Tennessee Valley Authority, National Defense Advisory Committee
Narration introduces this report as "the story of the development of the Tennessee River," showing ongoing construction of major public works projects conducted under the Tennessee Valley Authority, including dams and hydroelectric plants. Touts the harnessing of waterpower to generate electricity for industry and farmers. Lists the improvements to quality of life in the region brought by electricity, including home amenities, pumped water for irrigation, and community refrigeration for food storage. Emphasizes the development of fertilizer manufacturing, as well as munitions and aluminum for defense industries. Includes footage of Wilson dam, Norris dam, Wheeler dam, Pickwick Landing dam, Guntersville dam, Chickamauga dam, and Watts Bar dam and generating station.
United States. Department of Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
Recounts the history of land ownership by small farmers in the U.S. Free land for farmers gradually disappeared as the west was settled through the 19th century, resulting in the necessity for farmers to buy land with mortgages. Describes the creation of the 1916 Federal Farm Loan Act and regional land bank systems to enable tenant farmers to become landowners. "Shows how the cooperative mortgage credit system works in the everyday lives of John and Mary Farmer, who are typical of the 600,000 members of national farm loan associations now using their own credit system to achieve the goal of owning debt-free farms" (Motion Pictures of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1945, 21).
A Columbia short subject presentation, distributed for classroom exhibition by Teaching Film Custodians. Presents Stanley Brown, Donald Grayson, and others in a program of Stephen Foster songs: Oh Susanna, Beautiful Dreamer, Jeanie with the Light Browns Hair, Old Folks at Home, Camptown Races, and My Old Kentucky Home. Costumed performers in an antebellum Southern plantation setting, each song is given a brief introduction with invitation for the audience to sing along. [Spoken dialogue and song lyrics include mutliple uses of the pejorative "darky."]
Reveals the activities, customs, and traditions of the Watussi, an African people characterized by their advanced culture. Shows the ruling prince and royal family and activities in the royal household, including weaving, decorating, cooking, and churning. Portrays the prince as he inspects his cattle and leads a hunt, and depicts his young son presiding over a ceremonial dance.
History of the settlement of the western Canadian prairie lands, from pioneers in covered wagons to the booming wheat industry of the early 20th century. Shows that the prosperity brought by wheat built the western cities and led to rampant increases in production, when "wheat flowed like a golden river." The plowing of vast acreage without concern for soil conservation led to the disastrous collapse of the western agricultural economy. "Long years of intensive drought, coupled with a disastrous fall in prices, forced many Prairie farmers to board up their homes and seek work elsewhere. But the majority remained, hating to leave the land they had broken, often lacking the capital to make a fresh start. To these, the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, working through engineers and scientists on the experimental farms and stations, restored faith and morale. Conservation of moisture, development of new methods of farming and conversion of sub marginal land to other uses all helped to put these derelict farms once again on a working basis" (National Film Board of Canada catalog record http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/our-collection/?idfilm=18392).
Teaching Film Custodians classroom film of excerpts from the 1939 Warner Bros., feature film, "Juarez". Dramatizes the struggle of Benito Juarez to maintain independence and republicanism in Mexico from 1863 to 1867. Focuses on the Juaristas' resistance to French-supported Emperor Maximilian. Records that, with the end of the Civil War, the United States government warned Napoleon to withdraw his troops from Mexico. Shows Maximilian gambling on a victory by the loyalist Mexican troops over the Republican Army, failing, and being executed.
Portrays, with animated maps, the physical characteristics of Mexico and its strategic geographical relation to the United States. Enumerates her natural resources and industries. Depicts urban life and rural activities such as corn harvesting and grinding, home-building, beverage preparation, pottery-making, and handicraft work.
ERPI Classroom Films, Inc., Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc.
Promotes the catalog of ERPI Classroom Films to educators, presenting excerpts from dozens of films with narration extolling their effectiveness (ERPI Classroom Films was the predecessor to Encylopædia Britannica Films, an acronym derived from Electrical Research Products, Inc.). "Designed to show how the sound film can surmount many barriers to human learning by bringing to the classroom concepts otherwise difficult or impossible to present" states narration. Examples of microphotography, animated diagrams, time-lapse and slow motion photography demonstrate the applications of the motion-picture film in the classroom. Travelogue, foreign cultures, training and trades are brought to the classroom. Cites a study finding that classroom films are particularly effective with "low I.Q." students. Includes time-lapse film of the solar eclipse of 1932.
