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National Film Preservation Foundation
by Hodkinson Films
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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
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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 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
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
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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
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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 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 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 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 Charles Guggenheim & Associates
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Documentary, with some dramatized sequences, covering the racial integration of St. Louis public schools after the 1954 Brown decision. William J. Sloan wrote, “The film was noteworthy in that it revealed, at least briefly, the fears of Negro parents in having their children attend school with white children.” Note:  The film employed nonprofessional actors and voice-over narration by a local schoolteacher. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1956.
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 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 John Sutherland Productions
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Science film positioning atomic energy as both a peaceful and a warlike force. Sponsored by a corporation involved in the nascent nuclear industry, the film is an animated introduction to atomic energy and designed to be, as a Business Screen reviewer reported, “entertaining but scientifically accurate.” The periodic table, represented as “Element Town,” depicts each element in a distinctive shape suggesting its use by humans. Radium, whose giant head resembles an atomic nucleus, decays...
Topic: sponsored film
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
by 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
by China Film Company
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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
by 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
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 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 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
by 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
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Film produced for Girl Scout leaders that shows ways in which adults can encourage children to be creative in an age of standardization. After a troop spends an afternoon at a county fair, the scouts use drawing, painting, and sculpture to describe what they have seen. Howard Thompson called Adventuring in the Arts a “fine, off-beat little picture that does everyone concerned proud.”
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 John Sutherland Productions
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Animated critique of New Deal–type liberalism. In a dream “Albert,” a worker in a statist economy, is forced to watch a state-sponsored “free movie” on national planning. On awakening, he is convinced of the failings of excessive government control.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by George C. Stoney
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Portrayal of African American midwives in rural Georgia, with a focus on the work of Mary Coley in Albany. The film traces the course of pregnancy through birth. Note:  Although designed principally for training certified midwives, the film was widely praised and screened for broader audiences. Selected for the National Film Registry.
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 Jam Handy Organization
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Film promoting the automobile industry as a pillar of the American economy. By showing the number and range of businesses and industries that produce materials for the modern Chevrolet,  American Harvest  demonstrates the interdependence of industry, commerce, and agriculture and argues that large integrated manufacturing enterprises are ideally suited to satisfy consumer needs. This panoramic survey illuminates national concerns about materials shortages during the Korean War. Note:...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Jam Handy Organization
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Promotional film celebrating the 1959 Chevrolet automobile line as an exemplar of American industrial design and styling.  American Look  highlights the contribution of interior, indus­tri­al, product, and automobile designers to the “populuxe” era; the term was coined by writer Thomas Hine to describe the late-1950s stylistic fusion of luxury and mass-produced consumer goods. This wide-screen spectacular showcases an array of contemporary architectural exteriors, interiors, packaging,...
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 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 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 G. Edward Griffin
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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
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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
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 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 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 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 Harmon Foundation
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Educational film surveying the instruction of the fine and performing arts at leading African American institutions, including Calhoun, Dillard, Fisk, Hampton, and Howard. The film argues that exposure to theater, music, dance, and the fine arts produces well-rounded students and enriches their lives. Note:   Art in the Negro Schools  was part of the sponsor’s Negro Education for American Living series. The foundation provided funds for parks, established the Religious Film Association,...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by 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
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 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 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 Wilding Picture Productions
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Pro–free enterprise parable sponsored by the large meatpacker as part of a widespread “economic education” campaign. In the dramatization, a woman reporter from an iron curtain country and an American newspaperman, a “fellow traveler,” tour a Swift plant and visit workers’ homes. Together they come to realize that capitalism is the system that provides the greatest degree of worker freedom. Note: The cast included an estimated 130 Swift employees. Some 28,000 workers and friends...
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 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
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 Caravel Films
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Animated short promoting Bristol-Myers’s Ipana toothpaste. The cartoon uses characters from Gene Byrne’s comic strip,  Reg’lar Fellers . Note:  Produced in Technicolor,  Boy Meets Dog  was said to have been one of the most expensive commercials ever made for theatrical distribution as an “added attraction.” For more about Caravel Films, see Arthur Edwin Krows, “Motion Pictures—Not for Theatres,”  Educational Screen  18 (Dec. 1939): 363.
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 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 Audio Productions Inc.
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First breast-cancer-awareness film released for wide distribution. Promoting self-examination as an early detection technique, the film shows women how to check for breast cancer symptoms. Note:  The ACS reported 1,300 prints in circulation in the first year of release. The film was said to have reached 1 million women over the age of 35. Also distributed in a 16-minute version. Revised version,  Time and Two Women , released in 1958.
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by United Productions of America
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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
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 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 Vitagraph Company of America
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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
by International Newsreel
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favorite 8

