Sailors Without Uniform

About the film

A look at the lives of Britain's hardworking fishermen, and how their work has been changed by war.

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  • Release year - 1940
  • Production company - Spectator
  • Producer - Ivan Scott
  • Screenplay - Lewis Grant Wallace
  • Cinematographers - W. Luff, C. Hornby
  • Composer - C. Ridley
  • Narration - I. Scott
  • Editor - N. Wiggins
  • Sound recording - W. Bland
  • Running time (minutes) - 9 mins 44 secs

Original description

Fishermen of England

'The men of the trawlers and drifters set out at dawn on voyages of any- thing from twenty to four thousand miles. This is a wartime picture of fishing and of fishermen who sail in all weathers through perilous seas.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940)

Did you know?

  • Sailors Without Uniform was filmed in a number of locations around Britain. Identifiable by their registration codes are ships from Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire), Peterhead (Aberdeenshire), Grimsby (Lincolnshire), Lowestoft (Suffolk), and Penzance (Cornwall).
  • The “little village” Ted Lawson walks through at the end of the film is St Ives, identifiable by the shot of Salubrious Place.
  • Sailors Without Uniform only briefly looks at the topic of lifeboats, as the subject had already been covered in detail in British Council film S.O.S.

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