Smith (1939)

Run Time - 10 min.  |  
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A previously-unknown one-reeler by director Michael Powell, a copy of Smith was discovered in 2003. Created to benefit and draw attention to an ex-serviceman's charity called the Embankment Fellowship Centre, Smith is a docudrama about an ex-serviceman named John Smith (Sir Ralph Richardson) who has been fired by his employer (Allan Jeayes). He and his wife (Flora Robson) are unsure of what to do, as they have no money and no immediate prospects. Fortunately, a friend (Wally Patch), tells them about the Embankment Fellowship Centre. Through their kind services, Smith is able to find work and he and his wife get back on their feet. Originally offered free of charge to theatres, the film was pulled after a disagreement between the directors of the Centre over the fee that their agent was extracting to arrange distribution.