Fred, the wealthy owner of apple groves, has sent his nephew to college, but the only job that his nephew has after graduating is the job of not working. Bill is a dreamer, a talker and a ... See full summary »
William C. McGann
Billy Austin served on the crew of the USN airship Macon until it crashed at sea during a storm. In the hospital, the captain has given him a watch with the motto of the crew 'It Shall Be ... See full summary »
This short documentary tells the story of Ontario, Canada's forest rangers who, with the aide of bush pilots, keep watch over the forests. Viewers see them fight a large forest fire that threatens the small village of Gogama.
Van Campen Heilner
A sketch of human foibles that lead to major aggravations. Pete Smith's 'Mr. Fall Guy' Dave O'Brien has problems while attempting to park his car on a city street; he bumps cars in front of... See full summary »
Adam and Eve are in the Garden of Eden preparing their latest meal, which includes contemplating if they should try eating an apple despite the serpent's warning. After their meal, they ... See full summary »
Floyd Gibbons, in another of the Vitaphone "Your True Adventure" series of shorts featuring him as The Headline Hunter, narrates the story of a young man from Chicago who went west to seek a job and hopped a freight car. Getting off the train, he is clubbed by a railroad watchman, escapes and heads for town. He finds an empty wallet and tries to trade it in town for a meal. The counterman recognizes it as belonging to a filling station man who was killed by a tramp. The angry townsmen are about to lynch the boy, when the railroad detective shows up and identifies him (by the bruise on his head) as the man he slugged, establishing an alibi and saving his life.Written by
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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp MC-64, Co. 1212 shown in the film was located in Whippany, New Jersey, near Morristown. It was established on October 25, 1935. See more »
When grabbed by the mob, Vince says is was in a boxcar in Arizona. However, earlier, he is shown jumping off a Pennsylvania Railroad train. That railroad did not operate west of Illinois or the Mississippi River. See more »
Old-time front row kids will recognize cowboy star Denny Moore as the unfortunate hobo. But no six-guns here. The short's actually a good glimpse of what Roosevelt's New Deal expected from one of its creations, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
The program employed young men, usually urban, to work in rural conservation areas, thus giving them a way out of the crippling 1930's Depression. As an object lesson, the adult leader tells the cadets the story of unemployed Vince Bader (Moore), a young man riding the rails westward. Luckily the hobo soon finds a wallet. But what Vince doesn't know is that the empty leather belonged to a murdered man. So when he's discovered with it by a crowd, he's accused unjustly of murder. Will the angry mob lynch him. For the CCC cadets, Vince's story represents an object lesson in the hazards of what might happen if they drop out of the Corps.
I'm not surprised Warner Bros. produced the short; among Hollywood studios-- they were the one most interested in chronicling Depression Era hardships. Of course, 13-minutes is barely long enough to crystallize a plot, but the short does manage. And in the process, it furnishes a snapshot of New Deal hopes and efforts to confront a crippling calamity. All in all, the lesson remains an interesting little moral even for our own era.
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