What Every Good Pontiac Should Know

2799. WHAT EVERY YOUNG PONTIAC SHOULD KNOW (1937-1952-USA) PARTIAL COLOR. Four industrial films made for the Pontiac division of General Motors, telling the grand story of the Pontiac automobile throughout the years. A must for anyone who’s ever driven a car with Chief Pontiac at the end of the hood!
1. EVERYTHING POINTS TO PONTIAC FOR 1937 (1937). The 1935 Pontiac Silver Streak was “the most beautiful thing on wheels,” but in addition, Pontiac was the first with 36 new engineering advancements! They claim to have pioneered everything, with only modest help from Henry Ford. “Be prepared to be surprised and delighted,” the announcer predicts while showing the new Pontiacs for 1937. He never does explain why a full orchestra plays “Lady Of Spain” while introducing the cars!
2. THE CHIEF OF THE SHOW (1941) COLOR. O.K. So you’re ready for a new Pontiac, one of the “Torpedo Fleet,” but first, let’s visit the Pontiac exhibit at the local auto show. With a pitchman who looks like a young Jimmy Stewart, three winsome ladies that are dressed in the same material that upholsters the new Pontiac, and a demonstration car that lifts the entire body off the frame as if it were preparing for root canal, this film has it all. With surrealism that borders on the Dali-esque, this film presents the car you should have bought in retrospect. After 1941, you couldn’t get a new car for almost six years!
3. THROUGH THE YEARS (1950) COLOR. The Pontiac marque has a long and noble history, as does the chief of the Ottawas for whom the car was named. The views of the labor intensive post-war assembly line are of particular interest. You’ll get a pang as you watch those sparkling new 1950 Pontiacs roar off the assembly line.
4. DESTINATION DOTTED LINE; ACCESSORIZING (1952). A talking cartoon Pontiac teaches a new car salesman how to extract the last penny from his hapless victim by the use of “reverse psychology” to load up the car. “What accessory don’t you want?” he smilingly asks, “the turn signals?” Leave your wallet at the door; you haven’t got a chance. Car salesmen, like buzzards and sharks, are made, not born. We proudly present a glimpse at how it’s done.
60 minutes total. Industrials