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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State of the Business, 1982
News anchor and journalist Doug Adair provides an overview of B.F. Goodrich's financial report for 1981. He details Goodrich's sales, income, and spending numbers for the year, and offers a prediction for 1982. Adair also interviews analyst Harry Millis and Pat Ross, head of Goodrich's tire group, for additional insight into the company's financial health.
The Ohio Story: The Bells of Kenyon
Film, hosted by actor Nelson Olmsted, recounting the story of Peter Neff and the Kenyon College bells. Olmsted plays Neff, a 19th century Ohio inventor and businessman who lived adjacent to Kenyon and who helped finance the new bells in the college's chapel clock tower. But once he realized how loud and frequent the bells would chime, Neff became incensed and took legal action against the school.
The Ohio Story: Johnson's Island
Actor Nelson Olmsted tells the story of a failed plot to free nearly 3,000 Confederate soldiers from a Union prison on Johnson's Island, Ohio, during the American Civil War. In the summer of 1864, Confederate sympathizers Charles Cole, Annie Davis, John Yates Beall, and Bennet Burleigh devised an elaborate plan to turn the tide of the war in the North. They would seize control of the Union gunboat Michigan, sail across Lake Erie, force the surrender of the Union guards stationed at the Johnson's Island prison, free the captive Confederate soldiers, and wreck havoc in Ohio. The plan was ultimately unsuccessful. The film uses illustrations and Olmsted's voice acting talents to recount the tale.
Career for the Most Wanted Man in America
Actor Don Ameche discusses the the benefits and importance of sales people for a film sponsored by Scott & Fetzer Company. Appears to be the opening title and introduction to a film as it cuts off abruptly at the end of the clip.
SOHIO television commercial scripts #33-35
Includes scripts for a series of television commercials encouraging car owners to head to their local SOHIO dealership for a \"Spring Changeover\" car treatment. The service includes an oil change, transmission repair, and re-fuel using SOHIO's finest gasoline and oil products., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Cinecraft Productions films, Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library ", Wilmington, DE 19807
Exclusively Yours production script
A script for a sound slide training film production for the sales staff of Pennzoil products. The production is focused on the sales of Pennzoil's \"Cha-z-lube\" patented lubricant. The production interviews salesmen from around the country to learn their techniques for selling the lubricant. These include how to demonstrate the product, how to handle objections, how to discuss pricing, and convincing customers to consider Cha-z-lube when they are already happy with their current lubricant., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Cinecraft Productions films, Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library ", Wilmington, DE 19807
Sell Quality production script
A script for a training film production for General Tires dealers. The production explains how dealers should underscore the quality of the product to sell it. Specifically, the production focuses on General's truck tires, discussing the technical specifications which make them higher quality., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Cinecraft Productions films, Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library ", Wilmington, DE 19807
Solid Comfort
Small film stills adhered directly to script., A script for a sound slide film production advertising the Iron Fireman Company’s home heating appliances. The production begins by introducing the history of stoves for home heating to show how the Iron Fireman Corporation has become the leading pioneer in home heating improvements. Then, the production lists the benefits of incorporating an Iron Fireman stoker in the home. The remainder of the production reviews the line of available home heating stoker models through a description of their technical specifications and ideal usage conditions., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Cinecraft Productions films, Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library ", Wilmington, DE 19807
Closing Habits production script
A script for a training film production for Iron Fireman sales staff. The production explains how to form good habits for closing sales. The salesman should start with a good attitude, have materials and information prepared in advance, and be ready to work hard. The production reviews eight methods for closing sales, explaining how each works and when each tactic is appropriate., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Cinecraft Productions films, Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library ", Wilmington, DE 19807
What Next for Tuf-Flex? production script
Small film stills adhered directly to script., A script for a sound slide film production which advertises the strength and safety of Tuf-Flex glass products by the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass company. The production describes in detail how Tuf-Flex is manufactured to be a particularly strong plane glass. The production describes the construction of the glass product and highlights its tendency to shatter into small particles rather than shards if broken. Includes an additional page of the production's slide images., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Cinecraft Productions films, Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library ", Wilmington, DE 19807

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