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This color educational film is about the opportunities offered to the young me who attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. This is circa 1954. Opening: (no opening credits) U.S. Navy men march.  Clock tower at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Halls on campus. A chapel. Navy men carry rifles. Monuments and paintings. Boys doing chemistry. Teachers teaching the cadets. Cadets in class (:07-2:01). On Air sign, U.S. Naval Academy Educational Television Station sign. A teacher in...
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Made during WWII, this incredible U.S. Treasury Department movie showcases the Nazi's passion for banning books, art and music that displeased them. The film is what is known as an "Auroratone". here is some information about these films, taken from the Northwest Film Forum which compiled them for an event in 2010. Auroratone movies were created in the early 1940s by British inventor and mystic Cecil Stokes (1910-1956), who intended for them to be used as a therapeutic aid in the...
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"Navy Log" was an early television show that appealed to the public and especially to veterans of WWII. It was created by Sam Gallu and presented little known stories and personalities from events spanning World War 2 and the Korean conflict.   These stories were dramatizations based upon true events, many of which are/were unknown to many historians and authors.   The episode, “Men from Mars” is no exception.   This show could very well be about a little known extraterrestrial...
Topics: 1956, Navy Log, Navy Log TV Show, Seaplane, WWII, Stock Footage
“Nuclear Attack Preparedness Procedures: Survive to Fight” is a 1968 US Air Force training film dramatizes activities at an Air Force Base following a nuclear attack. As a siren blares, pilots are shown being taken to their aircraft (mark  00:40 ) while command post operations unfold. An eerie silence follows until a “nuclear flash” fills the screen at mark  02:24  and a fiery mushroom cloud races upward. The narrator explains the sheltered command post personnel review the status of...
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
Dating to 1946, this silent home movie shows the city of Cologne, Germany as it looked at the end of WWII. The Cologne Cathedral is seen amidst the ruins of the city. Rebuilding efforts and rubble clearing are seen (:49) including with hand tools and heavy machinery. At 1:45 close shots are seen of the cathedral, and at 2:30 shots of a fruit and vegetable stand and a grocery store in a shopping district that appears mostly untouched by war. At 3:30 a city gate is shown. At 3:50 a band plays for...
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This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Weapons Testing, Operation Sandstone, Nuclear Weapon,...
Produced and directed by Arthur Hoyle, this 1980 film was presented by The Southern California Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects. It tells the story of the Pan Pacific Auditorium, which was then derelict, and looks at various plans to create a public park on the site. Unfortunately, the structure was destroyed in a fire in 1989. The film is narrated by actor Judson Morgan.  Early original Indian settlers of Los Angeles, from when it was an outpost of the Spanish.1:00...
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Shot by an unknown American G.I. during WWII, this 8mm color home movie shows images from the Italian campaign. The film starts with shots of Army Air Force crew cranking the propeller of a B-25 before showing C-47 cargo aircraft landing at an airfield, possibly Foggia. At 1:51 a soldier smokes a cigarette and another moons the camera (2:05). It appears there is snow on the ground, so likely dates to the winter of 1943. At 2:30 smashed hangars are shown at the air base, along with fuel trucks....
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This patriotic film commemorates the bicentennial of the American Revolutionary War. It depicts historical sites and figures following American military history up until Vietnam and the Cold War. It opens with portraits of Abraham Lincoln (:37) and George Washington (:55). It is presented by the US Department of Defense (:55). The Declaration of Independence, signed July 4th 1776, appears on screen and throughout the film quotes will be read from it (1:54). A painting depicts the British fleet...
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Created in the 1950s this film "Public Shelter Supplies" shows the type of fallout shelter provided by the U.S. Government as part of the Civil Defense system. The shelter shown as an example includes medical supplies, food and water and sanitary supplies for fifty people for a week to ten days. The film encourages communities to augment the supplies provided by the government with additional items such as cots, chairs, books (including Bibles), fire extinguishers, and so on. This...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, Nuclear Attack, Civil Defense, Fallout Shelter, United States Civil Defense, Nuclear...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
Topics: Laos, Ravens FAC, Laotion Civil War, Super 8mm, Home Movies, Vietnam, Pathet Lao, Secret Wars In...
Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
The Golden Twenties is a 1950 American documentary film produced by Richard de Rochemont. The film is narrated by Frederick Lewis Allen, Robert Q. Lewis, Allen Prescott, Red Barber, and Elmer Davis. The second reel of the film begins by covering the trial of educator John Scopes (00:16), prosecuted by William Jennings Bryant (00:36) for teaching evolution. Scopes and the principle of freedom of thought are defended by Dudley Field Malone (01:06) and Clarence Darrow (01:18), but the court...
