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ERP in Action Series

1950
   
Author:  Economic Cooperation Administration

Subject: Marshall Plan



ERP IN ACTION: A series of 12 monthly newsreels produced in 1950 by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 1 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. First of 12 monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: France: Mr. Hoffman arrives; he and officials proceed to a meeting attended also by Mr. Averell Harriman; United Kingdom: ECA and British officials inspect a new steel plant and mill in Wales with new ECA-funded equipment; Denmark: ECA interviews Danish workers in the Elsinore shipyards; Italy: Premier Alcide de Gasperi digs first shovel of earth in land reclamation project financed by counterpart funds; Norway: The ship Oslofjord, rebuilt with ECA funds, takes on passengers and travels to New York harbor, where it is welcomed; France: Giant ECA-supplied cranes unload CARE packages; Turkey: President Inonu and ECA official visit Turkish school, where youths learn operation of U.S. farm equipment and President Inonu sits on a tractor. Greece: 1,000,000th ton of ECA reaches Piraeus. Flour is loaded onto decorated truck, driven through city, is blessed by priest. Flour is made into bread at an army mobile kitchen and four loaves are chosen for shipment to ECA officials in Paris. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 2 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Second of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: Germany: signing of the ECA agreement, ERP exhibits in Berlin; Italy: 14 U.S. editors and publishers visit Europe to see Marshall Plan results, talk to Ambassador James Dunn, and watch construction of Rome’s ECA-funded new, modern railroad station; Greece: needed equipment is trucked to battered Naousa; France: the touring American editors meet French economic planner Jean Monnet, visit a tire plant and the Renault auto factory near Paris, watch a Marais swamp getting drained. *In Bourges, they meet farmer Jolivet, who had earlier received the first ECA tractor sent to France; now there are many more. In Paris, representatives of each participating country meet to set up an agricultural extension service. Belgium: Local agricultural experts from each of the Marshall Plan participating countries watch U.S. Department of Agriculture and State Department agricultural training films for possible use in their countries (24 titles available); Prof. Henderson aids consults with milk producers, labs, and processors, and drinks milk at a dairy bar. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR. NARA ref. copy: VT. *NB(1): This segment on farmer Jolivet was left out of EIA-4, the first reel of the other copy of this film at NARA. NB(2): This copy is somewhat lighter than the two NARA reels (EIA-4 and EIA-5) listed below, but is sharper in some places.

No. 3 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Third of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: The Netherlands: Dr. Dirk Stikker, Dutch Foreign Minister and newly-appointed political conciliator of the OEEC, flies to Washington; Denmark: the Jutland bicycle factory receives needed steel balls, enabling 100 workers to return to work; a new bicycle model is called the “Marshall;” Sweden: Michael Harris, ECA Chief in Sweden, visits shipyard in Gothenburg; France: 26 American farmers from the Middle West visit Paris, are briefed by Ambassador Milton Katz, and visit one of France’s model farms; American and French officials visit a spectacular new hydroelectric power plant near Passy; it is one of 58 such projects now under way in France; the world’s largest mechanical press, built in Chicago, arrives in Le Havre and travels extremely slowly on a specially-built trailer to a plant in Douai. Crowds watch it pass. Great Britain: agricultural experts meet in London to discuss development in overseas territories; Tunisia: Excavations of ancient ruins proceed with Marshall Plan aid. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 4 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Fourth of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: U.S.A.: George C. Marshall speaks on ERP’s second anniversary; France: first stretch of electrified railroad service on Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean line is completed, three nations cooperate to get French polio victim flown home; she benefits from American Iron Lung; The Netherlands: production steps up at Dobbelman soap factory in Nijmegen; Great Britain: Anglo-American experts discuss marketing techniques; Austria: Vienna Trade Fair; Belgium: Mr. Van Zeeland, OEEC Council President, discusses OEEC progress. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 5 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Fifth of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: France: workmen finish caravan exhibit on the European Recovery Program; Belgium: caravan arrives at Brussels Fair; Britain: King George, the Queen, and Princess Margaret visit the British Industries Fair, stopping to see the ECA exhibit; Portugal: Portuguese cod fleet off Newfoundland is blessed; Denmark: herring fleet is equipped with depth recorders under Marshall Plan aid; Greece: sponge fishers get new diving equipment; France: drilling for oil at Pau; Sweden: the oil tanker Bergemaster is launched at Gothenburg; U.SA.: European technicians study American paper-and-pulp industry under assistance program; Germany: U.S.-aided rebuilding of Berlin; France: Marshall Plan poster contest. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA.

