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.”
    This 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 more information and a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the finding aid. For additional Cinecraft material, see Culley Family Cinecraft Productions Collection
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    Image: Production still from making of The Miracle on Mulberry Street for Seiberling Rubber Company in 1948. The photograph was taken at the Cinecraft Studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Kirby: Career, original version
Actor James Whitmore leads this film intended to recruit sales personnel for the Kirby Company. Whitmore praises selling as a career, promotes Kirby's history and reputation, and introduces the audience to select sales staff members who've has great success during their time at the company. The film also introduces a few of Kirby's products, including the Handi Butler and Avalir units.
Glidden: Spred House Paint
A man recruits his friends to help paint the outside of a house using Glidden Spred House Paint.
The Machinability of Stainless Steel
The film has no soundtrack. Sponsored film promoting the machinability of stainless steel.
Water Follies
An animated public service announcement (or "soak" opera) encouraging responsible water usage. Shows people getting into various predicaments after not making smart water choices, such as leaving sprinklers running or allowing bathroom faucets to leak. Animated by Bruce Woodside and Stan Phillips. Assisted by Joan Foley, Carolyn Garbos, and Rich Ladig. Directed by Stan Phillips. Soundtrack by Joseph Kasinskas. Camera by Larry Garbos.
Lighting Sells (Dammit!)
A comical film shown to Westinghouse sales personnel at the 1967 January Distributor Meeting. Compares selling lighting fixtures to taking the drug LSD.
Hoover Communications
Reel showing images representing the evolution of human communication, media, and advertising while music plays in the background.
Soil Conservation Pays
Film about how soil conservation leads to better farm business. Country bankers of the Federal Reserve bank are in favor of soil conservation and council many of their farming clients to protect their land. The film discusses why healthy topsoil is crucial to a farm's prosperity. It also includes information about farming methods used to avoid erosion, how to obtain good crop yields through crop rotation, and how the agricultural department assists farmers with soil conservation plans. Narrated by Robert Bowsma.
Franko for Mayor, advertisement 1
Campaign advertisement for Frank R. Franko, Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio who is running for re-election. Mayor Franko promotes the housing developments and urban revitalization programs that he has helped spearhead during his time in office.