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52 Films Celebrating The American Automotive Industry And The Driving Pleasures Of The American Highway - 10 Hours Packed Into 3 Dual Layer All Regions DVDs!
*7/20/14: Updated With 2 1/2 Hours Of New Material -- 15 "Chevrolet News Leader" Newsreel Films Selling The Chevrolet Brand And The 1971 Film "The Automobile In America: A Time Of Challenge" -- And Expanded In Size From A 2 DVD Set To A 3 DVD Set!
*7/11/12: Upgraded From A Standard Format 4 DVD Set To A High Quality Dual Layer 2 DVD Set For Easier Storage, Lower Cost And Best Performance In All DVD Players, And Manufactured Using Genuine Verbatim Brand Dual Layer DVD+R Disc Stock, The World's Best! Everything You Ever Wanted To See About Trains But Were Afraid Didn't Exist! 8 Hours Packed Into 27 Films On 2 All Regions Dual Layer DVDs!
A COACH FOR CINDERELLA (1936, 9:20)
A beautiful cartoon that shows us how Chevrolet would have built Cinderella's coach had they been given the job rather than a magical pumpkin!
AMERICAN HARVEST (1955, 29:51)
Chevrolet produced this film in order to exhibit their car company's power and influence over the American economy, the geogaphic and agricultural landscape if helped to connect and even to create, and the full range of industry that combine all these elements to manufacture their automobiles and propel the lifestyle of the culture within which this economic complex operates.
BRIDGING SAN FRANCISCO BAY (1937, 16:41)
The building of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as seen through the eyes of the United States Steel Corporation.
BUILDING A HIGHWAY (1948, 10:18)
The process of construction of a two lane intrastate highway 1940s style, from breaking ground to surface finishing, is here exposed.
CALIFORNIA STATE HIGHWAY 101 OPENING (1929, 3:42 [Silent])
Newsreel footage of the extraordinary events surrounding the opening of the San Francisco - San Mateo County highway, including 50,000 people attending a parade from the San Francisco Civic Center, San Francisco Mayor James "Sunny Jim" Rolph & various aerial dignitaries.
CAUGHT MAPPING (1940, 8:50)
The art and science of cartography, the drawing of maps, put to use in the creation of road maps for use by motorists in the days before the Interstate Highway System, with special emphasis on the importance of "road scouts" in checking drawn maps before they are approved for printing.
CHEVROLET ADVERTISING RINGS THE BELL (1950, 11:30 [Silent])
Though the soundtrack is missing, this beautiful Kodachrome film short chronicles the various advertising media outlets Chevrolet was using to get the word out about how great their cars were.
CONQUERING ROADS (1937, 8:48)
The complicated world of 1930s era intrastate highway engineering, complete with quaintnesses like traffic circles, venerables like cloverleaf junctions, and inevitables like good-ole railroad trestles.
DESIGN FOR DREAMING (1956, 9:14)
The famed General Motors Motorama film of the Populuxe series where the future of things consumable, from automobilies to kitchens, are brought to you in association with Frigidaire.
FREEDOM OF THE AMERICAN ROAD (1955, 26:40)
In an effort to drum up support for the Interstate Highway System, Henry Ford II introduced this film to present the efforts of communities throughout the United States to improve their roads and highways - from San Francisco Bay to Boston's Route 128, from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to St. Joseph Missouri, and those points in-between. A fine film with classic shots of classic cars & motorways.
FROM DAWN TO SUNSET (1937, 24:55)
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.
GIVE YOURSELF THE GREEN LIGHT (1954, 24:07)
The grand color film General Motors sponsored to convince the entire country that the Interstate Highway system was in the best interests of the country at large and the communities it traversed in particular. Simply outstanding!
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OPENING (1936, 4:33 [Silent])
Strikingly moving images of the opening of the what was then the world's longest suspension bridge.
HENRY FORD'S MIRROR OF AMERICA (1962, 35:58)
Rare, extraordinary archival footage from the Ford Film Collection of the history, culture, manufacturing techniques and the life of automotive man between approximately 1915 and 1930, with particular emphasis on early film manufacture, early New York City, Coney Island, rail and trolly traffic, World War I tanks, classic early automobile and roadway footage, archetypical crash and stunt film, early Ford airplanes & more!
