Dale Phillips (Since this is an educational film dramatizing facts about the sun it would be difficult to write a summary without spoilers. This summary is meant to excite and encourage ...
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Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.
Dale Phillips (Since this is an educational film dramatizing facts about the sun it would be difficult to write a summary without spoilers. This summary is meant to excite and encourage viewing.) I saw this educational movie in elementary school in the mid-1950s. The idea was to introduce the sun and its role as center of the solar system. There are close-ups of the sun showing sunspots on the sun's violent surface. It was explained that the Earth rotates on its axis so we see the sun in daytime on our side of the Earth and our side of the earth is turned away from the sun at night. The Earth revolves around the sun in one year causing the seasons. Facts about the sun include the distance from Earth to sun, that the sun is a star, how hot the sun is no one can live there), and how the sun provides light plants need to grow and warms land and water. Without "Our Mr. Sun" Earth would be a frozen, lifeless lump and we would not be here. (I believe another film long these lines is "Hemo ...
First of four educational films produced by Bell Laboratories and directed by Frank Capra on the subjects of the sun, the human circulatory system, radioactivity and the weather. These films were used regularly in classrooms since they were well produced and Bell Laboratories would supply 16mm copies of the films to schools free of charge. See more »
We can still learn from Our Mr. Sun's innovation and call for solar energy.
Wonderful film. It does have some religious overtones, but these are not too restrictive in dictating one interpretation of belief, or lack there of. Comments like "we to (scientists), in a way are reaching for the great light beyond" provide room for many different beliefs.
One has to remember, this was made in 1956. Still, it seems more open minded than the fundamentalist religious stuff that continues to come out today.
I first saw it in grade school, back in the early 1960s when the science fascinated me. Today, I ordered the DVD and see it in a different light. As an adult, I see that the script writing and drama are superb.
It is really interesting to watch how this film discusses overpopulation, depletion of fossil fuels and solar energy. It really promotes solar energy.
In some ways, it makes one notice how little progress we have made toward resolving these problems and developing solar energy.
One hopes modern civilization can take a lesson from the innovative spirit and sense of optimism that was evident in this film. It is 50 years since Our Mr. Sun was made, but I still hope we can enter what the film describes as the "Sun Age."
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