Film Friday: ‘All in One’ presents the auto as man’s greatest good friend, proposes dog power for a greener potential: Introducing the six dogpower sedannette from Chevrolet!

Introducing the 6 dogpower sedannette from Chevrolet!



Remember the time Chevrolet developed a dog-powered car?

Yeah, neither did we. And we’;re not even positive if the Bowtie was behind this canine-powered contraption, dubbed the “Bow-Wow Buggy” by this Jam Handy film’;s unwaveringly enunciative narrator (could it be Jam Helpful himself?). But someone at Chevrolet had to have signed off on this, simply because this 1938 movie reel is all about the virtues of automaker’;s brand-new vehicles. The canine-like virtues, that is.

After practically 3 excruciating minutes of a collie herding sheep, the narrator walks us by means of the joys and benefits afforded by man’;s greatest buddies. A canine aids a man cross the street. A canine plays in the yard. A dog poses at a canine demonstrate. There are so a lot of dogs to see here, all doing dog items.

Including pulling a kid close to on a puppy cart, which is soon upgraded to a puppy vehicle. When that proves to be as well hefty for 1 pooch to pull, its engineers — in real old-college Detroit style — merely add far more dogs. No replacement for displacement!

On the surface, this autos-as-canines notion doesn’;t actually make a lot of sense, lending further credence to our concept that somebody at Chevy and/or Jam Handy Productions desired an excuse to commit a summer afternoon taking part in with dogs (fine by us). Vehicles won’;t bark when a stranger enters your yard, greet you when you open the door or assist the blind get from stage A to stage B, at least until finally the dawn of autonomy. Nonetheless, the automobile is a dependable companion for modern day daily life, so we suppose that whoever was responsible for the comparison wasn’;t entirely off-base.

We nonetheless think that sheep-herding scene could have been a minute or 2 shorter, though.

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