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  • Master hands


  • Manufacturing of Chevrolets from foundry to finished product as a paean to the designers of the factory mass production system. Filmed in Flint, Michigan months before the United Auto Workers won union recognition with their famous sit down strikes.


  • Avil, Gordon, cinematographer
  • Benavie, Samuel J., composer
  • Herman, Vincent, 1900-1979, editor of moving image work
  • General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Co., presenter, copyright claimant
  • Jam Handy Organization, production company

Created / Published

  • [1936]


  • -  Chevrolet automobile--Design and construction
  • -  Assembly-line methods--United States
  • -  Automobile industry workers--Michigan--Flint


  • Industrial films
  • Promotional films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  MU6488 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Chevrolet Motor Company; 27May36; 18May36; MU6488.
  • -  Music performed by the Detroit Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • -  Photography, Gordon Avil ; orchestral score, Samuel Benavie ; film editing, Vincent Herman.
  • -  According to Daniel Eagan in America's film legacy, this film may have been made for a shareholder's meeting, and was used as a training film. Though some sources indicate it may have been shown theatrically, no distribution information could be found.
  • -  Filmed in Flint, Michigan, in 1935 and 1936.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939, p. 527, viewed July 7, 2022 via the Internet Archive; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed July 7, 2022; Moving image archive news weblog posted December 12, 2017, viewed July 8, 2022; Eagan. D., America's film legacy, p. 256.


  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 32 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • Prelinger Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2022600183

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Avil, Gordon, Cinematographer, and Presenter General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Co. Master Hands. editeds by Herman, Vincent, Of Moving Image Work, , composeds by Benavie, Samuel J, , produceds by Jam Handy Organizationuction Company [1936] Video.

APA citation style:

Avil, G. & General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Co, P., Herman, V., ed. (1936) Master Hands. Benavie, S. J., comp, , Jam Handy Organizationuction Company, prod [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Avil, Gordon, Cinematographer, and Presenter General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Co. Master Hands. ed by Herman, Vincent, Of Moving Image Work, , comp by Benavie, Samuel J, , prod by Jam Handy Organizationuction Company [1936] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.