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Written by Air Marshal Sir Phillip Joubert in 1940, 'Fighter Pilot' is a short film celebrating the Spitfire at the height of the Battle of Britain. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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The U.S. Navy film “Desert Without Sand” (MN-10518) dates to 1967 and presents the Navy’s Task Force 43 and its operations in Antarctica. Read Admiral Jay Lloyd Abbot ( 01:50 ) is head of naval support for the missions and narrates the film, which is meant to provide an opportunity for those who cannot visit the continent to see what it is all about. The film opens with a ship crashing through ice ( 00:12 ) and scenes of mountains and ice fields. The desolate region, despite the cold and...
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DESERT INN HOTEL AT POOLSIDE , WITH NOEL COWARD , JANE POWELL , NELSON EDDY , JOHNNY HAYES , MISS JAPAN , - AT GOLF COUNTRY CLUB - RAY BOLGER , PETER LYNN HAYES , McGRAW SISTERS , PHIL HARRIS , EDDIE FISHER & DEBBIE REYNOLDS , MAMIE VAN DORAN , BING CROSBY . -----BOB HOPE , WALTER WINCHELL - CARS OF THE 1950s - HIGH WAY 95 - HOOVER DAM - LAKE MEADE , DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS - PATTY PAIGE - ENTERTAINMENT & BUFFET . MacDONALD FILM PRODUCTION . This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
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“Airplane Propellers: Principles and Types” is a “restricted” World War II-era US War Department training film produced by the Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The film opens with a statement at mark  00:44  that “until the days of supersonic speed and jet propulsion of rocketships, the propeller is a relatively efficient method of moving our airplanes through the air.” A propeller size is dependent on the size of the engine, we’re told at mark ...
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"The Air Plan" is a wonderful WWII film that shows the role played by the RAF, Dominion squadrons and briefly the U.S. Army Air Forces in the preparation, invasion and securing of the Normandy beachheads in June 1944, known by the codeword OVERLORD. The film begins with a brief overview of the work of the Allied air forces during the Second World War up to the Normandy landings, including the Battle of Britain, the bombing of the German industrial areas, the thousand bomber raids, the...
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Recruiting Film, Parachute Rigger, Your Job In The Navy, Stock Footage
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Made in the year 1933 by RKO and narrated by Alois Havrilla, this charming travelogue shows the highlights of Havana including the famed bar Sloppy Joe's, the Presidential Palace, the new Capitol Building, and more.  Ex-President Machado is seen leaving the Capitol as he flies into exile.  Down the Prado, the film shows Morro Castle, the wonderful beaches of Havana, the San Souci resort.  Cuban Rumba is shown at the 3:20 mark.  The seaport of Matanzas is shown, rope making, and the town of...
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Made by McDonnell Douglas,  this historic U.S. Air Force film shows the first flight of the Thunderbirds in 1953, just six years after the formation of the USAF, to the advent of the F-4 in 1969.  In between it shows various iterations of the stunt team.  This includes spectacular footage of the F-84 to the swept-wing F-84, to the North American F-100, to the Republic F-105 and finally the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom.   After six months training in an unofficial status, the Thunderbirds...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Thunderbirds, USAF Thunderbirds, Luke Air Force Base, Republican...
This silent film was test footage for a promotional film "Wings of the New Japan" for Japan Air Lines, now J.A.L. It was likely made shortly after the start of international service in 1954. The film features images of the "City of Nagoya" DC-6B aircraft and shows in-flight service, a stop over in Honolulu, Hawaii where Waikiki Beach and the airport are shown, and some images of Japan at 2:00 . At 1:49 the camera crew making the film is briefly shown. Starting at 3:37 ,...
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Made in late 1945, THE ARMY NURSE is a short documentary propaganda film commissioned by the US military to highlight the role and contributions of army nurses.   The film opens with a combat scene in the summer of 1945, when the war becomes a million men old (presumably the Battle of Okinawa) one of the soldiers is show getting wounded and the scene goes woozy. The narrator notes "This is the time for you to decide what you're gonna be: a soldier that gets injured and dies, or a soldier...
