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by Archer Productions, Inc.
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Selected for the 2004 National Film Registry of "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" motion pictures. Famous Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack.
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Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense, Animation
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by Sid Davis
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eye 349,855
favorite 238
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Anti-homosexual film targeted at teenage boys, urging them to avoid encounters with potential molesters.
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Topics: Homosexualities, Crime and criminals (Molestation), Los Angeles
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by Medical Arts Productions
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eye 331,915
favorite 167
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Sex education film aimed at teenage boys, with the coach as authority figure and teacher.
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Topics: Sex education, Children, Gender roles
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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eye 292,526
favorite 254
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One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films, with examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette, courtesy to parents, and an analysis of what makes some people popular and others not. A scream and a sobering document of postwar conformity. Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Writers: Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute...
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Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Gender roles
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by Various
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eye 261,225
favorite 257
comment 13
Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Sutherland (John) Productions
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eye 216,011
favorite 315
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In this corporate-sponsored cartoon, Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great.
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Topics: Economics, Oil industry, Advertising: Animation
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by Centron Corporation
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eye 201,882
favorite 56
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An American family unable to afford a Thanksgiving turkey reviews the things for which they feel thankful. This patriotic film is unusual in that it does not link freedom and happiness with the pursuit of wealth. Produced with nonprofessional actors in Lawrence, Kansas. Written by Margaret Carlile (Trudy) Travis.
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Topics: Patriotism, Holidays: Thanksgiving, Families: 1950s
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by Crawley Films, Ltd.
movies
eye 141,043
favorite 118
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Social-sex development of Bill and Mary and how they came to meet, fall in love and marry.
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Topics: Sex education, Social guidance, Gender roles
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by American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
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eye 113,783
favorite 73
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Training film for users of the new dial telephones.
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Topics: Communication: Telephone, Ergonomics
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by Photo & Sound Productions for Medical Arts Productions
movies
eye 111,745
favorite 129
comment 21
Menstruation education film for young teenage girls, redolent with dated detail.
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Topics: Sex education, Gender roles, Children
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by Audio Productions, Inc.
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eye 106,930
favorite 105
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Though this sex education film concentrates on presenting the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction in sober medical terms, its release kicked off a controversy in many American cities and towns over the legitimacy of sex education in the public schools. The film is narrated from the point of view of an adult who tries to decide how to answer his son's natural questions about sex and reproduction. With excellent diagrams of the reproductive process.
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Topics: Sex education, Biology: Reproduction, Families
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
eye 101,156
favorite 63
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Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of marching cigarettes.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Substance abuse: Tobacco, Animation: Stop-motion
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by Calvin Communications
movies
eye 91,272
favorite 155
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The ultimate generic industrial film, built around every script and visual cliche.
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Topics: Motion pictures: Production, Motion pictures: Sponsored, Humor
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by Crawley Films
movies
eye 90,655
favorite 129
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How far can young people go in petting and still stay within the bounds of personal standards and social mores?
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Topics: Sex education, Teenagers, Social guidance
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by Williams (Clem) Films
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eye 89,579
favorite 70
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Santa Claus rides in a parade and walks kids through a relentless department-store Christmas display. Filmed in Pittsburgh.
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Topics: Christmas, Santa Claus, Consumerism
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by American Documentary Films, Inc.
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eye 86,178
favorite 113
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The Regional Planning Association of America's plea for community chaotic cities and urban sprawl. Directors: Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke. Script: Henwar Rodakiewicz, from an outline by Pare Lorentz. Commentary written by Lewis Mumford. Narrator: Morris Carnovsky. Photography: Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke, Jules V.D. Bucher, Edward Anhalt, Roger Barlow and Rudolph Bretz. Editor: Theodore Lawrence. Music: Aaron Copland.
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Topics: Sustainability: 1930s, City planning, Regionalism
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by National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association
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eye 84,705
favorite 129
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Atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds (later the Nevada Test Site) show effects on well-kept homes, homes filled with trash and combustibles, and homes painted with reflective white paint. Asserts that cleanliness is an essential part of civil defense preparedness and that it increased survivability. Selected for the 2002 National Film Registry of "artistically, culturally, and socially significant" films.
