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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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Features The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »

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Interesting History Lesson
22 March 2001 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

A quick and interesting look at the inventions of Thomas Edison. The sheer number and importance of Edison's inventions is truly staggering and this short film does a nice job telling Edison's story.

At the beginning of this short is probably one of the quickest recaps of American history I've ever seen. Quite amusing in its brevity.

Also of interest is the brief mention of Michigan's Greenfield Village. Edison's laboratory is still there some 60 years later. Definitely worth the trip.


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