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National Film Preservation Foundation
by Miller Brothers Productions
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Only surviving fiction film made by the Oklahoma-based Wild West Show managed by the Miller Brothers. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Company of America
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Comedy in which the put-upon Jinks pretends to enlist in order to avoid his wife. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Stoney Associates
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Training film for police officers explaining how to recognize and handle the mentally disturbed and developmentally disabled. At the time of the film’s making, the police were generally the first responders in psychiatric emergencies. The film uses dramatized scenes featuring New Orleans police officers and nonprofessional actors to illustrate how to communicate and control anxious, confused, and possibly violent people. Note:  Based on a pamphlet by Lloyd Rowland, director of the Louisiana...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Company of America
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Sidney Drew comedy in which an overtaxed host hatches a plot to rid his household of an obnoxious guest. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by C.L. Chester Productions, Inc.
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Two-reeler in which Snooky the Humanzee, a chimp with the smarts of Rin Tin Tin, plies his detective skills to find kidnapped twins. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by MPO Productions Inc.
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Film made to celebrate the chemical company’s 50th anniversary and to promote the role of chemistry in resource conservation and agriculture. A ghost from ancient times, a farmer, and a scientist each stand before a gateway: the first, a crumbling Mediterranean farmhouse; the second, a well-kept barn; the third, a modern research laboratory. Each represents an approach to harnessing science for the good of humanity. The enigmatic film points out the imbalance between diminishing natural...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
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Melodrama about an actress who must choose between career and family. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Impact Films
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Dissection of the film  Operation Abolition , which was produced by the House Un-American Activities Committee to show communist involvement in the protests sparked by its 1960 hearings held in San Francisco.  Autopsy on Operation Abolition  includes an interview with historian Henry Nash Smith, who attacks  Operation Abolition  as “a deliberate falsification” but is sympathetic to its anticommunist viewpoint. Note:  The Catechetical Guild is a Roman Catholic educational organization.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Pathé Exchange Inc.
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Pathé Review newsreel story showing how Broadway beauties stay in shape under the tutelage of former heavyweight boxing champion “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Biff Comedies
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Slapstick comedy about a hearing-impaired burglar and a coveted suit of clothes. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Refutation of the National Right to Work Committee’s  And Women Must Weep , an antiunion film dramatizing a strike in Princeton, Indiana, in 1956–57.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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film highlights the history of the telephone, from Alexander Graham Bell’s invention to the linking of New York City and San Francisco by transcontinental voice line on January 25, 1915, with the final connection made at the Nevada-Utah state line. The short details how AT&T departments worked together to achieve long-distance telephony. Note:   A Continent Is Bridged  was intended for both corporate and public screenings and in March 1940 was broadcast from NBC’s experimental TV...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Co. of America
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Fragment from a drama about the friendship between a white boy and the daughter of his family’s African American servant. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by United Auto Workers
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Documentary about the 1938–39 Tool and Die Makers strike affecting eight General Motors plants. Told from the point of view of the strikers, the film shows the picket lines and Detroit police and ends with a question to Henry Ford: “Want to know who’s next?” Note:  The UAW called the strike to secure its position after it split from the American Federation of Labor. The Tool and Die Makers were a key group because their work was necessary for the first phase of production. The UAW...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by University of Oklahoma
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Well-crafted film on the health problems caused by emotional stress. The drama follows a white-collar worker with a peptic ulcer through tension-filled scenes at work and at home. Linking emotional stress with physical illness,  Ulcer at Work  espouses the now-discredited theory that ulcers result from a child’s unsatisfied oral gratification needs. Note:  The cast includes real-life doctors.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Film urging the public to save money for major purchases. An ironworker learns that by building up a nest egg in a savings bank, he can eventually buy a comfortable house.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Company of America
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Touching melodrama in which a generations-old family rift is finally healed. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Campus Film Productions
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Training film made for mental health and social workers.  Activity Group Therapy  explores the development of socially maladjusted boys, 10 and 11 years old, over 65 weeks of activity group therapy. Using concealed cameras and microphones, the film records how the subjects act out their disturbances and documents their interactions with a therapist and with other boys. A dense and absorbing record of children’s vernacular speech and body language, this unrehearsed film argues for...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by March of Time
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Promotional film for two-way radio equipment. Targeting municipal government decision makers,  A Voice Shall Be Heard  follows a Syracuse, New York, family through an atomic attack exercise and shows the role of the portable two-way emergency radio communications system in the coordination of rescue operations in the affected area. Note:  Also known as  And a Voice Shall Be Heard .
