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Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light

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Description Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light is a short fiction film from the United Kingdom from 1941, commissioned by the Ministry of Information, and directed by Herbert Mason. This short film was intended for English civilians to illustrate the importance of obeying the blackout regulations of the time. During the Blitz, blackouts were vital to ensuring that the bombers weren’t able to use city lights for navigation or targeting purposes. Humorously using the arrogant and bumbling Mr. Proudfoot, this film serves a dual purpose of emphasizing the importance of obeying blackout hours, as well as easing the stress of the time period by encouraging laughter.
Creator Twentieth Century Production
Herbert Mason: director
Great Britain. Ministry of Information
Contributor Sidney Gilliat: story
Arthur Crabtree: cinematographer
Alfred Roome: editor
Date Issued 1941
Original Format 16mm print
Duration 08:00
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.K.
Geographic Coverage U.K.