G.P.O. - Unit

by milan-stuermer | created - 14 Feb 2012 | updated - 22 Feb 2012 | Public

List of all G.P.O. - Unit Productions until 1941

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1. Censorship of Prisoners' Mail (1943)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Jack Raymond

2. Christmas Under Fire (1940)

10 min | Documentary, Short, War

7.2
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How Britain coped with a Christmas during the war.

Directors: Charles Hasse, Harry Watt | Star: Quentin Reynolds

Votes: 60

3. London Can Take It! (1940)

9 min | Documentary, War, Short

7.1
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A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt | Stars: Quentin Reynolds, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Votes: 477

4. Air Communique (1940)

Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Ralph Elton

Votes: 8

5. Britain at Bay (1940)

7 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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Britons rally together to defend the island against the Nazis who were occupying neighbouring countries.

Star: J.B. Priestley

Votes: 19

6. Spring Offensive (1940)

20 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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Director: Humphrey Jennings

Votes: 28

7. The Front Line (1940)

6 min | Documentary, Short, War

6.7
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The world's press gather at Dover, England awaiting a threatened German attack.

Director: Harry Watt

Votes: 12

8. War and Order (1940)

12 min | Short

5.3
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A lighthearted look at the serious business of extra police training deployed for wartime.

Director: Charles Hasse | Stars: Lionel Gamlin, Andreas Malandrinos

Votes: 15

9. If War Should Come (1939)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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Star: Jack Livesey

Votes: 17

10. A Midsummer Day's Work (1939)

13 min | Documentary, Short

6.4
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The laying of underground telephone cables.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Star: Robin Duff

Votes: 14

11. Forty Million People (1939)

25 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: John Monck | Star: Ralph Richardson

12. Love on the Wing (1939)

5 min | Short, Animation

6.5
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Animation featuring dancing black and white shadows.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 114

13. Men of the Alps (1939)

10 min | Documentary

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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

14. Spare Time (1939)

15 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

6.5
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A look at how industry workers spend their time when they are not at work.

Director: Humphrey Jennings | Star: Laurie Lee

Votes: 133

15. Squadron 992 (1940)

26 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

6.6
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Shows how the RAF's barrage balloon squadron are trained, and then on the job.

Director: Harry Watt | Star: Lionel Gamlin

Votes: 21

16. The City (II) (1939)

20 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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An analysis of the development of London

Director: Ralph Elton | Stars: Charles Bressey, Herbert Hodge

Votes: 16

17. The First Days (1939)

23 min | Documentary, Short, War

7.0
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Londoners prepare for war.

Directors: Pat Jackson, Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt

Votes: 44

18. The Islanders (1939)

23 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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A poetic history of the British Isles and it self-sufficient industries. The film is divided into four chapters: 1.Eriskay; 2.Guernsey; 3.Inner Farne and 4.Great Britain.

Director: Maurice Harvey | Star: Jack Livesey

Votes: 11

19. North Sea (1938)

Approved | 24 min | Drama, Documentary, Short

6.1
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A dramatic reconstruction of the fishing trawler 'John Gillman' in trouble in a storm.

Director: Harry Watt | Star: Bill Blewitt

Votes: 99

20. Four Barriers (1938)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

21. Mony a Pickle (1938)

11 min | Animation, Short

5.8
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A film advocating thrift by use of the Post Office Savings Bank.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Richard Massingham, Norman McLaren

Votes: 50

22. N or NW (1938)

8 min | Comedy, Short, Romance

6.9
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Correspondence between young lovers nearly ends in disaster through a mistake in postal district. Fortunately the GPO spots the error and all ends will, but with the moral that ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye | Stars: Evelyn Corbett, Dwight Godwin

Votes: 90

23. The HPO (1938)

4 min | Animation, Short

5.1
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Advertising cartoon for the Post Office Greetings Telegram service.

Director: Lotte Reiniger

Votes: 32

24. A Job in a Million (1937)

15 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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A Cockney lad trains to be a messenger boy.

