As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark
What it says about work: It's a white-collared jungle out there.
"The Pajama Game": This sprightly 1957 musical
The union wants a 7 1/2-cent hourly raise (remember this was 1957) but isn't getting any satisfaction from management. The workers and the management have a standoff, but it's all presented in good fun and splashy colors. There's a big serving of standard tunes such as "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway" and "Steam Heat" and
What is says about work: Union battles were a lot more fun back then.
"The Greatest Show on Earth": Cecil B. DeMille directed this Oscar-winning 1952 best film set under the big top that's also over-the-top. But what else would you expect from the master of spectacles?
What it says about work: It can quite literally be a three-ring circus.
What it says about work: The land is a harsh mistress.
"The Shop Around the Corner": Workplaces often turn into mini-"Peyton Places" of intrigue, affairs, squabbling workers and high-strung bosses. And all of those scenarios play out for maximum comedic effect in this 1940 gem directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Set in a small Budapest gift shop, the romantic comedy finds a young, hard-working salesman (Jimmy Stewart) resenting the newest clerk (
What it says about work: Love can blossom on the shop floor.
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore": The world of the waitress was brought into the forefront in
Like many women of the time, the one-time aspiring singer gave up her dream for marriage. But now she's decided to leave New Mexico for California in hopes of pursuing her life's ambition. However, financial issues force her to take a job as a waitress at a Tucson diner. Though Alice is a bit unsteady as a waitress, she gradually bonds with her fellow waitresses, including the wise-cracking Flo (
What it says about work: Your fellow workers can become a family.
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