Friday A/V Club: 'The Irresistable Authority of Tear Gas'

Hey, cops! Thinking about investing in a supply of tear gas but not sure it's worth the dough? The Lake Erie Chemical Company ("There is a Lake Erie grenade or shell for every problem") makes a pitch for the product in Tear Gas in Law Enforcement, a 1962 industrial film that explains just how much damage a "riotous mob" can do if you don't have a chemical agent on hand:

Fair warning: The how-to section of the film—roughly from 1:30 to 17:13—can get pretty dull, though even it has its moments. But the opening minute and a half are mesmerizing. There's something about the flat tone the narrator brings to the overwritten copy that elevates this part of the picture out of the realm of mere countersubversive rhetoric and into the bulldada zone. And check out the "simulated riot" (shot in Berkeley!) at 22:28. As John Seal says, "It's like a dress rehearsal for the end of the decade, only with well-groomed demonstrators."

(For past installments of the Friday A/V Club, go here.)

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  • SusanM||

    Oh shit!! The JayCees are on the loose!

  • Almanian!||

    You should see when the International Order of Oddfellows get hepped up on reefer....

  • BakedPenguin||

    Those guys definitely got a beef.

  • Rich||

    You can tell by the menacing way they wave those pieces of wood around they mean NO BUSINESS!

  • Almanian!||

    Can you smell
    What the Lake Erie Chemical Company
    is cooking?

  • ||

    Worst. Haiku. Ever.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    No, but I sure see how they launched it...

    http://www.miserabledonuts.blo.....ay-69.html

  • Rich||

    "safely enforce meekness on the violent"

    Hey, that's not a bad national motto.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Worst episode of Dragnet ever.

  • ||

    As bad as the one about the command center the night Martin Luther King was assassinated? They never left the bunker. Nothing happened. Friday talked to a police chick.

    It was fucking awful.

  • ||

    Season 3 Episode 4 in case you've ever got insomnia.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Duly noted.

  • ||

    bulldada zone

    Great band name

  • BakedPenguin||

    There is a Lake Erie grenade or shell for every problem

    Dear Lake Erie,

    My girlfriend recently told me that she wanted to break up with me. she said I was ultimately what she wanted in a man, and that she thought she could be happier with someone else.

    What I wanted to know was, do you think your AL-17 smoke grenade canister would be sufficient if I fired it towards her front door? She wouldn't be able to leave then, right? It's her only means of egress.

    Additionally, I was wondering if you had been developing a sleep grenade. Stopping her from leaving is one thing; a man's got other needs.

    Thanks,
    Billy.

  • waffles||

    You're a sick fuck Billy. Have you considered a career in law enforcement?

  • Idle Hands||

    "she said I was ultimately what she wanted in a man, and that she thought she could be happier with someone else."

    She left you because you were to perfect? You couldn't giver her what every women truly needs, someone they think they can fix.

  • BakedPenguin||

    was should be = wasn't.

    Blew that joke up.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    So that's what passed for rioters back then, huh?

  • Tim||

    Drugs weren't invented yet.

  • Rich||

    Nor Guy Fawkes.

  • Tim||

    Nor Irony.

  • Jesse Walker||

    So that's what passed for rioters back then, huh?

    It's a really halfassed mob except the guy they keep showing close-up. He's putting his heart into it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The one guy was wearing an entire pleather suit, for crying out loud.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • ||

    Speaking of infuriating.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Holy fuck! I just remembered, that was Zizek's ex-wife! She so no mere fucking hack, she is the Hack of hacks, the Platonic idea of a hack, the al-insan al-kamil of hacks.

  • Rich||

    You can't fool *me*, HM. That's a SNL skit.

  • ||

    His political thought represents one of two paths of a progressive alternative—either a return to the program of socialism, which Žižek and Alain Badiou advocate

    Because he didn't get enough socialism before 1989? What a fucking asshole.

  • Tim||

    Get ready guys, the 60's are coming!

  • Rich||

    Groovy! Uh, grotty?

  • ||

    I got tear gassed once. It was infuriating.

  • Rich||

    "safely enforce meekness fury on the violent"

  • WTF||

    Fortunately the Doomcock automatically sprang into action and repulsed the vapors and re-directed them toward your assailants.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    I got teargassed repeatedly in Basic Training - Drill Sergeants love CS gas.

  • Xeones||

    What did you expect? You'd been warned about going back to Chuck E. Cheese. Third strike, dude.

  • Xeones||

    I mean rage-humping the animatronics isn't technically a crime, but it probably should be.

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