Three part Image Union episode featuring three entries for the Emmy Awards, 1983: "Cocaine Express", "Death in the West", and "Window to Windy City."
0:00Copy video clip URL Black.
0:05Copy video clip URL Title card reads: “4d. For Informational Programming for a Magazine Program Series.”
0:20Copy video clip URL Image Union opening sequence. [some fuzzy lines and sound problems]
0:54Copy video clip URL Black and white flash photographic journalism. A narrator introduces the program, citing facts about “where [cocaine] is grown, how it’s processed, and how it gets into the United States.” The investigation was done by photographer Henry Herb Gill and writer Rick Soul who went from “the jungles of Peru to Miami International Airport”.
1:48Copy video clip URL Title card reads: “The Cocaine Express.” Montage of black and white pictures. A voice-over talks about Cocoa bushes and cocaine being ingrained in Peruvian culture.
3:50Copy video clip URL The narrator criticizes Tingo Maria, calling it a disgusting hellhole. The reporters focus on Little Chicago, a bad area of the town.
4:58Copy video clip URL Enrico Silva, a farmer, reports that cocoa bushes grow like weeds, and that he’d be happy to be rid of them. “Cocaine is not an illegal drug; it’s government regulated.” But, while the bushes are government regulated, it is illegal to make cocaine paste, or to dry or press it.
6:10Copy video clip URL The reporters talk about the “nouveau riche” of Peru.
7:10Copy video clip URL Narrative about roadblock checkpoints to look for cocaine leaves. Almost every truck stopped had cocaine in it. Confiscated leaves are thrown on the side of the road where they lose all value: once leaves are dried and wet again, they’re no good.
9:10Copy video clip URL Cocaine leaves being stepped on, urinated on, etc. Narrator jokes about rich people in Chicago using it, not knowing where it’s been.
9:58Copy video clip URL The Marlboro Story: film footage of Marlboro men and horses at sunset.
11:00Copy video clip URL Titles read: “This week, Death in the West.” Old Marlboro commercials play while a narrator talks about Philip Morris.
11:38Copy video clip URL “These are the Marlboro men: real cowboys. Rugged symbols of virility, health, and independence.”
11:50Copy video clip URL Bob Julian, a 51-year old cowboy, talks about the proliferation of cigarettes in Western culture. “I thought to be a man you had to have a cigarette in your mouth. It took me a few years to discover that all you got out of it was lung cancer.” He continues about how he’s going to die soon.
12:40Copy video clip URL Julian’s physician talks about Julian’s lung cancer being a direct result of his smoking habit.
13:00Copy video clip URL James Bowling, VP for Philip Morris, justifies his company’s continued production and distribution. Says that he chooses to smoke, and millions enjoy smoking. He claims that he has to make a living somehow.
13:47Copy video clip URL Dr. Daniel Horn, Director for the Office of Smoking and Health, talks about the need for cigarette companies to believe in what they are selling.
14:58Copy video clip URL John Holmes, smoker since 17, says he wishes he knew then what he knows now. He has emphysema, and must use an oxygen tank, even when riding his horse.
16:10Copy video clip URL His physician talks about emphysema, and how people with it literally lose their lungs.
16:54Copy video clip URL Title reads: “A Philip Morris Film.” A company film highlights the continued growth and expansion in over 160 countries and territories, without intent to stop.
17:29Copy video clip URL Introduction for “Tomorrow The World Inc. presents: Windows on Windy City,” a news parody.
17:54Copy video clip URL Reporter by Chicago river discusses the closing of Rubens Baby Factory on Fullerton, which was integral in recovery from Chicago Fire.
19:04Copy video clip URL Norma Lindstrom, at the Ruben Baby Archive, talks about the importance of Rubens, and famous Rubens babies.
19:52Copy video clip URL Narrator speaks to Rubens’ role in helping the war effort by producing soldiers and women-workers. Senator Charles Ruben, a 1925 Ruben baby, details the involvement of Ruben babies.
20:53Copy video clip URL The reporter moves on to “perhaps the most important but the least known of all the factory’s wartime efforts”: the production of Ruben baby prisoners of war, many of whom are still M.I.A.
21:18Copy video clip URL Rubens’ unknown production methods are likened to McDonalds recipes.
21:38Copy video clip URL Ex-factory worker Louise Hoffman talks about the assembly line and her role in assembling the babies’ genitals. She claims that Rubens babies were each very unique.
23:00Copy video clip URL Archivist sings about Rubens to tune of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
23:25Copy video clip URL Interview with Mr. and Ms. McGowen who bought a Rubens baby son, Neil Ruben, wholesale during the baby boom. He has been taken back to factory several times for problems with libido, mental health, and a lobotomy.
24:00Copy video clip URL Norma talks about the shift from Rubens to the Tomorrow The World (TTW) conglomerate.
24:57Copy video clip URL Different Rubens babies are interviewed. We meet the only set of Rubens twins who must communicate in alternating speech. Another invented the Rubens’ Cube. Three more talk about their day jobs and whether they are inferior to older Rubens models.
26:40Copy video clip URL The reporter investigates Ruben babies vs. imported babies. Gail Miller-Ruben talks about her divorce of her early Ruben husband in order to marry a newer model.
27:40Copy video clip URL The reporter mentions the possibility for Russian technology exchange, but it seems that the Russians don’t want Rubens babies either. The reporter signs off with a joke about Rubens babies.
28:20Copy video clip URL Credits. Copyright 1982 by Whimsy City Production.
28:44Copy video clip URL Image Union credits.
30:02Copy video clip URL End.