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Film, Video Booked for safekeeping

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About this Item


  • 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 people with mental disturbances in mind and stresses the basic points of proper handling of excited persons: calmness, candor, honesty, psychological deterrence when possible, and gradual release from restraint.


  • Stoney, George C., screenwriter, film director
  • Rowland, Loyd W., 1902-1981, contributor
  • Cutrera, Lucien, 1916-1969, onscreen participant
  • Daly, James, 1918-1978, narrator
  • Ziller, Robert, 1914-2010, cinematographer
  • Cummins, Sylvia K., film editor
  • Matthews, Robert A. (Robert Archibald), 1903-1961, consultant
  • Brown, William P. (William Paul), consultant
  • Hildreth, Harold M., 1906-1965, contributor
  • Louisiana Association for Mental Health, production company
  • National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.), production company
  • George C. Stoney Associates, production company
  • Du Art Film Laboratories, film distributor

Created / Published

  • United States : DuArt Films, 1960.


  • -  Police training--Louisiana--New Orleans
  • -  Police services for the mentally ill--Louisiana--New Orleans
  • -  Police social work--Louisiana--New Orleans


  • Instructional films
  • Sponsored films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Featuring: New Orleans Police Department Sergeant Lucien Cutrera.
  • -  Narrator: James Daly.
  • -  Planned by Loyd W. Rowland, Ph.D. ; photographed by Robert Ziller ; editor, Sylvia Cummins Betts ; sound, Walter James, Jr., Albert Kraus ; production assistant, Katherine Stoney ; camera assistant, Peter R. Norman ; chief electrician, Alton D. Reed ; principal psychiatric advisor, Robert A. Matthews, M.D. ; principal police advisor, Capt. William P. Brown ; representing the National Institute of Mental Health, Harold M. Hildreth, Ph.D.
  • -  Filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • -  Parts of summary from the National Film Preservation Foundation WWW site and Selected mental health films.
  • -  Sources used: National Film Preservation Foundation WWW site, viewed August 16, 2023; Selected mental health films, 1967, p. 17, viewed online August 18, 2023 via Media History Digital Library; St. Bernard voice (Arabi, Louisiana), September 30, 1960, p. 2, viewed August 18, 2023 via; Daily world (Opelousas, Louisiana), March 14, 1961, p. 2, viewed August 18, 2023 via


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

Source Collection

  • MacDonald (J. Fred and Leslie W.) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600371

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Stoney, George C., Screenwriter, Film Director, Loyd W Rowland, Lucien Cutrera, James Daly, Robert Ziller, Sylvia K Cummins, Robert A Matthews, William P Brown, Harold M Hildreth, and Film Distributor Du Art Film Laboratories. Booked for Safekeeping. produceds by Louisiana Association For Mental Healthuction Company, National Institute Of Mental Health, U.S.Uction Company, and George C. Stoney Associatesuction Company United States: DuArt Films, 1960. Video.

APA citation style:

Stoney, G. C., Rowland, L. W., Cutrera, L., Daly, J., Ziller, R., Cummins, S. K. [...] Du Art Film Laboratories, F. D. (1960) Booked for Safekeeping. Louisiana Association For Mental Healthuction Company, National Institute Of Mental Health, U. S. U. C. & George C. Stoney Associatesuction Company, prods United States: DuArt Films. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Stoney, George C., Screenwriter, Film Director, et al. Booked for Safekeeping. prod by Louisiana Association For Mental Healthuction Company, National Institute Of Mental Health, U.S.Uction Company, and George C. Stoney Associatesuction Company United States: DuArt Films, 1960. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.