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Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)

Approved | | Short | 6 September 1941 (USA)
A nation preparing for war must match people with jobs they can do well. This film shows how a Ph.D., a chimp, and three dogs help design aptitude tests for men applying for work. The tests... See full summary »

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A nation preparing for war must match people with jobs they can do well. This film shows how a Ph.D., a chimp, and three dogs help design aptitude tests for men applying for work. The tests, developed by researchers using the ape and the dogs, help a psychometrist to distinguish the physical dexterity, emotional stability, and problem solving abilities of three job applicants in order to match the men to the right role in the military buildup. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Passing Parade No. 26: Of Pups and Puzzles  »

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film short describing employment testing for the 1941 audience
16 March 2002 | by (Eugene, OR) – See all my reviews

We take employee testing and psychological profiles for granted these days, but for the audiences of 60 years ago who hired people by pointing, this was informative. Information is boiled down a bit beyond any reasonable application, but what the heck--it's a short film. And it's particularly interesting to see the psychologist doing the testing get the applicants to fill out a form and then stands behind them and fires six shots in the air from a revolver to see how they react. Now that's two-fisted personnel management! :)

The film has that "industrial giant of the American century" feel to it like many similar films, but it's interesting to see for the way in which information is presented.


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