Valley town

United States, 1940

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The story of how machines made a “boom” town with factories running at top speed, stores crowded with shoppers, money flowing freely - and of how more machines broke it. Considers the problem of capable workers thrown out of jobs because of high-speed machinery. Gives an idea of what this does to the human spirit and of the effect on a family. Finally offers as one solution the constant training of adults to keep them abreast of new developments ready for new and better jobs. Narrated by Ray Collins.

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Educational Film Institute, New York University


Willard Van Dyke



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United States
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Factories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Factory management

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Labor productivity

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Mass production


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Employees - Effect of technological innovations on

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Labor and laboring classes - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social change

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Technological unemployment

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Technology - Social aspects

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Employees - Training of

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

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → History

History → Machinery - History

History → Technology and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Employees - Effect of technological innovations on

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Machinery - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technological unemployment

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology - Social aspects

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology - Study and teaching

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology and civilization

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




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16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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