HIGHWAY HEARING (1956, 29:32)
The fictional town of Connorsville is to be tranversed by a superhighway, and the resistance of the locals is overcome by highway offiicials who convince them at a town meeting that it's all for the best of the community.
KNIGHTS ON THE HIGHWAY (1938, 8:55)
The means and methods by which truckers of the day could and did drive safely at night.
LINCOLN HIGHWAY DEDICATION (1915, 1:03)
My beloved Lincoln Highway (I grew up in Edison, New Jersey, which it traverses), the very first transcontintental interstate highway, and which begins at Columbus Circle in New York City, is here historically dedicated at its terminus in Lincoln Park in San Francisco.
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.
PONTIAC STYLING (1955, 9:15)
An excellent exposition of all the features of the 1955 model year Pontiac line of General Motor's automobiles.
SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE GROUNDBREAKING (1932, 7:43 [Silent])
The official proceedings of the precedings of the building of this bridge, attended by such dignitaries as the then President Hoover, California Governor James Rolph, Miss Alameda, Miss San Leandro, Miss San Francisco and a bevy of silver-spaded workers.
THE CORVAIR IN ACTION (1960, 6:25)
The car Ralph Nader loved to hate as unsafe and dangerous is here lionized in this promotional film, not only for its salable qualities but also for its safety features.
TO NEW HORIZONS (1940, 22:59)
THIS is the complete renowned motion picture that the famous 1939 World's Fair "World of Tomorrow" films clips of futuristic cars travelling on far-out superhighways of "the wonder world of 1960" (!) that you've seen in so many documentaries come from. Simply a must-see!
TWO FORD FREEDOM (1956, 1:38)
A Ford Corporation ad promoting the idea of the two car family as a means of selling cars of their 1956 line of automobiles.
WHEELS OF PROGRESS (1927, 13:41 [Silent])
A Jazz Age restrospective of American transportation intended to suggest the pressing need for more & better road systems.
CHEVROLET SALES CONVENTION MUSICAL (1954, COLOR, 15:15)
Rare & wonderfully strange song & dance motivational film for the Chevrolet sales force.
CLOSE HARMONY (1942, 10:35)
A film sponsored by General Motors where, in the midst of this attempt to show the positive need for good labor/management relations in America's burgeoning arms industry, resort is still had to the tired old alienating "step 'n fetch it" character Black Americans & the American public both have had to put up with for generations.
OLDSMOBILE "PLAYLETS" (1942, 5:00)
Six film shorts, five selling the last cars General Motor's Oldsmobile had available for sale "for the duration", and one proclaiming the company and worker's commitment to defense during the Second World War.
STEAM DRIVEN VEHICLES (1932, Silent, 16:26)
The Besler Corporation was proud of its steam driven trains, and they were wont to show that pride off in this film - but not only that, they also wanted you to know all about their steam driven automobiles and aircraft, too!
TEST TUBE TALE (1941, 9:26)
Better living through industrial chemistry, brought by the wonders of nylon and other synthetic materials, is celebrated in this film, while the gathering gloom of the Second World War is felt if never mentioned.
TRIUMPH OF AMERICA (1933, B&W, 21:24)
Chevrolet's vintage view into the auto industry's history and manufacturing techniques.
VICTORY IS OUR BUSINESS (1942, 10:09)
General Motor's classic worker motivational film encouraging workers to give all in the great struggle that was World War II.
CHEVROLET LEADER NEWS (15 Films, Black & White)
A collection of films, each over 8 minutes in length, showing to the movie going public all the interesting, utilitarian and fun things drivers could do and drive to with their Chevrolet automobile.
THE AUTOMOBILE IN AMERICA: A TIME OF CHALLENGE (1971, B&W, 12:50)
A Hearst newsreel feature on the historical development of the automobile in America and the challenges the US auto industry faced in 1971 from foreign imports, pollution controls and the environmental effects of the US highway system on the American landscape.
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