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University of Oregon Medical School Hospital, 1946-1951

31 Jan

Today I found an untitled silent film in gorgeous Kodachrome showing the construction of the University of Oregon Medical School Hospital, 1946-1951 (now Oregon Health & Sciences University). It appears to have been made (or sponsored) by the architecture firm that designed the building, Lawrence, Tucker, and Wallmann, of Portland, Oregon.


The film showcases the workers. This section was in black and white.


Still raw, but nearly complete.


Duty to Cargo revisited

18 Jul

Thanks once again to the request of a far-flung researcher who requested a copy of the one existing print of this film in the University of Oregon’s 16mm collection, Duty to Cargo (c1939) is now available online. This is one of those orphan films that is not all that compelling to watch, but all the contextual information around it makes it very interesting.


The thorough Iris Bull documented it elsewhere on this blog, but it’s also worth noting that the film was produced in Cosmocolor, a process developed in 1938 by the industrial film company Wilding Picture Productions, and described in more technical detail in Business Screen. Cosmocolor was Wilding’s solution to bringing down the cost of producing industrial films in color. “Commercial producers have been holding a finger on the pulse of American advertisers long enough to realize that it doesn’t take much argument to convince potential clients of the advantages of color in advertising films…something had to be done to bring color to a point where it could as readily be used as black and white from the viewpoint of cost, mobility and production.” I don’t know enough about the use of color in advertising and industrial films from the 1930s to know how many were produced in color at this time, but 1939 was still relatively early for the use of color in motion pictures in any genre.

More Wilding films are available courtesy of the Prelinger Archives on the Internet Archive. Other Wilding titles I’d love to see: The Cheese Family Album (1949), Knucklehead (also from 1949, “a training film for service station owners and attendants”), and Time for Living (1949), which features “a demonstration of modern laundry service.”

Duty to Cargo (1940?)

16 Mar
Director N/A
Producer Wilding Picture Productions
Contributors Lewis A. Lapham
Length 21 min.
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: N/A
Call # FILM Mb29
Genre Corporate Sponsored
Rare YES
Online NO
Copyright status PUBLIC DOMAIN
Physical condition FAIR
Oregon-related NO


The University of Oregon does not have a documented publishing year for this film, but records show that this film was screened in late Feb. 1940:

“On Tuesday, February 20, a new industrial motion picture entitled “Duty to Cargo” recently completed by the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, was shown to members of the Marine Exchange. This film, which is in color and sound, was prepared under the supervision of Lewis Lapham. Its running time requires only twenty minutes. It denotes an entirely new step in institutional advertising by a shipping company. The first of the picture is concerned with the history of the company through its nine decades of intercoastal service, the balance with American-Hawaiian’s conceiition of a shipowner’s duty to his cargo.” Source

Wilding Picture Productions was a film company that tailored to industry clients, producing many films like Duty to Cargo (Source).  The film is both instructional and promotional, in that it provides a historical overview of the shipping industry, and how it changed over the early 20th century. For obvious reasons, it culminates as a promotional film for the American Steamship Company by the end, a company that would end up losing 20 ships in WWII, and face liquidation in the early 1950s. Source, Source

The Final Factor (1968)

16 Mar
Director  N/A
Producer  Calvin Productions & Gene Starbecker Inc.
Contributors  N/A
Length  14 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  “A series of vignettes portraying driving emergencies which lead to accidents.”
Call # Mb144
Genre  Instructional
Rare  No
Online  For Purchase Download
Copyright status  ©AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 1968
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No


According to WorldCat, 6 libraries have documented possession of this film even though the AAA Foundation website documenting past sponsored films dating back to 1953 has not even added the year this film was released to the online media player.

How’s it going? (1962)

15 Feb
Director  N/A
Producer  Henry Strauss Productions in cooperation with IBM
Contributors  N/A
Length  11 min.
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  “In four fimed [sic] case studies the technique of interviewing as a tool of personnel management and supervision is covered. 4 parts on 1 reel: More than paperwork; Give and take; Means to an end; The way ahead.”
Call # FILM Ma86 
Genre Corporate-Sponsored/Instructional
Rare  YES
Online  NO
Copyright status  Protected (Copyright MCMLX)
Physical condition  FAIR
Oregon-related  NO


The film seems to be an accompaniment to a lecture or other instruction, as the “4 parts” are staged “case studies”. No credits given on the film or found elsewhere. Finding any information on the production company, Henry Strauss Productions, has also been incredibly difficult—any mentioning of the company seems to be in film journals from the 1960s and 70s, that aren’t available to view for logistical or copyright reasons.

Physiological Responses Of the Sexually Stimulated Female In the Laboratory (1973)

19 Dec
Director   Christian Hartkopp
Producer   Ebbe Preisler Productions/Multi-Focus
Contributors   Gorm Wagner, consultant/scientist; sponsored by Schering Ag Berlin/Bergkamen
Length   16 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:  Demonstrates the variety of physiological responses induced by sexual stimulation in the female in the laboratory
Call # FILM Mb172
Genre  corporate-sponsored
Rare  no
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no


Journal review of the era says that film is extremely thorough and “technically superb.” It notes that some viewers may be uncomfortable with its explicit nature (“the scenes of masturbating women may be emotionally threatening to some people”) and that the film is appropriate for a wide range of situations, including sex education, “training sessions,” clinical research and for patients in sex therapy. It’s a Danish film, but has English voice-overs.

Wool Tweed Stars For Fall and Winter (1954)

19 Dec
Producer   Wool Bureau
Length   6 min
B&W/Color   b&w
UO Library Catalog description:
Call # FILM Ma105
Genre  corporate-sponsored
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no


If rarity is the criterion, Wool Tweed Stars is a treasure: ours is the only copy in WorldCat, and it’s not on the Prelinger Archive nor mentioned anywhere on the Internet. A seasonal counterpart to Mint Julep Wools. O Wool Bureau, where have ye gone?

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