'Are You Popular?': Social Guidance From 1947

From Coronet Instructional Films, friend making tips for teens ...

"Popularity: What is it made of? How does a person get to be popular with lots of people and get a few close friends, too?" Zeroing in on a group of teens trying to navigate the social landscape of a 1940s high school, we learn the answers to these questions. While some girls, like Ginny, think they might have the key to popularity -- parking in cars with boys -- that doesn't translate: "No, girls who park in cars are not really popular -- not even with the boys they park with." We follow Carolyn, Wally, and their friends while they help out with the school play, learning how to cultivate respectable relationships.

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