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Jun 3, 2022 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
Jun 2, 2022 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
Mar 24, 2022 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
Mar 22, 2022 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
Mar 21, 2022 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
Mar 17, 2022 Caravel Films Inc.
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Advertisement for vacuum-packed canned coffee that was produced primarily for screening at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair. In the narrative a young puppeteer proves to his prospective father-in-law, a coffee packer, that puppeteering is a viable occupation by using marionettes to tell the story of coffee. The young man uses 80 string puppets and deep, dimensional sets to explain how coffee is grown, harvested, roasted, and packed in vacuum cans to retain flavor. Note:  Also distributed...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Mar 14, 2022 Wilding Picture Productions
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Insurance company–sponsored safety film targeting teenage drivers. The drama centers on a reckless driver, who together with his girlfriend, takes one risk too many. Like other safety films made for teenagers,  Last Date  implies that death is preferable to disfigurement. The dramatic accident sequence and surprise ending have often been emulated by other films targeting the same audience.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Dec 19, 2021 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
Nov 28, 2021 Robert J. Enders Inc.
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Civil defense film promoting the well-maintained house as part of America’s line of defense against nuclear attack. Cosponsored by the paint and coating industry’s national trade association and the federal government,  The House in the Middle  uses footage shot at the Nevada Proving Ground (now the Nevada Test Site) to demonstrate how a clean, freshly painted house has the survival edge in the event of a nuclear blast. Note:  Released in 16mm Kodachrome and in black and white. Abridged...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Sep 6, 2021
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Film promoting television sets and the broadcast of New York’s first regularly scheduled programs. The short shows RCA’s production studios in Rockefeller Center, television demonstrations at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair, RCA’s Empire State Building transmitter, and remote mobile broadcast units.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Mar 22, 2021 Vavin Inc.
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favorite 38

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Promotional film for Seventeen intended to show how well the magazine knows and serves its teenage audience. The film observes teenage girls at home, in school, at work and play, and alone and with friends, zeroing in on teen concerns about dating, marriage, and adulthood. At one point, high school newspaper editors fire questions at Seventeen editor in chief Enid Haupt. Note: Produced in Eastmancolor. Shot near Philadelphia and at Seventeen ’s New York City office. Mia Farrow is featured in...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Mar 20, 2021
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A whimsical yet serious-minded look into the future sponsored by the appliance and radio manufacturer. In the “1999 House of Tomorrow,” each family member’s activities are enabled by a central computer and revolve around products remarkably similar to those made by the sponsor. Power comes from a self-contained fuel cell, which supports environmental controls, an automatic cooking system, and a computer-assisted “education room.” Note: Produced in Eastmancolor. Renowned interior...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Mar 19, 2021 Roland Reed Productions
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Highly praised industrial film showing the production of steel.  Steel: Man’s Servant  was shot in U.S. Steel mines and mills in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania and was considered by documentarian Pare Lorentz “the most beautiful color picture ever made” ( Business Screen  1, no. 2). Note:  Produced in 35mm three-strip Technicolor at a cost of $250,000.  Steel: Man’s Servant  was shot in ten weeks and became the company’s major informational film, replacing...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Mar 1, 2021 Fleischer Studios
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Advertising cartoon filled with double entendres and suggestive imagery. Leonard Maltin called it “a delightful short, with a bouncing-ball chorus, that ranks alongside any contemporary Fleischer cartoon in terms of quality and content.” Note:   In My Merry Oldsmobile  takes its title from the 1905 song by Gus Edwards and Vincent P. Bryan. The film was distributed theatrically.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Feb 22, 2021 Robert C. Bruce Scenics
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Travelogue capturing the romantic landscapes of the tropics. 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
Feb 22, 2021 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
Feb 21, 2021 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
Jan 8, 2021 Harold Mayer Productions
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Documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America by outlining the improvements the union has won for clothing workers over its five decades.  The Inheritance  draws from archival and modern live-action footage and features songs contributed by popular artists. Note:  The film premiered theatrically in New York City and was shown widely to unions and community organizations. It was also distributed in 40- and 16-minute versions.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Sep 3, 2020 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
Feb 17, 2020 University of Oklahoma
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Case study documenting a patient’s treatment for paranoid schizophrenia. Made for health professionals,  Mental Hospital  shows daily life at the state facility, including hydrotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy sessions. The film ends with the patient’s discharge. Note:  Shot at the Central State Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Since patients were not legally competent to sign releases, the producer recruited crew and friends for the cast.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Sep 4, 2019 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
May 26, 2019 Fables Pictures, Inc.
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Animated tale, inspired by Aesop, in which a tomcat falls for Mademoiselle Kittie. 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
May 26, 2019 Edison Mfg. Co.
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Early advertising film. Various national symbols—an American Indian, John Bull, Uncle Sam—appear in front of an ADMIRAL CIGARETTE sign. A showgirl leaps out to shower cigarettes on the group and unfolds a banner reading WE ALL SMOKE.
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
May 26, 2019 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
May 26, 2019 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
May 26, 2019 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
May 26, 2019 International Newsreel
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International Newsreel story about beauty pageant contestants in Los Angeles. 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
May 26, 2019 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
May 26, 2019
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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
May 26, 2019 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
Jul 11, 2018 Wilding Picture Productions
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Narrative promoting the sponsor’s Hotpoint appliance line. The plot involves a wealthy manufacturing heir who elopes with a nightclub singer who can’t cook. When the couple break up, the singer goes to cooking school, learns how to use Hotpoint appliances, and prepares the perfect meal for her estranged husband. They reunite and the accomplished cook earns the respect of her formerly unsupportive in-laws. The film includes scenes of a television program promoting the Hotpoint electric...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
Nov 14, 2017 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
May 31, 2017 On Film Inc.
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Film from the leading American producer of aluminum illustrating the versatility of the material in building and design.  Color and Texture in Aluminum Finishes  was singled out in the trade press for its avant-garde qualities and considered by Howard Thompson as “probably the most strikingly imaginative industrial short subject ever filmed in the United States.” Note:  Although originally targeted at design professionals, the short was also successfully shown to general audiences. On...
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Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Kalem Co.
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eye 924

