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The Long Night Haul, Short Movie, 1958 IMDB

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dsl SX

2018-04-17 05:13


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19-minute orgy of trucks, taken from
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British Transport Films Volume Eight: Points and Aspects 2-DVD set. Can be seen here

Described in a few places as a history of BRS, it's more of a propaganda film about all the dynamic things BRS is doing for trucking and truckers, but it is a big budget production and well delivered. "... an ambitious and complex film celebrating the foundation of the British Road Service’s general haulage truck service.... film is notable for a range of photographic challenges in black and white – shooting at night, sympathetic portraiture without condescension and an opportunity for showing the heraldry of the highway." - from here.

So eyes down and get ready for a long night .... There will probably be some duplicates and merges - I'll leave those decisions in the hands of The Council of Knowledgeable Experts.

To note that imdb and BFi/BTF both say 1956, but there's a Thames 400E (launched Sept 57) and a roadside poster for a foreign event in 1959
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so date likely to be 1958 or early 1959. There's one July/Aug 1957 plate date as well. Shares a small clip with another BRS film from 1960, although there it's in colour, here black and white.

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