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Edison Manufacturing Co.
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This early sponsored film by Southern Pacific Railroad offers views of tourists at the opulent resort in Monterey, California. Note:  Among the other early titles promoting the sponsor are  Southern Pacific Overland Mail  and  Going Through the Tunnel .
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Ford Motor Co.
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Promotional film for the all-purpose tractor introduced by Henry Ford & Son in 1917. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Kalem Co.
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Short in which a woman turns the tables on an overly amorous date by stealing his car. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Agrafilms Inc.
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Film urging parents to join forces with educators to solve school overcrowding during the 1950s baby boom. In  Crowded Out , a teacher is assigned so many students that she is unable to respond to their individual needs and must resort to rote instruction. Dissatisfied, she plans to resign. The film recommends that parents work through their parent-teacher associations to secure increased school funding. Note:  The credits also acknowledge the involvement of affiliated state education...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Social Documentary Films
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Documentary sponsored by the Rochester Public Library illustrating the range of community services offered by public libraries.  Not by Books Alone  shows how libraries advance education, provide recrea­tional opportunities, help job seekers, and promote good citizenship. Note:  The film was translated into several languages and shown at UNESCO conferences in Paris and Mexico City. Produced in Kodachrome.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Newsreel with stories about burglar-proof mail containers, golfing moms, a prototype car phone, the Princeton crew team, and the latest fashions. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by The Rellimeo Film Syndicate
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Melodrama in which a wronged man, played by Monte Blue, changes his appearance through plastic surgery and returns home to reclaim his good name and win his girl. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Company of America
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Update of the classic fairy tale, set in a boarding house and featuring Mary Fuller. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Promotional film showing how Monarch Foods, owned by Reid, Murdoch & Co., brings fruits and vegetables to the American consumer. The film centers on harvesting and cannery operations in Oregon, Minnesota, and Michigan and documents the preparation of peaches, strawberries, raspberries, pears, green beans, and peas to be sold under the Monarch label. The process ends with grocery displays of the canned product.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Gerald Productions Inc.
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Medical film sponsored by the Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical firm to illustrate how obesity affects the performance of simple everyday tasks. This unusual short made for physicians shows the struggle of an overweight traveler ascending the stairs at Pennsylvania station and trying to enter a phone booth to make a call. Fed up and exhausted, the man seeks medical advice. Note:   The Ordeal of Thomas Moon  was shot on location and used natural sound. The film contains no direct...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Salisbury Wild Life Pictures
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Documentary about hunting in the Sacramento Delta, which ends with a plea for greater government regulation. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Pathéscope Productions
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Management-training film for plant supervisors that avoids the usual platitudes.  The Inner Man Steps Out  recommends that supervisors discover their “inner man” and empathize more with workers. The producer believed his film helped to bring about changes to GE’s corporate culture.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Willard Pictures Inc.
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Advocacy film encouraging communities to establish probation services and become more involved in the juvenile justice system. A detailed look at the workings of juvenile court,  Boy in Court  follows the life of a delinquent charged with auto theft. Because of the timely intervention of a probation officer, Johnny reforms and considers a career in aviation. A product of the New Deal ethos, this film takes place in a progressive, engaged community with a juvenile court and a probation system.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Arthur Lodge Productions
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Series portraying the nation’s industrial sector during the 1950s. The films strove for a broad representation of American enterprises and even included profiles of mom-and-pop operations. This episode covers the process of mapmaking, from surveying and seismographic measurement to the manufacture of globes and raised-relief maps. Note:   Industry on Parade  was a key component of a public relations campaign to promote the benefits of free enterprise. The series was produced by NBC until...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by New World Productions
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Film produced for a coalition of public service groups to combat racial and ethnic hatred. The narrative follows an emotionally insecure Chicago teenager whose bigoted thinking leads him to violence.  The High Wall  explores how prejudices are passed like “a contagious disease” from parent to child, teacher to pupils, and youth to youth, and suggests strategies for breaking the cycle.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Carousel Films
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Travelogue in three sections narrated by Father Bernard Hubbard, known as the “Glacier Priest” for his highly publicized Arctic excursions and lectures, and released by a manufacturer of canning equipment used to pack Alaskan fish. The first segment introduces the regions of Alaska, the second shows the life cycle of the salmon, and the third illustrates salmon netting and canning.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Éclair American Company
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Long section from a Western filmed in Tucson, Arizona. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Ford Motor Co.
