51 STATE, THE {THE FIFTY-FIRST STATE}: MONEY {THE OCCUPANT IN THE SINGLE ROOM} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of nightly news programs providing in-depth coverage of issues affecting the New York metropolitan area. This program examines the topic of money. The first segment is entitled "The Occupant in the Single Room," by Richard Kotuk. The film depicts the plight of elderly people who are attempting to remain in single-room-occupancy hotels, much to the chagrin of building managers who would prefer to sell their properties. During the documentary, these elderly residents describe their standard of living, the difficulty of living on a fixed income, and the loneliness they feel. Among those interviewed are two residents of Hotel 123, Baron Von Mueller and Father Francis Ryan. Residents then describe the horrible conditions of their hotel, confirmed by footage of cockroaches in their rooms, burned out apartments, and general decay in the building. The building's owner says that he is not responsible for the tenants and suggests they go on welfare and get housing assistance from government agencies. A critic of this building operator condemns society's disrespect for the elderly. In the second segment, filmmaker Marc Brugnoni looks at the life of an average middle-class family of four on Long Island in a short film entitled "Hanging in the 70's." The husband and wife, both of whom work, map out their budget and document the fact that they cannot save any money for the future. They express concern over paying for their children's college education and talk about how they are just "hanging in there." After this, Robert Sam Anson delivers a commentary entitled "Eat, Eat, People Are Starving!" in which he expresses his point of view about people who should be cut off from receiving food supplies so that the United States may save money. In the next segment, "Let the Buyer Beware," Marquita Pool investigates the controversy over the accuracy of the Better Business Bureau. During her report, Pool asks people whether they feel the Better Business Bureau can serve the public fairly since it is funded by big business. Those interviewed include Woodrow Wirsig of the Better Business Bureau; Andrew Goodman, the president of the New York department store Bergdorf Goodman; author David Caplovitz; and Florence Rice of the Harlem Consumer Education Council. In addition, attorney Stephen Mindell, who works for the New York State Bureau of Consumer Fraud, comments on the changing status of the consumer in today's society. In the final segment, "On the Importance of Financing Your Fantasy," Dan Chaykin reports on the need for human beings to afford some pleasure, even if their lives are financially unstable. Chaykin visits two tap dance studios in New York City, suggesting that people may dance their worries away.

Cataloging of this program has been made possible by Senator Roy M. Goodman.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS WNET New York, NY
  • DATE: 1974
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:48
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:10840
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Aged
  • SERIES RUN: WNET (New York, NY) - TV series, 1972-1976
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Promos - "The 51 State"

CREDITS

    • Gordon Hyatt … Executive Producer
    • Richard Kotuk … Producer, Reporter
    • Dan Chaykin … Producer, Reporter
    • Lisa Feiner … Producer, Reporter
    • Marquita Pool … Producer, Reporter
    • Ted Ransom … Producer, Reporter
    • Isabella Dane … Associate Producer
    • Eulogio Ortiz … Associate Producer
    • Marc Brugnoni … Production (Misc.), Filmmaker
    • Mick Colgan … Director
    • Christopher Kogler … Animation
    • Leslie Clark … Researcher
    • David Gale … Researcher
    • Raenelle Garris … Researcher
    • Richard Peaslee … Theme Music by
    • Howard Tuckner … Reporter, Correspondent
    • Robert Sam Anson … Reporter, Political Correspondent
    • David Caplovitz … Guest
    • Andrew Goodman … Guest
    • Stephen Mindell … Guest
    • Florence Rice … Guest
    • Francis Ryan … Guest
    • Von Mueller, Baron … Guest
    • Woodrow Wirsig … Guest