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Title Lifestyles U.S.A. Vol. 14 [videorecording].

Imprint Seattle, WA : Something Weird Video, c2003.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe DVDs 2nd Floor  973 L6263  v.14    ---  Available
Description 1 videodisc : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD.
Note Title from disc label.
Summary Two industrial shorts are presented here, both of them mini-epics from the Texaco Oil Company, in which the good ol' neighborhood gas station is a microcosm of America. Though their glossy production values make them look like Hollywood B-movies, both films are permeated with propaganda which attempts to turn viewers into Texamatic zombies programmed to invade the 'burbs and sell, brother, sell!
Contents The Story of a baseball player / Lyle Talbot (col., 52 min.) -- The Inside man / Harlan Briggs (1950, b&w, 51 min.)
Note The Story of a Baseball Player (color) is a 52-minute search for the American Dream. And what, after all, is more American than baseball? (Hint, hint: Texaco doesn't sell bats and balls.) "At'ta boy Jeff! Two more just like that!" screams blonde bombshell JOI LANSING
The Inside Man (b&w) is 51 minutes of folksy charm from 1950 in which character actor HARLAN BRIGGS stars as Uncle Clem, a senior citizen who moves in with his niece (Leave it to Beaver's BARBARA BILLINGSLEY) and, as a way of giving them a hand, tries to help her husband Steve a run his Texaco station. Trouble is, Steve doesn't want any help.
Subject United States -- Civilization -- 1945-
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- 20th century.
Service stations -- United States -- Employees -- Drama.
Added Author Talbot, Lyle.
Briggs, Harlan, 1879-1952.
Texaco, inc.
Something Weird Video (Firm)
Added Title Lifestyles USA. Vol. 14
Music No. 3312 Something Weird Video

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