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Film, Video The roots of happiness

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  • 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.


  • Rodakiewicz, Henwar, direction
  • Datlowe, Samuel, production
  • Brun, Joseph, camera
  • Chalmers, Thomas, 1884-1966, narration
  • Bernard, Viola W., 1907-1998
  • Mental Health Film Board (New York, N.Y.)
  • Puerto Rico. Department of Health
  • International Film Bureau
  • Sun Dial Films, Inc

Created / Published

  • United States : International Film Bureau, 1953.


  • -  Child-rearing--Puerto Rico
  • -  Masculinity--Puerto Rico
  • -  Father and child--Puerto Rico


  • Sponsored films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Title from National union catalog.
  • -  Photographed by Joseph Brun ; edited by Dayton Wood ; narrated by Thomas Chalmers ; psychiatric consultant, Viola W. Bernard, M.D. ; commissioner of Health of Puerto Rico, Juan A. Pons, M.D.
  • -  LC copy is missing some beginning credits.
  • -  On film: "This film may be borrowed from the Films and Recordings Center, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County."
  • -  Source used: U.S. National Library of Medicine catalog, viewed August 15, 2018.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 24 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2018601448

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Brun, Joseph, Camera, Thomas Chalmers, Viola W Bernard, Mental Health Film Board, Puerto Rico. Department Of Health, International Film Bureau, and Inc Sun Dial Films. The Roots of Happiness. directeds by Rodakiewicz, Henwarection, produceds by Datlowe, Samueluction United States: International Film Bureau, 1953. Video.

APA citation style:

Brun, J., Chalmers, T., Bernard, V. W., Mental Health Film Board, Puerto Rico. Department Of Health, International Film Bureau & Sun Dial Films, I. (1953) The Roots of Happiness. Rodakiewicz, H., dir, Datlowe, S., prod United States: International Film Bureau. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Brun, Joseph, Camera, et al. The Roots of Happiness. dir by Rodakiewicz, Henwarection, prod by Datlowe, Samueluction United States: International Film Bureau, 1953. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.