Goofer trouble / the Ministry of Information presents ; directed by Maurice Elvey ; screenplay by J.O.C. Orton and Val Guest.

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Elvey, Maurice, 1887-1967
"Short fictional film asking people to keep under cover during air raids. A group of English and Canadian fighter pilots report the number of German planes they have each shot down. The rivalry between the British and Canadian pilots is intense and later in the pilot's hut one of the English pilots is asked why he did not "kill" a German plane when he had the chance. He replies that the problem was "Goofer trouble". "Goofers" are seen leaving a shelter to watch a dog fight. Because these "Goofers" were in the street the pilot could not open fire without running the risk of hitting them."--British Film Institute website.
Elvey, Maurice, 1887-1967; Orton, J. O. C. (John Overton Cove), 1889-1962; Guest, Val; Emney, Fred; Chapman, Edward, 1901-1977; Rolfe, Charles, 1890-1965; Farrar, David, 1908-1995; Chamberlain, Cyril, 1909-1974; Andrews, Ted, 1907-1966; Beatty, Robert, 1909-1992; Forsyth, Frank, 1905-1984; Bennett, Compton, 1900-1974; Cross, Eric, 1902-2004; Great Britain. Ministry of Information; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
Ministry of Information
Public service announcements (Motion pictures); Fiction films.; Short films.
World War, 1939-1945; Aerial operations; Air defenses; Civil defense
Great Britain
IUL Moving Image Archive
IUL Moving Image Archive
Physical Description
1 film reel (8 min.) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm
DVD copy available.

Creation/Production Credits

Editor, Compton Bennett; assistant director, Arthur Banks; sound, A.W. Watkins; production manager, H.G. Coward; photographer, Eric Cross.


Fred Emney, Edward Chapman, Charles Rolfe, David Farrar, Cyril Chamberlain, Ted Andrews, Robert Beatty, Frank Forsyth.

Statement of Responsibility

the Ministry of Information presents ; directed by Maurice Elvey ; screenplay by J.O.C. Orton and Val Guest.

Venue/Event Date

"Made at D&P Studios"--Title frame.
Other Identifiers
Catalog Key: 7818164; OCLC: ocn900646858; OCLC: 900646858

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