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Title Lifestyles U.S.A. Vol. 24 [videorecording].

Imprint Seattle, WA : Something Weird Video, c2007.

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 1st Floor DVD Collection  973 L6263  v.24    ---  Available
Description 1 videodisc : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD.
Note Title from container.
Summary Features six film shorts celebrating American technology. Adam to Atom celebrates great Inventions with an odd mix of stock footage and scenes from a play. Specifically, the stage production presented at the Museum of Science & Industry of Chicago with lots of amateur-night thespians overplaying it as Johann Gutenberg, James Watt, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. The Story of Television features many stock shots of early television labs, cameras, tubes, sets, and shows from 1931 (with experimental station W2XBS) through '56. Meat-O-Rama is an early cooking show presented by the National Live Stock and Meat Board. The Champion stars a young Don Knotts as a man eager to buy a new car with a slick engine and plenty of power, so he buys... a McCulloch go-cart. Wings to Hawaii is a 1966 travelogue prepared by Pan Am.
Contents Adam to Atom -- The Story of Television / commentary, David Sarnoff, Dr. Vladimir Zworkin (1956, 28 min.) -- Meat-O-Rama (12 min.) -- The Champion / Don Knotts. -- The 1963 Seahorse Jamboree / Johnson Outboard Motors -- Wings to Hawaii / Pam Am (1966)
Note Adam to Atom (color) celebrates Great Inventions with an odd mix of stock footage and scenes from a play. Specifically, "The Stage Production presented at the Museum of Science & Industry of Chicago." And you know what that means -- yup, lots of amateur-night thespians hilariously overplaying it as Johann Gutenberg, James Watt, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford (as well as some half-naked hunks building a pyramid).
The Story of Television (b&w), made by RCA in 1956, sings the praises of RCA and how it brought the "irresistible dream of television" into everyone's homes. After we see RCA's DAVID SARNOFF talking with engineer VLADIMIR ZWORYKIN (who asked Sarnoff for $100,000 to develop a TV system which ended up costing nearly 50 million!), we're bombarded with tons of cool stock shots of early television labs, cameras, tubes, sets, and shows from 1931 (with experimental station W2XBS) through '56.
Meat-O-Rama (color) recycles the premise of Carving Magic by taking us behind the scenes of a TV commercial about a chef preparing meat. Except that the actor playing the chef keeps fumbling things. Enter Mrs. Morgan, a home economist, who tells the actor all about the joy of meat. "A presentation of The National Live Stock and Meat Board"!
The Champion (color) stars a young DON KNOTTS -- prior to his career-defining role on The Andy Griffith Show -- as a man eager to buy a new car with a slick engine and plenty of power. So he buys a McCulloch go-cart. Strapping on his yellow helmet, the man who played Barney Fife takes to the track in a mad whirl of go-kart fury.
The 1963 Seahorse Jamboree (color) features lots of scary clowns as well as "The Aqua-Nuts," a woman with an outboard motor in her baby carriage, a guy water skiing without skis, and BUD COLLYER (host of TV's Beat the Clock and the voice of Superman on radio and in the Fleischer cartoons) all "seahorsing around" Florida's Cypress Gardens in this semi-crackpot plug for Johnson outboard motors!
Wings to Hawaii (color) is a 1966 travelogue prepared by Pan Am.
Subject United States -- Civilization -- 1945-
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- 20th century.
Technological innovations -- United States -- History.
Television -- History.
Television cooking shows.
Karts (Automobiles)
Outboard motors -- Marketing.
Hawaii -- Description and travel.
Added Author Sarnoff, David, 1891-1971.
Zworykin, V. K. (Vladimir Kosma), b. 1888.
Knotts, Don, 1924-2006.
National Live Stock and Meat Board.
Outboard Marine Corporation. Johnson Motors.
Pan American World Airways, inc.
Something Weird Video (Firm)
Added Title Lifestyles USA. Vol. 24
Music No. 35657 Something Weird Video

 
    
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