favorite 3

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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
- New World Productions
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favorite 4

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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
- 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
- Carousel Films
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favorite 4

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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
- Bill and Cora Baird
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One of the Bell Telephone System’s many films instructing the public on proper use of the telephone. Bobby finds his lost dog with the help of the residents of Telezonia, who teach him how to use directory assistance, party lines, and proper phone manners. Note:   Adventure in Telezonia  was the Bairds’ second film for AT&T; “Telezonia” was the name of an instructional package on good telephone habits that was prepared for schools. It contained this film as well as practice...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- 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
- Vitagraph Company of America
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eye 409

favorite 1

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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
- 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
- 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
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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
- Caravel Films
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eye 557

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Film sponsored by the Troy, New York–based manufacturer of Arrow shirts to explain its reasons for moving its business down south.  Enterprise  tells the true story of how two World War II veterans invited the company to occupy an industrial plant that they had built in the hope of revitalizing Buchanan, Georgia. Five hundred residents signed a pledge stating that they were willing to work in the new factory. Cluett, Peabody & Co. eventually employed one-third of the townspeople.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Alan Shilin Productions
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dvertising film for tobacco products profiling the modern Sioux people of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.  Fallen Eagle  includes reenactments of traditional ceremonies but also points to the economic plight of the current-day Sioux. Improved opportunities, the film suggests, could come from the development made possible by the damming of the Missouri River. Note:  Part of an award-winning series of seven films. According to  Business Screen , the sponsor chose a Native American...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- 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
- Miller Brothers Productions
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favorite 1

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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
- Charles Guggenheim & Associates
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St. Louis’s annual report to taxpayers.  The Big City  visually illustrated how tax dollars were put to good use and was considered a “graphic, fluent and compact documentary” by Howard Thompson. Note:  Sixteen prints were made for exhibition by schools, civic organizations, and church groups. For more on the filmmaker, see Shelby Coffey III, “Politics as an Art Form: Guggenheim and the Movies,”  Washington Post , Feb. 9, 1969, 262.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Harmon Foundation
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Review of the artistic achievements of African Americans. Among the artists profiled are Aaron Douglas, Richmond Barthe, James Allen, and Georgette Seabrook. Also spotlighted is an exhibition of African American art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Note:  NARA also holds outtakes. 
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Éclair American Company
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eye 821

favorite 4

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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
- Audio Cinema Inc.
movies

eye 401

favorite 5

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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
- 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
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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
- Transfilm Inc.
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Film commissioned by a leading architectural journal to discuss major trends in its field. Among the 16 architects, planners, and builders appearing are Eero Saarinen, Edward Durell Stone, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Frontier Films
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Documentary celebrating the work of the Highlander Folk School, a progressive adult education center founded in 1932 in the mountain community of Monteagle, Tennessee.  People of the Cumberland  demonstrates how education and the labor movement can transform an impoverished mining region and bring hope to its people. Made by activist filmmakers, the movie ends with a call for a “new kind of America.”
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- 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
- Biff Comedies
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favorite 2

