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Day Business Stood Still / Illinois State Chamber of Commerce -- with teacher's guide, 1974

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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Film reels of records from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Some of the reels were transfered to DVD format (4 total discs). An additional DVD (labeled "The Carolinas, print #2) is a copy of a film presented by Humble Oil Company called THE CAROLINAS, separated from the collection and cataloged separately.


  • 1974



Original audiovisual material restricted pending digitization.


From the Collection: 4 Linear Feet (13 films)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Uses a dramatization about the problems which befall a family on the day all business stopped in order to show how Americans take for granted the necessities and luxuries that are provided by the American economic system. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s 1974 made their own version of the Twilight Zone, appropriately entitled The Day Business Stood Still. Harry Dean Stanton starred as the Illinois Everyman who wakes up one day to find his electricity out, the phones dead, and the faucets dry. He drives to work and finds the doors locked and the parking lot empty, so he finds the house of his boss, who tells him, “This is the day business stood still.” There are many businesses which are empty workplaces, still docksides, vacant factories, and a shut-down McDonalds. Stanton and his family get a re-education session from the company president. Stanton is informed that “it’s ordinary citizens like you who can undermine the free enterprise system.


Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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