Film, Video The Ordeal of Thomas Moon

About this Item

Title
The Ordeal of Thomas Moon
Contributor Names
DeLuise, Dom
Smith, Kline & French Laboratories
Created / Published
1957
Subject Headings
-  Nonfiction films
Genre
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  Summary: Actor Dom DeLuise in an uncredited role portraying an overweight man and how his daily physical struggles finally force him to see his physician. "This film is a most unusual documentary--telling of just a few minutes in the life of an overweight man. Not much happens to Thomas Moon in these few minutes, for there is no beginning to his problem and only a vague awakening at the end. But in a few minutes, an audience can understand that the problems of Thomas Moon, though not overwhelming, are many, and put together they weight his days with little miseries. He isn't a very fat man; there is just, let's say, 40 or 50 pounds too much of him. We see him as he struggles up the stairs from a train platform in Pennsylvania Station, laboriously bending over to leave his bag in a floor-level locker, mopping his brow in a sweltering phone booth. And that's just about it. Thomas Moon is just uncomfortable, and the very understatement of his predicament makes it the more believable. Smith, Kline and French make drugs which are used by doctors in treatment of overweight, but this is never implied. The sponsor barely indicates that something can be done for the likes of Moon"--Business screen, vol. 18, no. 4. 1957.
Medium
Film, Video
Call Number/Physical Location
Mavis identifier: 1942985
Source Collection
American Archives Of The Factual Film Collection
Repository
Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division
Language
English
Online Format
video
image

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Deluise, Dom, and Kline & French Laboratories Smith. The Ordeal of Thomas Moon. 1957. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/mbrs01942985/.

APA citation style:

Deluise, D. & Smith, K. &. F. L. (1957) The Ordeal of Thomas Moon. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mbrs01942985/.

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Deluise, Dom, and Kline & French Laboratories Smith. The Ordeal of Thomas Moon. 1957. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mbrs01942985/>.

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