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Traffic with the Devil (1946)

 -  Short | Drama  -  31 August 1946 (USA)
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In this MGM short film, part of the Theater of Life Series, an Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle Sergeant reflects on the growing traffic levels on the nation's roads. People drive ... See full summary »


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In this MGM short film, part of the Theater of Life Series, an Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle Sergeant reflects on the growing traffic levels on the nation's roads. People drive further and faster than they ever have. People are impatient and don't give way to pedestrians, leading to frazzled nerves all-round. Accidents occur regularly leading not only to costly damaged cars but also to loss of lives. Written by garykmcd

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31 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Theatre of Life: Fact-Films from Real Life - Traffic with the Devil  »

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Included with Undercurrent (1946) in Warner Home Video's 2007 multidisc DVD set "Katharine Hepburn 100th Anniversary Collection". Undercurrent (1946), Morning Glory (1933), Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Dragon Seed (1944), Without Love (1945), The Corn Is Green (1979) (TV), See more »

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How America was changed with the automobile
16 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This short subject narrated by LAPD motorcycle patrol sergeant Charles Reineke demonstrates how the automobile changed American life for better or worse post World War II.

I say that because in 1946 with the first of new cars rolling out of Detroit that year in four years because of the war, America really took to the highways. Let us also not forget all the driving restrictions of all those old cars still out there during the war. We as a nation were going to enjoy that new prosperity symbolized by the automobile and the vast quantities thereof.

Reineke got a bit personal here as he describes his job and how his profession is not one of the most beloved. That's the truth, but the other side of that story is the thousands of little hole in the wall towns known as speed traps and the revenue from ticketed drivers support the place.

Still traffic safety then as now is a problem, a bigger problem 66 years after this film was made. How many cars on the road now, I shudder to think.

Traffic With The Devil got an Oscar nomination for Documentary Short Subject. Kind of dated now to say the least, but the message is timeless.

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