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Land of Promise, Documentary, 1946 IMDB

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dsl SX

2014-08-30 00:20

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Strangely presented campaigning documentary

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about the post-war housing crisis and the need for regulated planning for reconstructing urban Britain - new build, slum clearance etc.

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Despite stupid theatrical devices, it has some very powerful messages and lessons for the new era.

A lot of reused footage from various sources, particularly Builders. Also this Winston-in-car footage
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from Britain at Bay. Car not (yet) identified there.

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dsl SX

2014-08-30 00:29

Lots of planes for impdb:
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(KH 704 on tail)

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johnfromstaffs EN

2014-08-30 17:06

I've been trying to identify the location of the dual carriageway, and think it must be Western Avenue London with the AEC Regal offering sound evidence that it is not the Birmingham New Road. Western Ave was one of the earliest bits of such road, constructed in the late twenties or early thirties, and I wonder if the pictures above may have been taken pre-war since there appear to be few if any cars later than about 1936 in the open road shots.

The two-tone road may be a concrete road surface and soil beds awaiting the growth of grass and weeds, separating the road from the cycle track.

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dsl SX

2014-08-30 17:12

Both sequences have voiceover about prewar expansion into countryside from cities and constructing suburbs and New Towns in 30s, so footage could be 10 years old when used in this film. Two-tone road definitely looks brand new.

And agree the 3 lane dual carriageway does not look at all like Brum.

dsl SX

2014-08-30 17:18

This film in particular, plus some of the other wartime docs I've posted from this DVD batch, have amazed me for how much US construction, commercial and farming vehicles were in use during war. I can understand why - UK vehicle factories being switched to plane and military production, but hadn't realised the extent of non-military US imports for vital industries.

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-08-30 19:09

Having always been bored rigid by the subject of history, until we got to the point when railways were invented, I then started to take an interest. We were a pretty backward nation, even in the thirties, caused by vested interests, too much forelock tugging, and then finally the early thirties depression. Had it not been for the relationship that grew between Churchill and Roosevelt we might all be speaking German and spending Reichsmarks.

In general, I have no particular torch to bear for the USA, or any other country, but you are quite right to say that we in UK received much help from across the pond. Mind you, they made sure we paid for it!

dsl SX

2014-08-30 19:53

johnfromstaffs wrote .. they made sure we paid for it!

Wry smile. These things always get presented as special help or a special relationship, but they're basically just national-level commercial transactions given diplomatic/political spin. Same applies today with UK buying its - very expensive - nuclear weaponry and technology from US. So the prospect of Scottish independence and removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland is making US very uneasy at possible loss of lucrative cash cow.

sixcyl FR

2014-10-25 21:05

Aircraft at:

dsl SX

2014-11-10 14:41

Moved from own page to comments as no ID found; footage at 37-00, 2*:

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dsl wrote A fairly big dumper onscreen. If it's one of the Muir-Hills, it has different tipping mechanism.....

JCB wrote I think this may be another make, different mudguards. The bucket mechanism is a rare 'optional extra' for controlled concrete discharge.

JCB wrote I have seen a picture of this dumper with 'handrail' above mudguard, but cannot find it. It may be a Marshall ......

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