Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Mental health, keeping mentally fit "Defines good mental health, describes its attributes, and emphasizes four steps in acquiring, maintaining, and improving mental health: express emotions naturally, respect yourself, respect others, and solve problems as they arise. Stresses the importance of discussing problems with someone and briefly shows symptoms of mental ill-health"--Educational film/video locator, third edition, vol. 2, 1986, p. 1995.
    • Contributor: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc
    • Date: 1952
  • Film, Video
    Mental hospital A dramatized case study demonstrating a patient's treatment for paranoid schizophrenia. Made for health professionals, Mental Health shows the daily life at the state facility in Oklahoma, including hydrotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy sessions. Illustrates how the patient progresses from hostility and depression to reasonable life adjustment through the efforts of a mental rehabilitation team.
    • Contributor: Oklahoma. State Department of Health - Rock, Wayne - University of Oklahoma - Mabrey, Layton - International Film Bureau - Oklahoma. Department of Mental Health - Swain, Dwight V.
    • Date: 1953
  • Article
    Mental Health Films The films in this presentation, dating mainly from the 1950s, are a striking example of how mental illness—so often sensationalized in Hollywood features—could be handled with considerably more nuance and sensitivity when produced for educational and training purposes. Many of these films were intended for mental health professionals. For example, The Steps of Age (1950) deals with the stresses that some people face upon...
  • Film, Video
    Working and playing to health
    Also known as: Working and playing to health (as we see it)
    A dramatization of recreational, occupational, and industrial therapy in the psychiatric hospital, Manteno State Hospital. Tells the story of the personnel who operate these therapy programs, showing how they plan, organize, and conduct their work under the guidance of psychiatrists as part of the hospital team. Episodes on therapists at work are explained, pointing out the theories behind the practices. Depicts the problems that...
    • Contributor: Van Dyke, Willard - Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Bay, Alfred Paul - International Film Bureau - Illinois. Department of Public Welfare - Affiliated Film Producers
    • Date: 1953
  • Film, Video
    Preventive psychiatry in the Navy, the role of the junior officer. Part 1 Instructs naval officers on how to be effective leaders and "get the job done" through an awareness of the mental health of their men. Junior officers can offer their men psychological support to help sailors adjust to naval life by recognizing the needs and aspirations behind their behavior. Through a healthy emotional balance a sailor will want to do the job and achieve success.
    • Contributor: Wilding Picture Productions - United States. Navy
    • Date: 1954
  • Film, Video
    Fears of children Five-year-old Paul Robbins exhibits fears common among children between the ages of four and six. Paul's fears of the dark, of being alone, and of new situations affect his everyday life. These fears are exacerbated by his mother Helen being too protective and his father Jim being too severe. As the film closes, Helen and Jim begin to develop different attitudes which in time...
    • Contributor: Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Oklahoma. State Department of Health - Glushanok, Peter - Thompson, Francis - Hellams, Alfred A. - Senn, Milton J. E. - Ridenour, Nina - Minot, Anna - Cunningham, Sarah Lucie - Hobbs, Peter ... Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Oklahoma. State Department of Health - Glushanok, Peter - Thompson, Francis - Hellams, Alfred A. - Senn, Milton J. E. - Ridenour, Nina - Minot, Anna - Cunningham, Sarah Lucie - Hobbs, Peter - International Film Bureau - Dushock, Joseph E. - Thompson, Rex - International Film Foundation - Bryan, Julien H. (Julien Hequembourg) - National Association for Mental Health (U.S.)
    • Date: 1951
  • Film, Video
    Activity group therapy "Training film made for mental health and social workers. Activity Group Therapy explores the development of socially maladjusted boys, 10 and 11 years old, over 65 weeks of activity group therapy. Using concealed cameras and microphones, the film records how the subjects act out their disturbances and documents their interactions with a therapist and with other boys. A dense and absorbing record of children's...
    • Contributor: Copyright Collection (Library of Congress) - Columbia University Educational Films - Jewish Board of Guardians - Nathan Hofheimer Foundation - Campus Film Productions, Inc - Slavson, S. R. (Samuel Richard)
    • Date: 1950
  • Film, Video
    Court of human relations. [1959-07-24?]
    Inventory title: Court of human relations
    A three-member board mediates disputes and disagreements submitted for review by the people involved. Complainants and respondents are interviewed by A.L. Alexander and the mediators. In this episode, the board considers the case of a doctor, who was once a mental patient, resuming his medical practice. The complainant and respondent are a man and woman who live in the building where the doctor has...