Topics: 1945, WWII, World War II, US Army, US Army Nurse, Stock Footage
This film, provided during the second world war, depicts the proper boat handling procedures to be utilized when operating an LCVP for amphibious actions. It is presented by the US Navy (:08) and opens with footage of troops and LCVP’s (:54). A close up shot of one of the landing crafts is shown (1:00). Checks must be conducted prior to its launching and a shot of a check list follows (1:14). Men of the crew begin inspecting the craft (2:03). The engineer checks the engine (2:27). Bilges...
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In this 1955 newsreel short of aviation advances, the aircraft carrier USS Essex is shown, with a jet airplane missing the wire and sailing into the ocean.  The pilot is rescued by helicopter.  A stripped down B-36 bomber is seen at the 1 minute mark, to permit cruising at 50,000 feet.  A B-47 Stratojet is shown conducting aerial refueling at the 2:00 mark.  The Bell X-2 Rocket plane, flown by Pete Everest, is shown at the 3 minute mark.  The newsreel ends with footage of parachute...
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Made in 1946 to commemorate 20 years of the Strategic Air Command, this silent film shows the various aircraft used to carry atomic weapons.  It begins with images of the B-29, which carried the first and only atomic bombs  ever used in anger and which served as nuclear weapons platforms in 1946-47.  The B-50 is shown at the 1:40 mark, and this modified version of the B-29 served until 1955 in this role.  Next, the F-84 Thunderjet is shown, in service from 1950-57.  At the 2:45 mark these...
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This documentary THEN AND NOW was a Warner Brothers and Vitaphone production. It was probably made between the years of 1926-1931 because Vitaphone was a sound system used during that period. The commentator was Knox Manning, an American film actor. This documentary is about the changing methods of transportation through history. The film begins showing a person walking to get from one place to another (0.21-.34). The commentator discusses how humans search for the shortest and fastest way to...
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This one-of-a-kind film shows the flight test of a Remington Rand television camera aboard a small aircraft.  The exact story behind this film is not yet known, but during WWII television was used in a series of weapons including the TDR-1 Torpedo Drone and Operation Anvil and Operation Aphrodite -- which used TV to convert bomber aircraft into radio controlled flying bombs.  That may or may not have been the point of this particular test.   Another concept (for instance) was to use...
Topics: Cold War, fallout, Nuclear Weapon, Nuclear Contamination, Atomic Bomb, . USS Langley, U.S. Langley,...
This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype the third P6M-2 production aircraft featured.  At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen being moved to the water at :28, and then performing engine run up tests. At 2:12 are nice shots of the plane on its cradle. Starting at about 3:30 are high speed taxi runs. At 7:59 what might be the maiden flight of the aircraft...
Topics: P6M Seamaster, Amphibious Strategic Bomber, Flight Test, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1970s, this silent footage shows sights around Edwards Air Force Base. At :25 the Air Force Flight Test Center main building is shown. At :37 a Chinook helicopter used for rescue is shown on the runway. At 1:46 the exterior of the USAF Aero Space Research and Flight School is shown. At 1:53 a large cargo type aircraft is shown circling. At 2:55 various pursuit and training aircraft are shown on the ramp. At 3:35 a sign for the Rocket Propulsion Lab is shown. At 3:54 a freight...
Topics: Edwards Air Force Base, 1970, Air Force, California, Stock Footage
This 1949 film takes a look at certain Native American people, including tribes of the Navajo and Apache tribes as they make an annual pilgrimage to the so-called "Indian Capital" of Gallup, New Mexico. The film was produced by Phil E. Cantonwine (:19) and narrated by Perry King (:24).   It is of the educational series call “Know Your Land” (:32). It opens with swaths of the Native American’s lands with their primitive dwellings erected onto it (:45). The Native Americans had...
Topics: 1949, Navajo, Apache, Native, American Tribes, Indians, Stock Footage
Produced in 1937 and released in both silent and sound versions for the home market by Castle Films, WAR IN CHINA shows the 1937 Japanese assault on Shanghai. At the time the newsreel was produced the United States was strictly neutral and thus the newsreel tended to look more closely at the civilian victims of the conflict and the horror of war than did later Castle releases. The newsreel highlights some of the many Japanese atrocities including the bombing of the Cathay Hotel ( 8:00 ) and the...
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This film will take viewers on a tour through post-WWII Belgium. Music for the production was done by Cesar Frank (:10) and it is presented by The Belgium Government Information Center (:07). Philip Clarke narrates (:13) and it commences with a map of Belgium with as the capital Brussels (:26). The Northern Sea is banked by thousands of miles of sand dunes (:58). For generations this sea has provided subsistence for residents of the coastal cities (1:04). Footage of fishermen on horseback...
