62834 “SUCCESS STORY” STAUFFER MOTORIZED COUCHES & POSTURE-REST 1950s QUACK WEIGHT LOSS DEVICE

This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show “Success Story” that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39. Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters reporting, 2:10. Demonstration of the Stauffer tables, 3:35. The Stauffer factory floor is shown, 6:12. Sewing stations are shown, 6:30. Ken Peters returns to the factory floor and describes the construction process, 7:30. Stauffer aluminum tubing bases are shown, 7:43. The aluminum bending process is shown, 8:50. Stauffer machine shop is shown, 9:40. Stauffer assembly line for the couch bases are shown, 11:25. The oscillating unit is shown, 13:50. The GE electric motor that powers the couch is shown, 14:25. Man with stethoscope tests the motor to hear any dings in the mechanism, 16:05. The final product is boxed and ready for delivery, 17:46. Woman tests the Stauffer motorized couch, 18:26. The national sales manager of Stauffer is interviewed, 18:47. Medical research division is visited and a discussion about hypokinetics ensues, 21:30. The salon model couch units are seen being assembled, 22:47. Barney Stauffer is interviewed by Ken Peters, 23:38.

Roughly 10 years after this film was made, Stauffer was sued by the Federal Trade Commission for making false claims related to the effectiveness of the Posture-Rest. The Commission determined that the couch “has no value or usefulness in accomplishing the asserted results” and its decision was confirmed by the courts.

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