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8 Classic Prejudice Discrimination Anti-Semitism Films

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This is a Rights holding DVD created & produced by me and is not factory made or sealed.

I strive to produce the best DVD's possible from the sometimes VERY old Public Domain material. Films that are public domain are unpreserved and not professionally remastered. I remaster all of my films myself to the best possible quality achievable.

My DVDs are not the quality of todays Modern DVDs or Bluray discs. If you are looking for this kind of quality then these discs are not for you.

Please note this when purchasing, but also know that all of the films are very watchable.

All pictures are actual screen captures from the DVDs.

To keep my prices as low as possible all my DVDs are delivered in plain paper DVD sleeves and the DVDs title will be labeled on the back of the DVD envelope. (See picture)

All of my DVD's come with a menu for easy film selection.

 

Total runtime of this DVD is 141 minutes.

 

Film 1: An American Girl - the Problems of Prejudice (1958) B&W Runtime 28 minutes

An teenage girl in a small town tests her democratic heritage when she pretends to be Jewish and encounters prejudice. She explores the problem of anti-Semitism by reading her diary at a PTA meeting.

A teenage girl gets a bracelet for her birthday by her otherwise bothersome (but great) younger sister. She goes back to the jeweler with her friends when she finds out there is a second part to it. That second part is a star of David pendant! Her friends, and soon, pretty much the whole town shuns her, thinking that she's Jewish. I marveled at the lead actress's defiance in wearing the trinket when everyone, including her parents, wondered why she kept wearing it.

The mother in this film is Audra Lindley who played Mrs. Roper on Three's Company.
The kid sister is Patty Duke. This was just before her movie debut as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker.

Release Date: 1958

Entered the Public Domain: 1987

 

Film 2: What About Prejudice? (1959) B&W Runtime 11 minutes

Bruce Johnson is the social outcast at school. Why? We never find out and is left for us to decide. All the kids hate him and blame him for everything, because.. well he's strange, and is just the sort of kid that would do such a thing! But then he saves some kids from a burning car (seriously) and then the kids are forced to reevaluate their hatred towards him.

Release Date: 1959

Entered the Public Domain: 1988

 

Film 3: The House I Live In (1945) B&W Runtime 10 minutes

The tense racial climate in American cities during World War II led to rioting, suspicion and reduced industrial production. Especially after the Detroit race riot in summer 1943, there were widespread fears that a divided nation might be at risk militarily. The House I Live In, one of the most widely shown educational films in the Forties and Fifties, expressed a vision of America as a society that valued tolerance and pluralism but whose high degree of personal freedom posed the danger of demagoguery and public prejudice. Like, Don't Be a Sucker (also on this DVD), this film admonishes citizens not to let anyone take advantage of them by dividing the nation. Touching and hypocritical at the same time.

Release Date: 1945

Entered the Public Domain: 1974

 

Film 4: All the Way Home (1957) B&W Runtime 29 minutes

Demonstrates in a positive fashion that integrated communities can and do work. Exposes the property value fallacy and makes an appeal to reason and democratic principles. An examination of what happens in a community when a Black family stops in front of a 'FOR SALE' sign. Dramatizes the unreason and prejudice which bar a solution to the integration problem in housing.

Release Date: 1957

Entered the Public Domain: 1986

 

Film 5: The New Girl (1960) B&W Runtime 30 minutes

Mary Newton is the first black girl to work at Dennis Industry in the secretarial pool. Mary was an honor student who, instead of going to college, went to secretarial school. Being a secretary at a big company like Dennis is her dream, just like her mothers dream was to work in a shop, instead of cleaning houses. Both Mary and her mothers minimal aspirations tell us something about this films low expectations of women and its endorsement of reactionary social attitudes.

The male executives (who have no intention of hiring any blacks or women at their occupational level) project their own racism onto the white women who, like Mary, are stuck in dead-end clerical jobs that go nowhere. Beth, Mr. Denniss private secretary is ordered to be nice to Mary (as if she's incapable of acting on her own behalf). Kit Wright, the most popular secretary, has a boss who ridicules her when she comes into work late saying, You'd better hurry, my coffees getting cold! Kit tells her boss she's quitting because of Mary. Even though she's meant to be the films villain, she's the only one who behaves with some authenticity.

The film ends in the company lunchroom with the men watching how the women react to Mary when she walks towards the secretaries lunch table with her tray. The women workers have no privacy in this office. The men are constantly monitoring their behavior and passing judgment on them. The men would never think of asking Mary to join them at lunch, but they are quick to condemn the girls if they snub Mary. The secretaries eventually accept and befriend Mary, even Kit, who has stayed on to endure more degrading treatment from her boss. The men are relieved because now its back to business as usual and they can use Mary as a shill to demonstrate that they are integrated when they bid on government contracts.

Release Date: 1960

Entered the Public Domain: 1989

 

Film 6: Don't Be a Sucker (1947) B&W Runtime 17 minutes

Excellent film produced by the War Dept. presumably for viewing by the armed forces just after the end of WW II warning about bigotry and using the history of Nazi Germany as the object lesson for what can happen if prejudice is left unchecked. Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.

Release Date: 1947

Entered the Public Domain: 1976

 

Film 7: The Brotherhood of Man (1946) COLOR Runtime 10 Minutes

Based on the pamphlet The Races of Mankind, by Ruth Benedict and Gene Weltfish. An animated cartoon. Explains that there are no basic differences between the races of the world, and uses small green demons to caricature prejudice and racial hatred. Relates the history of mankind to point out that dissimilarities in peoples result from superficial environmental influences.

Release Date: 1946

Entered the Public Domain: 1975

 

Film 8: Can We Immunize Against Prejudice? (1954) B&W Runtime 6 minutes

Animated film. Demonstrates how three sets of parents try to 'Immunize' their children against prejudice by using three different methods. Narrated by Eddie Albert (Green Acres).

Release Date: 1954

Entered the Public Domain: 1983

 

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All the films on this DVD have been researched and are copyright free or the copyrights have expired due to non renewal.
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