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1940-1949

Welfare to Love (1941)

Directed by Chris Coronado. Cast: Dayna Winston Coronado, Seychelle Gabriel, Chris Coronado, Luke Poole. Depicts the sad and intimate tale of the Lopez family and their tenuous struggle to survive on welfare. With funding from Alameda County Social Services, the film was conceived by Women's Employment Resources Corporation (a non-profit entity) based on its experience with families in economic and emotional crises. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 10 min.

Where Is My Man Tonight? (aka. MarchingOn!) (1943)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: HughMartin, Georgia Kelly, Emmet Jackson. Varianttitle: A young man, Young Rodney Tucker Jr. isleading an aimless life. His out-spoken grandfatherSamuel Tucker, a decorated army veteran, thinks themilitary would do the boy good, but Rodney wantsnothing to do with wearing a uniform. Uncle Sam hashis own ideas, and a surprising piece of mailarrives, 'inviting' Rodney to visit his local draftboard. Boot camp rubs Rodney the wrong way and hesoon goes AWOL. But if Grandpa Tucker has anythingto say about it, Rodney will make something out ofhimself yet.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie,Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford,George Tobias, Irene Manning. Lyrics and music, George M.Cohan. A rousing musical depicting the life of George M. Cohan,famed playwright, entertainer and composer of patriotic songs.Features a musical number "At a Georgia Camp Meeting", dancedin blackface by Henry Blair, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp andJo Ann Marlowe. 127 min. ;

You Can't Get There From Here: Ephemeral Films 1946-1960.

Clips from 19 rarely-seen motion pictures, leftovers from the golden age of American consumerism. A report to home builders (1946) -- Shy guy (1947) -- Are you popular?

Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Performer: Fred Astaire, LucilleBall, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, KathrynGrayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore,Red Skelton, Esther Williams, William Powell, Edward Arnold,Marion Bell, Bunin's Puppets, Cyd Charisse, Hume Cronyn,William Frawley, Robert Lewis, Virginia O'Brien, Keenan Wynn. Amusical salute to Broadway's most opulent producer of stagereviews, "The Great Ziegfeld". Features a sketch with JudyGarland and Fred Astaire in black-face. 118 min. ;

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Ali Baba Bound (1940)

Animated short. Directed by Bob Clampett. Porky finds out that Ali-Baba and his Dirty Sleeves plan to attack the fort; it's up to him to go warn the fort. He gets there to discover everyone has left for the Legion convention in Boston. Porky and his rented camel fend off the attackers themselves for a while, but when the situation gets dire, the young camel summons its mother. Momma takes care of the attacker that's menacing them.

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