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"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
OPERATION ABOLITION is an infamous 1960 documentary produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (a.k.a House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC). The film focuses on an incident on May 13, 1960 when the Committee convened in San Francisco’s City Hall. While the committee met, students protested in the hallways and outside the building, leading to clashes with the police and the arrest of 64 students. "Operation Abolition"shows footage of the incident taken from...
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by the U.S. Navy during WWII, this black & white training film explains the construction and operation of diesel engines, primarily through a series of animated diagrams. The film examines a generic type of diesel engine (probably one built by Fairbanks Morse for use on submairines), noting that while there are differences in design, they all share the same fundamentals in terms of construction and operation. Copyright 1942, and made by Audio Productions.  Note: A related film can...
Topics: Diesel Engines, 1942, US Navy Submarine, School Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced in the early 1960s, "A Bridge Called Emma" is a short film about Curaçao, an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea. The film takes its name from the swinging Queen Emma Bridge, which spans the channel in the fourth largest harbor in the world. Curaçao is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast, that is a constituent country (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today it has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171...
Topics: Curacao, Willemstad, Travelogue, Queen Emma Bridge, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1980s, this Cold War National Guard recruiting film shows the Guard conducting war games with Bell helicopters and M-60 and M-48 tanks. Voice-over explains the importance of the Guard and the benefits to being part of the nation's oldest branch of military service. Basic training is shown. A drill instructor is shown at 2:00, and advanced training at the 4:20 mark including truck driving, welding, cooking, computer operations and more.     Women members of the Guard are also...
Topics: 1980s, Army National Guard, Basic Training, War Games, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage
Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1955 Jam Handy film BOXES AND BALLS shows the engineering properties of the new Chevrolet chassis — which is designed for strength "like a box". Features many stunts to exemplify the driving qualities of the cars.   The stunts are mostly likely performed by George Rice Chitwood (April 14, 1912 – January 3, 1988), nicknamed "Joie". Chitwood was an American racecar driver and businessman. He is best known as a daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show.   Henry...
Topics: 1955, Chevrolet, Car Promo, Joie Chitwood, Car Stunts, Stock footage
THOUGH THE EARTH BE MOVED tells the story of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, that occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths. The film primarily chronicles the first 72 hours after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the response to the disaster by the United States Office of Civil Defense,...
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This color film “Steel Is A Farmer” was produced for the American Iron and Steel Institute sometime in the 1960s. It opens with a farmer on a tractor (:27). The importance of this profession is measured in crops to feed people (:52) and produce clothing, represented as men’s suits and ties ( 1:00 ), on clothing racks ( 1:06 ), and on mannequins of women wearing dresses with Peter Pan collars and a head scarf ( 1:11 ) and paisley prints ( 1:18 ). A Massey Ferguson tractor pulls a plow (...
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Made during WWII, this promotional film from Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation showcases the AT-21 Gunner, an ill-fated design that failed to perform its original mission -- to train bomber crews for combat service. The film starts out by mentioning the success of the Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo aircraft, and briefly shows that airplane at the  1:30  mark, before starting to focus on the Gunner. The film was directed by Robert Elwyn and produced by Gordon Knox and his Princeton Film...
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Boeing Today and Tomorrow is a color promotional film put out by their Public Relations Department. It was probably put out in the late 1960’s to promote the company and its aircraft. A young boy playing in the sand by the sea when all of a sudden he looks up (0:07-0:47). An airplane flies over (0:48-0:52). A guided missile takes off (0:53-0:59). Workers leave their Boeing jobs (1:05-1:16). Arial view of a Boeing Plant (1:17-1:43). History of Boeing. Picture of William Boeing who founded the...
Topics: 1960s, Boeing, Promotional Film, Today And Tomorrow, Minuteman, Saturn V, Stock Footage
Dating to the post-Vietnam era of the mid-to-late 1970s, "The Green Scene" was a periodically issued U.S. Army film series, that promoted various aspects of Army life. In this episode (number 8), the focus is on the Army's travel agency / vacation and recreation services, the importance of having a school diploma, the history and legacy of the U.S. Army's infantry, and a look at the U.S. Army's role in disaster assistance featuring images of the 1972 Nicaragua Earthquake. This is...
