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Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Making Change for a Dollar (1954)

Or... "Capitalist Objectivism for Young People"

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Coronet was the leader of instructional & educational films throughout the '40s and '50s. This movie is a CRACK-UP!

SEE LITTLE SUZY... she falls asleep fondling and caressing her WHOLE DOLLAR!
...dream about - yes, you guessed it - SHOPPING!
...become lost in her dream world of money as Mr. Anderson, the local five-and-dime proprietor, demonstrates all the humanly possible ways in which a dollar can be divided in change. (WARNING: This part of the film is really hard to keep up with unless you're a CPA!)
...wake up!
...rush to Mr. Anderson's REAL five-and-dime to BUY, BUY, BUY! (Where the heck is Bob Barker when you need him?) a mild panic when she feels the CRUNCH of possibly having overspent. (We here at ThinkStream films feel this is an early attempt to expose young children to glories of free enterprise and capitalism on the one hand, while hinting at the horrors of adult financial ruin on the other.)
...get the PRICE RIGHT!
...get the PRICE WRONG!!

A very funny, RARE look at our not-so-educational, educational past!

Note: The clip below was edited to exploit the more confusing aspects of "making change for a dollar!"

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