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Image of Out to Win from Movie Makers, Dec. 1939, 608.

Date produced: 1939

Country of Production:

United States




350 ft





Sound Notes:



ACL Ten Best 1939 - Honorable Mention General Class


"When movie makers turn to movie making itself as the subject of a picture, sometimes they are a little self conscious and heavy handed — more particularly if the approach is humorous. This fault, the Dallas (Texas) Cine Club has successfully avoided in Out to Win, an opus that displays the adventures of a new convert to filming. The hero of the tale observes that everybody has a movie camera and that he is out of things. So his trombone and the equipment of other hobbies go to the "hock shop" to finance the purchase of a new cine camera. His wife isn't particularly sympathetic to movie making, and here the real humor enters, for Mrs. Movie Maker is not antagonistic; she is just oblivious to the real importance of movies. She walks in on her husband when he is developing titles, she tramps through film clips when he is editing; but, when the movie maker receives an incredible sum for a newsreel scoop (well handled airplane wreck sequence) and, in consequence, gets a check that enables the pair to buy a new car, Mrs. Movie Maker's attitude changes. In the last scene, she is proudly using a camera. The actors are excellent: they do not overplay their roles, and so the film is really funny." Movie Makers, Dec. 1939, 634-635.


Discussed by Stan Everman in "How We Set Out to Win" (Movie Makers Oct. 1940, 468-469, 483). The article states the film was born out of a Dallas Cine Club members' contest between 8mm. and 16mm. filmers, and features numerous still images.


  • Dallas, TX (Filming)

Club Affiliation:

Dallas Cine Club






  • Screened by the Rockford Movie Makers in 1940: Rockford, IL
  • Screened by the 8-16 Movie Club of Philadelphia in 1940: Philadelphia, PA
  • Screened by the Amateur Motion Picture Club of St. Louis in 1940 and 1941: St. Louis, MO

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