Calling Blighty [India]
Cat no. 431
The Norfolk Regiment calls home from India.
This film was made for showing in local cinemas. Soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment are filmed in a large mess. A piano is playing in the background and native servants move around the mess. The soldiers are all privates or NCOs and range in age from their late teens to mid forties. They speak directly to the camera giving brief messages to their families. Some are self conscious and stilted; others more eloquent. Most of the messages are typical holiday postcard type messages. The men ask after their families, reassure them that they are well and that the mail is getting through. Some have individual messages for family members, girlfriends or children. One sergeant, in a message to his wife Philippa, says 'it's good to know our house is being rebuilt'. Another asks his mother if she saw his cousin Ernie a few minutes earlier. At the end of the film the men gather around the piano and the pianist plays out the film. The men wave and cheer at the end.
Sponsor: Directorate of Welfare and Amenities
Production company: Combined Kinematograph Services Film Production and Training Centre
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