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Series of some 20 episodes, some with animation, illustrating news events and Ford-related subjects. This episode shows Buffalo Bill and the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, a celebration of the opening of the Ford Assembly Plant in Oklahoma City, a patriotic parade by Ford employees in Detroit, and President Woodrow Wilson attending a memorial service for Yuan Shikai, president of the Republic of China.  Note:   Film World and A-V News  reported that the series was distributed for virtually no fee...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Ford Motor Co.
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Episode from Ford Educational Weekly , a documentary series showcasing American industries, cities, and tourist destinations.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Arthur Lodge Productions
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The  Industry on Parade  series portrayed the nation’s industrial sector during the 1950s. The films strove for a broad representation of American enterprises and even included profiles of mom-and-pop operations. This episode touts America as the most hygienic nation. It ranges from the dry-cleaning industry to soap and vacuum cleaner manufacturing. Note:   Industry on Parade  was a key component of a public relations campaign to promote the benefits of free enterprise. The series was...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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Short detailing how the City of Baltimore overcame lethargy to launch a slum rehabilitation campaign. Note: Received a Freedoms Foundation award in 1953. John Barnes made films for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, which produced and distributed The Baltimore Plan at the urging of the Fight Blight Fund.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by U.S. Motion Pictures Corporation
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Comedy about a writer’s neglected wife who devises her own story to make her point. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Pathé
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Slapstick short featuring Snub Pollard, preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bray Studios Inc.
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Two-reel comedy with the “McDougall Alley Kids” about a rich boy who gets his comeuppance, preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Jam Handy Organization
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Film for the Household Finance Corporation featuring its spokesperson Edgar A. Guest, the popular poet and radio personality. Guest performs without making any explicit reference to the sponsor or its products. Note:  The short was shown under the title  A Heap o’ Livin’  at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Blaché Screen Service
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Made by San Francisco–based producer Maurice Blaché, the  Buy at Home  series promoted local small town commerce across the western United States during the Great Depression. This example was made in Burlingame, California. It features ads for merchants and various citizens—from firefighters and police officers to students of McKinley Elementary School and members of the Burlingame–San Mateo Lions Club.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by New York Daily News
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Promotional film demonstrating the importance of newspapers in everyday life. Sponsored by New York’s largest-circulation newspaper,  17 Days  is set during the citywide strike of newspaper delivery truck drivers in the summer of 1945. The film shows how the public literally went the extra mile to get their papers directly from the  Daily News . Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia does his part by reading aloud the  Dick Tracy  comic strip on the radio.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by George Backer Film
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Australian preview for a now-lost American film from 1917, preserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Topics: silent film, lost film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Castle Films
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Film about the planning, construction, and operation of the Lincoln Tunnel. Released one year after the structure opened, Conquest of the Hudson shows the tunnel shield, sandhogs in the airlock, and the tunnel service between New York City and New Jersey. Note:  Also released in a silent version.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Roland Reed Productions Inc.
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Driving safety film sponsored as a public service by oil companies. Of five drivers who leave home in the morning, only four return, and we wait to learn who the victim is. The film gives considerable discussion to careless driving habits and depicts Angelenos from different walks of life as well as their homes, neighborhoods, streets, and freeways. Note: And Then There Were Four  was shown theatrically in first-run houses before being distributed on the nontheatrical circuit and released in...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Joseph De Grasse
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Feature-length drama, written by Ida May Park, in which convicts befriend a poor family and struggle to go straight. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vitagraph Company of America
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Charming one-reeler in which the family dog steps in to serve as matchmaker for two shy brothers. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Gentron Productions
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Anti-union film dramatizing a strike staged by the International Association of Machinists in Princeton, Indiana, in 1956–57. Note:  The film was based on a fictionalized pamphlet by Rev. Edward Greenfield, an anti-strike movement leader who worked as a propagandist for a right-to-work organization in California.  And Women Must Weep  was used to counter union organizing campaigns; in 1963, the National Labor Relations Board nullified a union representation election because the film was...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vanity Comedies
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A one-reel farce, starring Billy Bletcher, in which a wife plots to keep her husband at home. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Vanity Comedies
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Farce in which a prospective suitor wins a second look from his sweetheart’s father. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Edison Mfg. Co.
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Family melodrama showing what happens when a successful son tries to celebrate the holidays without his mother. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Audio Productions Inc.
