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    John Ford- We Sail at Midnight (1943) (Documentary)

    WE SAIL AT MIDNIGHT

    Documentary

    DIRECTED BY JULIAN SPIRO/ JOHN FORD
    PRODUCED BY IAN DALRYMPLE
    CROWN FILM UNIT/ MINISTRY OF INFORMATION



    Summary
    The mass production of a British tank is made possible by the supply
    of an American machine tool. Rl.1.
    At dawn two civilians witness the final test run of a new tank, the T414(220ft).
    A tank officer reports to the War Office that the new tank is completely satisfactory but mass
    production depends on obtaining from the United States a special gear machine tool(341ft).
    Sir Alec Rootes(?)(429ft). A meeting of the Lend Lease Administration in Washington,
    chaired by Edward R. Stettinius decides that this machine tool can be shipped to Britain
    immediately(620ft).
    The Ministry of War Transport in New York arranges the shipment to Britain(720ft).
    At the Bullard Company, Bridgeport, connecticut, the machinetools are packed
    for loading that night(837ft). Brooklyn Docks - the ship's captain is informed
    of the special cargo(903ft). Rl.2. A fleet of trucks drive to Brooklyn docks
    with police escort(429ft), the cases are loaded aboard(486ft),
    the ship sails from New York(574ft). Ottawa, Naval control Office(629ft).
    Convoy masters conference at a Canadian port(668ft); the convoy assembles(735ft);
    convoy half way across the Atlantic(877ft). Rl.3. A German U-Boat sights the convoy
    and submerges prior to attack(60ft). A steel mill workshop at Bullard's(110ft).
    Convoy at action stations - a depth charge attack(189ft).
    Tank production is held up die to the missing machine tool(420ft).
    The ship is diverted from Glasgow to Liverpool to save two days -
    railway flat cars take them to the factory(564ft).
    The gear machine tools in place and working -
    the completed tanks being transported on flat cars(610ft).
    Note: All characters in this film, British, American and Canadian,
    are portrayed by the officials and operatives themselves.

    Original Music
    Richard Addinsell
    Best Wishes
    Keith
    Totnes- the Tombstone of England

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    Re: John Ford- We Sail at Midnight (1943) (Documentary)

    Sadly, this Documentary by John Ford does not seem to be readily available.
    If anyone can locate it, let us know.


    Chester

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