Creator: The Jam Handy Organization
aka: Jam Handy
Jam Handy headquarters.The Jam Handy Organization
(reminding you to keep your preserves in a convenient place
) was a filmmaking outfit specializing in training and other special-purpose films. The eponymous founder, Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy, was an Olympic medalist swimmer (1904) who branched out from sports to become a film producer.
Jam Handy is particularly infamous with Mystery Science Theater 3000
fans as the progenitor of many shorts like Young Man's Fancy
and A Case of Spring Fever
. Jam Handy shorts featured on MST3K
tended to be notable for the mundane, insanely specific subject matter.
Interestingly, Jam Handy is the producer of the first Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
short (1948), which is actually faithful to the original book. This was featured as a RiffTrax
on Christmas shorts.
The two-disc DVD release of "Manos" The Hands of Fate
includes a documentary on Jam Handy, providing some unique insight into the shorts.
The Internet Archive
has a collection of films
produced by the Jam Handy Organization.
Notable Jam Handy features (shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000):