Safest Place, The
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- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
"BECAUSE OF PROGRESS IN ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS, THE SAFEST PLACE A PERSON CAN BE IS IN HIS AUTOMOBILE AS THIS PICTURE PROVES, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON BRAKES & BODY CONSTRUCTION."
Ken Smith sez: Where is the safest place in a Jam Handy film? In a Chevrolet, of course. This film contrasts the hazards of home life with the safety of the 1935 Chevrolet. "Your living room on wheels" is shown driving itself around, as the narrator explains that if an invention could be made allowing a car to drive itself, we'd all be a lot better off. Bizarre.
Danger LurksCHEVROLET AUTOMOBILES ADVERTISING TRANSPORTATION HEALTH AND SAFETY DRIVING ASSEMBLY ENGINEERING MATERIALS BODIES BRAKES ROADS HIGHWAYS STREETS RUNNING SHOTS DRIVERS PASSENGERS Safety Safety education Automobiles (Chevrolet) Sailboats Boats (sail) Sailing Waves Accidents (simulated) Bathtubs Bathing Soap Driving
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Are They KIdding?
Gotta love that almost operatic, hollow, airy "oo" sound in "you" and "do" . Shows up a lot in J_H films of this era.
Anyone recognize that "boy scout" maneuver where the clown motions to the car in the driveway to proceed into the speeding traffic? Yikes!
Good footage of 30's models, some quite snazzy.
Subject: The Safest Place
First you have to account that this is a short, they had to cram as much as they can into a small time frame. The had to get the message across and be entertaining.
Second, Brad Pitt and color TV had not yet been invented. If you can't handle not having these modern touches the don't waste your time on old films of any kind.
Personally I enjoy old films like these. Since the acting isn't what we'd see in Cinematic today it actually makes it more real and life like. The majority of us are not actors.
The history lessons are valuable too. We're constantly told that newer cars are safer than the old ones, that the old ones were not designed with safety in mind. We see here that is not proof, there has always been safety in mind when designing the automobile.
And then just the treat of seeing the cities, the streets, and the cars of the 1930s in an unstaged action is a pleasure brought to us unintentionally.
The in-car and side of car shots are very well done too, which couldn't have been easy with the film technology of 1935.
Subject: Important driving rule missed.
This early video is a good example of the automobile industries long-standing attempt to shift automobile safety short-comings onto customers. Common sense tips will not prevent true 'accidents'.
An important rule of driving is: Drive so as To Not Personally Cause Others To Have To Brake.
This rule was broken in the video, as the 'courteous' driver near the video's end is actually being DIS-courteous to any cars BEHIND him, and he my find that he gets himself rear-ended if any cars behind him do not slam on their brakes. It's simply dangerous to suddenly come to a halt in the middle of the road, especially just to let someone out of a cross street. This disrupts the proper flow of traffic and also blocks the view of the driver pulling out. Not so safe.
Subject: Forgettable, but still somewhat funny
Subject: A flawed message....but that's why we love it.
Subject: Soap dropping Alert!
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