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Drama illustrating the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the American way of life.  The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair  pits a bohemian artist boyfriend against an all-American electrical engineer who believes in improving society by working through corporations. In experiencing together Westinghouse’s technological marvels at the fair, the family win back their daughter from her left-leaning boyfriend. Among the memorable moments are...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Affiliated Film Producers
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Psychologically sophisticated drama, produced for mental health and social professionals, about the struggle of a discharged mental hospital patient to adjust to his new construction job and win the acceptance of his fellow workers.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Audio Cinema Inc.
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Short produced as part of Metropolitan Life’s health education program.  Man Against Microbe  recaps 300 years of progress in public health and shows the contributions of major research scientists. The optimistic close depicts a baby receiving an immunization against diphtheria, which at the time was still a national health problem. Note:   Man Against Microbe  was distributed in sound and silent versions and also made available in 16mm. In 1934, it played in New York City theaters as...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Selznick Pictures Corp.
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Drama about a restless convent girl whose fling in high society teaches her a lesson. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Jam Handy Organization
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Advertising short for Chevrolet combining live action and animation. The film relates the story of Gilbert Willoughby, who, exasperated by his stubborn boxspring mattress, imprudently wishes for the disappearance of springs. Coily, the animated spring sprite, grants his wish, and Gilbert is bedeviled by once-familar appliances that no longer function. Apolo­gizing to Coily, Gilbert acknowledges the contribution of springs to daily life, especially in the Chevrolet. Note:  From the  Direct...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Public Affairs Films
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Pro-labor film blasting the greed and cunning of the “big boys” in government and in the National Association of Manufacturers who oppose organized labor.  For the Record  sees strikes as an important way to protect worker interests and explains how collective-bargaining gains were lost through the Taft-Hartley Act.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Southern Educational Film Production Service
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Public health film informing African Americans about syphilis and its prevention.  Feeling All Right contextualizes the problem by focusing on a community affected by the disease and the local organizations that are leading the fight against it. The film ends as it begins, with images of home, family, and neighbors. “Its frank and simple appeal is a welcome relief from the histrionics with which producers usually overburden the subject of syphilis,” wrote Raymond Spottiswoode. Note:  The...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Promotional Films Co.
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Documentary about the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Told in flashbacks, the story recounts the life of a worker about to retire with a union pension. The veteran unionist looks back to the abuses common before unionization, the great organizing drives of the 1930s, and the benefits and stability brought by the union. Note:  Originally planned for showing to ILGWU locals,  With These Hands  opened instead on Broadway and played four weeks as a theatrical feature. Nominated for...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by MPO Productions
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Produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Model T Ford,  The American Road  highlights the role of automobiles, highway construction, and Ford Motor’s leadership in the development of transportation in the United States. The production mixes archival footage with reenactments and has a contemporary ending in color. Note:  Received a Freedoms Foundation award in 1954 and a Golden Reel Award from the American Film Assembly in 1954.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Raphael G. Wolff Studios
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Film sponsored by the trade association to show how livestock and poultry are raised on farms and ranches and brought to the American dinner table. The film portrays mealtimes across the country and emphasizes the importance of meat protein for human growth.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Christie Comedies
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Wry marital comedy with a title that says it all. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Leopold Steiner
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Documentary about the co-operative movement in the Midwest. The film is structured around the tour of a six-member study group to consumer co-operatives in eight states and concludes with a radio broadcast of the group’s findings.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Caravel Films
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Film showing the role of AT&T in facilitating network television transmission in the years before communications satellites. The live television broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s  Sleeping Beauty  ballet is sent from New York City to Wisconsin via AT&T’s coaxial cable and microwave relay system. Note:  Also released in 16mm. According to a report in  Business Screen , excerpts from  Stepping Along with Television  were included in the first program sent by AT&T’s relay system...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Chester Films
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Travelogue highlighting the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Knickerbocker Productions
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Film sponsored by Western Electric (AT&T’s equipment manufacturing division), the builder of the United States Air Force’s White Alice Communications System in Alaska.  Land of White Alice  introduces the people and geography of the new state as well as the Western Electric radio-relay system, which links far-flung military sites, alert stations, and missile-warning facilities. Ralph Caplan praised the film’s “intrinsically dramatic and highly photogenic” portrayal of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Palmer Pictures
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Promotional film for the U.S. merchant shipping fleet that emphasizes its importance in war and peace and argues for expanded foreign trade following World War II. The film includes scenes of prewar China. Note:  Produced in Kodachrome.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Sandra W. Bradley
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Short suggesting that the Central American conflicts of the era were an indicator of Soviet-Cuban expansionism and a threat to American interests. The piece warns that Soviet-Cuban influence could spread throughout Central and South America and northward. Appearing are Ronald Reagan, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Henry Kissinger, and Alfonso Robelo, a former Sandinista leader. Note:  Produced for television and for nontheatrical viewing. Updated in 1982.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
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One-reel Essanay Western, preserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the Library of Congress.
