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A Friendly Career Short Film (Full Length) – 1953 Promotional

A Friendly Career

Short Film (Full Length) – 1953 Promotional

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A Friendly Career (or The Story of the Training and Life of the New Zealand School Dental Nurse) was a promotional film made by the National Film Unit for the Department of Health. The plot waltzes through the idyll of one doe-eyed careerist's sugar-coated journey to a respectable job in the 'murder house', caring for the teeth of the Dominion's children. Focusing on the hard work and 50s fun times of hostel life, with its friendships, matrons, tooth-pulling and en masse doing-of-the-hokey pokey, the end of this careerist road is pitched as one of great satisfaction.

In a country as young and as under-populated as ours, children are our greatest asset, and anyone helping to care for them is performing the greatest service to the community.
– From the film’s narration

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