Topics: 1970s, US Army, News Magazine, Army Travel Agecny, Disaster Relief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in 1969, SEAPOWER ON THE MOVE presents an impressive array of U.S. Navy ships, submarines and aircraft, and describes the myriad efforts that go into keeping the world's oceanic supply lines open. The Soviet Union's forces are shown and described (starting at about the 5 minute mark) as the adversary for the USA.   Advanced diving techniques are shown at the 6:00 mark. Nuclear submarines including the Polaris missile boats are shown at the 8:00 mark, and aircraft carrier task force at...
Topics: 1960s, US Navy, Cold War, Seapower, Navy Ships, Submarines, Stock Footage
Made in the 1950s, this incredible film recounts the medical research work of Dr. János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, (January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, Selye was aware of their role in the stress response. Many scientists believe...
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Produced by the Marion Power Shovel Company, this fascinating movie looks at copper and copper mining in the 1960s, when the American mines were at peak production and financial troubles loomed. The film looks at the future of mining, including the development of efficiencies to keep mines in business. Open pit mining techniques are shown, with a focus on the Southwest. At 2:00 , Bingham Canyon and the Utah Mining Company pit (also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine) is seen. At 2:40 , various...
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This period film AUSTRALIA WILD AND STRANGE was produced and narrated by Carveth Wells and shows "depictions of his experience in the northern regions." Wells was a noted author and lecturer who "Sought Secrets of Strange Places." This film begins by explaining that American and Australian beginnings were similar in they both involved white settlers and are now both considered to be productive commonwealths (:58). A map of the country is provided showing the Indian Ocean to...
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This 1954 black and white film “Easy Out?” is U.S. Navy Training Film MN-7904, produced by The Jam Handy Organization. The film was made to make clear to U.S. Navy personnel the devastating consequences of receiving a Bad Conduct Discharge from the service. Long story short anyone who is dishonorably discharged shames his family, won't be able to impress women, and will be unable to receive any veteran benefits, etc. (A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD) can only be given by a court-martial...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent, color home movie is about a visit to Austria including Vienna and Salzburg. This is circa the 1950s or early 1960s. Buildings and cars (:08). Imposing building, possibly a train station or city hall, amongst the green hills and mountains (:16). Building nested into a hillside ( 1:05 ). People walk around ( 1:14 ). Farm, houses, rolling green hills ( 1:24 ). Clear cut area where lumber is being harvested ( 1:48 ) People ride bikes past a bus in...
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This 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1950s and shows a vacation in Italy that starts on the highway from Rome towards Venice. It starts at ;12 with a visit to Trevi, followed at :29 with the garden at Fonti del Clilunno. At :57 is the Monastery of St. Francis at Assizi / Assisi. San Marino is seen at 1;33 with a cattle auction taking place. Venice starts at 4:17 , with St. Mark's Square seen at 4:29 . The Bridge of Sighs is seen at 7:30 . The Lido is seen in twilight at 8:20 . A trip...
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This sales film advertises the Bofors 40mm gun, an anti-aircraft autocannon. Created in the 1930’s by AB Bofors, a Swedish arms manufacturer, it was used largely in WW2 by the western Allied Forces. The film opens with the Bofors crest (:21) and will take viewers through a detailed breakdown of the weapon. This weapon had become the standard anti-aircraft gun during WWII and had been modified to become entirely "tropicalized" (:49) meaning it resisted rust and damage from moisture...
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This movie, entitled "A look behind the Iron Curtain: USSR 1959 " was produced either by the Maupin Tour Company, (known today as Maupintour) or by someone who went on a Maupin Tour. The film provides a  glimpse of what a tourist could expect if booking a USSR trip in the late 1950s/early 1960s. 0:26 The journey begins in Helsinki, Finland   0:28 Arrival at the newly-opened Helsinki Vantaa Airport  0:40 Port of Helsinki 0:47 Finnish soldiers with their Stahlhelms  1:02 Pan to the...
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This silent film dates to the late 1920s or early 1930s and was used to promote travel on the P&O Orient Line of steamships with service to Asia. The film begins at ;11 with images of Kandy, Ceylon -- current day Sri Lanka. Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. At :25 the Temple of...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. King Edward VIII Abdicates 1936 (:42- 4:13 ). Shown are newspaper headlines, King Edward VIII reviewing his troops, and a photo of Wallis Simpson. He is shown in one of his early appearances in full military regalia and parts of a speech are heard. The crowds hold anti-abdication posters. His...
