Vignette about importance and value of family members working together
United States USA Date:1951 Duration:12 min 31 sec Sound:Yes
Members of a 1950s American family at their places of work and sharing time at home together. Steam locomotive pulling passenger train at high speed past a railroad station, without stopping. A railroad employee arriving at office relieving another employee finishing his shift. The employee engaged in various tasks at the rail office. He places a package on platform as another high speed passenger train passes. Hills and lake in background. Scene shifts to several boys playing at a swimming hole. One lying on ground, playing a recorder musical instrument, jumps up, waves goodbye to friends, and rides away on his bicycle (past a man using a sythe). Closeup of name: "Gazette Building," on building. The boy arrives there, picks up papers, and rides off again to deliver them in his job as a newspaper delivery boy. Views of town streets and shops. Two women window shop and discuss a sewing machine on display. Change of scene to woman serving at counter in a restaurant. She serves coffee to a customer and carries milk shakes to two boys and two girls at a table. The girls discuss dresses pictured in a magazine. Next, the waitress is seen looking at a fancy dress in a shop window. A mother, father, boy, and grandmother, in their living room at home. Both women do needlework, father smokes pipe and reads newspaper, and son reads lying on floor. Father and son start game of checkers, and son blows on his recorder. The mother suggests getting a sewing machine. Father speaks of saving to paint the house. Mother points out things she could make and save thereby save money. All discuss the matter, and boy volunteers to contribute some of his earnings, too. Suddenly, the waitress (older daughter in this family) appears showing them her new dress. The father objects to the purchase and the girl leaves. The family is distressed and members try to soothe one another. A phone call causes the mother and father to leave suddenly. They find their daughter distraught sitting alone on bleachers in stadium. They hug her and all leave together. They return to their wood frame home, where grandmother hugs the daughter. They all sit around the kitchen table and reconcile together, with the grandmother dispensing wisdom in the process.
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