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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
- Ford Motor Co.
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favorite 4

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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
- John Korty
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Pacifist plea sponsored by a Quaker group. To a voice-over commentary describing the arms race,  Language of Faces  presents a montage of human faces and activities that culminates in a silent vigil at the Pentagon. Note:  John Korty also made  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman . Teiji Ito, husband of Maya Deren, composed the score for Deren’s  Meshes of the Afternoon .
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Benjamin Brodsky Moving Picture Co.
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Travelogue by Benjamin Brodsky spotlighting the work of Japanese women,  , preserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Agrafilms Inc.
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favorite 3

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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
- David Myers
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Exploration of juvenile delinquency in San Francisco featuring interviews with teenagers from different racial and ethnic groups about their neighborhoods and gangs. The documentary offers community projects, such as the “Youth for Service” program, as a constructive way to draw teenagers back into the community.  Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me  is a revealing por­trayal of multicultural San Francisco through the eyes of disenfranchised residents. Note:  Received first prize in the “Film as...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
movies

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favorite 2

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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
- John Suther­land Productions
movies

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Science-fiction-influenced cartoon sponsored by petroleum producers to lionize their industry and promote free enterprise. “Colonel Cosmic,” an astronaut from the totalitarian planet Mars, flies to Earth, where he discovers cheap oil and the market economy. Returning home, he leads a revolution and frees Martian entrepreneurs to begin oil exploration, start small businesses, and lead the planet out of economic stagnation.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Ford Motor Co.
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favorite 4

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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
- 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
- New York Central Railroad
movies

eye 2,055

favorite 43

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Travelogue sponsored by a railroad company serving New York City. Approaching the metropolis by rail, the film covers major tourist destinations such as Coney Island, Times Square, celebrated nightclubs, and Rockefeller Center, where NBC provides an experimental television demonstration. Note:  Produced in Technicolor. Also released in 16mm. Revised in 1948.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- China Film Company
movies

eye 2,330

favorite 23

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A 970-foot fragment, from Benjamin Brodsky’s ten-reel documentary, showing Peking in the 1910s. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
- U.S. Motion Pictures Corporation
movies

eye 1,069

favorite 4

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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
- Pathé
movies

eye 517

favorite 4

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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
- MPO Productions
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eye 533

favorite 10

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Historical survey tracing the use of natural fibers from ancient times to the present. Commis­sioned by a synthetic textile manufacturer, the film was praised for its high production values and few references to its sponsor. Note: Fibers and Civilizations  was shown in the U.S. Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Selznick Pictures Corp.
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eye 623

favorite 5

comment 0

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
- Ted Steeg Productions
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eye 591

favorite 12

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Film promoting consumption of coffee in youth-oriented coffee houses. Accompanied by a folk music sound track,  Coffee House Rendezvous  profiles seven coffee houses located near churches and college campuses and illustrates the wholesome activities that occur in these public places. Note:  The film was made as part of the “Think Drink” campaign mounted by the Coffee Information Service, whose objective was to turn 17- to 20-year-olds into coffee drinkers. Produced in Eastmancolor. The...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- RKO-Pathé
movies

eye 999

favorite 7

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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
- Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
movies

eye 431

favorite 5

comment 0

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
- G. Edward Griffin
movies

eye 3,382

favorite 34

comment 0

Right-wing film arguing that the civil rights movement and urban disturbances of the 1960s were evidence of a worldwide communist revolution and growing dominance at home. The polemic warns that communists may be planning to create an independent African American state. Note: A narchy, U.S.A.  incorporates purchased news footage.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Vitagraph Company of America
movies

eye 872

favorite 4

comment 0

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
- Universal Film Mfg. Co.
movies

eye 1,568

favorite 9

comment 0

First two reels of a Lois Weber feature in which a film inspires three sets of moviegoers to remake their lives. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Bud Fisher Films
movies

eye 8,149

favorite 11

comment 0

Mutt and Jeff cartoon featuring live-action shots of Bud Fisher, creator of the original comic strip. Preserved  with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The  Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, cartoon
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Jam Handy Organization
movies