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TWA Flight To The Sun Country is a color documentary film about getting out of the cold and going to Arizona on vacation. It was copyrighted in 1954 by Trans World Airlines, a major American airline from 1924 to 2001, owned by Howard Hughes. Narration was by Earle Luby. Produced by RKO-Pathe, Inc., an American film production and distribution company from 1928 to 1991. Views of desert cactus and the Grand Canyon ( 0:07 - 0:22 ). Intro ( 0:26 - 0:52 ). Shoveling snow ( 1:22 - 1:28 ). Family...
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This 1949 TV show "Paradise Island" is one of 26, 15-minute episodes produced by Jerry Fairbanks, Inc. It stars Danny O'Neil and Anne Sterling and features Everett Hoagland and his orchestra. "Paradise Island" was the first musical series produced for television, and to save money it used a lot of original songs. Over the course of its run, 90 songs and 26 musical productions were performed. The 15-minute format, which press materials indicated was the equivalent of...
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Eskimo Walrus Hunt is a black and white, documentary and educational film showing how Eskimos hunt walrus for food. It was produced about 1920 with the narration talk-over added in the early 1930’s. The narrator was Commander Donald B. MacMillan, a noted arctic explorer, who was a protégé of Commander Peary. (Donald Baxter MacMillan [November 10, 1874 – September 7, 1970] was an American explorer, sailor, researcher and lecturer who made over 30 expeditions to the Arctic during his...
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Featuring bow hunter Tex Stone, this hilarious film shows hunting of javelina in Northern Mexico. The javelinas are hunted in hopes of determining if they are rabid. At 4:30 Tex spots a mountain lion. These are the biggest cats in North America. Both animals are hunted with steel tipped arrows. At 6:50, the film follows a group of ranchers who hunt for bobcats in New Mexico or Arizona with packs of dogs. At 8:50, a bobcat is subdued and put in a cage for transport to a zoo.  Tex Stone hunted...
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Silent but originally presented by a speaker to packed auditoriums around the USA, this extraordinary film produced by the Santa Fe Railroad takes a look at sights seen as part of the the so-called "Indian Detour". Indian Detours were the idea of the legendary Fred Harvey Company, renowned in part for their chain of ‘eating houses’ hosted by Harvey Girls along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between 1876 and 1968.  Fred Harvey Co's “Indian Department”,...
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This silent film, which would have been shown as part of an intelligence briefing to senior commanders in Italy, possibly including Gen. Mark Clark, shows part of the attack on Monte Cassino in February of 1944. Shot from the ground, it shows the effects of Allied bombers on the mountainside and the Abbey itself. The film also shows some limited artillery strikes on the German position at 5:51 . Official news release which accompanied this film stated:"Bombing of the Benedictine Monastery....
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business.   The first episode is titled “Water, Water Everywhere.” This episode discusses the importance of water use, and shows footage of fields in the San Joaquin Valley being irrigated ( 00:42 ), cars being transported on a barge through a loch or canal ( 01:50 ), water used for a...
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This black and white Historical documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 9, The AAF Fights Back, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film documents paratroop and glider training and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Retirement In The Afternoon is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced...
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The Robot Revolution is a short film that discusses the advances in computer and mechanical engineering—specifically in robotics and programming. The film opens with scenes of a robot moving around while a narrator explains how the Industrial Revolution improved many facets of life but also forced people into poverty and poor working conditions. Today’s Technology Revolution is on pace to outstrip the advances of the Industrial Revolution, but some people fear the consequences that come...
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This short, silent film shows "The Big Red Cars" of the Pacific Electric railroad in Los Angeles. It was shot by Leo Caloia, an amateur cameraman who filmed many subjects in Southern California in the mid to late 1940s. The start of the film shows interurban trolley car 1535 on Long Beach Blvd. This "blimp" car was typically mated with 1537.   Car 1519 is seen at 2:08 and 1529 at 3:21.   The Los Angeles-to-Long Beach passenger rail line was the longest-serving of all the...
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This film is one of the Yesterday's Newsreels, an early television series which ran from 1948 to 1950 and was produced using the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel company. The series presented original newsreel footage with a contemporary narrative. This episode begins with the segment “1933 Men Behind the President” (:44) and it shows FDR’s white house staff of 1934. Beginning with the President (:48) among his crew and then to Ed Starling (:58) of the secret service. Following is...
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This B&W television episode of YESTERDAY’S NEWSREEL features eight segments of historic highlights. The first, U.S. Fleet Dividing (:28) opens with a view of the New York Hudson Bay harbor in June, 1919 as sailors return home from WWI (:37). The flagship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) leads the way (:45) as other ships follow. Admiral William S. Sims, commander over all U.S. naval forces in Europe, emerges to join his family ( 1:05 - 1:17 ). Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels ( 1:20 )...