Presents four styles of folk dances from the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and Ukraine. Performed by the USSR delegation to the International Dance Festival in London, England. Dances include "Horoomi", "The Lezguinka", and "Gopak"
Erpi Classroom Films, Lawson Robertson, Dean Cromwell, Brutus Hamilton, Harold A. Bruce, Amateur Athletic Union of the United States
Includes races from 1,000 to 10,000 meters and steeplechase. Style of distance runner contrasted vividly with that of dash man. Differences in typical physiques. Steeplechase portrays various methods employed by participants in clearing barriers. An instructional sound film.
United States. Department of Agriculture. Bureau of Animal Industry
An address given by Dr. John R. Mohler, Chief of the USDA Bureau of Animal Industry, provides narration for this film reporting on the work of the Bureau. "Animal husbandry and veterinary science increase the usefulness of domestic animals to mankind. Research, regulatory, and informational work of the United States Department of Agriculture; Cooperation with the States in the eradication of diseases; inspection of herds; laws regulating dairy conditions; livestock improvement; scientific poultry raising" (Motion Pictures of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1945, 35).
Through animated drawings and photography explains the hypothesis that electricity consists of unit elementary charges. Demonstrates the conduction of electricity through solutions, gases, and vacuum: Faraday's laws; movement of charges in vacuum tubes: operation of photoelectric cells: and reproduction of sound on film. For high school and college groups.
Illustrates dynamic aspects of stars within our galaxy and of galaxies themselves by use of animated drawings. Includes changes in the Dipper, binary stars, eclipsing variables, trinary stars, motion of stars in the Hyades and Hercules clusters, apparent star motion due to motion of the solar system, galactic rotation, and a portrayal of the theory of the expanding universe. Also describes the principles of refracting and reflecting telescopes.
Carlson, Anton J. (Anton Julius), 1875-1956., Erpi Picture Consultants, Incorporated
Portrays how heart and blood vessels circulate blood throughout the body. Animated drawings depict the nature of the circulatory system and muscular and valvular heart action. Reveals factors affecting the rate of heart beat, flow of blood from a severed artery, and the effect of severing the cervical nerve. Through cinemicrography discloses capillary blood flow. For high school, college, and adult groups.
Shows the structure of the nervous system, together with its pathways and connections; the nature of a nerve impulse; conditions for setting up impulses; their passage from cell to cell; their discharge; and resultant activity, along with reflexes, sensory integration, and finally, activity of the cerebrum.
Presents an introductory study of the planets--their evolution, motions, sizes, and satellites. Shows, through animated drawings, the evolution of the solar system according to planetesimal hypothesis, and traces the real and apparent motions of the planets. Reveals special phenomena pertaining to certain planets, and describes the planetoids, Halley's comet, and the movement of the solar system in space.
Uses a police dog to teach primary-grade children the various steps to follow while crossing the street. Explains how to wait for a policeman's signal or for a light signal, and how to cross the street when there is no signal; points out the danger of crossing the street between parked cars and in walking behind cars backing out of alleys. With subtitles.
Teaching Film Custodians release of a Lyman H. Howe Films Co., short film. Presents the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows at their Sarasota, FL winter quarters, in transit, and in performance. Shows the birds and beasts of the menagerie; the training of a troupe of zebras in the ring; horses high-stepping, dancing, and jumping over obstacles; elephants dancing and working; performers rehearsing on slack wire and trapeze; a girl spinning cartwheels; a sideshow snake charmer; the world's smallest man; an aborigine dancing.
Shows opencast mining, sluicing, and bucket dredging in tin mines in the Malay States; tin as it is shipped to the United States; and the processes of making tin plate, tin cans for food containers; and various tin-base alloys.
