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An American in the Making (1913)

An Immigrant has come to the United States and is sponsored by a relative. He takes him to find employment and show him how the American work is protected by showing different types of safety equipment.




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Cast overview:
Bela Tokaji
Ethyle Cooke ...
Schoolteacher / His Wife
Leland Benham ...
Their Son


This story deals with a young Hungarian emigrant, whose brother in America writes to him, telling of the many wonders of the new world. The young man finally comes to America, and secures employment as an unskilled laborer at the Gary works of the United States Steel Corporation. He works hard, attends night school, gradually learns the language and ways of the country, becomes a skilled laborer and marries. His happiness as the prosperous head of a family is shown, and also the interest which the great corporation takes of its employees and their willingness to advance those who are ambitious and competent. The many safety appliances which have been installed at great expense to prevent laborers from being injured are shown, and the new laborer is seen as he is instructed in his duties. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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22 April 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film was presented at Cinefest 2001 in Syracuse, New York, as part of the one-hour presentation "Tribute to Thanhouser" hosted by Edwin W. Thanhouser (grandson of producer Edwin Thanhouser). See more »

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The model factory city, Gary, Ind.
1 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film, as announced at the beginning, was gotten up to aid the work of the National Social Betterment Association. It shows a young Italian immigrant arriving in this country. His brother meets him at the Ellis Island dock, and the later scenes show him at the model factory city, Gary, Ind. The picture then shows many devices used to protect workmen, such as goggles to protect the eyes in the steel works, guards attached to saws, belts, etc. Six years later he is seen happily married, with a son going to a model school. Such a film as this makes an interesting novelty and distributes valuable information concerning industrial matters. - The Moving Picture World, May 3, 1913

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