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"Ticket to Jasper" is a 1947 film presented by Canadian National Railways (:11) for The National Film Board of Canada (:28). It opens with stunning footage of the Canadian Rockies which had once been known as The Shining Mountain (:54). Below the mountains run the Athabasca River (:58) and old records of the river are shown by pioneers such as Gabrielle Frenshore’s ‘Voyage’ and David Thompson’s Narrative of his explorations in Western America ( 1:12 - 1:16 ). A map is shown...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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Chapter 13 of the U.S. Air Force’s The Air Force Story, “Expanding Air Power, June 1943” (SFP 263-13), recounts the training program at Tyndall Field in Florida and the June 1943 Allied invasion of Pantelleria. The film opens with a shot of Tyndall Field, Florida, where the first international students (French and Chinese) begin their training. American gunnery trainees march past planes (02:14). There is a series of profile shots of the various American men training at Tyndall, including...
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Dating to 1974 or 25 years after the end of the Chinese Civil War, THIS LAND THIS PEOPLE presents a portrait of Taiwan, Republic of China, revealing it as a modern, dynamic nation. The film takes time to show various scenic wonders as well as high tech industry in Taipei and beyond. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It contains four segments. “Behind the Druggist!” The pharmacy at Historic Williamsburg has a wall of jars and containers full of medicinal ingredients. Dressed in historic costumes, the pharmacist uses a mortar and pestle to create a concoction for a female customer (:43-1:53). Pills are mechanically manufactured by Rexall Drug Company. A scientist...
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This early black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers; an Arthur Lodge Productions Inc. This episode has four segments and two advertisements. Nebraska. A railway yard is full of old steam locomotives. Engine 9500 waits to be turned into scrap (:28-1:25). The Paxton-Mitchell Co in Omaha is shown. Engineers work on designs to convert train engine parts from steam to diesel. Molten steel is poured into...
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This 1970s NASA documentary features the nine astronauts who participated in the 1973 Skylab missions and shows viewers some of the experiments and research they conducted as part of the Skylab program. The film opens with a shot of a space launch site and Skylab astronauts speaking to the camera about the program. Viewers see members from the three missions, including Paul J. Weitz, Gerald P. Carr, Owen K Garriott, William R. Pogue, Alan L. Bean, Joseph P. Kerwin, Edward G. Gibson, Jack R....
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“F-16 Hydrazine Hazards” was produced by Aerospace Audiovisual Service in the late 1960s at the Military Airlift Command (MAC) headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  An F-16 Fighting Falcon flies into view (0:08). The camera slowly zooms in closer to the cockpit (0:49), cuts to the underbelly, then pans to the port side. The F-16 is a multirole tactical fighter, will full air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities, and an electronic flight control system.  An F-16 sits...
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This black and white promotional film, produced for Pontiac dealers by the Jam Handy Corporation, opens with a title card featuring the stylized profile emblem of Ottawa Chief Pontiac (Obwondiyag) (00:09). It introduces the 1956 Pontiac Strato-Streak V8 sedan (00:23) with a series of still shots, transitioning to show the car in motion (00:40) and the view through the windshield, with the driver’s face reflected in the rear-view mirror (00:47). There is a wide panning shot of a bi-level...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "Problem Drinkers" is a 1950s era, black and white movie that reviews the problem of alcoholism and examines possible solutions to this enduring social ill, including Alcoholics Anonymous. The film opens with the bartender pouring alcohol into a glass next to a bucket of ice. Crowded bar scene 1:00. A drunk woman cries 1:12....
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This silent compilation of news footage from the 1920s and 30s was released to the home market by Castle Films. It begins with footage of the Pan Am Clipper inaugurating service between California and China as the " China Clipper ". The aircraft shown is a Martin M-130, a commercial flying boat designed and built in 1935 by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, for Pan American Airways. Three were built: the China Clipper, the Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper....
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This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in a WWII...
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The American Nurses’ Association and the National League for Nurses present, The Shelter: The Psychological Aspects of Nursing in Disaster. This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie made under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health Service and the National Institute of Mental Health. The movie stars Eliza Ross Thorne as the nurse and isnarrated by Gregory Peck. Produced and directed by Roger Tilton Films, Inc. Music by David Raksin. Screenplay by Alvin Boretz. Photographed by Robert...
