Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human Growth" traces human growth and development of the organism from mating through pregnancy and birth, then from infancy through childhood and adolescence to the adult form. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized.
Sometimes known as the "Oregeon Film", "Human Growth" was written by Dr. Lester F. Beck, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, and produced by Eddie Albert Productions. Sy Wexler directed and shot the film. The film was sponsored by the E.C. Brown Trust, a non-profit foundation associated with the University of Oregon since 1939, whose mission was to promote healthy sexuality and family life. Intended for seventh grade students, the film was seen by millions of schoolchildren in 20 countries, and won numerous awards. At its height of popularity, there were 2,000 prints in circulation, although only a handful currently exist. Two subsequent editions were released in 1962 and one as late as 1976.
The man behind this movie Lester F. Beck, was an Associate Professor of Psychology as well as a Secretary Treasurer at the University of Oregon. Brown University awarded its first ever Ph.D. degree in psychology to Beck in 1933, whose thesis topic was “Manual Skills and the Measurement of Handedness.”
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