    • Contributor: Collins, Fred - Kenwith, Herbert - Davis, Ralph Emerson - Gillaspy, Richard - Alexander, A. L. - Eddy, Paul Dawson - Peale, Norman Vincent - National Broadcasting Company - Blaney, James - Ankers, Kathleen - Gimbel, Roger
    • Date: 1959
  • Film, Video
    Anger at work, the story of the headache switch Explains the 'headache switch,' one of the mental mechanisms of man's personality which involves displacement of anger onto other people and impairs one's efficiency. Presents several incidents depicting some of the techniques people have developed for handling such overwhelming feelings as anger, resentment, and frustration. Tells the story of Ed Wilson as he begins a new job and what happens when he uses the...
    • Contributor: Hockman, Ned - Oklahoma. State Department of Health - University of Oklahoma. Extension Division. Educational Materials Services - International Film Bureau - Swain, Dwight V.
    • Date: 1956
  • Film, Video
    Wastage of human resources "Graphically points out the human wastage, at all age levels, caused by crippling disease, careless accidents, juvenile delinquency, unemployment, alcohol and drug addiction, mental disease, crime, war, and bad living conditions"--Educational film/video locator, third edition, v. II, p. 2966.
    • Contributor: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc
    • Date: 1947
  • Film, Video
    Man to man "Warm sympathy and human understanding are powerful instruments in helping mental health patients; this is the inherent message of this film. This documentary is focused primarily on the relationship between two people: an elderly man who cannot feed himself and will not respond when approached, and a psychiatric aide (attendant) who refused to be discouraged even though help for the patient seems hopeless. Genuine...
    • Contributor: Neher, Jack - Affiliated Film Producers - Boyajian, Aram - Leacock, Richard - Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Green, William F. - Jacoby, Irving - Rennie, Thomas A. C. (Thomas Alexander Cumming) - International Film Bureau
    • Date: 1954
  • Film, Video
    Booked for safekeeping Training film for police officers explaining how to recognize and handle people with mental disturbances as first responders in psychiatric emergencies. Using dramatized scenes featuring New Orleans, Louisiana, police officers and nonprofessional actors, the film illustrates some humane and safe methods for handling people with mental disturbances who are anxious, confused, and possibly violent. The film keeps the needs of both police officers and...
    • Contributor: Hildreth, Harold M. - Rowland, Loyd W. - Daly, James - Louisiana Association for Mental Health - National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.) - Brown, William P. (William Paul) - Stoney, George C. - Du Art Film Laboratories - Cutrera, Lucien - George C. Stoney Associates - Matthews, Robert A. (Robert Archibald) - Cummins, Sylvia K. - Ziller, Robert
    • Date: 1960
  • Film, Video
    Angry boy 10-year-old Tommy Randall is caught stealing money from his teacher's purse in an act motivated by the boy's wanting to strike back at the adult world that does not understand him. Tommy receives help from Dr. Marshall, a psychiatrist at the Huron Valley Guidance Clinic in Michigan. Tommy's hostility is traced back to his home life. Agnes Randall, Tommy's mother, takes out her own...
    • Contributor: Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Hammid, Alexander - Glushanok, Peter - Boyajian, Aram - Kempf, Louise - National Association for Mental Health (U.S.) - Hall, Robin - Affiliated Film Producers - Michigan. Department of Mental Health - Wessinger, James - Middlewood, Esther Louise - Jacoby, Irving - Rennie, Thomas A. C. (Thomas Alexander Cumming) - International Film Bureau
    • Date: 1951
  • Film, Video
    The lonely night A dramatized story of Caroline Cram, a jilted and desperate woman who seeks the aid of psychiatry, following a near, and seemingly accidental suicide. We witness the process of psychotherapy peeling off her layers of suppression and guilt and relaxing the grip of fear. In unraveling her feelings, Caroline learns to recognize the relationship between her past experiences and her present problems of young...
    • Contributor: Van Dyke, Willard - Meyers, Sidney - Dufour, Val - Boyajian, Aram - Seldes, Marian - Leacock, Richard - Affiliated Film Producers - Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - International Film Bureau - Silvera, Frank - Jacoby, Irving
    • Date: 1954
  • Film, Video
    First lessons Framed around a class election, short demonstrates children's use of violence with each other and how a teacher is able to understand and help them.
    • Contributor: Beckwith, Frank - Iowa Mental Health Authority - National Association for Mental Health (U.S.) - International Film Bureau
    • Date: 1952
  • Film, Video
    I just don't dig him Dramatizes the problem of communication between father and son. When fourteen-year-old Ken comes home very late one night, he and his worried father have an argument. The events of the following day subtly suggest how father and son can learn to accept each other more realistically as individuals with strengths and weaknesses. Written in the teenager's language with an awareness of his resentments, angers,...
