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All You Need To Learn To Know How To Get Ahead In Business In The Twentieth Century! Over 9 Hours Packed Into 41 Films Presented As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality 3 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set! #BusinessFilms #IndustrialFilms #SponsoredFilms #EphemeralFilms #Business #Industry #Advertising #Marketing #Capitalism #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #Films #SocialGuidanceFilms #MP4 #VideoDownload #DVD
*August 9, 2022: Updated To Include THE SECRET LIFE OF THE WORD PROCESSOR!
A LOOK AT CAPITALISM (Black/White, 1955, 13:08)
An installment of the famed filmed Harding College lecture series by Prof. Clifton L. Ganus on American capitalism.
ALL OUT FOR VICTORY (Black/White, 1943, 20:16)
A grateful acknowledgement of the contributions of disabled and handicapped workers to industrial war production.
AMERICAN THRIFT (Color, 1962, 25:01)
Chevrolet flatters the American housewife with how thrifty she is for buying America's mass produced products.
CHEVROLET SALES CONVENTION MUSICAL (Color, 1954, 15:15)
Rare & wonderfully strange song & dance motivational film for the Chevrolet sales force.
CLOSE HARMONY (Black/White, 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.
CONQUER BY THE CLOCK (Black/White, 1943, 10:40)
Just as wartime industry was expected to run like clockwork, it was also hoped this film would enable and inspire workers to live their lives likewise.
DEADLINE FOR ACTION (Black/White, 1946, 36:43)
Another extraordinary film by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America film, this one touting the accomplishments of left-wing labor union activities in the period immediately preceding the post-war communist baiting era.
DESTINATION EARTH (Color, Cartoon, 1956, 13:36)
The American Petroleum Institute wanted Earthlings to know what Martians knew about big oil & market competition.
FOR GOOD LIVING (BROWN DERBY BEER PROMO) (Black/White, 1937, 18:56, Silent)
Safeway Stores lets their retail store customers know just how great their house brand of beer was to sell.
FREEDOM AND POWER (Color, Live Action & Animation, 1952, 26:36)
Electric power, that is, and General Electric wants you to know how the two are intertwined.
FRIGIDAIRE IMPERIAL LINE (Color, 1956, 20:07)
Frigidaire dealers learn what makes their new line of refrigerators so special.
FROM DAWN TO SUNSET (Black/White, 1937, 24:58)
Chevrolet workers, pay attention: this is your workaday life, and if you want to keep it, you'll work for the benefit of the company.
I WANT TO BE A SECRETARY (Black/White, 1941, 15:51)
Classic view into what the expectations of a secretary at the dawn of World War II was.
IT TAKES EVERYBODY TO BUILD THIS LAND (Black/White, 1951, 19:47)
Oscar Brand sings like Pete Seeger, and it sets the political tone for this exposition of the importance of specialization in agriculture and industry.
MANPOWER (Black/White, 1943, 8:32)
The power of and need for good hard labor from good hard laborers is explained and celebrated.
MASTER HANDS (Black/White, 1936, 27:20)
General Motors wanted their Flint, Michigan work force to appreciate their circumstances via this landmark propaganda time piece.
MEN AND JOBS (Black/White, 1944, 8:35)
Color film on the matching of men and women to the jobs their government needs them to do during wartime.
NATIONAL CASH REGISTER (Black/White, 1910s-1920s, 15:14, Silent)
Rare archival footage documenting early manufacturing techniques utilized by NCR.
OFFICE COURTESY: MEETING THE PUBLIC (Color, 1952, 10:34)
How a secretary is expected for the company's benefit to deal the public.
OFFICE ETIQUETTE (Black/White, 1950, 14:00)
Classic do's & don'ts film period piece portraying good & really really bad office behavior.
OLDSMOBILE "PLAYLETS" (Black/White, 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.
STEEL: A SYMPHONY OF INDUSTRY (Black/White, 1936, 17:50)
The American Iron and Steel Institue captures the essence of steel manufacturing techniques, as well as the lackadaisical attitude towards worker safety, consistent with the 1930s.
SUGGESTION BOX (Black/White, 1945, 8:53)
How that time-honored institutional practice comes in especially handy for the greater output and better production methods needed for the war effort.
SUPERVISING WOMEN WORKERS (Black/White, 1944, 10:10)
One of the earliest attempts to seriously offer guidance on how to treat, manage and motivate women workers.
TEST TUBE TALE (Black/White, 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.
THE ARM BEHIND THE ARMY (Black/White, 1942, 10:21)
The U.S. Army wanted everyone to know that good relations between management and labor was critical if the nation was to win the war.
THE GREAT SWINDLE (Black/White, 1948, 32:09)
It was inevitable that during the "after the war" times that labor would find opportunity to turn to management and demand more while sacrificing less. This film goes a very long distance towards doing just so, with the intention of recruiting membership for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers for the fight against corporate interests.
THE ISLAND OF YESTERDAY: SUMATRA, DUTCH WEST INDIES (Black/White, 1920, 9:44, Silent)
Goodyear's extraordinary look into the controversial history of rubber plantations & production.
THE "YOUR NAME HERE" STORY (Color, 1960, 10:10)
Hilarious parody of exactly the kind of corporate film propaganda featured in this DVD collection.
THESE PEOPLE (Black/White, 1944, 15:08)
A Frigidaire plant converts from consumer to military production when America enters the fray.
THREE CITIES (Black/White, 1943, 10:08)
A U.S. Office Of War Information film on how Norfolk, Virginia and Detroit, Michigan adapted to the urgent needs for housing and social services, and how Cash Valley, Utah citizens volunteered for important army railroad improvement work.
TRIUMPH OF AMERICA (Black/White, 1933, 21:24)
Chevrolet's vintage view into the auto industry's history and manufacturing techniques.
VICTORY IS OUR BUSINESS (Black/White, 1942, 10:09)
General Motor's classic worker motivational film encouraging workers to give all in the great struggle.
WHEN WORK IS DONE (Black/White, 1943, 8:55)
Another classic film, one that provides a glimpse into a day in the life of Sylacauga, Alabama, the model wartime factory town, complete with all the facilities and organized social activities that go along with it.
WORKING TOGETHER: A CASE HISTORY IN LABOR-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION (Black/White, 1951, 22:38)
A case study in how unions and management can effectively, productively and profitably cooperate at the American Pencil Company of Hoboken, New Jersey.
THE SECRET LIFE OF MACHINES: THE SECRET LIFE OF THE WORD PROCESSOR Color, 1992, 23 Minutes)
An episode of the beloved iconic 1988-1993 British television series, that reveals how the word processor works, how it came about, its lineage and its development into the desktop PC design of the 1990s!
Business Or Industial Films: Defined by film archivist Rick Prelinger as a sponsored film or ephemeral film, are film made by a particular sponsor for a specific purpose other than as a work of art: the films were designed to serve a specific pragmatic purpose for a limited time. Many of the films are also orphan works since they lack copyright owners or active custodians to guarantee their long-term preservation. The genre is composed of advertising films, educational films, industrial videos, training films, social guidance films, and government-produced films. While some may borrow themes from well-known film genres such as western film and comedies, what defines them is a sponsored rhetoric to achieve the sponsor's goals, rather than those of the creative artist. Sponsored films in 16mm were loaned at no cost, except sometimes postage, to clubs, schools, and other groups. A T & T was for decades one of the most active sponsored film distributors; others included airlines who offered travelogues on their destinations. Local television stations also used them as "filler" programming. Some distributing agents packaged films from various sponsors into TV programs with titles like Compass, Color Camera, Ladies' Day, and Adventures In Living.