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Film, Video Design for Dreaming.

About this Item


  • Design for Dreaming.


  • Lautner, Joseph
  • Charmoli, Tony
  • Breaux, Marc
  • Gordon, Marjorie, soprano.

Created / Published

  • 1956


  • -  Fantasy films


  • Fantasy films


  • -  Summary: Design for Dreaming is a 1956 cult industrial short or sponsored film of about ten minutes' length about a woman (played by dancer and choreographer Tad Tadlock; real name Thelma Tadlock) who dreams about a masked man (dancer and choreographer Marc Breaux) taking her to the 1956 General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and to Frigidaire's "Kitchen of the Future". The entirety of the dialogue is sung, though the actors do not move their lips to their characters' pre-recorded voices. The film starts off with her in her bedroom, with the masked man suddenly appearing. He then takes her to the Motorama. After looking at several cars including Buick, Chevrolet Corvette, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Cadillac, she is taken to the "kitchen of the future", where she bakes a cake. She then goes back to the motorama and dances the "dance of tomorrow". After looking at more cars, she and her masked man (who unmasks himself) travel on the "road of tomorrow" in the "Firebird II" and fall in love.


  • Film, Video

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Mavis identifier: 3802

Source Collection

  • AFI/Cromwell (Victor & Walter) Collection (Library Of Congress)


  • Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Lautner, Joseph, Tony Charmoli, Marc Breaux, and Marjorie Gordon. Design for Dreaming. 1956. Video.

APA citation style:

Lautner, J., Charmoli, T., Breaux, M. & Gordon, M. (1956) Design for Dreaming. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Lautner, Joseph, et al. Design for Dreaming. 1956. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.