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Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949)

Approved | | Short, Biography, Drama | 7 May 1949 (USA)
Eli Whitney is arguably best remembered for inventing the cotton gin. However, those in the know may argue that his most useful contribution to the world is an idea, one he was able to put ... See full summary »

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Eli Whitney is arguably best remembered for inventing the cotton gin. However, those in the know may argue that his most useful contribution to the world is an idea, one he was able to put into practice in the late eighteenth century when he signed a government contract to produce the seemingly impossible ten thousand muskets in two years, most people who could only make at most ninety per year. That idea was what is now coined as mass production. The government officials who entered into the contract with him thought it pure folly, that view strengthened as they saw no muskets month after month after month. However, the people that worked for Whitney, even after his borrowed money ran out, stayed to work for him on the belief of what he was doing, which was kept secret behind locked doors. He may have had some doubts in the idea himself, which may make what is happening today in the world of production even more of a surprise to him. Written by Huggo

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7 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 71: Mr. Whitney Had a Notion  »

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An oldie but not so goody
12 June 1999 | by (Houston Tx USA) – See all my reviews

I am going to have to say that "Mr. Whitney" was quite the stereotypical dimple of an old movie. What i mean by this is, the sound was horrible, the jokes were old and no longer are considered humorous in this day in age, and the special effects were nil. Yet while "Mr. Whitney" is an OLD film, it did make me smile a few times at its overstuffedness. Lloyd Bridges was the only shining portion of this piece. While the humor in the lead character's mostly grouchiness was not lost on me, it was particularly characteristic that "Mr. Whitney" was easy. All in all, while i do particularly enjoy old masterpieces, this was not one of them.


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