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Traffic with the Devil (1946)

Approved | | Short, Drama | 31 August 1946 (USA)
This "Theater of Life" series short looks at traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, as described and experienced by Sgt. Charles Reineke, a traffic enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.


(as Gunther V. Fritsch)



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Reineke ... Himself - Narrator (as Police Sgt. Charles Reineke)


In this MGM short film, part of the Theater of Life Series, an Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle Sergeant reflects on the growing traffic levels on the nation's roads. People drive further and faster than they ever have. People are impatient and don't give way to pedestrians, leading to frazzled nerves all-round. Accidents occur regularly leading not only to costly damaged cars but also to loss of lives. Written by garykmcd

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31 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Theatre of Life: Fact-Films from Real Life - Traffic with the Devil  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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26 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Traffic with the Devil (1946)

** (out of 4)

This two-reeler is one of the films in MGM's Theatre of Life series, which took real life cases from the newspaper and tried to teach the public something. This film takes a look at LAPD Sgt. Charles Reineke who works on a motorcycle overlooking various traffic issues. I guess you could call this an early Highway Safety film as it pretty much shows us how bad drivers operate while the final five minutes of the film shows us what happens when you speed or don't pay attention while you're driving. Those final minutes show several dead people lying in the streets and also shows, in rather graphic detail, dead children thrown from cars. Overall the film is pretty boring due to the slow and bland narration, which really brings down the entertainment value. The film also goes on way too long for its subject as a lot of the same things get repeated throughout the film.

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