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"The American Experience" Henry Ford (2013)

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Original Air Date:
29 January 2013 (Season 24, Episode 12)
HENRY FORD paints a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Oliver Platt ... Narrator (voice)
Henry Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Steven Watts ... Himself, University of Missouri

Douglas Brinkley ... Himself, Rice University
John M. Staudenmaier ... Himself, University of Detroit Mercy
Nancy F. Koehn ... Herself, Harvard Business School
Greg Grandin ... Himself, professor of history, New York University
Hasia Diner ... Herself, New York University
Bob Casey ... Himself, retired senior curator, Henry Ford Museum
Beverly Gage ... Herself, Yale University
Nelson Lichtenstein ... Himself, University of California, Santa Barbara
Charles A. Lindbergh ... Himself (archive footage)
Helen Keller ... Herself (archive footage)
Clara Ford ... Herself (archive footage)
Edsel Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Eleanor Lowthian Clay ... Herself (archive footage)

Thomas A. Edison ... Himself (archive footage)
Harvey Firestone ... Himself (archive footage)
Ernest Kanzler ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sarah Colt 
Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Sarah Colt .... producer
Sarah Colt .... senior producer
Helen Ryan Dobrowski .... co-producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Molly Jacobs .... producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Elizabeth Shea .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Kusiak 
P. Andrew Willis 
Cinematography by
John Baynard 
Film Editing by
Glenn Fukushima 
Sabrina Zanella-Foresi 
Production Management
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production manager
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
Art Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... photo animation (as Alisa Placas)
Colin Mahoney .... series designer
Anna Saraceno .... photo animation
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor
John Jenkins .... sound mixer
John O'Connor .... sound recordist
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Wyatt Sprague .... dialogue editor
Editorial Department
Seth Bomse .... editorial consultant
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production assistant
Glenn Fukushima .... post-production assistant
Spencer Gentry .... post-production
Shady Hartshorne .... assistant editor
John Jenkins-Stark .... post-production
Christopher Koons .... on-line editor
Lauren McGuiness .... assistant editor
Don Wylie .... colorist
Don Wyllie .... colorist
Music Department
Joel Goodman .... composer: theme music
Si-Jing Huang .... musician: violin
Rob Jaret .... composer: additional music
Rob Jaret .... orchestrator
Sato Knudsen .... musician: cello
Ronan Lefkowitz .... musician: violin
Mark Ludwig .... musician: viola
Richard Sebring .... musician: french horn
Other crew
Douglas Brinkley .... academic advisor
Joy Conley .... researcher
Casey Davis .... special project assistant
Jeremiah Devlin-Ruelle .... location assistant
Hasia Diner .... academic advisor
Susana Fernandes .... project administration
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Beverly Gage .... academic advisor
Greg Grandin .... academic advisor
Lisa Hartjens .... archival researcher
Daniel Horowitz .... academic advisor
John Ives .... legal
Scott Kardel .... legal
Johanna Kovitz .... transcriptor
Nelson Lichtenstein .... academic advisor
Mary Lugo .... publicist
Julianna Newmeyer .... production secretary
Lauren Noyes .... project administration
Julia O'Connor .... location assistant
Afton Ojuri .... fact checker
Afton Ojuri .... production assistant
Lauren Prestileo .... publicist
Brynn Wellman Raupagh .... archival researcher
John M. Staudenmaier .... academic advisor
Steven Watts .... academic advisor
Cara White .... publicist
Helen K.C. Yung .... accountant
Cathy Carapella .... special thanks
Bob Casey .... special thanks
Chuck Costa .... very special thanks
Noah Dephoure .... special thanks
Matthew Dobrowski .... special thanks
Susan McCabe .... special thanks
John M. Staudenmaier .... special thanks
Steven Watts .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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2 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"Ford Tough" = domestic terrorism + ignorant paranoia, 30 January 2013
Author: cricket30 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Perhaps the best example of someone who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in American history, Henry Ford--if even half as evil as this American Experience episode pillories him--deserves to be forgotten. How anyone with an ounce of human feelings can consider climbing into a "Ford" after seeing this expose is totally beyond me (you would not be caught dead driving a "Nixon" subcompact even if it got good gas mileage, would you?). Henry Ford hounded his only son Edsel to an early stress-caused death, had auto plant assembly line workers shot by plant "security" thugs if they dared to talk to anyone else on the line, was a megalomaniac who stole the credit from all the other people who thought up "his" innovations before firing and destroying them, and as America's richest and craziest-ever anti-Semite, was Hitler's #1 enabler in the U.S.: itz all documented here.

Detroit, MI, is the only city in the history of the industrialized world to fester from a population of more than 2 million souls to WAY less than 1 million people, and itz not hard to see why it deserves this curse. Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers--Henry Fordz contemporary--was the main villain of the BASEBALL documentary by Ken Burns. Detroiter Charles Lindbergh, an epic American hero of this same time, hobnobbed with Hitler. Detroit-based Father Coughlin, the Rush Limbaugh of his day on Fordz local radio, was known as Hitlerz priest. And current Michigan governor Rick Snider all but out-lawed the UAW this month, one of the few evil things Henry Ford thought up but failed to pull off. As AMER!CAN EXPERIENCE proves here, Ford outdid them all by choosing evil over good whenever he could, instead of retiring to the billion-dollar life-sized Lego village he created to escape hearing the wailing and gnashing of teeth he had almost single-handedly brought upon the so-called "Motor City" (rather than letting the more right-minded Edsel take over and save the day from his stroke-crazed dad).

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