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Vitaphone Pictorial Revue (Series 2) #11 (1938)

Three short pictorial documentaries are shown. In "Chemical Magic", the process of producing synthetic plastics is presented. The benefits of using synthetics plastics for their strength ... See full summary »

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Clem McCarthy ...
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Ben Grauer ...
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Maida Severn ...
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Three short pictorial documentaries are shown. In "Chemical Magic", the process of producing synthetic plastics is presented. The benefits of using synthetics plastics for their strength and durability for such products as telephone casings, costume jewelry, dental plates and automobile components are discussed in comparison to using what are called natural plastics, such as wood and clay. The product list also shows its diversity of use. In "Hare and Hound", greyhound racing is presented. It shows teaching the dogs to identify the "artificial" item being chased, which is to resemble a rabbit. Much of the techniques in training and race set-up are similar to that of horse racing. In "Liquid Enchantment", the perfume industry is presented in color. Written by Huggo

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9 July 1938 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone Pictorial Revue #11  »

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Fair Short but Mildly Entertaining
19 March 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Vitaphone Pictorial Review #61, A (1938)

** (out of 4)

This is the first film I've seen from the series but from what little information I was able to gather up it appears that each entry would tell three quick stories. The first story here is called "Chemical Magic" and talks about the making of plastics and why they're so important to everyday items like a phone or a car. The second story is "Hare and Hound" and takes a look at greyhound racing and its rules. Finally we get "Liquid Enchantment" and this here goes over perfume and the amount of money it brings in. It's impossible to judge and entire series off of one short but what was on display here certainly didn't impress me any. The biggest problem is that the narration (by three people) is rather dry and it was really hard to grab my attention and old my interest. The first story was mildly interesting but we've seen so many better documentaries on the process being discussed, although you should pay close attention to the chemical checklist of what's being used and notice that many of them are now considered very dangerous. The second story was also mildly interesting as we get to hear about the rules of racing.


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