TA.TV: Propaganda – “About Fallout” (1955)

“Radiation is something we live with every day.” This film drips Eisenhower; promoting a cozy, nuclear-war-isn’t-so-bad approach, as opposed to the more frenetic drumbeat of the Truman years. As long as we “know the facts” and “act intelligently,” the narrator assures us, we’ll be able to weather any nuclear firestorm that blows our way. “The […]

TA.TV: “Linda’s Film on Menstration” (1974)

A 1974 film about menstruation financed by the Creative Artists Public Service Program of the New York State Council of the Arts(CAPS), a program that ran from 1970 to 1981. Fifteen year old Judy has just gotten her first period and tries to explain it to her befuddled boyfriend Johnny. In contrast to most menstruation […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Innocent Party” (1959)

Like many other Centron venereal disease films, Innocent Party focuses on the morality and emotions associated with venereal disease rather than the medical aspects. The actual mechanics of syphilis transmission are only briefly mentioned let alone prevention via condom use, yet the shame and anguish are clear for all to see. This film echoes the […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Teenage Challenge” (1958)

High school reporter Dave writes an essay for the school contest about the importance of finding God’s will for his own life which causes quite a controversy. Teens weigh being popular party goers versus being a good Christian. Directed by William F. Claxton (“Bonanza”, “Twilight Zone”, “Eight Is Enough”) This film is part of a […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “About Fallout” (1955)

“Radiation is something we live with every day.” This film drips Eisenhower; promoting a cozy, nuclear-war-isn’t-so-bad approach, as opposed to the more frenetic drumbeat of the Truman years. As long as we “know the facts” and “act intelligently,” the narrator assures us, we’ll be able to weather any nuclear firestorm that blows our way. “The […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “The Secret of American Production” (1947)

More anti-comminist propaganda courtesy of everyone’s favorite “noted young historian,” Prof. Clifton Ganus Jr., who has the ability of to cloud our minds with his cute oversized props, his clever way of speaking, and, of course, his disdain for all things not American. This film is fairly typical in the series of films that came […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “The Secretary’s Day” (1947)

This film takes us through a typical work day of “Jean Carroll,” a professional secretary who is tactful, courteous, poised, alert, personable, efficient, prompt, neat, and orderly. We learn that Jean’s morning dictation period is “the foundation of secretarial skill,” and are given many opportunities to view her invaluable calendar pad. A more or less […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “America’s Distribution of Wealth” (1957)

More anti-comminist propaganda courtesy of everyone’s favorite “noted young historian,” Prof. Clifton Ganus Jr., who has the ability of to cloud our minds with his cute oversized props, his clever way of speaking, and, of course, his disdain for all things not American. This film is fairly typical in the series of films that came […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Keep Off the Grass” (1957)

Tom gets in trouble when his mother finds a joint in his room. Instead of punishing Tom, his father challenges him to learn more about marijuana’s evil effects on society. Nobody gets killed in this Sid Davis film, yet Tom still learns a harsh lesson after being mugged by druggies and learning that his best […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Are You Ready for Marriage?” (1950)

Are You Ready for Marriage? was produced to stem the epidemic of youthful, impetuous, and unsuccessful marriages following World War II. Larry and Sue, a couple of fresh-scrubbed teens, want to get hitched — but Sue’s parents disapprove. The two lovebirds decide their only recourse is to visit “Mr. Hall,” a marriage counselor with incredibly […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “As Boys Grow” (1957)

Prior to the period of frankness that began in the mid-1960s, relatively few sex education films were actually produced in the United States. Most of these films concentrated on the physiology of sex and reproduction and were replete with animated “plumbing” diagrams. It was unusual to show children speaking relatively freely about sexuality, and because […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Shy Guy” (1947)

Phil (played by Dick York) is the son of an apparently single father who seems recently to have undergone corporate relocation, and things are very different for Phil. He has a problem “fitting in.” Everything from the nature of the kids in the new town (“different”) to what they wear (“not jackets like me, but […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Red Nightmare” (1962)

Jack Webb (Dragnet) plays a Rod Serling-like role as he introduces us to Jerry Donovan — an average guy who shrugs off his inconvenient, civic responsibilities. Jerry “wakes up” in a communist-controlled town, where he’s the only American left. This film was produced for the Defense Department by studio mogul Jack L Warner and stars […]

TA.TV: Propaganda – “Capitalism” (1948)

A group of teenagers on a high-school radio program discuss just what capitalism is, seizing onto the example of the butcher who supplies the weenies for their picnic. With Mickey Hugh (Ray Bennett); Franklyn Ferguson (John Howell). Educational Collaborator: James Harvey Dodd, Ph.D., Head, Department of Economics and Business Administration, Mary Washington College, University of […]