Health: Your Posture
Ken Smith sez: Despite its title there's not much "health" in this film, and that's good; Centron abandoned the dull side of this topic to concentrate on the melodramatic -- social ostricism. And they did it with camera gimmickery! Good thinking!
The films opens at a party. "Adrelene" is an attractive young girl who is not having a good time. The Centron narrator confides to us that Adrelene "usually sits all alone, slumped in her chair in the corner," and that, "for some reason, she doesn't fit into the picture -- but she doesn't know why." "What is it," he poses, "that creates this unfavorable impression the others have of her?"
Then the fun begins. Adrelene goes home and begins admiring herself in her full-length bedroom mirror when, "What in the world? The mirror's gone crazy!" The mirror-image Adrelene puts her thumbs in her ears and wiggles her fingers. "You listen to ME for a change!" Adrelene's reflection yells at Adrelene. "I'm TIRED of helping you pretend! I can't show you how you REALLY look because when you're around me you put on an act! Do you want to see how you REALLY look?" The mirror-image Adrelene gives a demonstration of Adrelene's slouch; it's not pretty. "Yes, Adrelene, the mirror may have gone crazy, but for the first time it's telling you the truth," the narrator sighs. "Your POSTURE is your problem. What are you going to do about it?"
"I'LL tell you what I'm going to do," Adrelene yells back, pointing to the mirror. "I'm going to make YOU a sight that I want to see because I'M going to have good posture! You just wait and see, hmmph!" Her reflection watches Adrelene storm out of the room and smiles. "Attagirl, Adrelene!"
The dull health part of the film comes next, where "Dr. Martin" gives a lecture in Adrelene's science class about "stretched muscles" and unsupported "vital organs." But this doesn't last very long and as the film ends we can see that Adrelene has achieved good posture, increased her popularity, and gotten "the last laugh" at her upstart mirror. "You can't expect to correct posture defects overnight," the narrator cautions, as this film reaches its happy conclusion in just under 11 minutes.
POSTURE HEALTH SHOES EXERCISE REST APPEARANCE mirror surreal weird odd strange fantasy
Subject: No Wonder My Belly Sticks Out
Some words of wisdom here. I must've been home sick the day they ran this film at school. Oh well. Too late now.
Subject: Brings out good points
does an effective job in bringing out pointers about good posture. I enjoyed watching how the film portrayed the image of those youngsters in 1953 as clean cut and polite.
Subject: The Virtues of Posture - Again
Subject: Your Name
Subject: Health: Your Posture
Adrelene doesn't get it, and looks at herself in the mirror. Suddenly, her reflection springs to life and tells her that she needs to develop good posture in order to become a successful person. Centron films are known for their cleverness, but this is the only halfway clever thing in this film. The rest of the short boringly stresses that posture is good for you socially, and also good for you health-wise. Adrelene begins refining her posture and we are left knowing that she'll probably be making a lot of new friends soon. The film is narrated by Jim Lantz, a radio announcer from Kansas City (narrator of 'Your Name Here Story,' bartender in 'The Vicious Circle'). According to Centron production records, "Your Posture" was produced by Art Wolf, directed by Herk Harvey, and written by Art Wolf and Trudy Travis, with photography by Norm Stuewe and sound and editing by Chuck Lacey. Not really worth your time.
Subject: "the mirrors gone crazy"
Subject: Stand up for mental health (?)
Subject: Loser girl, get some exercise!