1949 TV commercial from Camel cigarettes.
An experiment in Guatemala in the 1940s that included U.S. doctors now has victims there seeking legal recourse. People were infected with syphilis to test the effectiveness of penicillin. (May 27, 2011)
This film warns that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into “suckers” by the forces of fanaticism and hatred. This thesis is rendered more powerful by the ever-present example of Nazi Germany, whose capsule history is dramatized as part of this film. There’s a great deal of good sense in this film and more than a bit of wartime populism: “Let’s not think about ‘we’ and ‘they.’ Let’s think about ‘us’!”
It’s interesting to think of this film in the light of Cold War anti-Communist politics, which really came into their own in the year this film was made. Were the witch-hunting politicians and citizens of the late Forties and early Fifties protecting the people, or were they themselves acting like “suckers?”
Producer: U.S. War Department
Sponsor: U.S. War Department
1:23 “Women scare me–at least they do in a factory.”
1:53 “You see, they’re not naturally familiar with mechanical principles nor machines.”
2:41 “You know, women workers can be surprisingly good producers.”
2:50 “When breaking in any new worker, and of course especially a woman, you’ve got to explain every angle of the process, down to the last detail.”
4:29 “I guess women don’t realize what it means to stick on the job.”
5:37 Wife: “So many of them have two jobs, Joe–one in the home, one in the plant.” Husband: “Gee, I’m glad I thought of that!” Wife: “Yes, dear.” (The Second Shift, Arlie Hochschild)
After Allan Woodrow, AKA “Woody,” receives a ticket to the carnival for “one couple,” he realizes that he’ll need to find a date: “One couple. That means a date! Not like just going around with a crowd. Just me and a girl.” But Woody’s never asked a girl out. The film takes us through the phases of dating, from picking the right gal, to best practices for calling her, to proper goodnight etiquette. After running through a number of fraught scenarios, Woody learns the best way to get the girl — and keep her.
Produced by the National Association of Manufacturers in 1940, this film offers a rebuke to communism.
Teenage Jerry has been wooed by the anti-capitalists down at the plant, so Grampa Robinson gives Jerry a long talk about the history of the town, which has been built – just like America – on capitalism.
Hair styles for a “war way of life.”