Sponsored and industrial motion picture film collection

About this collection

    ‘Sponsored film’ defines a variety of motion picture productions funded by businesses, organizations, or governments that dictated the point of view, audience, and intent of the film. Industrial or business films are a sub-genre of sponsored films with content that marketed products and ideas, touted a particular company or industry, trained employees, and explained manufacturing or transactional processes around the creation and sales of products and ideas.
    The Sponsored and industrial motion picture film collection (Accession 2018.222) at Hagley is an artificial collection compiled by curators that includes single motion picture films or small sets of films acquired via purchase or donation. The collection is comprised of sponsored films produced for businesses (industrial films) and those produced for organizations promoting business interests.
    Additionally, it contains educational films with the intent to teach consumerism, energy production, career training, and similar topics with a pro-business message. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety.
    Image: Still from "Fountain of Happiness" sponsored by the Weber Dental Manufacturing Company, circa 1950.

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Beer-Clean Glasses: Your Best Beer Salesman
Presented by the Sales Training Department. Film explains the importance of clean glasses because a dirty glass can cause off-odor taste. A description of how to clean beer glasses properly is included.
Letting Dynamite Do It
Film explains and depicts the uses of dynamite for lumbering, raising a blast furnace, clearing roads and a diver placing charges to remove an old water intake in Lake Michigan. Includes footage of dynamite being used to blast rock during the construction of the Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Wild Heritage
Film exploring the "wild heritage" of Remington firearms in the United States. Begins with an overview of guns employed by early colonists for hunting and defense, and continues with an account of how Eliphalet Remington created his own flintlock rifle in 1816. Details the rise of Remington firearms, the eventual "settling" of the American West, and the important role that hunters play in land conservation. Also includes a promotional segment for the Remington Model-1100 shotgun, introduced in 1963. Photographed and directed by Larry Madison. Assisted by Alan Madison. Written by Robert Campbell. Narrated by Martin Wolfson. Special consultant: The Gilcrease Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Is American Business Too Big?
Episode of Business Roundtable. Debate between Crawford H. Greenewalt (Chairman of the Board du Pont Co.) and Donald F. Turner, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice. Moderated by Alfred L. Seelye, Dean Graduate School Business Administration.
The Story of Nitrocellulose
Depicts the making of nitrocellulose. The Hercules Powder Company cotton purification plant at Hopewell, Virginia and the Hercules Powder Company plant at Parlin, New Jersey is depicted. Includes title cards.
The One Man Gang
Film about industrial materials handling and internal transportation produced by Caravel Films in 1949 for the Towmotor Corporation, manufacturers of industrial hauling equipment. Includes footage of a coffee bean processing and packing facility in Brooklyn, New York; a Lily paper products facility in Long Island, New York; a Pepsi bottling plant in East Chicago, Indiana; a Ferro Machine & Foundry manufacturing plant in Cleveland, Ohio; a metal working operation in Canton, Ohio; a sheet and tubing steelmaker in Youngstown, Ohio; and, a Cleveland building supply company's concrete block plant.
People Who Work in Stores
Educational Collaborator Frank J. Estvan, PhD Professor of Education, Wayne State University. Film describes various occupations within a store.
Careers: Sales
Drawing on a cross section of selling situations from retail to wholesale, a wide range of circumstances is examined and reviewed. A variety of sales requirements and problems arise in each situation.
Careers: Services-General
Film describes service occupations such as bus stewardess, hairdresser, cook, motel housekeeper and resort manager. Consultant R.J. Swan, Ph.D.
Jobs in the Baking Industry
Distributed by Sterling Educational Films, Inc.
Jobs in the Sheet Metal Trades
Distributed by Sterling Educational Films, Inc.
Choosing What to Buy
Film uses puppetry, animation and mimes to explain how purchasing goods is an individual experience. Produced by H.S. Potter Productions, Inc. Written and Directed by Howard Potter. Made in collaboration with Michael A. MacDowell, PhD, Executive Director, Illinois Council on Economic Education.
Office Practice : Business Manners and Customs
Educational Collaborator James R. Meehan, Ed.D., Dean of Administration, Hunter College of the City University of New York. Film explains the importance of manners in the office.
Is a Career in Business Administration for You?
A look into business administration occupations: accounting, personnel, market research, advertising, and public relations. Consulting educators: Dr. William E. Hopke, Helen F. Faust, Dr. Theodore J. Cote. Production assistant: Rita Oakes.
Is a Career in Finance, Insurance or Real Estate for You?
A look into the finance, insurance, and real estate professions, including stock brokers, bankers, real estate agents, actuaries, accountants, safety engineers, investment analysts, programmers, and systems analysts. Production assistant: Helaine Swerdloff.
Is a Career in Machining for You?
Consulting educators Dr. William E. Hopke, Helen F. Faust, Dr. Theodore J. Cote and Dr. William H. Atkins.
Is a Career in the Service Industries for You?
Consulting educators Dr. William E. Hopke, Helen F. Faust and Dr. Theodore J. Cote.
People to People
Film exploring careers in communication and media, including telephone line construction, telephone installation, central office administration, journalism, editing, newspaper printing, photography, newscasting, camera operation, and more.
Clearing the Air About Cleveland
Film discusses air pollution in Cleveland, Ohio.
The World of Work
Film presenting ten occupational clusters and the variety of careers available within each: professional and related careers, clerical, sales, service, farming/fishery/forestry, processing, machine trade, bench work, structural work, and miscellaneous. Consulting educators: Dr. William E. Hopke, Helen F. Faust and Dr. Theodore J. Cote. Production assistant: Helaine Swerdloff.
Welcome to the Working Worlds!
Introduces the student to the concept of occupational clusters as a means of career exploration. Each of the 13 clusters is discussed in terms of its interrelated contributions to society as a whole.
Jobs in the World of Work : A Good Place To Be
A racially diverse group of mainly men discuss the importance of work in providing money, status, and structure in life. Jobs show both blue-collar and white-collar workers. Educational advisors for the film are William C. Kvaraceus, Chairman, Department of Education, and Professor of Education and Sociology, Clark University and Helen J. Kenney, Associate Professor of Education, Clark University.
The New Industrial South: A Progress Report
March of Time newsreel about the town of Camden, South Carolina that includes an interview with South Carolina Byrnes and other community, business, and civic leaders; footage of DuPont Orlon production facilities; daily life of the town including segregated facilities and schools; the local horse industry and the Carolina Cup Steeplechase event.  
The Winning Combination
Short film demonstrating how proper packaging, produced by Milprint, Inc, can preserve a company's product, lower production costs, and catch the attention of consumers. Told from the perspective of fictional baked goods corporation Top It. Director: James O'Riley; Writer: Dean Babbit; Cameraman: Lutz Hapke; Production Manager: Doug Weston.