Branded a fool

The US National Archives recently spotlighted a few educational films made for WACs in the 1970’s, and I spent the earlier part of the day watching them. The three girls featured in the films are Sandy, Marilyn and Susan. Sandy is a sad sack of potatoes, Marilyn sounds like one of the groupies in that old Alan Lorber recording, and Susan is perfect and boring.

Now, I understand that you may not have time to watch all of these films, so allow me to break them down by Sandy,  Marilyn and Susan content, and you can watch according to your girl preference.

Pleasure of Your Company:

  • Sandy: is she ever going to get to eat her salad with Russian dressing? And what happened to the roasted potatoes? Maybe she should have gone with the Andy Warhol “I only eat candy” excuse
  • Marilyn: dances and models groovy fashions, calls Captain York a swinger, writes on her hand
  • Susan: kind of makes me seasick around the seven-minute mark; boyfriend Tom is a jerk

Look Like a Winner:

  • Sandy: not enough Sandy in this one for my taste. Gets points for Sandy thinking she’s all great for waking up early. I especially love her at the 7:50 mark.
  • Marilyn: more dancing from Marilyn. Also excellent pajamas. I wonder what she was up to prior to her entrance at 11:24.
  • Susan: wakes up late, takes a long walk, isn’t used to showering. Bill Clinton styles her hair. Gets points for playing badminton, though.
  • Bonus points for featuring non-actor WACs bagging on Susan and having trouble figuring out which way to part their hair. At 8:21 there is a wig that probably has a name.

Mind Your Military Manners:

  • Sandy: All Sandy does in this one is hog the mirror and gossip and bray a little at the beginning.
  • Marilyn: Hides in the bushes and hikes up her skirt. Her hair is fascinating. Guys like having her around.
  • Susan: Not as good a worker as Carol, but she’s more feminine so she’s going to get to go to Belgium.

Phew. I don’t know about you, but I’m all WAC’ed out.

via Metafilter and the National Archives’ Media Matters blog

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