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Created in 1959 by MGM for American Motors Corporation, AMERICA THE AUTOMOIBLE AGE was written by Robert C. Bennett and directed by David Monahan. This sprawling publicity piece to promote the brand, traces the history of the automobile in the United States. WWI auto and truck construction is seen at the 8:00 mark, and WWII production at the 23:30 mark. In between and especially towards the end the history of AMC is shown, with the 1960 Nash Rambler getting star treatment at about the 34 minute mark. The single unit construction assembly line of 1940 is shown at the 18 minute mark. Here is the original press release for the film: This film traces the history of the automobile through the eyes of a typical American family. The movie was designed for showing to fraternal, church, youth, business, school and civic groups. Frank Blair, a nationally known television newscaster, narrates the film. "Although the movie deals with the automobile industry and especially the development of mod ern single-unit car construction, is not a 'nuts and bolts' film," said Dick Cummins, head of Cummins Motor Sales. "It show's how a family's living habits are changed by the automobile through three generations. Included are scenes from the two world wars, the zany 'twenties' and humorous and poignant times in the life of the Barker family." Included in the cast are 16 principal actors plus numerous others. The film took almost eight months to complete plus many thousands of miles of fact - finding travel by MGM producer Robert Drucker and Writer Robert C. Bennett. About 1200 miles of film were exposed on 18 exterior and interior sets at the MGM lots in California, as well, as on the Los Angeles freeways. A host of antique cars in running condition, beginning with the original 1902 Rambler, is seen in the film. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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