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Title Lifestyles U.S.A. Vol. 7 [videorecording].

Imprint Seattle, WA : Something Weird Video, c2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe DVDs 1st Floor  973 L6263  v.7    ---  Available
Description 1 videodisc : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD.
Note Title from disc label.
Summary Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies, and.... for bed sheets, steaks, Cypress Gardens, and U.S. Royal Tires. Bates 11th presents a sales pitch for shop owners to stock Bates Fabrics; Ticket to freedom deals with citizens who don't vote. Features three films on the amazing American tire industry and concludes with the Greatest show on water with Southern belles and aqua-acrobatics off Florida's Cypress Gardens.
Contents Bates 11th back to school promotion (1949) -- Cooking steaks (1956) -- Ticket to freedom (1960) -- U.S. Royal presents life protection tests at Death Valley -- Blowout prevention -- The Tire that changes everything. -- Our changing family life (1957) -- The Greatest show on water.
Note Bates 11th Back to School Promotion 1949 (color) is a sales pitch for shop owners to stock Bates Fabrics and their line of "campus-tested, campus-approved Bates products" because "the Young Market is a Bates Market!" And what's the very first thing that comes to mind when you think of campus life? That's right: bedspreads, draperies, sheets, and pillow cases! Yup, turn those drab college dorms and dull sorority houses into veritable showrooms that are virtually suffocating in fabric -- and all in bright gaudy color. But wait! Bates doesn't just make bed sheets and draperies but also dresses which well, yes, look like they were made out of bed sheets and draperies. But, hey, it's 1949, and everything looks weird!
Cooking Steaks (1956, color) features "an all-star cast of actors never seen before or since who wallow in one of America's favorite pastimes: eating meat. An actor keeps screwing up on the set of a TV commercial so Mrs. Morgan, a home economist, tries to help by showing us how to roast large chunks of cow because "steak always makes a hit!" She also shows us how to prepare rib roast, lamb chops, bacon, ham, and "the ever popular leg of lamb." Presented, no surprise, by the National Live Stock and Meat Boat. The actress playing Mrs. Morgan is so calm and monotone, we would have loved to see her slaughtering a steer.
Ticket to Freedom (1960, b&w) deals with the enemies of democracy. No, no, not the Commies, but those selfish bastards who don't vote! Good Citizen KIRBY GRANT (early TV's Sky King) not only votes but actually reads editorials. He's contrasted with people like PHYLLIS COATES who are too damn lazy, busy, or just plain stupid to get off their asses and cast their ballot. "Yes Mr. Citizen, you're a politician too! So stand up and be counted! Let your vote be heard! Vote! And vote intelligently!" And try to pretend that your vote actually counts.
Royal Presents Life Protection Tests at Death Valley (b&w) which is actually a commercial disguised as a educational short that sings the praises of the Lifewall U.S. Royal Master tire. "Lifewall: a new word in you language means a completely new safety in your life." Similarly, Blowout Prevention (b&w) -- which details the "Big Bulge Test" -- shills for the U.S. Royal Lifetube, "a miracle of nylon and rubber," and The Tire That changes Everything (b&w) waxes rhapsodic over the Mid-century Royal Master. Tires so wonderful, you'll want to wear one yourself!
Our Changing Family Life (b&w, 1957) is a wonderful mix of Americana and truly awful acting - hey look, ALICE GHOSTLEY! -- which chronicles 75 years of American life and turns the complexities of the family as a social institution and one-time economic unit into calm, soothing images even when the topic gets grim.
The Greatest Show on Water (color) highlights the Southern belles and aqua-acrobatics off Florida's Cypress Gardens, and features all kinds of darn foolish stunts done on water. Kids, don't try this at home!
Subject United States -- Civilization -- 1945-
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States -- 20th century.
Textile industry -- United States -- Marketing.
Voting -- United States.
Political participation -- United States -- History.
Automobiles -- United States -- Tires.
Family -- United States.
Cypress Gardens (Fla.)
Added Author Something Weird Video (Firm)
Added Title Lifestyles USA. Vol. 7
Music No. 3627 Something Weird Video

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