Cinecraft Productions Films

About this collection

    Cinecraft Productions was founded in 1939 by Ray Culley (1904-1983) and Betty (Buehner) Culley (1914-2016) in Cleveland, Ohio. Cinecraft specializes in commercial productions for business, industry, trade organizations, and, in some cases, government agencies and social service organizations. Cinecraft is still in business and rightfully claims itself the “country's longest-standing corporate film & video production house.”
    The Cinecraft, Inc. films (Accession 2019.227) collection includes motion pictures, still images, scripts and related production documents from the company's founding into the early 1980s with the bulk covering the 1950s to the 1970s. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety but we are currently making frequent additions.
    For additional Cinecraft material, see our Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection and Cinecraft oral histories digital collections.
    Image: Production still from making of The Miracle on Mulberry Street, 1948.

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Freewheelin', short version
Film highlighting the 4th Annual National Truck-In, a celebration of vans and vanning, hosted by the National Street Van Association in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Van owners from all over the country congregate in Bowling Green to socialize, show off their customized vehicles, compete in races and obstacle courses, watch musical performances by the JTS Band, and more. Includes interviews with several participants, as well as plugs for B.F. Goodrich tires and the new "project van," an automobile outfitted with the newest van technology.
Finish the Job
Three short films produced during World War II expounding the importance of vehicle tire yarn and cord manufacturing workers to the American war effort. Argues that the production of tire yarn and cord is essential to victory and pushes workers to remain at their jobs. Segment titles: "Mary Has a Sweetheart," "Battle Yarn," and "Out of Action." Each segment ends with a speech from a military or government leader, including Vice Admiral Samuel N. (or M.) Robinson, Major General Lucius DuBignon Clay, and William Loren Batt. Military operation training and combat footage in incorporated into each film. Produced by Sound Masters.
Designs for Better Living
"A pictorial story of how beauty and utility have been combined in plumbing fixtures of lifetime loveliness by the makers of Briggs Beautyware, the most significant improvement in plumbing fixtures since the turn of the century." Overview of how Briggs Manufacturing Company produces their kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures, including toilets, bathtubs, and sinks. The first half of the film demonstrates the manufacturing process from the company's factory floor. The second half shows a fictional sales person presenting Briggs's fixtures to a married couple.
Thank You, Mr. Chips
A narrator named Mr. Chips educates a housewife named Mrs. Whipple on all things potato chips. He describes how chips were invented, how modern chips are manufactured, and why chips make an excellent addition to a dinner menu. Screen adaptation by John R. DeWitt. Supervised by Harvey F. Noss. Appliances by Westinghouse. Table settings by Fostoria.
Mr. Dover's Colonial Village commercial reel
Six commercials for various houses at Mr. Dover's Colonial Village community in Chicago, Illinois. Highlights the "Marchmount" and "Bristol" styles, among others.
Polymers and Fire
Safety training film for fire fighters. Highlights the dangers posed by polymer materials during a fire and the importance of utilizing a self-contained breathing apparatus. The film poses and answers questions such as: What are polymers? Where do you find them? What are the toxic gas products of burning polymers? How can you, the firefighter, protect yourself? Produced by J. Davidson.
Anatomy of a Heavyweight
Produced by Manning Studios. Film promoting the Pawling and Harnischfeger (P&H) 2300 Shovel for low-grade copper ore mining in Arizona.