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Colleagues: Gerald F. Sanger

Gerald Fountaine Sanger was a co-founder of British Movietone News.  He was Executive Editor from 1929 to 1954 and on the board of directors until his retirement in 1964.

He was born in 1898 and was educated first at a preparatory school then to Shrewsbury School, a public school, and finally to Oxford University. Read more

Movietone at War: The search for Information

When I started to write about Movietone at War I intended to write several separate articles. These were to be around fifteen hundred words each.   I started to write and research at the same time.   I gathered more and more information.  The discovery of events associated with the subject were most interesting.  I continued to write realising that what I was writing was more than an article.  I soon had a word count over 6,000.
Before long I had reached 25,000.   As I write today, the score is 125,000. Read more

Movietone at War: Assignments for D-Day

D-Day and the invasion of Europe, the Second Front, was expected at any time.

21st May 1944 – Gerald Sanger, Movietone’s Editor, was Orderly Officer at Battalion H.Q. of the Home Guard.  He was asked “How would you cover the Invasion if it were left to you ?“.   The question had been posed by Sir Gordon Craig, Movietone’s General Manager, and the response was to be submitted to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). Read more

Movietone at War: Conscription and reserved occupations

Early July 1939 and the Association of Cine Technicians received notification from the Government about reserved occupations within the film industry.

The A.C.T. published the information as follows:

Members should note the contents of the following letter A.C.T. has received from the Ministry of Labour.

“I am directed by the Ministry of Labour to refer to your letter of the subject of the Provisional Schedule of Reserved Occupations.  A decision was reached to reserve the following occupations at the ages stated.

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Colleagues: Jack Ramsden

Jack Ramsden was born in Blackpool around 1902.  He became involved in camerawork at an early age.  I was once told that he was one of the people who would film local events, process and edit the film and show it to the locals the same night.  This type of film making had been developed by the pioneers, before the first World War, especially in the north of England. Read more

Movietone at War: Movietone’s camera cars

Although the Munich Agreement had been signed late September, 1938, preparations for war were underway – Movietone had already filmed the preparation of the removal of children from London, the issuing of gas masks, rehearsals for the deployment of barrage balloons and Home Defence exercises and the building of Spitfires.

In early December 1938, Movietone showed off their new acquisitions in the form of camera cars. Read more

300 not out

Two hundred articles ago, I wrote that “I hope that we have enough material to provide another hundred articles.”  This Friday’s article, a podcast on my friend and colleague Paul Wyand, will be my three hundredth article. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty one

“Movietone’s shipping manager Dick Davies”

This week’s podcast tells the story of Dick Davies who formed the shipping department for Movietone, speeding up delivery and reducing costs to the company – resulting in stories reaching the screen much quicker than before.  Dick was also an accomplished musician, who formed his own Big band.  The real story of the podcast is how a deal made with management was reneged upon.

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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty

“Movietone cameraman Ron E. Collins”

This week’s podcast recalls the career of Ron Collins from his early days at Paul Barralet Productions, joining Movietone, working with Norman Fisher as assistant cameraman before becoming a cameraman. Read more

Cameraman tales: “Only one eye, but what an eye !”

In early 1955, Independent Television News was created.  They were looking for staff, especially cameramen and sound men, as well as film editors.

They raided the newsreels.  Our Editor, Gerald Sanger, who was employed by the Daily Mail, was seconded to Rediffusion, who got the franchise for London programmes from Monday to Friday.  Raymond Perrin was appointed as Senior Film Editor at ITN, he was joined by Greville Kent and Alan Haythorne, these latter pair were editors who usually only worked on provincial “specials”, stories that were done from time to time for provincial cities. Read more