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Updated: 2017-11-18T08:39:51.251-08:00

 



I was both fascinated and horrified by this short ...

2012-12-20T10:21:07.109-08:00

I was both fascinated and horrified by this short as a youngster. I caught it on USA Network's "Calliope" in the early 1980s, back before it was retooled for the preschool set.

That said, this reminds me of a similar film I saw ONCE around the same era, which involved some boys who had their own club. They went to their school after hours and started breaking windows until the police arrived. The cop caught one of the boys and stuffed him into the cruiser, but the other two or three escaped. They made it back to their clubhouse, which since they had left it earlier had been vandalized and thoroughly trashed by "the other club".

Does anyone remember the title of that particular short? Seems they loved feeding us irony and karma in those '70s educational films.



We watched this film in Social Studies during Fres...

2012-10-26T17:23:51.384-07:00

We watched this film in Social Studies during Freshman year in 1986 and after 26 years the scene of Mr Mason breaking down at the discovery of his destroyed book is still stuck in my mind, as is Jason's fast acquired conscience and how he ran away sobbing in the final scene, Payback's a B@!(# Jason



FilmFather, Glad I could help! The identity of th...

2009-04-20T20:05:00.000-07:00

FilmFather,

Glad I could help! The identity of this film had been nagging at me for many years. I feel like a heavy deer has been lifted from my shoulders.



Brother Bill, I was the author of the Name That T...

2009-04-20T10:31:00.000-07:00

Brother Bill,

I was the author of the Name That Trauma that Aunt John mentioned. Thanks a ton for this post. For nearly 30 years, I've been trying to identify (and locate) this film. I watched it on YouTube this morning. Yeah, the acting's a bit hokey, but the message still packs a punch.

Thx again,
Eric
aka FilmFather



Aunt John: Wow! That is a coincidence... after yea...

2009-04-18T07:47:00.000-07:00

Aunt John: Wow! That is a coincidence... after years of trying to identify that film myself, I finally found it right around the time your "Name That Trauma" request was posted (Feb '09). I had no memory of the deer aspect of the story...just the classroom vandalism...which made the search that much more difficult.



Dear Brother Bill: Thank you so much for finally ...

2009-04-18T05:19:00.000-07:00

Dear Brother Bill:

Thank you so much for finally giving us closure on one of our unsolved NAME THAT TRAUMAS!

xoxo,

aunt john



"FOCUS.....START....." Yes, filmstrips--the lost...

2009-04-17T08:13:00.000-07:00

"FOCUS.....START....."

Yes, filmstrips--the lost medium. Seems like half the time you would end up a few frames before or behind where you were supposed to be because the person manning the frame-advance missed some BEEPS...

Thanks for the kind words!



much to my delight, i stumbled onto your blog a co...

2009-04-17T06:53:00.000-07:00

much to my delight, i stumbled onto your blog a couple weeks back. this is quite the collection you have. i look forward to the things to come. unfortunately, i never saw this film first had as a kid... but i fondly remember in-class film projections.

there's nothing like that unmistakable frame change chime. makes me sad to think kids now a days will never experience that. oh, and to be one of the chosen few to actually turn the film frame by frame for the class... it almost made school worth it all, that + the smell of freshly printed dittos.

m.