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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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Edison is credited by his signature being written on the screen and orally by the narrator. See more »

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"It is said that when the valiant heart of Thomas Edison stopped beating, that of the old clock in his library stopped at the same moment - 3:27."
15 November 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This documentary short was produced by MGM primarily as a promo for the movie Edison, the Man starring Spencer Tracy. It starts with a recap of American history, complete with amusing references to America being a "husky upstart" with "callouses on our hands and hair on our chest." It's easy to laugh at a lot of this and I admit it's a little corny but the intention is good and the history accurate. From there it gives an overview of some of Thomas Edison's bigger inventions and how they helped change the way people live. Like the two Edison biopics MGM made in 1940, this short's purpose is to highlight the positive and uplifting accomplishments of Thomas Edison. It's an enjoyable short even if it's a little dry.


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