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This reel of mixed 1940s-1960s black & white and color footage compiles various scenes of Native American life, showing mid-20th century indigeonous peoples in both casual and ceremonial dress, celebrating customs, and creating traditional handcrafted artwork (TRT 11:25). DISCLAIMER: While we have tried our best to show our sincere respect for the tribes depicted, the tribal affiliations provided below are educated estimates, and cannot be taken as definitive. We welcome and encourage...
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This color US Navy training film is about basic computer techniques. This is a 1962 film based on the roman numeral copyright at the end. Opening credits: This US Navy Film has been adopted for department of the Army use. Unclassified. US Navy Training Film - DIGITAL COMPUTER TECHNIQUES (:08-:58). What are digital computers? Explanations are provided. Computers remember data and can fetch it in a fraction of a moment (:58-1:53). At 1:05 a Univac mainframe is shown. An ElectroData mainframe...
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“Crash and Live” is a sort of public service announcement meets public relations presentation about the improvements in automobile safety in the mid 1950s. Colonel John Paul Stapp was a physician in the Air Force who was interested in how G-force effects interacted with the human body. He believed that human bodies could withstand more than the accepted limit in the 1940s of 18 G’s. This black and white film reel shows an interview with Colonel Stapp of Holloman Air Development Center in...
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This promotional film from the 1950s provides an introduction to the Aetna Drivotrainer, one of the world's first automobile simulators. As the film explains, the Drivotrainer was inspired by trainers used by airline and military pilots as well as U.S. Navy personnel. The Drivotrainer was developed with the assistance of the Singer company and promoted by the Aetna Insurance Company, and widely used in driver training classes. It featured a full-sized simulated car complete with steering wheel,...
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Journey. Visit to Venezuela. Produced for Standard Oil Company, New Jersey. By Tangent films Inc. This is a 1950’s era, black and white film about the country of Venezuela and how oil production is changing people’s lives for the better. The film is opened with Cal Thomas, narrator. The movie starts with a discussion on Simón Bolívar who fought for the freedom of Spanish colonies in Latin America. Bolivia is named in honor of him. A small discussion of Simón Bolivar ensues, 1:20. The...
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 This short 1940 travelogue from British Instructional Films/British Pathe takes viewers on a tour of the Jordan Valley, from its origins at the Springs of Dan in the shadows of Mt. Hermon to the mouth of the river at the Dead Sea. The film opens with a map of the Mediterranean and Palestine, and the narrator discusses the route taken during the tour of the valley. Footage shows Mt. Hermon with snow on its peak (01:19). Viewers see where the Jordan River begins at the Springs of Dan (01:45),...
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This 1943 Royal Army film presents weapons including the Bren gun, anti-tank rifle, the anti-tank two pounder and the Thompson submachine gun and how to use them properly in various combat areas. It points to the need of knowing when to fire weapons for most effective use. The British military demonstrates scenes of combat against would be German forces during WW2. It opens with the Bren gun to be used in defense against enemy ground forces (:18). The lightly wooded countryside that the defense...
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This silent film from the 1930s provides an overview of Singapore. It was made during the British Colonial era as the card at the start of the film makes clear. The film starts with a panning shot of the city/state at :44. At 1:58 a title card explains that the British Far Eastern Fleet is based here. At 2:21 are shots of busy streets with rickshaws being pulled by coolies wearing large brimmed hats. At 3:00 a policeman wearing a head scarf waves traffic onward. At 4:48 a title card mentions...
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Between The Atom And The Star is a short 1966 NASA documentary film showing what the people behind NASA’s biosatellite program (satellites built by General Electric) hope to learn about the effects of space flight on living organisms. The film opens with graphics of space, stars, and atoms. There is an animation scene of a biosatellite flying into space and orbiting earth (01:08), with a monkey, flower, and eggs inside of the capsule. The film shows images of living organisms (apple, crab,...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" tells the story of the Apollo 17 mission -- the final mission in the program.  Apollo 17 (December 7–19, 1972) was the final mission of NASA's Apollo program; it remains the most recent time humans have travelled beyond low Earth orbit. Its crew consisted of Commander Eugene Cernan,...
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
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This film from WW2, released in late August of 1994, shows the demolition of the Army Air Force Base in Hengyang, China as Japanese forces were closing in, the OQ-2 drone used for target practice in Guadalcanal as well as the construction of a tar paper airstrip in Normandy. It was prepared by the Army Air Forces Combat Film Service (:28). It opens with the demolition of the air base in Hengyang, China in June of 1944 (:44). Japanese forces moved towards the area on the Hankow railway (:45)....
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