For those of you not in the know, a Bell and Howell was a make of film projector issued to H.M. Ships for the showing of recreational films. An Anamorphic lens is a type of lens which squeezes the width of an Angle compared with its height in a camera, and does the converse in a Projector. Surface ships had the luxury of space and therefore the distance between the projector and the screen was generous negating the need to use the anamorphic lens. In diesel electric submarines, eight senior rates, packed into an unbelievably small space [which was their mess] watched their films with the projector no more than six feet from the screen which was a piece of white paper [usually half an old navigational chart] drawing-pinned to the back of the mess wooden sliding door. Often during the showing of a film, that door would be opened [for operational and personal reasons] and the screen would disappear. The attachment of the anamorphic lens [kept separately in its own little wooden box] reduced the picture to a postage stamp size without blurring it or distorting it.
GOOD OLD FRED was Fred Quimby and he produced [or did he direct ?] every cartoon which came out of the Tom and Jerry stable. When his name appeared on screen, a loud cheer would go up shouting good old Fred. The music you hear is the classical opening of all Tom and Jerry Cartoons. If you want to listen to it again, click on your REFRESH button.
Just like my article about R.N. Laundries, this facility affected all in the navy, enjoyed by the upper and lower decks with the same enthusiasm.
The Royal Naval Film Corporation was a very important part of the navy having its headquarters in the MOD in Whitehall London. At the time of this BR Edition, the Governors were The Admiralty Board [Their Lordships]; the President was Lord Mountbatten and the Patron was HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, so no low key outfit by any means. The whole organisation was controlled and organised under BR 2186 "Recreational Films - Facilities & Conditions of Supply" and below I show you the full Book of Reference. The very first BR on this subject was issued in 1941 which was superseded in 1955 and again in 1961. This version dates from 1970 and supersedes the 1961 version. Historically interesting and who knows, it may even bring back memories for you.This was the standard issue Bell & Howell 640, 16mm Optical and magnetic sound (1957) Projector
The last short cartoon was made in 1967.
ROYAL NAVAL FILM CORPORATION.pdf