    • Contributor: Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Jacoby, Irving - Barlow, Roger - International Film Bureau - Connecticut. Department of Mental Health
    • Date: 1970
  • Film, Video
    Ulcer at work A dramatized film on the health problems caused by emotional stress. The story follows Steve, a white collar worker with a peptic ulcer through tension-filled scenes at work and at home. Linking emotional stress with physical illness, Ulcer at work espouses the now-discredited theory that ulcers result from a child's unsatisfied oral gratification needs.
    • Contributor: Hockman, Ned - Greene, Wesley H. - Daniels, Chris - Ritzman, Carl - Hellams, Alfred A. - Blakely, Wanda - University of Oklahoma - International Film Bureau - Collums, Garner Greeson - Oklahoma. State Department of Health - Swain, Dwight V.
    • Date: 1959
  • Film, Video
    The steps of age
    Original title: Stairs
    Mrs. Potter, a widowed woman of 62, is at the critical age when she is crossing the threshold into the last quarter of her life. The dramatized story reveals her confusion, her fears, and her first uneasy steps towards insight as she attempts to adjust to life in the home of her married daughter.
    • Contributor: Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Meyers, Sidney - Maddow, Ben - Levitt, Helen - Agee, Emma - Spencer, Rose - Sylvia, Harvard - Odom, C. C. (Cleve Carrington) - International Film Bureau - Kaufman, M. Ralph (Moses Ralph) - South Carolina. Department of Mental Health - National Association for Mental Health (U.S.) - Film Documents, Inc
    • Date: 1950
  • Film, Video
    The roots of happiness "Dramatizes the case of a family in which the father respects and loves his wife and children, permitting each to develop as an individual, and contrasts this family with one where discord and hostility prevail"--National union catalog, motion pictures and filmstrips, 1953-1957.
    • Contributor: Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.) - Bernard, Viola W. - Datlowe, Samuel - Brun, Joseph - International Film Bureau - Puerto Rico. Department of Health - Rodakiewicz, Henwar - Sun Dial Films, Inc - Chalmers, Thomas
    • Date: 1953
  • Film, Video
    Palmour Street
    Also known as: Palmour Street : a study in family life | Wikipedia alternate title: Palmour Street : a Black family in Gainesville, GA | Palmour St
    Depicts an African American family, living in Gainesville, Georgia. Through typical situations of family living it demonstrates how parental love, tolerance, and understanding help little children to face everyday upsets and strengthen them against major crisis. This film encourages audience response by posing the question, "What would you do if you had problems like this family?".
    • Contributor: Hall County (Ga.). Health Department - Clifford, Bill - Southern Educational Film Production Service - Health Publications Institute - Applebaum, Louis - Merritt, Mildred - Stoney, George C. - Butler, E. E. (Emmett Ethridge) - Georgia. Department of Public Health - Merritt, Wes - Borders, William Holmes
    • Date: 1949
  • Film, Video
    Farewell to childhood Short film dramatizing relationship between a teenage girl and her parents. Eventually both come to understand that they both have their own issues and needs.
    • Contributor: Roffman, Julian - Lambert, John P. - National Association for Mental Health (U.S.) - Beckwith, Frank - Young, David A. - International Film Bureau - Norton, J. W. Roy - Rennie, Thomas A. C. (Thomas Alexander Cumming) - North Carolina. State Board of Health
    • Date: 1951
  • Article
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  • Article
    Kids These Days The postwar period was a golden age for films that carried a message of moral, social, and physical hygiene for the nation’s youth at a time when there was genuine cultural anxiety about the future of the American family. The movies presented in Kids These Days are collectively a fascinating artifact, sometimes unintentionally hilarious in their earnestness (Are You Popular?) but other times darkly...
  • Article
    National Film Registry The National Film Registry is a list of films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" that are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation. The Librarian of Congress...
  • Film, Video
    Angel. The littlest leaguer
    Littlest leaguer | Variant title from copyright catalog: Angel
    Angelique, known as Angel, moves from France to the United States to marry American architect, John Smith. The newlyweds set up housekeeping in Los Angeles, California. She tries her best to be a good housewife but sometimes runs into problems as she learns English and adapts to her new life and culture. In this episode Angel persuades Johnny to coach a fatherless neighborhood boy...
    • Contributor: Molin, Bud - CBS Television Network - Feldman, Edward H. (Edward Henry) - Oppenheimer, Jess - CBS Films - Erwin, Bill - Perkins, Jack - Cronjager, Henry - Keefer, Don - Holmes, Dennis ... Molin, Bud - CBS Television Network - Feldman, Edward H. (Edward Henry) - Oppenheimer, Jess - CBS Films - Erwin, Bill - Perkins, Jack - Cronjager, Henry - Keefer, Don - Holmes, Dennis - Stewart, Charles - Singleton, Doris - Daniel, Eliot - Burlingame Productions - Elinson, Jack - Ketchum, Dave - Johnson, Lamont - Fargé, Annie - Thompson, Marshall
    • Date: 1961