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Mr. Whitney Had a Notion (1949)

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Short | 11 min | Short, Biography, Drama

Eli Whitney is arguably best remembered for inventing the cotton gin. However, those in the know may argue that his most useful contribution to the world is an idea, one he was able to put into practice in the late eighteenth century when ...See moreEli Whitney is arguably best remembered for inventing the cotton gin. However, those in the know may argue that his most useful contribution to the world is an idea, one he was able to put into practice in the late eighteenth century when he signed a government contract to produce the seemingly impossible ten thousand muskets in two years, most people who could only make at most ninety per year. That idea was what is now coined as mass production. The government officials who entered into the contract with him thought it pure folly, that view strengthened as they saw no muskets month after month after month. However, the people that worked for Whitney, even after his borrowed money ran out, stayed to work for him on the belief of what he was doing, which was kept secret behind locked doors. He may have had some doubts in the idea himself, which may make what is happening today in the world of production even more of a surprise to him. Written by Huggo See less
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Updated May 7, 1949

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May 7, 1949 (United States)

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Lloyd Bridges
Eli Whitney Eli Whitney   See fewer
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Erville Alderson
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson   See fewer
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Howard Negley
Military Committee Man (as Howard J. Negley) Military Committee Man (as Howard J. Negley)   See fewer
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Harry Hayden
Senatorial Committee Man Senatorial Committee Man   See fewer
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Mitchell Lewis
Eli Whitney's Workman Eli Whitney's Workman   See fewer
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John Nesbitt
Himself - Narrator (voice) Himself - Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 43 votes