Are you dressed correctly? Are you eating properly? No. You are doing it all wrong. This short will correct your behavior. Or else! Produced by Social Science Films in 1953, you'll know exactly how others see you within ten minutes. It won't be pretty.
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Manners are important. Young people often do not understand how important they are as a social lubricant even today. However, manners change over time. In 1953, apparently, it was important to know that "it is a man's world" and when you go into a restaurant and there is a hostess, the lady goes first; but if no hostess then the man goes first. I'm not sure that is important today. The film also tells us to drink lots of whole milk! (Was this financed by the dairy industry?) I also notice that the only minority person in the film is the waiter taking their order. I think this film assumes everyone is white, and upper middle class.
Though heavy handed, the film makes a point that is still valid: knowing the conventions and comfortably using them is a democratizing process. Manners are the enemy, not the agent, of snobbery.
If we all held the door for everybody--regardless of outward appearance, gender, race, and so on--we might be reminded each day of our commonalities, rather than our differences. Small acts of mutual respect are still small, but they can be significant.
This is an excellent portrail of things as they once were and might put a 'bee in the bonnet' of a young person today.
While watching the film I experienced two flashbacks. In one, I was the A/V nerd, carrying gear from classroom to classroom, showing films such as this and slide shows with similar material. I also thought about the revolutionary behavior of the Beats, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Neal Cassady, William Burroughs. Their manners encompassed consuming great quantities of drugs, living in slums, driving across the nation, writing wild poetry, engaging in hetero and homo sexual sex. On the one side we see these cute little button up civilians, while on the other we see a group living completely outside those norms, altering social norms (they set the seeds for the Sixties) and in some instances revealing the truth behind the people with manners. They didn't mind hanging Negroes by the neck, executing civilian prisoners, maintaining formal rather than casual whorehouses and spreading their toxic fantasy across the entire planet. With the recent advent of drones as military weapons the cute people have turned the entire planet into a free fire zone.
Its a man's world...when ordering.
Excellent advice. Except for the lousy advice about what food is good for you!
Oh bless their hearts, this was just darling!
I love the repeated reassurances that confirm that it is a man's world, and that it will stay one for many generations to come. A truly edifying short film.