EDUCATIONAL FILMS

 

Running Time: 15 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

General Electric promises a flurry of uses for atomic energy, from power for our cities to isotopes for medical research. When the film was produced, commercial nuclear power plants had yet to be built, and nuclear-powered trains, planes, ships were wonders on the horizon. Just as unstable elements are transmuted to lead, the nightmarish monster of atomic war is transmuted into a gentle giant of industrial progress.

 

Running Time: 13 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

The story of a deliquent teen who gets frustrated with school and starts etching out on his desk. Soon he's visiting the principal to discuss "infantile reactions." Funny comparisons between 5 yr olds and teenagers are shown, and soon the teenager makes a chart and thinks about how "old he is today." He finally admits to being 10 years old when he doesn't get what he wants. He tells his principal he'll try to start acting his age by next year...

 

Running Time: 10 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Teenaged Wally is attracted to two girls. One is Ginny, the local "bad girl" with a reputation. The other is Caroline, a sweet young thing who is the exact opposite of Ginny. While Wally would definitely like to get to see if Ginny's reputation s deserved, he is torn between his lust for her and his attraction to the wholesome Caroline. What to do, what to do...

 

Running Time: 10 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

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.

 

Running Time: 13 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version. Watch as happy-go-lucky teen Alan Woodruff ("Woody") receives a free ticket for one couple to the upcoming Hi-Teen Carnival. After much hesitation(and a pep talk from his girl savvy older brother), Woody decides to ask Ann Davis to be his date. At crucial moments in the film the narrator stops the action and presents Woody with several possible options for his actions. A moralistic message for all flirty teens!

 

Running Time: 13 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Features a bizarre chef demonstrating to "the ladies in the audience" that they would be able to get "a fascinating 12 piece kitchen set, one piece each week. It is really fascinating and interesting to know how to prepare food in an appetizing manner." He then demonstrates the set in the classic carnival barker style, with these features: 1) If you run out of shrimp for your shrimp salad, you can always use raw potato. 2) Mother in Laws like big hunks of potato. 3) The combination of Cabbage, flour dough and parsley go well together, especially when ground together really fine (absorbs the juice that way). 4) The Melon baller used to be called the "Farijon Scoop". 5) Those potato slicers that you always see advertised for free used to be called the "Sarah Bernhardt" cutter. You're guess is as good as mine why!

 

Running Time: 14 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

The adventures of "Colonel Cosmic," a Martian, as he learns that Oil and Competition are the two things that make America great. It is a sci-fi-influenced economic tract on the strengths of Earth-style free enterprise economics, compared to a stagnating Mars under the fist of a certain Mr. Ogg, who centrally controls the Martian economy. In the film, a Martian undercover agent flies from Mars to Earth to learn about the oil industry, and finds that the lack of government regimentation and control is what makes our system flourish!

 

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Who cares about the life and death of a drop of gasoline? You will after you see Down the Gasoline Trail. Mixing smart animation, live-action photography, and an original musical score, Jam Handy's nameless animation wizards crafted a delightful film that manages to engage the viewer in the details of a process we ordinarily take for granted. This early JHO/Chevrolet film superimposes cartoon animation over industrial photography as it follows an anthropomorphized drop of gasoline through the "efficiently designed gasoline delivery system" of a Chevy engine. The little drop swims, slides and flies through the gas tank, fuel pump, and manifold until he is finally inflated like a balloon by the carburetor and blown to bits by a spark plug. "He's led a very fortunate life!" the narrator reminds us as the little drop sprouts angel wings and flies off to smog heaven. A fun film; informative and well-produced.

 

Running Time: 9 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

A grinning monkey sitting in a tree dangles a lit firecracker from a fishing pole just over the head of an unwary Bert the Turtle. Realizing that a horrific explosion is pending, the turtle ducks and takes cover inside his shell just in time to avoid immolation from the explosion. As the scene changes to a picnicking All-American Family, a voice-over explains that in order to survive a nuclear attack, one must duck and cover. Selected for the 2004 National Film Registry of "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" motion pictures.

 

Running Time: 10 mins.
Vault: EDUCATIONAL FILMS

Girls Beware is a trilogy of tragedies brought about by teenage girls' attempts at independent behavior. Covers do's and don'ts in the babysitting situation. Develops the problem of the "pick up" and the girls who go with boys that are too old. A cool but sobering glimpse of some of the dangers of being a teenage girl in the late '50s.

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