MRS JOHN BULL PREPARED : a shortened version of a First World War Propaganda Film [Main Title]
Fictional account of the contribution of women to the British war effort by 1918.
The film has a piano accompaniment soundtrack. It begins in 1914 and the outbreak of the war. Mr Smith, a prosperous businessman, is starting to lose staff who have volunteered for the Army and he refuses women replacements. He also prevents his son volunteering since the war will be over by Christmas and he needs his help. He is enraged at his two daughters, telling them that even in war "a woman's place is at home". In his garden the Spirit of British Womanhood appears and puts him to sleep for four years. She then wakes him and he staggers off. He returns home to find that his home is now a hostel for wounded soldiers run by his wife and daughters as WAACs. His son has lost an arm and is staying there. As the family dine together that night he receives his final surprise: military service age has been increased to fifty and he is being called up. On this comic note the film ends.