Director: Evelyn Cherry

Votes: 10

25. Book Bargain (1937)

9 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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Shows the production of the London telephone directory.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 52

26. Daily Round (1937)

Short

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A simple postman dreams about how his life could be improved

Directors: Richard Massingham, Karl Urbahn | Stars: Russell Waters, Cedra Neville, Richard Massingham, James Donald

27. News for the Navy (1937)

10 min | Short

6.1
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Director: Norman McLaren | Stars: Evelyn Corbett, J.F. Hoggard

Votes: 51

28. The Line to Tschierva Hut (1937)

Documentary

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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

29. The Saving of Bill Blewitt (1937)

25 min | Drama, Short

6.1
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A rare dramatic production for the GPO, although it is told in documentary style. It shows two fishermen who lose their boat and manage to save to buy another, and is intended to show people how one can scrimp and save.

Director: Harry Watt | Star: Bill Blewitt

Votes: 12

30. Trade Tattoo (1937)

5 min | Short, Animation, Drama

6.5
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Abstract animation drawn directly on Technicolor film, some with underlying real life footage of unrelated subjects. Various colorful shapes and patterns move and interact, set to upbeat music.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 397

31. We Live in Two Worlds (1937)

15 min | Documentary, Short, War

5.9
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The author J.B. Priestley delivers a talk about cross-border trade and communications as a benign force, which he contrasts with the military preoccupations of individual nations.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Star: J.B. Priestley

Votes: 16

32. Message from Geneva (1936)

Documentary

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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti

33. Rainbow Dance (1936)

4 min | Short, Musical, Animation

6.7
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The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye | Star: Rupert Doone

Votes: 533

34. The Fairy of the Phone (1936)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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The Fairy of the Phone appears, tiptoeing along the wires between telephone poles, and administers reproofs and advice to all sorts of telephone users, aided by a singing chorus of operators.

Director: William Coldstream | Star: Charlotte Leigh

Votes: 33

35. A Colour Box (1935)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.2
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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 637

36. Air Post (1935)

11 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Shows how mail is delivered by air.

Director: Geoffrey Clark

Votes: 9

37. BBC: The Voice of Britain (1935)

53 min | Documentary

8.0
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Director: Stuart Legg | Stars: Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Henry Hall, BBC Dance Hall Orchestra

Votes: 12

38. Coal Face (1935)

11 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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Documentary showing the dangerous working conditions in a Welsh coal mining community.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: W.H. Auden, Montagu Slater

Votes: 256

39. The King's Stamp (1935)

20 min | Short

6.9
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The production of King George V's Silver Jubilee (1910-1935) special postage stamp. The film turns colour halfway through when stamp comes to be printed.

Director: William Coldstream | Star: Barnett Freedman

Votes: 13

40. Pett and Pott: A Fairy Story of the Suburbs (1934)

29 min | Short, Comedy

5.8
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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: J.M. Reeves, Marjorie Fone, June Godfrey, Bruce Winston

Votes: 28

41. 6.30 Collection (1934)

15 min | Documentary, Short

5.0
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Directors: Edgar Anstey, Harry Watt

Votes: 6

42. Locomotives (1934)

9 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Humphrey Jennings

Votes: 26

43. The Glorious Sixth of June (1934)

10 min | Short, Comedy

4.2
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Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: W.H. Auden, Ralph Bond, V.C. Clinton-Baddeley, Humphrey Jennings

Votes: 9

44. Weather Forecast (1934)

20 min | Short

5.9
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Director: Evelyn Cherry

Votes: 7

45. The Song of Ceylon (1934)

38 min | Short, Documentary

6.3
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A short film which documents the lives of the Sinhalese people.

Director: Basil Wright | Star: Lionel Wendt

Votes: 323

46. The Story of the Wheel (1937)

12 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Director: Humphrey Jennings

Votes: 26

47. Cable Ship (1933)

12 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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Directors: Stuart Legg, Alexander Shaw

Votes: 10

48. Liner Cruising South (1933)

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Director: Basil Wright

49. The Coming of the Dial (1933)

15 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Director: Stuart Legg

Votes: 13

50. Night Mail (1936)

25 min | Short, Documentary

6.8
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Shows the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland overnight.

Directors: Harry Watt, Basil Wright | Stars: Arthur Clark, John Grierson, Stuart Legg, Robert Rae

Votes: 1,007