No. 6 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Sixth of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: France: a secondary school in Normandy (Lycee Coutance) is rebuilt; Italy: irrigation system in Po Valley; Trieste: a new ship, Australia, is launched; Austria: 4,000,000th ton of ERP supplies arrives; Greece: ERP exhibit, installed on schooner, will tour Greek islands; Germany: ERP exhibit mounted on railroad cars arrives in Stuttgart; Great Britain: annual Enfield trade fair; Greece: wild agrimi goat is sent as a gift to President Truman; The Netherlands: American incubators for premature babies, prize-winning ECA poster artist, American Ambassador Selden Chapin at Dutch-American friendship fete. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 7 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Seventh of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: France: Ambassador Milton Katz is sworn in as U.S. Special Representative [of the ECA]. David Bruce, U.S. Ambassador to France, congratulates Mr. Katz; OEEC members reach agreement on the European Payments Union; oil refinery at Berre and availability of petroleum for automobiles; Germany: devastated housing and building of modern apartment houses and homes in various cities; Norway: Kirkenes iron mines first shown destroyed, then with new ECA-supplied equipment and modern homes for workers; Belgium: railroad stations in north and south parts of Brussels are linked with a tunnel; The Netherlands: builders construct pre-fab homes using ideas gleaned in U.S. as part of an ERP program; DAF truck factory begins production again with engines supplied by the Marshall Plan, and new trucks drive out of the factory. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 8 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Eighth of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: Paris, France: Paul G. Hoffman, ECA Administrator, holds a farewell press conference and tours a facility making streptomycin; Germany: Buildings are constructed for Berlin Industrial Fair, and Gen. Maxwell Taylor lays cornerstone of the George C. Marshall building; Greece: census machines from the U.S. are being put to use; France: Liberte, formerly the German passenger ship Europa and now rebuilt with Marshall Plan aid, departs from Paris on its maiden voyage, and later is welcomed into New York harbor. A French official thanks the American people; (NOTE: The 1954 catalogue notes the last segment as “U.S.A. French agricultural machinery men visit the U.S.,” but it is not on this copy of the film.) 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 9 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Ninth of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: Trieste: Equipment comes into the City Fair, displays are prepared, and visitors tour through. Oceania is launched; Italy: a nobleman’s estate becomes a boatyard for rowing shells; France: The town of Aunay-sur-Odon is rebuilt with Marshall Plan aid; Denmark: French designers create new fashions using a new fabric called “Gredana,” produced in Danish mills; models display them; U.K.: American 4-H club members visit, inspecting Scottish farms and enjoying watching a dance and a bagpiper. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 10 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Tenth of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: Greece: ECA-funded mobile well-drilling equipment makes possible new water sources in a parched area; Austria: Linz shipyards are back at work repairing and building new barges; Berlin: an international labor rally in the Berlin stadium hears speeches by Mayor Ernst Reuter and labor leaders from other European countries; France: farmers harvest a rich crop from new farms converted from swampland by an ECA-funded reclamation project in the area of Marais Vernier; the first crop of hybrid corn is harvested in southern France, the seed was supplied by the U.S. with ECA funds; U.K.: nylon stockings are produced in a Scottish factory with new machines supplied from the U.S. with ECA funds; Italy: poor children receive shoes manufactured in an Italian factory reopened through aid from ECA and the Children’s Fund of the U.N. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 11 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Eleventh of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: Greece: grain is unloaded in Piraeus, and moved by conveyor built into various (new?) silos/storehouses; Austria: railroad cars are built? renovated? and will be sent to Turkey; Germany: a new steam power plant in Hamburg creates electricity distributed through (new?) high-tension lines; The Netherlands: farmers clear land of signs of war; government officials consolidate farms for more efficiency and farm families move; 500,000 “Friendship Balloons” with greetings for all Europeans are launched at a Marshall Plan exhibit, and ECA officials track their landings through returned cards; Denmark: a brick factory uses new ECA-funded equipment; Belgium: new Sabena helicopter airmail service. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

No. 12 – Sound (English), b&w, 11 min. Last of twelve monthly newsreels about the European Recovery Program: U.K.: the end of Marshall Plan aid for the U.K-ships loading exports, new steel plant, manufacturing carbon black, farm equipment exhibit, new homes, various products; Greece: rice is harvested in former swamp – celebrating and dancing; Belgium and Luxembourg: “Benelux Partners:” coke-processing at Belgian plants, coke cars unloading in steel mill in Luxembourg, rolling steel wire in Luxembourg plant, wire shipped to Belgium to be spun into cables; Austria: ski resorts paid for by Marshall Plan aid bring foreign currency; France: modern, safer processing of milk is made possible with Marshall Plan aid. 1950. Produced by the ECA Film Unit in cooperation with Fox-Movietone News, Paris, for ECA/OSR.

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Location: Vault
Call No. Marshall Plan Tapes 2-3
Language: english