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The Truck Farmer (1954)

| Documentary, Short
Contrary to most of the uninformed and silly reviews on this documentary, this movie "The Truck Farmer" is a serious educational piece intended to inform audiences of the 1950's where their... See full summary »

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Contrary to most of the uninformed and silly reviews on this documentary, this movie "The Truck Farmer" is a serious educational piece intended to inform audiences of the 1950's where their food came from, how it's grown, by whom, and how it gets to their supermarkets and tables on the cold months when growing is impossible in Northern areas of the country. Yes, the film is stiff and dated by "modern" standards - kind of like how an episode of "Dragnet" might look to today's audience. This is quite typical of such documentaries. No, there's not a lot of clever dialog, stunts, special effects, or a laugh track, but this was intended as education designed to reach people where there were and to clue them on to things they likely never troubled themselves to think of. Unfortunately, consumers of today are likely even less informed on where their daily food comes from than audiences of the '50's were. The folks making the jokes about this documentary have missed the point. Categorize this... Written by val_vv

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Incorrectly shows Salinas Valley to be on the Mexico/California border. Salinas is actually north, closer to San Francisco than Los Angeles. See more »

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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) See more »

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You're sitting in a movie theater waiting for a cool movie and it is preceded by this short.
19 February 2012 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

Prepare to be put to sleep as you are going to be introduced to the wonderful world of the truck farmer. Shorts like this make other shorts dealing with subjects such as posture, cheating and juvenile delinquency seem like a ton of fun. This one covers how food is brought to your table as the new technology that helps ship produce and keep it fresh is exposed as is the fact that even back in the 1950's farmers used illegal immigrants as a cheap source of labor. Jobs Americans would not do? You bet, especially when paid what amounts to slave wages. Amazingly though Americans will work in a factory or warehouse under the most brutal of conditions if decent wages and benefits are provided. Off my soapbox now as you will see nothing here that is all that fun to watch. Why they felt the need to make such shorts back then is beyond me, my guess is that there is a paint drying short made back then too. Seems like going to the movie was a gamble when it came to shorts. You could see a Bugs Bunny cartoon, a three stooges short or you could see a short telling you the wonders of phones or watch a short documentary on truck farming. My guess is they put the good shorts with the good movies and the bad short with the bad movies. That way no matter how bad the movie, it will be positively wondrous when compared to the short that preceded it.


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