Originally released by Paramount as part of the Grantland Rice "Sportlight" series, G.I. FUN FURLOUGH shows U.S. troops relaxing on leave in Manhattan and San Francisco during WWII. The film shows Rockefeller Center (1:34), the Empire State Building, Coney Island Amusement Park (2:20) including a strength tester (2:30), the airplane ride, and more. On the Pacific Coast, San Francisco is seen at 3:30 with its cable cars running up Nob Hill. Female conductors are seen, a wartime measure due to a lack of manpower.
The film also shows troops vacationing in Florida, visiting the St. Augustine Animal Farm, Yosemite National Park (6:40) and Vernal Falls. At Cypress Gardens in Florida, attractive girls are seen posing with G.I.s at the 7:50 mark.
This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com