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Rover Makes Good, Short Movie, 1952 IMDB

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dsl SX

2020-05-23 04:09

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The story of how - after being dumped by BMW at the turn of the century - Rover's new owners turn round the fortunes of this iconic British make to become a spectacular success and one of the giants of the European motor industry .... oops ..... sorry wrong film. This is a Children's Film Foundation short using Plot Number 37 of the Children's Film Manual - 2 kids go exploring, get trapped in a disused and flooded mine, but are found just in time by a brave puppy. Probably the best thing about it is that it's only 15 minutes long, so the cliche count just about stays below critical levels.

Filmed in Callington in Cornwall. A nice choo-choo train arriving at a pretty country station in the sunshine at the beginning
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johnfromstaffs wrote ... a pre-war Austin in the background, mid 30s prior to the craze for split D back windows so ‘36 at the very latest.


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johnfromstaffs EN

2020-05-23 08:58

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That locomotive might be an ex GWR 0-4-2T, which might fit with Cornwall, can anybody read the smoke box plate, if 30207 it's an ex-LSWR 0-4-4T like this:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LSWR_O2_class#/media/File:225_1948.jpg

The LSWR stretched as far as Padstow.

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johnfromstaffs EN

2020-05-23 12:23

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And, just to keep Staffs in the plot, the pig looks like a Tamworth.

JCB UK

2020-05-23 13:51

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The Tamworth One :D

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dsl SX

2020-05-23 14:18

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Tractor given a page after JCB identified it and it's a rare one.

Loco is either 0207 or x0207 - impossible to clarify, so could well be 30207 as jfs suggests.

Theme music over opening and closing credits was bugging me as strangely familiar from when I was a young 'un - eventually it clicked as the 1960s ITN News theme (= Non-Stop by John Malcolm, recorded by L'Orchestre Devereaux in 1951).

johnfromstaffs EN

2020-05-23 14:29

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I don’t think the London and South Western Railway went in for leading zeroes, nor did the successors the Southern Railway, post the 1923 amalgamations, and after nationalisation in 1948, so beautifully organised by the idiot Labour Party to pave the way for rapacious Tory asset stripping, 30,000 was added to all Southern engine numbers, so this one went from 207 to 30207.

It looks like we may see another railway mania after CovBrex 19, to permit the cycle to restart, and the politicians of all colours to feather their nest yet again.

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JCB UK

2020-05-24 09:06

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I know we have all had a jolly talk but is it really worth posting films with one or two vehicles ? :think:
Cue brickbats and fiery crosses :D

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dsl SX

2020-05-24 16:51

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^ I'm working through this DVD set released by BFi
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which contains the film. As it's a recognised commercially available collection, anyone buying it would find this included and therefore within the logic of imcdb could be curious about its content. So - alongside its recognition by imdb - it seems to me perfectly legitimate.

As to whether it's actually worth posting, that's a softer question with lots of possible answers. My own approach when choosing what to post is often to look for films/content which could generate discussion, because "jolly talks" are often a glue to keep us interested and involved in the site. If I post stuff that gets little or no response, then my thoughts are not to bother too much with similar projects as no-one is very interested. In this case we've got one unusual entry which is well illustrated and has generated detailed analysis, which in turn could be useful for reference as and when something similar is found in the future.

Most of the other chatter here adds detail/context to the film, so the imaginary visitor to the site can - if they choose - absorb more detail about the train if that's something they want to know. Our audience is likely to include wider transport enthusiasts as much as vehicle fans, so to some extent a bit of off-piste meandering adds flavour.

imcdb relies on an ebb and flow of contributions and knowledge to keep the troops from losing interest, and as long as we keep their interest in all its different directions and niches, then we have a future. If we stamp out strands of interest and thereby some of our experts lose enthusiasm, then we'll wither away.

So to the basic question of whether it's "really worth posting films with one or two vehicles", my answer is yes, provided everyone else (or in this case a few familiar faces) appreciates its content.

johnfromstaffs EN

2020-05-24 17:44

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If I may add another thought...

The British film industry was always fairly strapped for cash, there are relatively fewer outdoor scenes in its output in say pre 60s times. The more modern creations trying to recover older times, either for fictional dramas, or for historical presentations, have a limited cadre of preserved vehicles upon which to call, so little vignettes of this type present interest for those of us whose delight is not gained from popular musical video productions and such.

I don’t recall seeing a Morris Ten Series M Woody anywhere else of late.

JCB UK

2020-05-26 08:25

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Yes I suppose anything pre 1980 and British is interesting to me , specially trucks of which there is a dearth lately !

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