Topic: silent film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Affiliated Film Producers
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Simple, affecting case study produced for social workers and psychologists and illustrating how counseling can help children come to terms with anger. Young Tommy Randall has been caught stealing money from his teacher’s purse and receives help from a psychiatrist. A psychiatric social worker enables his mother to better understand her relationship with her son. This sensitive documentary is filled with revealing behavioral details. Note:  Shot in the Huron Valley Child Guidance Clinic near...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Willard Van Dyke
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Documentary profiling an Appalachian farming family struggling to scrape out a living. Link­ing education and economic development,  The Children Must Learn  suggests that better schooling, especially in agricultural techniques, would bring improvement.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Dudley Pictures Corp.
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Drama arguing for more sympathetic treatment of troubled adolescents. A social worker reaches out to Jerry, a disturbed youngster in an unhappy home dominated by an uncaring stepmother. During a melodramatic confrontation, Jerry takes out his anger by attacking sofa cushions with a switchblade. Shot like a low-budget Hollywood feature, the film mirrors the period’s growing concern with juvenile delinquency. Note:   Boy with a Knife  was made as a fund-raiser for the Los Angeles Community...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Muller, Jordan & Herrick
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Promotional film showing the role of atomic energy in medicine, agriculture, industry, and research and the potential for nuclear-generated electrical power. Produced in Eastmancolor.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Affiliated Film Producers
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Sensitive film produced for the training of mental health workers.  Man to Man  portrays the bond that develops between an aide in a psychiatric hospital and a severely depressed patient.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Pathé News
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Early complete issue of the American newsreel, with stories on the veterans' bonus and election of Pope Pius XI. P reserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and  UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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Topics: newsreel, silent film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Atlas Film Corp.
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Film promoting the insecticides manufactured by Sinclair. Greatly outnumbered, humans are in continual war with insects and must fight back. 500,000 to 1 shows how pests are controlled by quarantine as well as through chemical, mechanical, and biological weapons.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by March of Time
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Film produced to acquaint minority workers with the sponsor’s services and promote a diverse workplace. In the story a laborer threatens a walkout after his foreman hires an African Ameri­can but learns acceptance after he observes the on-the-job skills of the new hire.  An Equal Chance  also illustrates the process through which the commission resolves bias complaints. Note:  The film was shown in theaters throughout New York State.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Wilding Picture Productions
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Self-improvement film funded by a paper company. In the story a dissatisfied factory worker imagines what it would be like to become a company foreman or the company president. The worker comes to learn that every employee, regardless of position, must be productive to succeed. Through this parable,  1104 Sutton Road  argues that improving personal relations and communications in the workplace increases productivity and makes each em­ployee a better person. Note:  Released in Technicolor...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Wide-ranging film explaining the role of oil companies in advancing America and securing the nation’s high standard of living. Linking free enterprise with freedom and democracy,  24 Hours of Progress  shows the oil industry at work and Americans using oil-based products.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Famous Players–Lasky Educational Dept.
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Cartoon in which Buddy, Susie, and a cat scheme for a taste of homemade jam.  Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project, animation
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Worcester Film Corp.
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Docudrama encouraging immigrants to master English and become successful, assimilated Americans. In the story the poor English-language skills of an Italian immigrant limit his employment possibilities and lead to an on-the-job accident. Learning from his experience, the immigrant puts himself through night school, lands a factory job, advances to foreman, and becomes a community leader. The film includes scenes shot at the Hartford Rubber Works Co. Note:  According to Jan-Christopher Horak, ...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
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Documentary about the Hampton Institute’s philosophy of integrated work and study. The film illustrates the opportunities for African American students in the trades, agriculture, home economics, the arts, education, and business and also shows young men and women in civilian and military training programs. Note:  The documentary premiered at the home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park. The Amateur Cinema League listed the film as one of the 10 best 16mm pictures of 1941....
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Lee Dick Inc.
