Take a letter, please

United States, 1943

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Shows amusingly how bad dictation destroys stenographers’ morale and wastes valuable office hours. Burlesques the common faults of people who dictate letters, such as: The scatterbrain who isn’t prepared, the speed demon, the dreamer, Mr Mumblemush and Simon Legree. Concludes with a demonstration of the correct method to dictate a letter using a dictagraph machine.


production company

De Frenes






Black and White

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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Employee morale

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Office practice

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Secretaries

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Management - Study and teaching

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Occupational training

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Secretaries

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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