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Traffic with the Devil (1946)

Approved | | Short, Drama | 31 August 1946 (USA)
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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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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Something of a historical curiousity now, interesting but dated.
7 November 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This documentary, nominated for an Academy Award, is a look back in time at the traffic problems in and around Los Angeles circa 1946. Interesting but qute dated, it does show that Los Angeles had problems with traffic flows even 55 years ago. Turner Classic Movies runs this occasionally and invariably runs it in March as part of its "31 Days of Oscar" programming. Worth watching.


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