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Original purpose: primarily to be shown to employees, but also to select public groups. The goal of this film in 1955 was to "show why one centrally-located telephone in a household is inadequate for modern living".

The scads of shots of matching phones and d├ęcor notwithstanding, this film is notable for something else: it's the first screen performance by actor Steve McQueen. Credited as "Stephen McQueen", he plays a wide-eyed, goofy sailor on leave named Freddy who is hoping to connect with his girlfriend "before she takes a job" so they can get married. Why she has to be unemployed for them to marry, is, of course, just something that would be best left in 1955.

McQueen has four scenes in the 27-minute film. His fan sites list this as 1952, but all AT&T documentation says 1955.

The film also features veteran character actor J. Pat O'Malley.

From Henry Strauss Productions

Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

Release date: 12/21/2011