Routine Job (1946) - A story of Scotland Yard



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Still from 'Routine Job' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'

'The film tells the story of the patient tracing, and final capture of motor thieves. The methods used by Scotland Yard are shown in some detail.'[1]
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Date: 1946
Director: Gilbert Gunn
Duration: 22:--
Format: Unknown
Production: Merlin Films
Distributors: British Council
Length: 1997ft
Certificate: U
Music: Max Saunders, played by Dr. Hubert Clifford and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Script and Commentary: Ralph Straus.
Spoken by: Detective-Sergeant John Walsh.



Further Information

Routine Job
Distributors: British Council
Producers: Merlin Films
1997ft / 22mins
Behind the scenes with the C.I.D. At Whitehall.[2]


Routine Job
Certificate: U
Distributors: M.G.M.
Producers: Merlin Films
Director: Gilbert Gunn.
Music: Max Saunders, played by Dr. Hubert Clifford and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Script and Commentary: Ralph Straus.
Spoken by: Detective-Sergeant John Walsh.
Length: 1996ft / 22mins

Detection. This films shows how thieves are traced and finally captured from the moment when the lorry, having been stolen and the contents extracted, is left derelict. We see some of the methods used inside Scotland Yard, such as the projection of finger-prints upon a screen by means of an epidiascope and the consultation of certain files on the strength of certain clues. We also see the procedure followed outside the office and the perseverance and attention to detail which is manifested. This film is interesting to the lay observer and should prove even more so abroad, where it will invite comparison with the methods used in other countries. The commentary is stimulating.
M.E.C.[3]
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50
  2. ^
    New Short Films, Issued between June 19 and July 15 1946
    Index to Vol.13 / No.s 145-156 / 1945-46
    British Monthly Film Bulletin
  3. ^
    Educational Films, 30 November 1946

    ?? Index to Vol.13 / No.s 145-156 / 1945-46
    British Monthly Film Bulletin