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19 Films Of Hope, Fear, Turmoil And Change About The 20th Century's Greatest Financial Calamity Packed Into 3 Dual Layer All Regions DVDs!
THE AMERICAN DOCUMENTS: JUST AROUND THE CORNER (1976, 45 min.)
An excellent overview of the years of "The New Deal" produced by Post-Newsweek. It provides an insightful analysis of the history of those times in America; the political and economic struggles for and against The New Deal lead by men such as Roosevelt and Long, Father Coughlin and Henry Ford, Upton Sinclair and others; the use of films to propagandize for and against The New Deal employed by Roosevelt and Zanuch, Mayer and King Vidor; and the life and loss experienced by the general masses of the disenfranchised. Narrated by the great film and television voice actor Alexander Scourby.
BOY IN COURT (1940, 10:15)
The National Probation and Parole Association produced this film in order to convince the public that Juvenile Court was an enlightened, humane and effective means of dealing with youth crime. Its focus is upon 15-year-old Johnny, who goes straight after stealing cars with his hoodlum friends results in his being sentenced by an avuncular Judge to probation under the tutelage of a kindly probation officer. What wonders church & social services bred in 1940!
CALIFORNIA ELECTION NEWS (1934): NO. 1 (4:50) / NO. 2 (5:30)
When Upton Sinclair ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor of California in 1934, MGM's Irving Thalberg anonymously produced these two "newsreels" to make Sinclair's supporters and policies look ridiculous, while making those of his incumbent Republican opponent Frank Merriam appear to be the sensible choice.
FINANCING THE AMERICAN FAMILY (1935, 10:20)
Household Finance sponsored this film to educate struggling families on how obtaining a low-cost loan from their corporation would help them get out of debt more easily than obtaining other low-cost loans from other lending institutions.
FROM DAWN TO SUNSET (1937, 24:58)
In the 1930s, if you had a steady paying job, you had reason to feel fortunate! General Motors thought so, too, and they wanted their workers to know it and have no doubt or confusion (or lack of gratitude) about it, so they had Handy Jam produce this film so that they would realize the wonderful lives they had and that they better all well appreciate it.
FRONTIERS OF THE FUTURE (A SCREEN EDITORIAL WITH LOWELL THOMAS) (1937, 9:57)
The National Industrial Council got the great Lowell Thomas to narrate this excellent period film document about research, development and manufacturing history over the life of the nation in general and during the 1930s in particular. A real treat!
GRIFFITH PARK RELIEF WORKERS DEMONSTRATION (1933, 2:31)
A newreel of a demonstration held against the city & officials of Los Angeles to protest the death of about 100 relief workers at the Griffith Park Fire of 1933.
MASTER HANDS (1936, 27:20)
From the town that gave us the United Auto Workers and Michael Moore, Handy Jam does another propaganda piece for General Motors in their Flint, Michigan plant to dramatize the same reasons workers there ought to appreciate their jobs as they gave in FROM DAWN TO SUNSET above. That the town broke down two months later into sit-down strikes celebrated through the newsreels worldwide is not simply incidental.
MILLIONS OF US (193X, 15:29)
A pro-union silent movie, reminiscent on a few levels of the pro-communist films of Sergei Eisenstein, where a destitute worker learns not to be a "scab" when he shows up for work at a metal factory undergoing a labor strike.
THE NEW FRONTIER (1934, 10:21)
The United States Department of Agriculture's Federal Emergency Relief Administration produced this fascinating film to showcase the rural relief community of Woodlake, Texas, the first of a series of communities they created where masses unemployed, out of work due to such things as dialing phones replacing telephone operators and sound recording in motion pictures replacing actors and musicians, could find new work, grow their own food and operate their own workshops in order to obtain the necessities of life without reliance on relief.
THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS (1936, 25:25)
A United States Resettlement Administration film that recounts the history the American Great Plains, from its transformation from open country in the 1880s into the agricultural bread basket of the Nation by World War I, to profound hard times due to the one-two punch of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
POWER AND THE LAND (1940, 17:44)
A film by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Electrification Administration promoting the need to electrify rurul America by touting the positive changes it produced in the farming life of Bill and Hazel Parkinson of St. Clairsville, Ohio.
THE RIVER (1937, 17:10)
A profound production of the U.S.D.A.'s Farm Security Administration on the vitally important development and relief work it had engaged in to preserve and protect the nation's most important waterway, the Mississippi River, : "This is the story of a river; A record of the Mississippi: Where it comes from, where it goes; What it has meant to us --- And what it has cost us.".
SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL STRIKE (1934, 2:41)
Newsreel of a city-wide general strike, held to support striking San Franscisco longshoreman during the 1934 San Francisco Maritime Strike, that became became quite a disorderly mess.
SAN FRANCISCO LONGSHORE STRIKE (1934, 6:59)
More of the above, with attention given to the shutdown of the port of San Francisco.
STEEL: A SYMPHONY OF INDUSTRY (1936, 17:50)
The American Iron and Steel Institue captured the essence of steel manufacturing techniques in the 1930s, while unintentionally documenting the lackadaisical attitude towards worker safety consistent with the period.
VALLEY TOWN (1940, 24:32)
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsored this New York University production which sought earnestly to document how new technology was destabilizing the economic and social underpinnings of many steel towns of this era through the story of one such unnamed Pennsylvania town, here known as Valley Town. An extraordinary and unique film, both in content and message, presaging the outcry against automation a generation later, while firmly documenting both the boomtown phenomenon and the technological progress of this bleak industrial age.
THE 1929 CRASH ON WALL STREET (26 Min., B&W)
A series of reenactments coupled with archival footage and meaningful narrative make clear the profound change in what life was like before, during and as a result of The Great 1929 Dow Jones Stock Market Crash.
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