Vintage Educational Films and The Chicago Connection

Just before we started up this site, I had interviews with both Nina Metz of The Chicago Tribune and Susan Doll of TCM’s MovieMorlocks Blog about the nature of these campy short films and why they’re more important than you think. And did you know that Chicago produced more films than Hollywood has, thanks in part to the enormous output of educational and industrial films locally?

Nina Metz’s interview found here.

Susan Doll’s interview found here.


Here are a few prime examples of the classic educational and industrial films of which I speak:

From Coronet Films (produced in Glenview, IL suburb of Chicago):

From Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (produced in Wilmette, IL suburb of Chicago):

Here’s an industrial film produced in Chicago touting the benefits of moo juice:


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