding the hand of her youngest son Darrell whilst also carrying an old tricycle, her other son, Timothy, is carrying a small scooter. Panning shot follows them as they hand it to the airman in the back of the trailer.

    Interior. In a workshop on the base, airmen of different ranks are fixing the broken toys. Two more airmen enter carrying armfuls of toys and join the others. M/S of two airmen smiling as they fix toys. M/S of three airmen at work - the two in the foreground - Technical Sergeant James B. Ham and Airman First Class Charlie Lee - are mending a broken bicycle. C/U of an airman wearing spectacles. C/U of the broken tricycle he is fixing. M/S of bits of toys suspended from the ceiling, a black airman - Airman First Class William Price - is spraying red paint onto them. M/S of Price spraying a pedal car. C/U of his face as he works. C/U of the car being sprayed. M/S of Staff Sergeant Fred Gossel painting a grey model car. M/S of Sergeant Philipson and Staff Sergeant Grant sitting at a table repairing stuffed toys. Colonel Kenneth Schultz enters and pats one of the men on the shoulder. The other airman then hands him a toy monkey he is repairing. C/U of Colonel Schultz examining the monkey. M/S of an airman making a doll's bonnet on a sewing machine - "perhaps it's unfair to name individuals, but here's Staff Sergeant Bartochow, because any airman who doesn't mind being seen sewing, deserves a special mention..." C/U of Joseph Bartochow's hands fitting the bonnet onto the doll. Panning shot of a variety of repaired toys .

    Evenly, Northants.

    Panning shot of a group of children sitting at the feet of Sister Mary Stanton as she reads to them. The kids are all occupants of a children's home. M/S of the children as three airmen - Master Sergeant Philipson, Staff Sergeant Parks and Master Sergeant Brantley Calloway - enter carrying armfuls of the fixed toys. The children jump up with surprise and run towards the airmen. Various shots of the airmen handing out toys to the delighted children. M/S of the airmen saying goodbye to the children. Various shots of the children playing with their toys. M/S of a small mixed race boy driving a pedal car. C/U of a little girl giggling and cuddling the pink teddy bear.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:39:00 / 01:54:16:00
    CP 161

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