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Title Lifestyles U.S.A. Vol. 25 [videorecording].

Imprint Seattle, WA : Something Weird Video, c2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe DVDs 2nd Floor  973 L6263  v.25    ---  Available
Description 1 videodisc : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD.
Note Title from container.
Summary Presents business & educational film shorts produced from the 1940s to the 1970s. A Matter of Convenience and The Thing about Courtesy both celebrate the joys of convenience stores. The Supervisor as a Leader and Problems in Supervision: Working with Other Supervisors concern issues of personnel supervision. In a lighter mood Screw Drivers of 1940 features comic Lew Lehr and Don Wilson making fun of a screwball driver and a dumb jay walker in this Texaco-made comedy.
Contents Matter of convenience / National Association of Convenience Stores -- The Thing about courtesy -- Consumer education: Retail credit buying (1969, 11 min.) -- So you want to be a home appliance service technician? (1972, 11 min.) -- Is a sales career for you? (1972, 15 min.) -- The Supervisor as a leader / Paul Ford (1944) -- t Problems in supervision: Working with other supervisors (1979, 8 min.) -- Screw drivers of 1940 / Lew Lehr, Don Wilson -- Beginnings of conscience (1957)
Note A Matter of Convenience (color) is all about the joys of Kwik-Stop, 7 Eleven, Shop N Go, and the rest of those ubiquitous convenience stores that dot the landscape like weeds. Made (in Kansas) by the National Association of Convenience Stores (around the same time these tiny places exploded all over the countryside), it stresses the ease and friendliness of "in-and-out shopping," while big-shot supermarkets are booed for being just too damn large. We especially love the guy shopping in his bathrobe, and the cashier gal with the biggest hair in America!
The Thing About Courtesy (color) is meant for the convenience-store employees and stresses how friendly clerks will keep customers coming back. So if you're behind the counter of the local Mini-Mart, make damn sure you offer your customers fast friendly service, the proper attitude, a good personal appearance, and customer greetings.
Consumer Education: Retail Credit Buying (color) has teenagers Tallulah and Samantha Jones, and their angry dad, lecturing us on credit-card debt. Though "Lulu's no loony bird," she keeps spending until she's in big financial trouble. Made in 1968, it makes us all nostalgic for the horrors of 2% interest.
So You Want to be a Home Appliance Service Technician (color) is a recruitment reel anxious to snare young men into servicing any of the "40 motors installed in the average home." Sure, it looks dull now, but just wait until you see that "Kitchen of Tomorrow" and those futuristic jumpsuits.
Is a Sales Career For You? (color) is another recruitment reel showing the wonders of being a 1970s salesman. From liquor-store clerk to driving an ice-cream truck to selling vacuum cleaners door to door, this film is all about the fun of getting the kind of dead-end job you'll regret for years to come! "One of 40 Films in the Library of Career Counseling Films!"
The Supervisor as a Leader (b&w) is a two-part short about 1944 factory life showing us various stupid bosses who make their workers hate 'em. And, look, there's PAUL FORD (The Phil Silvers Show) as a disgruntled employee. And note the use of the word "hell," a Production Code no-no with feature films.
Problems in Supervision: Working with Other Supervisors (b&w) continues on the theme as a once-good supervisor goes bad: "He knows how to work a machine, but he doesn't know how to work with people!"
Screw Drivers of 1940 (b&w) has comic LEW LEHR ("Drivers is da screwiest peoples!") and Jack Benny's announcer DON WILSON making fun of a godawful driver and a dumb jay walker in this Texaco-made comedy.
Beginnings of Conscience (b&w) shows bratty little Jimmy trying to steal another boy's toy, then finger-painting another kid's face before various "social sanctions" are forced upon him by his vengeance-crazed schoolmates in this cruel lesson in sociology from 1957.
Subject United States -- Civilization -- 1945-
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- 20th century.
Convenience stores -- History.
Consumer credit.
Household appliances, Electric -- Maintenance and repair.
Supervision of employees.
Personnel management.
Automobile driving -- Humor.
Added Author Ford, Paul, 1901-1976.
Lehr, Lew, 1895-1950.
Wilson, Don, 1900-1982.
National Association of Convenience Stores (U.S.)
Texaco, inc.
Something Weird Video (Firm)
Added Title Lifestyles USA. Vol. 25
Music No. 35658 Something Weird Video

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