The Shoemaker and the hatter

United Kingdom, 1951

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This film presents, in the form of a fable, a defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours; the hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker, on the contrary, believes in mass-production, but finds that trade restrictions and tariff barriers prevent him from paying with shoes for the machinery he has acquired from a neighbouring country. In his travels, he discovers that each country is unable to sell what it produces to buy what it needs. Thanks to his initiative, action is taken to bring this state of affairs to an end, and the result is general prosperity.


production company

Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Films


John Halas



Production places
United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Business

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Commerce

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → International trade

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Commerce

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Economics

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → International trade

Literature → Fables

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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