It is 1953, Scotland has just struggled through two world wars and an economic depression - and it shows.
Dominated by the events and the economic experience of the Second World War this movie is in at the start of what would latter be called inward investment. Scotland and the New World tries to interest a foreign audience (North American potential investors) in all things Scottish.
Credits (.18); Shots of Scottish coast and a fishing boat (.50); Shots of Iona and restoration work on the abbey. Gvs Scottish scenery. A hand loom (1.56); A forest. Young trees and trees being felled (2.32); Shots of hand-made furniture and various stages in the manufacture of crystal ware; shaping, blowing, grinding and cutting (3.43); Inside a distillery (4.04); Ships in Glasgow docks. Coal is loaded. Shots of shipyard workers out of work during the 1930s and the unfinished liner
Queen Mary lying in the yard. Shots of liner after launch. Launch of the
Regent Springbok (5.55); Inside a steelworks. Wartime footage of tanks in the desert, a warship, and aircraft carrier at sea, army vehicles landing on the Normandy coast (7.09); Shot of an aluminium rolling mill. Shots of a Spitfire, a dog-fight, and a plane being shot down (7.45); The war memorial in Edinburgh Castle. A train going over the Forth rail bridge (8.52); Shots of factory under construction. Shots of industrial estates. Various factory interiors. Manufacture of nylons, golf clubs, safety lamps, adding machines, electronic equipment, electric razors, synthetic hormones, screws, paper patterns, clocks (12.35); Crates are weighed and loaded onto ship. Grain and other cargoes are unloaded from ships in dock (13.35); Shots of Edinburgh’s Princes Street. Part of the
Thrie Estaites being performed by the Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company during the 1951 Edinburgh Festival. Street scenes (14.58); Various events at Highland games (16.05); A dam, and interior of a hydro-electric power station (16.32); Shots of aircraft and Prestwick airport. Planes taking off (17.16); ecs (17.32)