Office Etiquette (1950)

Summary: You women better behave yourselves, ya hear?! We open with a woman’s voiceover looking back with fondness to her first typing class where she not only learned how to type, but also how to "get along" in a business "environment." Ahhh yes, the joy of watching a classroom full of zomboid teenagers banging away [...]

Sharing Work At Home (1949)

Summary: See how you can help Mother avoid a nervous collapse by picking up after yourself, you slob. Open with Howard and his father, cleverly referred to as "Dad" (boy, those guys at Coronet Instructional are just too good sometimes!) slapping up hideous, floral wallpaper in the living room. As the excitement reaches its climax, [...]

Writing Better Social Letters (1950)

Summary: As exciting as it sounds. (Sorry for lack of screen shots. My copy of this video was of terrible quality. But don’t think I’d let you get away from this one just because of that!) Do you lose sleep at night wondering if your social letters are up to snuff? Me neither. Open with [...]

Cindy Goes To A Party (1955)

Summary: Girls just want to have fun. Ahhh, yes, another "Young America Films" production intent on destroying all confidence and pride a young person would ever dare to have. Open with the titular Cindy goofing around outside playing basketball with her young male friend, Dennis. (Wow! What a great name!) Alarm bells should be going [...]

Dinner Party (1945)

Summary: A totalitarian narrator points out every mistake, turning a dinner ‘party’ into an Orwellian nightmare! This short film begins as most "social" news reels do: having the maid point out mistakes in a young girl’s dinner table preparations. (A napkin is out of place, the butter knife belongs on the butter dish, and so [...]

Arranging The Buffet Supper (1946)

Summary: Never fear! This informative news reel will save your next buffet dinner! Our favorite 1940′s housewife, June, is preparing for her upcoming buffet supper, and is wisely getting advice from her elderly grandmother. The following important issues are now discussed: "What foods to offer? How it’s to be served? And what preparations she should [...]

Newport (196?)

Summary: Man, I wish I lived back in the days before smoking was bad for you. A man runs down a busy city street trying to make his bus, but misses it. Damn. Now I guess we have to sit through a commercial. From out of nowhere a blast of cigarette smoke blows into the [...]

Labatts (196?)

Summary: Ahhh, remember all the times you sat around enjoying a cold Labatts? Me neither. Open with a man, attired in a drab grey suit, sitting alone at a table enjoying a, yes, you guessed it: Labatts. "When you have a Labatts," the narrator informs us, "you have an adventure!" Through the magic of Stop [...]

The Home Electrical (192?)

Summary: A nostalgic look at how things once were…"One with all the calculator know-how you’ll probably ever need." I’m not sure of the date of this reel, but it’s a freakin’ silent movie, so can it be from the 30′s? Earlier? I tried to find the date of this one on the Internet but to [...]

Sharp LC8 Calculator (197?)

Summary: A nostalgic look at how things once were…"One with all the calculator know-how you’ll probably ever need." Open with a strange montage of voiceovers bitching about the costs of "paper work". Why, I wonder if there is any product out there that can alleviate our woes? "There’s gotta be an answer!" a voice pleads. [...]

According To Plan (1952)

Summary: Asbestos is your friend! You thought asbestos was bad for you? Nooooo….not at all! A little light music and a friendly narrator will change all that! As a young couple sit in their living room dreaming of a new home, the narrator (Big-N) explains just what a home means to people, "Home brings a [...]

The Best Made Plans (1956)

Summary: Experience the magic of plastic wrap! A car drives up. A 1950′s family piles out of the car for a picnic. It is Dad’s first day of vacation and they discover that amidst all the confusion of the previous day, they’ve forgotten to pack something to cover the picnic table. (Ahhh…the big issues of [...]

More Dangerous Than Dynamite (195?)

Summary: Maybe this is Darwinian selection at work… After watching the opening credits we see a montage of dynamite blasts. We learn, unsurprisingly, that thousands of people die each year from accidents in the home. OK, I’ll buy that. Such accidents, as we are shown, include leaving the iron tipped over on a shirt while [...]

Atomic Alert (1951)

Atomic Alert (Elementary Version) (1951) Summary: Instructing elementary school kids on what to do during nuclear attack The film begins by showing a cartoon atom overlaid over a child’s eye. Cue title card. Cut to a classroom where young boys are learning about radioactivity. The group of youths is gathered around a Geiger counter as [...]

6 1/2 Magic Hours (1958)

Summary: A nostalgic look at the first transatlantic jet flight featuring the Pan-Am Boeing 707 A nice quicky by Pan-Am show casing the joy of internation flight. We are quickly informed that in the year 1954, a new flight was inaugerated: Flight 1000. The suspense builds as the narrator shows us how all the normal [...]