Instructional Videos/Teaching Films

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Here's an odd one. I was wondering what in the world could be its purpose, and also what any of the plot could have to do with hearing loss. Then I realized that maybe it's a film intended to help deaf children learn lip-reading skills? That might explain some of the uneventful script and really wooden acting. But if that's so, why would there be some long shots of the characters speaking in profile where their mouths cannot be clearly seen?

Barbara's New Shoes (1955)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwNq5VXWEG8

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That was an interesting video. It sounded like a spoken version of a Dick and Jane text, with the full sentences and proper language.
You're right in saying that its purpose is to teach lip reading skills. I wonder if there was a text with this, so that they could compare words and mouth movements? Maybe not, but I think there are enough close-ups that this could be effective in teaching what they're trying to teach.
Thanks for sharing. Never saw one like this!
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Kitty wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:45 pm
That was an interesting video. It sounded like a spoken version of a Dick and Jane text, with the full sentences and proper language.
You're right in saying that its purpose is to teach lip reading skills. I wonder if there was a text with this, so that they could compare words and mouth movements? Maybe not, but I think there are enough close-ups that this could be effective in teaching what they're trying to teach.
Thanks for sharing. Never saw one like this!
It does sound like Dick and Jane. :D Probably this would have been shown in a class setting with a projector showing the film on a larger screen, so lip movements in the long shots might have been more obvious than they are on YouTube.

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Apparently they were still making some silent shorts in 1931. The part where she’s cleaning her comb and brush could probably have used a little editing. :) I wonder what her mother is doing at 0:57?

Keeping The Hair Clean (1931)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I94MzamgsG8

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donnie wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:10 am
Apparently they were still making some silent shorts in 1931.

Keeping The Hair Clean (1931)
This is great! I bet the kids in schools groaned a whole lot when they were shown a silent film in 1931.
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:10 am
The part where she’s cleaning her comb and brush could probably have used a little editing. :)
I wonder what kind of brush that was that she had to use bar soap on it? She would definitely have to rinse that thing out really well. I guess they didn't wash their hair as much as we do now, so they had to clean it this way. My brush cleaning is only to the extent that I always pull the hair out of it every time I brush.
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:10 am
I wonder what her mother is doing at 0:57?
I can't figure it out, unless she is doing some pre-conditioning thing.
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Kitty wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:18 pm
This is great! I bet the kids in schools groaned a whole lot when they were shown a silent film in 1931.

I guess they didn't wash their hair as much as we do now, so they had to clean it this way.
In some cases they might have seen only silents, as I understand in a lot of rural areas, theatres actually weren't wired for sound until well into the '30's. I remember seeing a discussion about that one time on Nitrateville. Although this was in Buffalo, NY, so they were probably used to sound films there.

According to my '20's book on good manners (a really interesting thing to read; did I ever send you the pdf of that?), this was the recommendation:
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I don't think you've sent that. That's cool!!
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