eye 1,146

favorite 7

comment 0

Industrial film detailing the manufacture of automobiles at Chevrolet’s Flint plant.  Master Hands  shows tool and die making, founding, casting, welding, part fabrication, and final assembly. The process concludes with the consumer behind the wheel of his new car. The film is set to a Wagnerian score performed by the Detroit Philharmonic Orchestra and includes only two lines of narration; in  Master Hands  the elemental work of industrial production speaks for itself. Note:  Part of...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Vitagraph Company of America
movies

eye 351

favorite 2

comment 0

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
- Roland Reed Productions
movies

eye 941

favorite 6

comment 0

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
- Raphael G. Wolff Studios
movies

eye 409

favorite 9

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Film advocating electrically powered waste-treatment facilities. Produced as part of General Electric’s “More Power to America” campaign encouraging infrastructure investment, Clean Waters demonstrates the health and safety dangers of water pollution and presents electric-powered sewage treatment as a way to clean up America’s waterways. The film includes footage shot in 28 states and the Alaska territory. note: Clean Waters was selected “the world’s best commercially sponsored...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Clemson College Extension Service
movies

eye 520

favorite 10

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Introduction to cockroaches and their extermination sponsored by an insecticide manufacturer.  Good-bye, Mr. Roach  promotes the use of Velsicol’s Chlordane both at home and in larger pest-control projects. In one scene the workers pump the insecticide directly into sewers. Dramatic music accompanies a time-lapse sequence of roaches emerging from eggs. Note:  The film was a companion to  Goodbye, Mrs. Ant . Originally produced in Kodachrome.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Educational Film Institute, New York University
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eye 708

favorite 6

comment 0

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
- Jam Handy Organization
movies

eye 556

favorite 7

comment 0

Theatrical cartoon showing the odyssey of a gasoline drop from its entry into a Chevrolet’s fuel tank to its explosive end in the engine cylinder.  Down the Gasoline Trail  uses humor to leaven the technical explanation of how a fuel system works. Note:  Released as part of Chevrolet’s  Direct Mass Selling  series. The cartoon was broadcast from NBC’s New York City experimental television station in October 1939.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- International Film Foundation
movies

eye 1,027

favorite 11

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Subtle case study produced for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals on the importance of constructive parenting in overcoming childhood fears. The parents of a healthy five-year-old do not grasp why their child fears entering a cave. The mother tries to be sympathetic, but the father shows impatience. Feeling anger at his father, the child drowns his stuffed bear. After the parents take time to think about their son’s behavior, they resolve to show greater understanding, and...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Centron Productions
movies

eye 3,324

favorite 12

comment 0

Safety film for heavy equipment operators that was commissioned by the construction equipment manufacturer. Reminding workers to follow procedures and stay alert,  Shake Hands with Danger  features simulated accidents and a memorable title song. Note:  “Herk” Harvey directed the independent horror film  Carnival of Souls .
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
movies

eye 521

favorite 5

comment 0

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
- Kalem Film Company
movies

eye 1,117

favorite 8

comment 0

Documentary showing how to set underwater explosives, 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
movies

eye 284

favorite 2

comment 0

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
- University of Oklahoma
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eye 281

favorite 2

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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
- Joseph De Grasse
movies

eye 1,017

favorite 4

comment 0

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
- Hodkinson Films
movies

eye 6,936

favorite 18

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A tour of Filmdom with glimpses of celebrities Ramon Novarro, Jack Warner, Max Linder, and Vola Vale. 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
- Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
movies

eye 9,799

favorite 19

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Melodrama about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, preserved in collaboration with the  New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
- Raphael G. Wolff Studios
movies

eye 548

favorite 6

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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
movies

eye 796

favorite 6

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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
- Wilding Picture Productions
movies

eye 977

favorite 6

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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
- United Productions of America
movies

eye 2,566

favorite 27

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Animated film speaking out for racial tolerance. Using small green demons to caricature racial prejudice, the cartoon argues that the only real difference among the races is skin color and that underneath, all people are the same. Bosley Crowther wrote that the UAW, seeking to widen labor support in the auto industry, sponsored the film “to counteract a critical race-relations problem among the workers in Detroit.” Note:  Based on the pamphlet  Races of Mankind  by Ruth Benedict and Gene...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
- The Rellimeo Film Syndicate
movies

eye 778

favorite 3

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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