Mental Hygiene: Better Living Through Classroom Films, 1945-1970

Mental Hygiene: Better Living Through Classroom Films, 1945-1970

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by Ken Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0922233217

ISBN-13: 9780922233212

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Blast Books

Between 1945 and 1970, millions of public school students were subjected to hundreds of films designed to keep them on the straight and narrow. These cultural gems "enlightened" the nation's youth about proper dating, good table manners, the evils of dope, and what happens to teens who drive too fast on prom night.
Author Ken Smith embarked on an exhaustive nine

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Between 1945 and 1970, millions of public school students were subjected to hundreds of films designed to keep them on the straight and narrow. These cultural gems "enlightened" the nation's youth about proper dating, good table manners, the evils of dope, and what happens to teens who drive too fast on prom night.
Author Ken Smith embarked on an exhaustive nine-year search for these obscure educational films. The result is this fascinating stroll down memory lane. Smith has gathered titles such as Worth Waiting For, Posture Pals, Last Date, Highways of Agony, and Soapy the Germ Fighter. Included are interviews with writers and directors, detailed descriptions of these unintentionally hilarious films, and commentary on the social engineering behind them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780922233212
Publisher:
Blast Books
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.69(d)

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Mental Hygiene: Better Living Through Classroom Films, 1945-1970 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a fascinating read! MENTAL HYGEINE looks at the creation and nearly-3-decade-long life of what is called the 'mental hygeine' film. These films were created as a part of a systemic attempt to reign in America's youth in post-World War II times. (The films were most popular from about 1945 to 1970.) Right after World War II, parents were, for the first time in years, able to pay more attention to their children since war did not have the adults' attention. And as far as the adults could tell, America's youth desperately needed guidance. At this same point, the new technology of 16 mm movies had become widely available for the first time. The marriage of these (and some other more minor, but just as interesting) factors led to the heyday of mental hygeine films. They were designed mostly for school kids, and described succinctly (through the modern technology of motion picture and audio) how to behave with regard to such issues as sex, dating, manners, driving, drugs and alcohol, and citizenship. These films were not designed to show how life was, but how life was SUPPOSED to be. They were TRAINING films, based on the values the film producers wanted to impart. MENTAL HYGEINE explains all about how the films first came to be, why they were so popular, who was making them and why, and why the films were finally abandoned by American educators. Although these movies are a hoot to watch nowadays, the real story and the stuff that makes them a highly interesting part of our culture's past is well-told between the pages of this very readable and enjoyable book.