Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection

About this collection

Cinecraft Productions was founded in 1939 by Ray Culley (1904-1983) and Betty (Buehner) Culley (1914-2016) in Cleveland, Ohio. Ray Culley served as president of the company and producer on many Cinecraft films until his retirement in 1970. During his tenure, Cinecraft specialized in commercial productions for business, industry, trade organizations, and, in some cases, government agencies and social service organizations. Cinecraft was one among hundreds of production houses in the U.S. during the middle decades of the 20th century that specialized in a motion pictures commonly referred to as non-theatrical, industrial, business and/or sponsored films. While ownership has changed twice since its founding, Cinecraft is still in business and rightfully claims itself the “country's longest standing corporate film & video production house.”

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    Image: Cinecraft Founders Ray Culley (behind the camera) and Betty Culley (holding script). Circa 1940

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Naturally-It's FM
Husband explains radio technology to his wife. Film includes flashback to characters as children, as newlyweds and animation that visually depicts the technology.
Milestones of Motoring
Film introducing new Boron supreme gasoline depicts various automobile milestones in Ohio history beginning in 1898. Actors include Rita Farrell, Merv Griffin and Joe E. Brown, with host Warren Guthrie. Includes statements from Sohio's Vice President in charge of Sales, Sam Elliott and Chairman of the Board of Directors., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available. Film curled at the head and tail., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
It Happened in the Kitchen
The importance of the modern kitchen and how modernizing can benefit the average American. Fictional couple is shown various kitchen remodels and how they too can afford a new kitchen. Includes preparation of food and food shots as well.
Land of Promise
Film explains the importance of Northeast Ohio on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the opportunities it can provide. Highlights the four ports in this area: Cleveland, Fairport, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Discusses the transportation and industrial systems in the area and how they are beneficial to growth.
The Talking Hoist
Marketing film for the Yale Load King wire rope electric hoist, presented by the Philadelphia Division of the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company. The hoist animates through a talking puppet face of the "Yale Load King" explaining the benefits of the product. Assisted by a young woman, includes charts and graphics of equipment., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
DuPont: A Better Way
Two poultry farmers, using different methods, need to boost production because of World War II. One farmer raises concerns about accessing Vitamin D. DuPont introduces Delsterol to end Rickets in chicks., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Miracle on Mulberry St.
Film about fictional residents of Mulberry street and their safety concerns. Includes demonstrations of tires that can withstand nails and punctures and reseal themselves., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Tune in Tomorrow
Film predicts prosperity for American economy in 1960 through a higher standard of living. Radio advertising, through many statistics, is explained to be the best way for advertisers to reach their audience, primarily advertising on CBS Radio., This film has been color corrected. 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Romance of Iron and Steel
Film follows process of turning iron ore into steel. Research building erected in 1937 is depicted. Founder of Armco, George M. Verity speaks at end of film.
A Report on DDT
Presented by the DuPont Grasselli Chemicals Department, this film explains the importance of the chemical Deenate or DDT. A professor/entomologist describes to a farmer how DDT helps in agriculture and livestock industries. Images of farms being crop dusted and livestock being sprayed with DDT are included.
Careers for Cellulose
Film describes the many products derived from cellulose and the careers created as a result. Some uses shown from cellulose derivatives are lunchboxes, motion picture film, glider parts. Also, many products are shown created of plastic, chemically derived from cellulose are piano keys, furniture, costume jewelry, handles, combs and more. The process of making chemical derivatives from cellulose is explained, from cotton to products.
The Velvet Curtain
Civics film examining the significance of voting. Follows newspaper reporters encouraging people to go to the polls., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unto the Least of These
The Story of Children's Services: Foster Care Bureau, Adoption Service Bureau, Alice Hunt Center, National Guidance Bureau and the Children's Clinic. Tells the story of young girl taken from her parents and sent to a foster home until they are able to take care of her properly., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Story of Phenothiazine
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Story of Phenothiazine, a drug created by DuPont for removal of worms, from sheep, swine and other farm animals. Film depicts the Beltsville Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available. Film is warped with low audio levels., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Television Televised
Edited into five segments, separated by leader, each one describing a different part of the television process. Includes animation explaining how television signal is sent and received., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The Wayward BTU
Animation showing BTUs at work in the oven and how fiberglass insulation is used to keep the heat in.
Linter Logic
Film depicts fictional Ogletree family that runs a cottonseed mill and how they expand their business to supply linters for the growing market of products created with cellulose.
The Micrometer
Number 2 in the series, Machine Shop Work Measurement in the Metal Working Industry. Film describes how to use a micrometer caliper. Diagrams show all aspects of the instrument and different scenarios of how to use the micrometer are explained., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Flight in the Ohio Heritage
Description of the history of flight in the Ohio area. Includes photographs of the Wright Brothers flight and historical footage of various aircrafts. Introduces the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio and contains footage of aircrafts from museum., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
I've Got A Story
Sales film explaining all the food that can fit in various spaces in the new Westinghouse refrigerator. Includes animation explaining how cold is used to keep things cold throughout the refrigerator., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Our Part of the Job
Film depicts two fictional house painters using Hercules Steam-Distilled Wood Turpentine. They visit a paint store and discuss the product with the store owner. Then they view a film by Hercules Powder Company about how the turpentine is produced.
Little Known Facts About a Well Known Product: Ridgid
Exterior of Ridge Tool Company plant in Elyria, Ohio is shown. Then film moves inside to show various office and employees of plant. Finally, the production floor is depicted, including the foundry, forge shop, machine shop and heat treating department. Multiple tests for various products are shown. Lastly, all Ridgid pipe tool products are shown.
Sadie Ferguson-Post Mistress
Fictional character Sadie Ferguson stars in show with various characters set at the Red River Post office. Includes commercial for Hudson Wasp automobile. Director K. Lowe appears with crew at end of film to describe Cinecraft's new 3 camera production process, called Cinescope., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available. Film has multiple scratches and, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Two Square Feet of Cooking Magic
Film describes the Westinghouse automatic electric roaster oven. Various meals are prepared using the oven and it's use as a food warmer is also shown.
Unto the Least of These: Newer version
The Story of Children's Services: Foster Care Bureau, Adoption Service Bureau, Alice Hunt Center, National Guidance Bureau and the Children's Clinic. Tells the story of young girl taken from her parents and sent to a foster home until they are able to take care of her properly. Different narrator., 720x480 mp4 with timecode burn available., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection (Accession 2018.201), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807