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Submitted by Mark Fuller

Smith (1939)
One-reeler offered to Exhibitors

Kinematograph Weekly      July 6th 1939

A film available free to exhibitors, with Ralph Richardson, Flora Robson, Allan Jeayes and Wally Patch as the interpreters, and directed by Michael Powell, is an offer to be entertained seriously.

Of course, the film entitled 'Smith' has an object. It has been made to call attention to the work of the Embankment Fellowship Centres, an organisation which secures for employment, and gives training and help to out of work men over 45 (mostly ex-servicemen).

The film concludes its 10 minutes' entertainment with an appeal for interest and assistance, but so deftly is the story told and the appeal made that it is in no way annoying to patrons. On the other hand, it elicits sympathy.

Ralph Richardson is John Smith, sacked because of bad times. Wally Patch is a friend of Harry Jones, who himself has benefitted by the Centre's help, and advises him to apply there. Flora Robson is Mrs Smith, and Allan Jeayes the employer obliged to discharge a good man.

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