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  • [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    Instructional films from the 1940s and 50s. Some are merely humorously outdated, others are downright horrifying — particularly one that concludes that mechanized laundry machines are the best example of women’s liberation in this century. Most deal with dating. Old Chicago footage with streetcars in last segment. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Jimmy Romano is Home – The Living City

    Studs’ Place: Jimmy Romano is Home – The Living City

    Studs’ Place (1951?) produced by Charlie Andrews. This episode is called “Jimmy Romano Is Home.” A neighborhood kid comes back from college on the East Coast and suffers embarrassment over his working class roots. Eventually he realizes the people in his neighborhood have more talent than he thought. Features musical performances by Chet Roble and Win Stracke. Followed by “The Living City” (1953). Instructional film dealing with urban problems such as how are existing slums to be eliminated, how to deal with congestion, etc. “How did our cities get this way?” “I was in bombed out cities in Europe in the war. And then I came back to Chicago to this.” We need to tear down the slums, and build up new affordable housing. Studs Terkel narrates. Continue reading