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'Presents 'KING JOE' as the average American working man who, by virtue of his high wages and short hours, is king of the world's workers.
Ken Smith sez: "American labor, management and capital -- the greatest production team in the history of mankind -- have made the United States the industrial master of the world."
This theatrical cartoon is one of the "fun and facts about America" series, made "to create a deeper understanding of what has made America the finest place in the world to live." Actually, it was financed by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, created by the chairman of General Motors, and its message in the labor-unruly late forties is clear. Joe, who wears overalls and talks with a pseudo-Brooklyn accent, is "king of the workers of the world" NOT because he is worthy, but because the machinery in his factory "multiplies strength and efficiency." This is part of "the "American way of doing things," the narrator tells us. We also learn that Joe is "king" not because he can exert power over anything (union rabble-rousers take note), but because "he can buy more with his wages than any other worker on the globe." Joe dutifully goes on a shopping spree to demonstrate.
As proof that the American system is the most wonderful on earth, the narrator informs us that Americans own 72% of the cars in the world, 92% of the bathtubs, and "practically all the refrigerators in existence." In the end, Joe sits atop a giant machine that spits out futuristic cars, TVs and washing machines at the yank of a lever. While America The Beautiful plays underneath, the narrator sums up the attitude industrial America was pushing: "Labor and management must continue to increase the production of better goods at lower prices so that more people will be able to buy the things that make life easier and happier for all of us."
A well-financed Technicolor cartoon.'
Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
John Sutherland (September 11, 1910 – February 17, 2001) was a United States movie producer.
Sutherland was an animator on the 1931 short The Beach Party and voiced the adult Bambi in the movie Bambi (1942). Sutherland produced 45 movies from 1945 to 1973.
Sutherland was born on September 11, 1910, in Williston, North Dakota.
Sutherland moved to Los Angeles, California, to work in the film industry. He started his career as an animator in 1931, with a short movie, The Beach Party. While in Los Angeles, Sutherland married Paula Winslowe on September 16, 1939, and had four children: Eric Sutherland, John Sutherland, Jr., Ronald Sutherland, and Diane Sutherland.
Sutherland and Winslowe worked with Walt Disney in the 1942 film Bambi.
Sutherland quit the film industry in 1973, and moved to Van Nuys, California.
Winslowe and Sutherland stayed married until Winslowe died from natural causes in 1996.
Sutherland died on February 17, 2001, in his house in Van Nuys, from natural causes and old age. He was 90...