This serious entry in Pete Smith Specialty series encourages industry to hire people with disabilities to help with the war effort. As a boy, Ben Helwig was blinded in an accident while ... See full summary »
| A rare serious short from the Pete Smith Specialty series
Pete Smith did a series of shorts that were primarily comic in nature and rarely were they ever too serious in nature. This excellent short, nominated for an Academy Award, is a rare exception. The subject is Ben Helwig, a man blinded by accident as a child who learned to work with lathes and other equipment by touch and was ultimately hired for work in a defense plant in WWII. This short was made to encourage the hiring of the disabled as an answer to wartime labor shortages. You see Helwig actually at work with machinery of various types. Quite fascinating. Turner Classic Movies runs this between films and generally runs it during March as part of its "31 Days of Oscar" event. Most highly recommended.