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  • Men and dust


  • "An exposé, based on the findings of the Tri-State Survey Committee, of the appalling health conditions and survival problems of the workers in the zinc and lead mining areas at the junction of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. It shows the fight led by the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union to improve the efforts of mine owners to eliminate silicosis, tuberculosis and lead poisoning"--The Labor Film Database WWW site.


  • Dick, Lee, film director
  • Dick, Sheldon, screenwriter, cinematographer
  • Haynes, Storrs, narrator
  • Geer, Will, narrator
  • Porterfield, Robert, 1905-1971, narrator
  • Bucher, J. V. D. (Jules Van Dyck), film editor
  • Anhalt, Edward, 1914-2000, film editor
  • Stewart, Fred, 1906-1970, composer, arranger
  • Lee Dick, Inc., production company
  • Tri-state Survey Committee, sponsor
  • Garrison Film Distributors, Inc., film distributor

Created / Published

  • United States : Garrison Films, 1940.


  • -  Miners--Health and hygiene
  • -  Silicosis
  • -  Zinc mines and mining--Health aspects--Tri-State Mining District
  • -  Lead mines and mining--Health aspects--Tri-State Mining District
  • -  International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers


  • Documentary films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  "A film based on the findings of the Tri-State Survey Committee"--on film.
  • -  Narrators: Storrs Haynes, Will Geer, Robert Porterfield, Eric Walz.
  • -  Editing and montage, J.V.D. Bucher ; associate editor, Edward Anhalt ; music composition and sound arrangement, Fred Stewart.
  • -  The Internet movie database erroneously gives the production company as Dial Films. Lee Dick, Inc. did not become Dial Films, Inc. until after Men and dust was released.
  • -  Predominantly filmed in the Tri-State Mining District communities.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: The Labor Film Database WWW site, viewed May 31, 2023; Internet movie database WWW site, viewed June 1, 2023.


  • 1 video file (digital) (16 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

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

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600537

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Dick, Lee, Film Director, Sheldon Dick, Storrs Haynes, Will Geer, Robert Porterfield, J. V. D Bucher, Edward Anhalt, Sponsor Tri-State Survey Committee, and Inc Garrison Film Distributors. Men and Dust. composeds by Stewart, Fred, Arranger, , produceds by Lee Dick, Inc.Uction Company United States: Garrison Films, 1940. Video.

APA citation style:

Dick, L., Dick, S., Haynes, S., Geer, W., Porterfield, R., Bucher, J. V. D. [...] Garrison Film Distributors, I. (1940) Men and Dust. Stewart, F., comp, , Lee Dick, Inc.Uction Company, prod United States: Garrison Films. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Dick, Lee, Film Director, et al. Men and Dust. comp by Stewart, Fred, Arranger, , prod by Lee Dick, Inc.Uction Company United States: Garrison Films, 1940. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.