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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
by Educational Films Corporation of America
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favorite 19

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1,000 feet from an educational documentary showing everyday life in China. 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 Raphael G. Wolff Studios
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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
by Ted Steeg Productions
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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
by Bray Studios Inc.
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favorite 16

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Animated tall tale in which the colonel recounts how he single-handedly ended the “Great Banana Famine of 1923”. 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 On Film Inc.
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favorite 10

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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
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 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
by MPO Productions Inc.
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Film surveying the role of chemistry in American life and the central role of the people, products, and plants of Monsanto. Intended for nontheatrical use and broadcast,  Decision for Chemistry  is structured around questions asked by a young boy. Note:  Also released in 33-minute nontheatrical and 28-minute television versions. A 16-minute version was shown in 1954 on NBC’s  Omnibus . The film was selected as one of 20 contemporary American documentaries to be shown at New York’s...
Topic: sponsored film
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 MPO Productions
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favorite 59

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Best-known of the films presenting “Motorama,” General Motors’ annual traveling automobile and appliance trade show. This example introduces the 1956 automobile models, Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of Tomorrow,” electronic highways of the future, and GM “dream cars” the Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and the turbine-powered Pontiac Firebird II. An amalgam of styles drawn from industrial stage shows and Hollywood musicals,  Design for Dreaming  has become emblematic of 1950s futuristic...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by John Suther­land Productions
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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
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 Jam Handy Organization
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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
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 Caravel Films
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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
by 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
by International Film Foundation
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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
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 MPO Productions
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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
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 Kaleb Film and Television Corp.
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Promotional film for the pioneering American plastics company that surveys the contribution of plastics to everyday life.  Flight to the Future  is structured as a discussion on a transcontinen­tal flight, during which three plastics experts (a manufacturer, an engineer, and a designer) tell the flight attendant about their industry. Over the course of the film, a multitude of plastics products are shown.
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 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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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 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
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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
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Early sex education film sponsored by the national group created to inform the public about sexuality and venereal disease. In  Gift of Life  a scientist helps a boy observe the reproductive processes of tiny plants and animals under a microscope and uses animated diagrams to explain the reproductive processes of higher animals and humans. Note:  The film was made for high school and college students, PTA groups, and similar audiences and praised by state educational authorities. It was...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Clemson College Extension Service
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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
by Edgar G. Ulmer
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Antituberculosis film targeted at children that drives home its message with live action and animation. The short portrays the infection and cure of a two-year-old boy. Included is a visit to a surreal laboratory, where a doctor addresses the animated tuberculosis bacillus “Tee Bee” via a radio device hooked up to his microscope before killing off the germ and its tribe.
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 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
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 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 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
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 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 Universal Film Mfg. Co.
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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
by 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
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 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 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 showcases the role of industrial distributors in keeping factories running smoothly by providing manufacturers with plant supplies, replacement parts, tools and repair services. Note:   Industry on Parade  was a key component of a public relations campaign to promote...
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 John Sutherland Productions
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Animated history of the American economic system told from a pro–free enterprise perspective.  Free enterprise, the narrator argues, can be traced to the Bill of Rights, and the Founding  Fathers regarded “political and economic freedom” as “interlocking inseparably.” However, in  contrast to what the film characterizes as the favorable economic climate of colonial America  (where individuals had the “freedom to go into business”), today’s government imposes taxes  and...
Topic: sponsored film
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