Washington DC: AFL - Department of Education, 1955. Fourth edition. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; pictorial card wrappers; 58pp; illus. Mild external rubbing and soil, with erasure mark at upper margin of front cover; internally clean and unmarked, with all order blanks unused; Very Good. Laid-in bifolium prospectus for the A.F.L.'s "Film-a-Month Plan;" three leaves of order blanks at rear.
Uncommon trade catalogue, issued annually by the A.F. of L. beginning in 1951 (this is the fourth annual issue), advertising films and filmstrips for use at union meetings and organizing rallies. Subjects range from pedagogical and training shorts, to strike documentaries, to films on civil rights and anti-Semitism. Interestingly, a number of the offerings are extracts from full-lengh Hollywood features, chosen to illustrate pro-Labor and pro-Democracy points of view -- examples include a 20-minute extract from the MGM feature "The Mortal Storm," used to illustrate the perils of anti-Semitism; and a 28-minute extract from the Paramount Pictures feature "The Lawless," which depicts nativist opposition to Mexican migrant workers. A fascinating source document for the study of film and the Left; uncommon in commerce, represented by fewer than 15 catalogued holdings (for all annual issues combined) in OCLC.