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Servant of Mankind (1940)

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This short dramatizes how profoundly the inventions of Thomas A. Edison have affected the world in which we live. In addition to the electric light, Edison developed the system of ... See full summary »

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This short dramatizes how profoundly the inventions of Thomas A. Edison have affected the world in which we live. In addition to the electric light, Edison developed the system of alternating current that carries virtually all of the world's electricity, as well as storage batteries and electric motors. Other highlighted inventions include the phonograph, automatic stock ticker, wireless telegraphy, mimeograph machine, and, of course, the world's first motion picture studio. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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MGM, never a company to miss an opportunity, produced this short as a disguised trailer/advertisement for its feature Edison, the Man (1940). See more »

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MGM promotional short for "Edison, the Man"...
31 August 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Good promotional short to pump up interest in the Spencer Tracy film, "Edison, the Man." The man who had more than 1,200 patents to his name and brought the world into the era of light and power is given a fine tribute in this MGM short which manages to squeeze a lot of American history into the first six minutes.

A montage of swiftly moving events is shown: the pioneers heading west, the quest for silver and gold, the Civil War, trading posts, Wall Street, the trans-Atlantic railroad, the Chicago fire and a few other spectacular events.

It was up to Edison to give the country the power to convert our vast resources with electricity. The countless inventions that were a spin off from his original patent are mentioned, including the radio, the phonograph, the motion picture and the wireless.

Interesting tribute to the man and a short history lesson for all of us.


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