Your Name Here
- Publication date
- ca. 1960
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- Calvin Communications
The ultimate generic industrial, made as a spoof. A film built around script and visual clichZ<caron>s: shots of highways, farms, unidentifiable manufacturing operations, and super-scientific laboratories.
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
- ca. 1960
- Run time
Subject: Model's operandi
Subject: Before Monty Python's Flying Circus ...
Subject: Insert Thoroughly
Subject: I created a music video using this footage
The Aquaerials - "The Ascent"
Subject: Good for some laughs- and bittersweet memories of early 60s
*j..j..j..Jeez- Didja ever see so many.. Indians?" Man der must be a man of 'em we better be like, goin' back.. "
"s'matter, u some kind of a nut'r somethin'? What about our.. 'age ole dream of a better life?"
"Oh! yeah.. welp uh.. OK... Like, 'wagons Ho!"
Subject: Insert where?!!!!
Watch the film again and insert his, you know, each time at the prompted place. Makes for an extra funny film!
Sometimes when the grass is blown by the breeze
There's a faraway look in the leaves of the trees,
A memory returns heartbreakingly clear
Of a place I call home...YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE.
No sky could be deeper, no water so clear
As back in the meadows of...YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE.
I'm goin' to go back, though I don't know when
There's no other place like...YOUR STATE'S NAME AGAIN.
Oh...YOUR STATE'S NAME, oh...AGAIN...what a state!
I have not been back since...A REASONABLE DATE.
Where the asphalt grows soft in July every year,
In the warm summer mornings of...YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE!
My grandpa would come and turn on the game
And fall asleep drinking...YOUR LOCAL BEER'S NAME.
My grandma would sing in the garden for hours
To all of the...NAMES OF INDIGENOUS FLOWERS.
The songs that she sang were somewhat obscure,
Learned from the local townspeople, Im sure.
The language they use is not very clear,
Like... PLACE A COLLOQUIALISM RIGHT HERE.
I'd love to wake up where...THE STATE'S SONGBIRD...sings,
Where they manufacture...THE NAMES OF SOME THINGS,
Like there on the bumper a sticker so clear,
An ``I'' and a heart and...YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE.
Whisper it soft, it's a song to my ear,
YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE, YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE.
It's there I was born and there I'll grow old
The rivers of blue and the arches of gold.
Subject: Ahead of its (and our) time!
Subject: very funny
Subject: American Ingenuity Triumphs Over All
This is such a great take off on all our "American Century" pretensions back then. It's nice to know that some folks knew how silly it all sounded. And to think they were the same folks who helped propagate it to society -- not just Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce!
Subject: There is a gap between us...
Subject: Get Real Smoking Satisfaction!
Subject: My father as a pioneer
Subject: Love 'em
Subject: Technology on the March!!
Some pictures and a small discussion of the film and the restoration are located here:
In any form, though, "Your Name Here" is a marvelous poke at the pompous nature of some of these corporate films.
Subject: Your Name Here
Subject: A parody of the own industrial films
makes a parody of their own industrial film productions. It might seem very funny to those involved, but not as much to the general public. However,it still holds up after so many years.
Subject: workshop film
I'm thinking that they made the films for fun to open up a convention or dinner or something - kind of the same way they do the white house press corps dinner.
great article on wikipedia about the calvin company...
"your name here" is the best. film. ever.
Subject: Just funny
Well worth watching & downloading.
Subject: Re-use of this great public domain nugget!
The other ECC videos & music are pretty good, too!
Subject: Even funnier now in retrospect
Wooden acting, ambigious plot, overblown drama, self-referential parody; it is a genuinely funny film. Watch it, download iot and share it with friends. It's a great "party film".
Subject: What has God wrought??
Subject: "Yes I liked this film"
Subject: Second Viewing
Calvin was a Kansas City company that marketed 8mm and 16mm ("Movie-Mite") projectors. Surely "The Calvin Group" is related.
And almost as surely, this brilliant satire is a direct shot at the Jam Handy Organization and its films--all made to this same tired formula at the time.
It would be fun to find out more about these relationships.
Subject: A rare & beautiful find
Subject: Another Corporate spoof: the retro encabulator
Subject: Indian Savagery
Subject: Greatest Thing Ever!!!!
Also great: the "subliminal" messages superimposed over the presidents' portraits.
NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Ain't that the truth...
One minor whinge: the music is mixed too high for too long on the intro, muddying the vocal. And one bonus fact: the Historic Saying concocted by the scientists was in fact the first message Samuel Morse sent over the telegraph. Beats a press release.
Subject: Is it a spoof? or a look into the future...
Subject: Movie Making
As my first delve into the archive, this had me grinning ear to ear, and set the creative juices flowing for how I could use some of the materials on this site cut into my own footage, to humourous effect (as I gather is fine to do so).
Thanks to the creators of this archive for making such a rich resource available, free-of-charge, to the public at large. Who knows, perhaps I'll see my own submissions immortalised here one day!
Best scene: Scientists revising their cry of discovery to "something that'll get quoted"!
Subject: Your Name Here
Subject: A Comedy Classic!!!
Way ahead of its time!!
This reminds me of my passion for Mad Magazine during my childhood and the emergence of the counterculture
Subject: This is a hoot
Sounded like the pep talks the upper echelon gives to us peons just before they lay some more of us off...
I laughed thru my tears, I did....
Subject: Laugh Riot!
Subject: This film needs more attention!
Subject: Little Gem
Watch this one, and have a chuckle on me
Subject: A hilarious diversion from the ordinary
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