Where there's life there's soap.
About this work
This film, aimed at younger audiences, is all about cleanliness. It comprises of 32 verses of poetic doggerel sandwiched between illustrative scenes of an instructive nature - sometimes serious and sometimes comic. The first point is about keeping your skin clean; this is illustrated by a cat vigorously washing itself. We then see two elephants (presumably from London Zoo) wallowing playfully in a pool. A chimpanzee then washes using a small tin bowl. Next, a horse is groomed. Udders of cows are washed prior to milking. A tortoise is then shown with his head poking in and out of its shell. The soles of someone's feet are shown followed by a shot of a policeman walking purposefully from left to right. Hands are then seen and a boy chewing his finger nails. Calloused feet are shown - with the exhortation to not wear tight fitting shoes and stockings. A blind man who is begging sits by the street reading braille - in fact he peers over his dark glasses to check the contents of his cup, clearly indicating that he is a conman! The skin is very sensitive and a man is shown accidentally hitting his finger with a hammer and reacting accordingly - the skin is also sensitive to heat and a group of smokers are advised to be careful not to burn their fingers - in fact one then singes his fingers with a match. The reason for using soap is explained; this is because our sebaceous (sweat) glands secrete oil. A naked boy coyly demonstrates how to wash in a bucket-like tin tub. Images of swans are shown to illustrate the water-proof nature of their oil-covered feathers, followed by an illustration of the back of a balding man's head (this is widely believed to be Alfred Salter's head). This is to illustrate how a lack of cleanliness can lead to blocked pores and boils! An intertitle explains that free baths are available in Bermondsey (largely as many residents would not have bathrooms in their houses). A visit to the turkish bath is recommended; a young man sits wrapped up in a towel smoking a cigarette. A man then receives a massage. This is followed by shots of the swimming baths; a woman demonstrates her diving technique. An open air pool is also shown, then a man diving into a river. Finally, a pig eats its meal and the viewers are reminded not to have the habits of a hog.The End.
2 DVDs (18:20 mins each) : sil., black and white; PAL.