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Portrait of a typical day at the progressive Hessian Hills School in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with narration by the students. The documentary includes scenes of the children studying and participating in projects.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Powers Picture Plays
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Early Pearl White vehicle in which a disgruntled suitor, claiming to hate all women, changes his tune after his girlfriend saves him from Indians. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Roland Reed Productions
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Longest of four dealer promotion films in a two-hour series produced to promote Westinghouse home appliances.  Ellis in Freedomland  breaks into two parts. In the first, a store manager has a dream in which talking appliances, speaking with the well-known voices of major film and television stars, offer tips on increasing sales. The second introduces “Freedom Fair,” Westinghouse’s spring sales event, and celebrates through a song-and-dance number how the company’s appliances free...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Educational Film Institute, New York University
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Stark, realistic documentary showing poorly educated “mountain peoples” living in poverty and stricken with disease. Their solace comes in strong family bonds and the prospect of improved educational opportunities. Note:  Shot in Kentucky, the film was made in conjunction with  The Children Must Learn . John Ferno had been a cameraman for Joris Ivens and Henri Storck. Irving Lerner had a lengthy career as a producer, editor, and director; see Thomas J. Brandon, “Irving Lerner: A...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Union Films
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Advocacy film sponsored by the leftist labor union to expose the plight of senior citizens shut out of the postwar economic boom.  Industry’s Disinherited  shows the poverty and despair of older Americans forced to rely on inadequate pension and social security payments, and demands increased government benefits for seniors.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by WBTV (Charlotte, NC)
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Documentary showing the challenges faced by North Carolina’s mountain communities in adapting to modern life. According to Elmer Oettinger, North Carolina author Wilma Dykeman found that  The Vanishing Frontier  “explores, reveals, and interprets with cool intelligence and a warm sympathy the paradoxes, problems, and promises of our mountain region.” Note:  The film brought to the screen information from a 1962 Ford Foundation survey. Also known as  The Dying Frontier .
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Dodge Brothers Motors
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Two parts of an epic industrial film chronicling the manufacture of automobiles. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Sutherland Productions
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Pro-business cartoon explaining the role of investment capital in building America’s prosperity. Because of far-sighted investment in industry, the American worker, personified by Brooklyn-accented Joe, is “king of the workers of the world” and has higher wages and shorter hours than his counterparts abroad.  Meet King Joe  argues that in view of the rewards workers reap from the American economic system, it is in labor’s best interest to cooperate with management. Note:  Part of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Frank Ross Productions
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Advocacy film commissioned by the civil rights organization to discourage ethnic and racial prejudice. Caught in a dispute that assumes ethnic dimensions, a group of boys find common interests through the intervention of Frank Sinatra, who tells a story and sings two songs. Note:  The title number was written by Earl Robinson and Lewis Allan [Abel Meeropol]. This widely distributed film, produced at the end of World War II, discourages prejudice but disparages people of Japanese ancestry.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Audio Productions Inc.
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One of many films sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers during the Depression to foster faith in the economic leadership of its corporate members.  Let’s Go America!  suggests that the creative spirit that led to America’s development will continue to shape its economy. It ends with two young men and a woman driving a swank roadster toward the glowing future, which promises television, air conditioning, air travel, and innovative home design.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Western Electric Co.
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Animated demonstration showing how the Western Electric motion picture sound system works. In this lively cartoon, “Talkie” brings “Mutie” to “Dr. Western,” who gives him a voice. The team shows how sound motion pictures are made and reproduced. Note:  Carlyle Ellis, the early industrial and educational filmmaker, contributes the voice for Dr. Western.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Frank B. Gilbreth
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Footage drawn from Frank Gilbreth’s time and motion studies. The anthology includes a clip of his family, who were often used in his work-efficiency experiments. Note:  Also known as  Original Films of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth . The compilation was also issued in a 26-minute version with narration by James S. Perkins. Other films by Gilbreth are held by Purdue University. For more about Gilbreth’s use of films in research, see “Many Inventions,”  The Outlook , Mar. 29, 1913, 736.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by RKO-Pathé
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A comprehensive, behind-the-scenes tour of NBC’s radio, television, and sound recording studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Note:  Distributed theatrically and nontheatrically and broadcast by NBC television stations.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Hans Burger
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Portrait of a forward-looking public library in New Jersey. The film illustrates the unique place of libraries in American communities. Note:  Inspired by head librarian Margery C. Quigley and William Elder Marcus’s book  Portrait of a Library  (New York: Appleton-Century, 1936).
Topic: sponsored film