The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)

1939, sound, 55 min, Technicolor, 35mm. Transferred from a 35mm nitrate print.

See: Andrew Wood, “The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair,” http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/wooda/middleton/index1.html.

This drama illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the American way of life. The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair pits an anti-capitalist bohemian artist boyfriend against an all-American electrical engineer who believes in improving society by working through corporations. The Middletons experience Westinghouse’s technological marvels at the Fair and win back their daughter from her leftist boyfriend.

Memorable moments: the dishwashing contest between Mrs. Modern and Mrs. Drudge; Electro, the smoking robot; and the Westinghouse time capsule.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Production Company: Audio Productions Inc.
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English
Keywords: World’s Fairs; technology; capitalism; communism; time capsules

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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