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The war kept the film industry busy but understaffed, and Sangster made up the numbers, holding everything from clapperboards to tea trays until, after national service with the RAF in India, he had enough experience to get a job as a third assistant director at Ealing Studios.
Then there is a wardrobe assistant, a stagehand and clapperboards on the set so that scenes that are wasted due to wrong movements, remarks pronounced late or technical problems can be repeated.