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Time Out for Trouble (1961)

| Short | 1961 (USA)
The misanthropic spirit of a mantle clock, given to Jane by her mother in law, offers the theory that people have accidents because they let their feelings overwhelm their judgment, their ... See full summary »

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The misanthropic spirit of a mantle clock, given to Jane by her mother in law, offers the theory that people have accidents because they let their feelings overwhelm their judgment, their powers of observation, and their presence of mind to simply watch out. A mechanic lose his temper and break his hand; a car strikes an alcoholic whose anxious wife spills hot soup. Jane's bratty sons and her boring housework get the better of her - and she has accidents. The clock makes fun of humans, who don't face their feelings, beware of boredom, or watch for danger. We then see Jane follow those adages, to the clock's dismay. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Mantle Clock Complains about Crazy People
4 May 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The Oklahoma State Department of Health produced this movie in which a vengeful mantle clock expounds in a breathy whisper on how people cause their own accidents because they're crazy. This point is emphasized by extreme point-of-view shots and really creepy organ music.

The movie takes the current special effects of horror movies, distills them into one reel and uses them to make the point that .... well, it looks to me like the people at the Oklahoma State Department of Health needed a lot of therapy if they thought this was a good way of getting people to be more mindful.

I have the same issues with this movie as with many of educational movies of the 1950s and 1960s. In an attempt to make their points forcefully, they become ridiculous and take any possible positive message with them.


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