Film: 7968

Social History | 1940 | Sound | B/W

Synopsis:

Appeal or charity film on behalf of the British Legion, showing what the money from poppy day is used to fund.

Credits: "Flora Robson and Edward Chapman in". Title. A woman selling poppies for the British Legion - Robson - looks to the camera and says "Have you got your poppy?" From behind and to the right of Robson, we see she is talking to a man - Chapman - who says that he hasn't; zoom into him saying that he wonders if people buy them out of habit, and if they appreciate why the money is needed; there is a sign behind with the words "Circle Garage" visible. Robson asks if he is one of those people; Chapman says that he is; Robson says she will show him.

Purportedly the inside of the collection box; small change making up a pound lying on a flat surface; a pile representing thirteen shillings and eight pence, which Robson says is spent on home. A large country house, people sitting on the grounds; a home for permanently disabled men. Two men in wheelchairs; two old men standing up by them. The face of an old man sitting down. Another man, smoking a pipe. A large rural house, a convalescent home; flowering plants in the grounds. A man walking down steps outside this house. Two men sit on the steps, as, in the background, patients stroll along a path.

A road sign: "British Legion Village"; the sign has a crest on the top; a field of crops and a row of trees. Cottages, with gardens marked by rail fences; homes for men with tuberculosis or TB. Three girls in a garden pushing a doll in a pram backwards and forwards, outside an ordinary white house; people walk inside through the door. A man, woman and small child walk past the side of the house. A woman outside the front of a cottage.

An aerial shot of a city. Men working in a factory; Robson says that the British Legion give work and training to people discharged from sanatoriums. A man walking along with a finished product. He places it with others. A man working with a press of some kind. A man working in a factory. Men doing manual work. Two men in the factory. Ten toy plastic people put next to a model building; two of them are taken away; Robson says that eight of ten people the Legion helped last year were not members.

More of the money; two shillings and nine pence. A woman at a chair at a long table, a row of people the other side; Robson talks about the immediate aid given by the Legion's voluntary services, how they provide advice and financial aid. A man with a book. An old woman and younger man. An old woman and small boy. Man and woman. Woman and boy. Two men. Woman and boy. All the people on the other side of the people, the woman talking to them.

More of the money; three shillings and seven pence; a hand takes away two coins, and Robson says that a few pence is taken for administration purposes. Men working in a factory; Robson says that the rest is used for the poppy day service. A man moves his wheelchair over to a workplace and starts making poppies; Robson says that 40 million poppies are made a year. A man making a poppy; Robson says that the factory gives employment to disabled ex-servicemen. More people working at the factory. From above, a man takes paper poppy heads, and puts them to the side.

Robson says that some are so badly disabled that they cannot get to and from the factory, so they deliver materials to be assembled to their homes; a man brings a box to a door, and an amputee man takes it. The amputee man takes the box into his house, and starts to assemble poppies.

The money that makes up the pound. A pound note; Robson says that, multiplied by a million, that is what the Legion did with last year's collection. Robson and Chapman; Chapman says that he realises how much everyone's contribution is needed; he takes out several notes to give to Robson; she turns to camera and tells the audience about the Legion's need for money, and to give money to poppy sellers. A field of poppies. "The End".


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