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Film, Video The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair

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Title

  • The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair

Summary

  • The story of a family from Indiana who comes to New York to see the Fair, and in particular, the Westinghouse exhibit. Here a boy from back home, Jim, who works at the Fair takes the family around and explains the many wonders of science to them, meanwhile trying to convince Bud, the young son, that machinery instead of taking jobs away from people makes more for them. He is opposed in his views by Dick, a radical artist. A little romance is also injected into the story through the young daughter, Babs, whom both Dick and Jim wish to marry. Notable exhibits include a dishwashing contest between Mrs. Modern and Mrs. Drudge, the Westinghouse time capsule, and Elektro, the smoking robot.

Names

  • Snody, Robert R., film director, screenwriter
  • Hunter, G. R., contributor
  • Drummond, Reed, 1901-1982, contributor
  • Lord, Marjorie, actor
  • Lydon, James, 1923-2022, actor
  • Lee, Ruth, 1895-1975, actor
  • Shannon, Harry, 1890-1964, actor
  • Lewis, George, 1903-1995, actor
  • Harvey, Georgette, actor
  • Steiner, William, cinematographer
  • Feuerman, Sol S., film editor
  • Keller, Walter E., 1892-1962, art director
  • Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, presenter, sponsor
  • Audio Productions, production company
  • Modern Talking Picture Service, film distributor

Created / Published

  • United States : Modern Talking Picture Service, 1939.

Headings

  • -  Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
  • -  New York World's Fair--(1939-1940 :--New York, N.Y.)
  • -  Technology
  • -  Inventions
  • -  Families--New York (State)--New York

Genre

  • Sponsored films
  • Feature films
  • Fiction films

Notes

  • -  ©1939 Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company copyright notice on film
  • -  Marjorie Lord, James Lydon, Ruth Lee, Harry Shannon, George J. Lewis, Georgette Harvey, Adora Andrews, Douglas Stark, Helen Bennett, Ray Perkins.
  • -  Director of photography, William Steiner ; film editor, Sol S. Feuerman ; art director, Walter Keller ; sound recorder, Al Dillinger ; musical director, Edwin E. Ludig.
  • -  Filmed in 1939 at the Long Island Studios and on location at the New York World's Fair.
  • -  Summary adapted from the Educational Film Catalog.
  • -  Originally filmed in Technicolor.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Prelinger, R. The field guide to sponsored films, 2006, p. 63 viewed online October 5, 2023 via Internet Archive; AFI catalog viewed online October 5, 2023; Educational film catalog, 1936, p. 44 viewed online October 5, 2023 via the Media History Digital Library; Film daily, September 27, 1939, p. 1, viewed online October 5, 2023 via the Media History Digital Library.

Medium

  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 54 min.) : sd., col.

Source Collection

  • AFI/Shepard (David) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600635

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Snody, Robert R., Film Director, Screenwriter, G. R Hunter, Reed Drummond, Marjorie Lord, James Lydon, Ruth Lee, Harry Shannon, et al. The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair. produceds by Audio Productionsuction Company United States: Modern Talking Picture Service, 1939. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2023600635/.

APA citation style:

Snody, R. R., Hunter, G. R., Drummond, R., Lord, M., Lydon, J., Lee, R. [...] Modern Talking Picture Service, F. D. (1939) The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair. Audio Productionsuction Company, prod United States: Modern Talking Picture Service. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2023600635/.

MLA citation style:

Snody, Robert R., Film Director, Screenwriter, et al. The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair. prod by Audio Productionsuction Company United States: Modern Talking Picture Service, 1939. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2023600635/>.