Shows how Springfield, Massachusetts, offers an inspiring plan to other communities for combating racial and religious intolerance, and shows how any school and any town can deal with the causes of this injustice.
Describes the economic, religious, and social characteristics of life in Bangkok, Thailand. Includes views of the temples, the old Palace of Kings, the King and the Queen at a state function, the floating river market, the busy streets, the celebration of the Buddhist New Year, and a traditional Thai funeral. Describes the attachment of the Thai people to ancient traditions as well as their love for modern comforts. Highlights the cooperation of the American and European businessmen with the Siamese in developing local industry and describes the country as the "rice bowl of Asia."
Shows the extent of communication between the East and the West in Berlin, including railroad and trolley connections, newspapers from the West, and pedestrian movement across zone lines. Pictures various shops set up near the border to cater to East Berliners and discloses black-market activities. Shows High Commissioner Conant stating his policies. Contrasts, during a sight-seeing bus tour, the dullness and inactivity of East Berlin to the busy, clean streets of West Berlin and describes the refugee problem in some detail.
Portrays through the experiences of a family recently moving into a community, the variety of services provided by a centralized county library system to branch libraries and their users. These services available to users include rotating book collections, recordings, motion pictures; library administration and technical services involved in ordering, processing, cataloging, publicity, and circulation of materials; and the advantages of the correlated use of equipment, personnel, and materials found in a central library system serving branch libraries.
Shows the gradual development of a balanced economy in Canada through the growth of industry in the various provinces. Includes views of wheat harvesting, logging, tourist attractions, the transportation of oil, food processing, and the production of power, metals, motors, planes, and radios. Mentions the controversial St. Lawrence Waterway project and presents the testimony of leaders in industry and government, including Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent.
Shows the work of medical researchers in their efforts to discover the causes of and cure for cancer, and the work of organizations in combating popular ignorance and fear of cancer. Famous physicians warn against "quack" cures.
This film presents the anatomy, symptomatology, and clinical picture of disorders of nerves. Shots include: unilateral paralysis of masticatory nerve, paralysis of right masticatory nerve, disorders of the spinal accessory nerve, motor fibers supplying sternomastoid muscle, atrophy of the upper portion of the trapezius muscle, scapula alata in paralysis of serratus anticus muscle, motor fibers leaving medulla between olive and pyramid, bilateral paralysis of hypoglossal nerves, scars of gunshot injury bilateraly, slow response to galvanic stimulation, severe atrophy and immobility of tongue, and bilateral paralysis of glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves.
Tells how the island of Formosa has been helped to become economically self-sufficient through the help of ECA and the Joint Committee on Rural Reconstruction. Explains that through the cooperation of the United States and the local government, and at a small cost, the people of the island have been helped to help themselves. Short version of Formosa--Island of Promise.
Shows the problems of Formosa, an island which doubled in population through the arrival of Chinese Nationalist refugees. Tells how, with assistance from ECA and the Joint Committee on Rural Reconstruction, the island has been made almost self-supporting. Describes the land reforms, military training, and education of women now in progress.
Reviews the civil strife between religious groups during the first days of Free India. Stresses the fact that with the assassination of Gandhi much of the civil war stopped, and now Nehru is attempting to weld the country into a democratic state. Shows present-day India's industry, people, religion, and agriculture.
The problems of both the Netherlands and Indonesia are presented in the question of Indonesian independence. Describes Holland's need to rebuild her empire after World War II, and shows Indonesia's resentment of Dutch and Japanese exploitation. Leaders of both sides give their views.
Shows the findings of Dr. Arnold Gesell, at the Yale University Clinic, concerning the mental and physical growth of children. Consists of candid-camera shots photographed through a one-way vision dome.
Shows graphically that people live longer now because of modern medical developments. Discusses the problem of how these people should be supported by pension plans such as social security. Explains that many are unemployed when they are still able to work, and show how older people adjust to their particular place in life.
Outlines a typical day in the life of a ten-year-old boy, stressing the need for the development of his individual aptitudes, abilities, and personality pattern. Pictures the anxieties of parents over the proper guidance of their children, and shows the ways in which these parents obtain scientific help. Some major problems of child behavior are also touched on.