Friday A/V Club: The All-Purpose, Generic PR Movie

Perfect for every occasion


The Calvin Company was a Kansas City–based producer of educational and industrial films, best known today—to the extent that it is remembered at all—for the fact that future Hollywood director Robert Altman worked there for a chunk of the '50s. But there are several gems in its archives, and not just from the Altman era. The Your Name Here Story is a minor masterpiece of self-mockery, made for in-house entertainment purposes in 1960:

Bonus links: For a cartoon that kinda reminds me of this movie, go here. For further signs of self-awareness among the admen of those days, go here. For past installments of the Friday A/V Club, go here.