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Reel Number: 221757-06
Color: Black and White
Year / Date: 1954
TC Begins: 21:18:21
TC Ends: 21:27:33
NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk Title: Strength For The Free World From The United States - The Mutual Security Agency, Presents... 21:18:47 High angle / HA marching Communist demonstrators w/ banners; MCUs (strident anti-communist narration) w/ U.S. Go Home signs, mock fighting w/ MP. Large banners, L’Union des Femmes Francais. Bystanders watching from sidewalk. Trade unions. 21:20:44 Crowds watch French military parade & marching troops on Champs-Elysees; trucks pulling large artillery, manned anti-aircraft guns, tanks. 21:21:33 Guy Mollet (head French Section of Workers’ International Party / SFIO), French Socialist, in mailing room w/ women workers & bundles of newspapers, posters on walls, SOF: “The recovery of France since 1948 has been amazing but there still remains the problem of giving everyone a fair share in this recovery. Up till now the benefits have tended to stay near the top, and too little ? has reached the workers....the worker must have a voice, a voice in his unions, a voice in his own community..” 21:22:34 Locomotive crossing street in factory area in outskirts of Paris; Citroen pulls up & ship electrician of the A.F. of L / American Federation of Labor, Joe Heath employed by MSA, gets out & talks CU SOF to camera about problems of Communists trying to sabotage the Marshall Plan & how French broke away & set up own trade unions. Visuals of war damaged buildings “slums just like these.” Clothes hang on balconies; people walk along narrow streets & alleys, cobblestone streets w/ pedestrians. Building fronts (...in quarters like these where the Communists concentrate their propaganda...) 21:25:08 CU boy sitting w/ box of firewood, boys playing, slogan on wall: U.S. Go Home. Posters on walls including anti-communist w/ cartoon of Stalin holding sign Paix / Peace & club in other hand; armor-plated dove w/ hammer & sickle, others. 21:26:08 Victor Reuther, European Representative of C.I.O. & worker walking out of CH. Morel & Co., speaks to camera SOF: “The more I get around in France & talk w/ factory workers, the more convinced I am that there is real hope for democracy here in this country. We of course must help them find some way out of the desperate economic conditions which leave some 5 million Frenchmen to vote for the Communist Party. We must also find some way to wrest out of the hands of a Communist minority the control of the free trade union movement which they have captured. We must build down at the factory level, in the workshops & mines, a strong, vigorous free trade union movement. The challenge to Communist control has already been given & I am convinced there is the strength & the will, down in the shops, to build that kind of free trade union organization. Of course you can’t wrest control out of the hands of the Communists merely by anti-communist slogans; we must match our democratic idealism w/ practical accomplishments & achievements. The free trade unions, to put it bluntly, must find the means for substantially raising the standard of living, the wages, & improving the working conditions of French workers (abrupt end of reel). MSA; Sold at per reel rate. NOTE: Mutual Security Agency was established 10Oct51 replacing the Economic Cooperaton Agency which had managed the Marshal Plan aka ERP. MSA was headed by Averell Harriman; then abolished 01Aug53 & functions transferred to Foreign Operations Administration NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk
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