Compilation of man inventing strange contraptions in the 30's through 50's.

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A documentary about some of the thousands of inventions that did things we never thought needed doing, or in ways we never considered doing them. A respectful, yet humorous tribute to the inventors whose vision, however far-reaching, was just a little off the mark. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Much of the newsreel footage, originally shot without sound, has dialogue dubbed in. A lip reader was hired to figure out what the people were saying in the newsreels, and actors lip-synched the lines. See more »

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Ornithopter Inventor: Folks, here I am with a new device called the ornithopter. Uhh... this device... uhh... I expect to attain flight in the air. Through a system of leveraged advantage, plus a man's physical power, I believe it's possible to fly as a bird. And here I am. You can look this device over. It appears heavy. It is light.
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Referenced in Filmens vidundelige verden (1978) See more »

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We Don't Make 'Em Anymore
Written & Sung by Neal Rosengarden
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An entertaining documentary on human endeavors and inventions that may have been overlooked but certainly worth mentioning.
1 August 1999 | by (Mississippi, USA) – See all my reviews

GIZMO is a delightful, comedic presentation of the human spirit of determination and the willingness to take physical risks to overcome obstacles. The centuries old saying that fact is stranger than fiction is very much exemplified by the characters appearing in this film. The most bizarre fact is that this is actual footage without any actors and actresses performing the sometimes hilarious feats of human endurance.

The movie is wholesome entertainment that should bring about a laugh or two at a family gathering. It would also be a splendid tool for a motivational seminar. Laughter is sometimes the best medicine, and GIZMO might be a remedy!


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