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Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense, Cold War, Waste disposal
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by Crawley Films
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Animated explanation of primary and secondary sex characteristics in adolescent boys and girls.
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Topics: Sex education, Medicine: Endocrinology, Animation
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by Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
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favorite 153
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Delightful musical made to promote color telephones as a decorator accessory in the home.
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Topics: Communication: Telephone, Consumerism, Houses and homes
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
eye 64,214
favorite 51
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Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
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Topics: Infrastructure: Bridges, San Francisco: Infrastructure, Occupations: Ironworkers
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by Stoney Associates
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eye 57,326
favorite 72
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Fascinating documentary made to train police officers in the assistance and management of mentally ill and confused persons, produced in New Orleans by eminent filmmaker George C. Stoney using real New Orleans police officers as actors. A little-known ethnographic classic that is strongly rooted in the place where it was made.
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Topics: Psychiatry, Police, Ethnography: U.S.: South
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by Centron Productions
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Cindy, a tomboy unsure of her social status, dreams of a party where her fairy godmother gives her etiquette lessons, and wakes up to receive her very own invitation. Filmed in Lawrence, Kansas.
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Topics: Gender roles, Social guidance: Etiquette, Recreation
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by Affiliated Film Producers
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Marriage training film dramatizing a partnership too fraught with conflicts to survive. Produced as part of a post-World War II initiative to make marriages more sustainable in the face of postwar dislocation. An unusually literate, neo-realist film produced by a talented group of documentarians. A series of films based on the textbook "Marriage for Moderns," by Henry A. Bowman. Director: Willard Van Dyke. Writer: H. Partnow (pseudonym for blacklisted screenwriter Millard Lampell)....
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Topics: Marriage, Social guidance, Gender roles
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A television commercial for Newport cigarettes.
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Topic: commercial
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by Educational Film Institute of New York University and Documentary Film Productions, Inc.
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favorite 55
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Educating the children of Appalachia. Director: Willard Van Dyke. Script: Spencer Pollard. Photography: Bob Churchill. Narration: Myron McCormick. Editor: Irving Lerner. Music: Fred Stewart.
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Topics: Education, Appalachia, Rural America
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by Steeg (Ted) Productions
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eye 31,965
favorite 61
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Shows coffeehouses sponsored by churches and community organizations and how they function as gathering places for countercultural youth.
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Topics: 1960s, Youth culture, Coffee
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
eye 26,484
favorite 88
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Advocacy film produced to garner public support for the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
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Topics: Infrastructure: Roads and highways, Car culture: General, Manifest destiny
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by Moss (Paul F.)
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eye 25,213
favorite 55
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Depicts ants as social creatures living in complex societies. Shows ways they control their environment. Ken Smith sez: This is probably the most genuinely entertaining of all the John Kieran's Kaleidoscope films. The poor ants are anthropomorphised to the nth degree; we even hear The Wedding March when the queen and her drone fly away from the nest. Kieran's patter has never been more meandering; he sounds like a befuddled uncle narrating home movies. Clumsy but enjoyable. PESTILENCE (ANTS) VS...
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by Knickerbocker Productions
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eye 19,935
favorite 47
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A teenage girl reflects on her emotional growth, remembering episodes in which her love, fear, anger were not always under control, and decides not to go "park" with her boyfriend.
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Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Sex education
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by Dwight Swain
movies
eye 19,850
favorite 39
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Excellent noir-type film about pressures facing a white-collar worker whose ulcer drives him to psychological extremes.
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Topics: Mental health, Ulcers, Motion pictures: Film noir
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by Children's Productions
movies
eye 18,928
favorite 35
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Thanksgiving dining etiquette for young children.
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Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Children
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movies
eye 18,339
favorite 32
comment 13
Delicious Dishes
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by Unknown
movies
eye 18,094
favorite 29
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Sales film for voting machines, promoting them as engines of governmental efficiency and practical democracy.
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Topics: Voting, Political campaigns and elections, Human rights
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by Smith, Ken
movies
eye 16,429
favorite 24
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Made by Ken Smith from Prelinger Archives footage.
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by Iowa State Teachers' College
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favorite 41
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Four years in the lives of four home economics students at Iowa State University.
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Topics: Gender roles, Home economics, Colleges and universities