Shows the general characteristics of elephants, how they are trained, their physical features, food, and methods of eating, drinking, and cleansing themselves. A full-grown elephant is put through a series of tests for a circus buyer, who engages the trainer to condition two young elephants. These are shown learning to stand on their front and hind legs, sit on barrels, walk a plank, ring a bell, and obey other commands.
Explains that Wellmet House attempts to rehabilitate the mentally ill not by gaining conforming behavior but by helping them relate to other people in natural and unstructured ways. Points out that half of the residents are mentally ill and the other half are college students from nearby universities who staff Wellmet House. Emphasizes the need for each patient to find individual expression. Shows patients and staff at dinner, parties, the local pub, and a house meeting.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Indiana University. Audio-Visual Center
Shows Chilean mountains, deserts, glaciers, mines, ports, pastoral areas, and an estate in the agricultural Central Valley. Here the role of the estate is seen in relation to the visiting owner and his family, the farming population, and Chilean agriculture generally. On the family's return to Santiago, varied aspects of Chile's capital city are featured. Includes some Spanish dialogue.
Erpi Classroom Films Inc., Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Theodore D. A. Cockerell
Extreme close-ups are used to detail the queen, worker and drone, Ranges from the task of collecting nectar, to feeding the young, air conditioning the hive and swarming to begin another hive. Includes a model of the worker bee.
Traces the important role of the research chemist in developing new products, and the skill of the chemical engineer in planning, constructing, and operating a production plant. The production and use of elemental phosphorus illustrate the role of chemistry in modern life.
Documents the tragic poverty of families in the southern mountains, the poor land, the lack of proper diet, inadequate housing, absence of sanitation, and the complete lack of adaptation of the school program to the local situation. Related title: "The children must learn"
Shows how intelligent probation can change a boy's attitude and conduct. In company with his gang, Johnny steals a car, which is wrecked during the excitement of their get-away. What might have happened to the boy is realistically portrayed in a sequence of vivid police and prison scenes. What actually happens to him in a good juvenile court with well-organized probation service provides a stirring contrast. A plea for youth and justice.
Opens with a picture of a boy fishing and quickly leads up to the fact that, in getting a job, the baits required are personality, training, and experience. Then follows a discussion of these points: know yourself, study vocations, learn of contributions your local school can make to your training, coordinate mind and body, build character on a firm foundation, and believe in opportunity.
Shows the home, school, and community life of children in a French-Canadian farm family. Portrays them riding to school in a horse-drawn sleigh, having a snow fight, reciting their lessons at school, working with home handicrafts, visiting their father at his maple sugar shed in the grove, and finally, going with the family to church on Sunday morning. Conversations are reproduced and interpreted. An instructional sound film.
Describes a journey on a streamlined Diesel-electric passenger train from a large city through a picturesque countryside. Depicts the duties of the engineer, the conductor, the cooks, and the pullman porters. Shows the important track signals which the engineers must observe. Stresses the comfort and safety which the passengers enjoy while traveling to their destinations. An instructional sound film.
Presents a documentary study of an important factor in the problem of unemployment--that of workers displaced by automatic machinery. Tells the story of a typical American steel town in the 1920's and 1930's. The commentator, speaking as the town mayor, follows the development of the town and its people, whose lives have been bound up in the fortunes of the steel mill.