1940s

Hands - 1944

A short World War II propaganda documentary examining the uses of hands, and how the united hands of America and her Allies will defeat the Axis.

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December 7th, 1941: A Day that Will Live in Infamy

A collection of films from the Weirdo Video archive to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Early Settlers of New England - 1940

Early Settlers of New England, an educational film produced in 1940, observes the daily lives of English settlers in the establishment of Naumkeag.  

Located along the Massachusetts coast, subsistence in the small village came from fishing, “abandoned” corn and goat milk.  As more colonists arrived and the infrastructure built-out, the town was re-christened Salem.  

Salem would later be known for contaminated rye fields and witch trials, for which Arthur Miller’s The Crucible would be based.

Casper the Friendly Ghost: There's Good Boos To-Night - 1948

Casper the Friendly Ghost: There's Good Boos To-Night - 1948

Labor Day: To Hear Your Banjo Play - 1947

Folk master Pete Seeger narrates Alan Lomax's documentary on the evolution and appreciation of American folk music. Special cameo performances include Woody Guthrie and Brownie McGhee, amongst many others.

Door to Heaven - 1941

This bizarre, low-budget film was produced to propagate "the gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," at least the one according to the members of this religious sect based in Wheaton, Illinois.  

Setting itself up as an instruction manual on how to get your soul through those pearly gates, the film really stretches the door metaphor thin.

Some quick tips for those who want to get to Heaven

Girlie Film: Hot Number - 1940's

You know how it is ...

You get home after a day out, and it's just so hot you feel the urge strip to your undergarments.

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You - 1946

Louis Jordan performs "How Long Must I Wait for You" with his Timpany Five.  Considered by some to be no more than a long running novelty act, back in the day he battled Chick Webb and conceived lyrics with wit that rivals Dylan or any modern-day rapper.

Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells - 1940's

Who doesn't love a great yodeler?  

It's Rosalie Allen, who taught herself to play music as a child in Pennsylvania on her brother's guitar.  Involving herself with radio, she scored her first hit covering Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart."

In this piece, Rosalie sees her beau off to war, a scenario the world has seen a little too much of lately ...

Later, Rosalie Allen would become a popular County & Western DJ in NYC through the 1950's, and later  opened up her own retail C&W music shop.
 

Jimmy Wakely: You Are My Sunshine - 1940's

In this clip, fictitious western-swing act Jimmy Wakely & the Sunshine Girls perform "You Are My Sunshine."

Jimmy Wakely was a Hollywood B-Western personality.  With his career zenith during the studio system, Wakely would star in cowboy matinees and be featured in a comic book series.

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