Work Pays America (1937)
Contents. Activities of the Works Progress Administration (now Work Projects Administration), and work being done on various types of projects.In the opening sequence, workingmen are shown as the commentator explains why the Works Progress Administration came into existence and something of its plan of work.The first activities presented are those of road construction. Without an attempt to give information as to processes, general scenes of road construction operations are shown. The commentator explains the need for secondary roads from farm to market as muddy rural road conditions are pictured. The use of local raw materials is suggested in a short scene of quarry operations. Views of graveling operations are shown, and the commentator refers to roads that are being built at centers of attraction for tourists.The work of the Works Progress Administration in improving city water-supply systems is indicated by scenes of reservoir construction at Atlantic City. The commentator explains that there exists a large group of projects to provide facilities for public gatherings, and there is a short scene of construction work on a community stadium. General scenes show improvements being made at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and construction work on bridges and sewers. The commentator says that there is need for better airport facilities, and the film shows WPA work in building and improving airports. There are scenes of airport construction at Newark, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Scenes of buildings being torn down are accompanied by explanations concerning slum clearance work.