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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40 , the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45 , a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype YP6M featured. At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen taxiing at :58 and then starting high speed taxi runs. At 5:00 , the Seamaster's retrieval dolly is seen being positioned. At 5:16 the cockpit area of the aircraft is seen indicating it is "Ship 9", but it is unclear what this means since only five...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype YP6M featured. At 5:17 you will see this incredible amphibian take off. After a brief flight it lands at 8:30 . It's unclear but it's possible this may have been the aircraft's maiden flight. At 11:00 the aircraft is brought on shore on a dolly. You can see how it would be mated with this device at 13:40 . The Martin P6M SeaMaster, built by the Glenn L. Martin Company, was a 1950s strategic...
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This "confidential" U.S. Navy training film gives an overview of the operation of the air-launched, acoustic homing torpedoes designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship use. The film discusses the difference between active and passive torpedoes, and goes on to describe the operation of the active type torpedoes. At 2:57 the passive Fido acoustic torpedo, also known as the Mine Mark 24, is shown. At 3:18 the Mark 27 Mod 0 acoustic torpedo is shown. USS Chivo (SS-341), a Balao-class...
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Discusses Operation Portrex, or "Puerto Rico Exercise", a Joint Airborne-Amphibious training exercise on Vieques Island off Puerto Rico on the eve of the Korean War. The exercise involved the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment (Aggressor Forces), mostly Hispanic soldiers, against the 82nd Airborne Div, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Liberating Forces). The successful military maneuvers during Protrex prompted the Army's leadership to deploy the 65th Infantry to Korea. Paratroopers jump...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s unclassified black and white United States Navy Training Film is about preventing aircraft accidents. Various military aircraft are shown throughout the film as it discusses ground accidents (:38). A man working on an aircraft unknowingly knocks over a can of flammable liquid, sees it, and cleans it up (:49- 1:22 ). Most accidents are caused by carelessness, negligence, or ignorance. The Navy’s flight safety record is shown to decrease from 1947 through 1958 (...
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This historic U.S. Navy film from 1972 presents an overview of the responsibilities of a crash rescue crew in the event of an accident. The film begins with footage of Skyhawks landing at a base, and then at 1:55 an A-7 Corsair lands. The pilot begins having a conversation with the crash crew about A-7 rescue procedures, while his anxious girlfriend (who has a cute little British Triumph sports car) patiently waits for him to finish his lecture. The film goes on to describe various scenarios...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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This 1946 color travelogue film about North Carolina was presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company and is a John Bransby Production. Scenes of the Blue Ridge Parkway include three 1946 Dodge Deluxe cars (:45- 1:17 ). A 1946 Ford Super Deluxe convertible drives down the winding curves ( 1:18 - 2:43 ). An animated map is shown ( 2:44 - 3:29 ). A play is reenacted on Roanoke Island ( 3:30 - 4:40 ). Bath was the first permanent settlement ( 4:41 - 4:53 ). The University of North Carolina opened in...
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This is the U.S. Navy MN-3474b black and white 1945 PRIMARY FLIGHT TRAINING: BEFORE YOU FLY film. There is a ‘wrong way to do things’ pilot mixed in to prove the points. It opens with Boeing-Stearman biplanes or “yellow fighters” (:19-:53). A Chief Flight Instructor talks about proper parachutes to a group of pilots. An improperly packed parachute causes the bad pilot to be blown along the ground. (:59- 4:25 ). The propeller is dangerous ( 5:03 - 5:35 ). A roughly placed parachute can...
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This 1960s color film advocates the importance of how small airports serve the community. It is a Jack Robinette Production. It opens with a Piper Comanche landing and the control tower and controllers shown (:28-:45). Travelers leave their cars in the parking lot, carry suitcases into the terminal, and board a plane (:48- 1:14 ). Airports serve the community other than passengers. A large container of boxes is unloaded from a plane. Baby chicks are unboxed after shipping ( 1:15 - 1:50 ). The...
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“The Deep Frontier” is an episode in the CBS News series 21st Century from 1968, that surveys exploration of the ocean floor. It utilizes U.S. Navy footage throughout. The film opens with divers in the deep sea, before cutting to an interview with oceanographer Harris Stewart ( 01:51 ). The film discusses the technological advances in ocean exploration, enabling potential study of deep trenches and the bottom of the continental slope ( 03:39 ). Oceanographers use FLIP (Floating Instrument...
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Created by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor, and through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science's fledgling "Research Council", SAFEGUARDING MILITARY INFORMATION was shown to U.S. troops in early 1942. It features a truncated notice at the head by Major Gen. Dawson Olmstead, who as Chief Signal Officer during the major portion of World War II presided over a momentous buildup of the Signal Corps. With as budget that grew from nine million...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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This Association of American Railroads film carries the typical industry message that trains were integral to the American economy and way of life, which were the best in the world. There is much narration detailing the forward-thinking mentality of the railroads, including facts about the modernization of passenger trains. There is also a short discussion of the history of train travel, some information on the kinds of goods freight trains carry, and more. The interesting part of this film is...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Wyoming,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the western state. Wyoming sits at a high elevation, with expensive plateaus and majestic mountains. Some of the state’s notable cities are Casper ( 01:46 ), home of Fort Caspar ( 01:06 ), and Cheyenne ( 01:15 ), the state’s capital. Oil and coal are two major industries in the state due to the abundance of the natural resources. Strip mining...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s color film is an Air France and TAI travelogue about Manureva and Tahiti. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Claude Pinoteau. While waiting at a red light in Los Angeles, a driver in a car turns on the knob for the AM radio. A two-toned Chevy Bel Air passes (:41-:53). Buildings shown are NBC KRCA Television Channel 4 and CBS Television City ( 1:22 - 1:26 ). A billboard advertises the 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Ben-Hur” film ( 1:29...
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This silent film shows some of the events on May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day aka V-E Day, in London. The film was shot by I. Weiss according to a credit, with additional photography by J.Y. Saunders and F.V. Swanson. The film starts at :28 with large crowds and then at :33 moves to Trafalgar Square, where a sign on Nelson's column says "Give Thanks by Saving" (:53). At 1:02 , soldiers shake hands and do a small dance, while at 1:16 women in uniform wave scarves. At 1:22 an Israeli...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color film is an Air France travelogue about the Roman Catholic cathedrals at Lourdes, Lisieux, Fatima, and Rome. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Paul Mattei. The organ music is an original composition by Maurice Lenfant. An Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III (F-BHRK) zips by, a jet engine is shown, and the passengers board ( 1:09 - 1:40 ). A group of nuns exits an Air France Boeing 707 Intercontinental ( 1:41 ). Passengers...
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This early 1960s color travelogue film about hunting in French West Africa is part of the Air France “Flying Holidays” series and directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France Boeing B707 taxing (:53- 1:15 ). Two men get out of a 1957 Chevy Station Wagon at the hotel ( 1:16 - 1:20 ), where they enjoy a whiskey on the terrace ( 1:49 - 2:07 ). A river moves through gnarled trees before a long canoe of African rowers appears. Crocodiles slide into the water and an elephant is seen (...
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This 1960s color film has titles in French but is narrated in English. It focuses on the European stops served by Air France in the “Evasions (Escapes)” travelogues. In Nice, passengers emerge from the Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle-III (F-BJTO). A bird’s-eye view of the beach line is shown, followed by a closer view of the well-organized deck with blue lawn chairs and blue and white umbrellas (:30- 1:13 ). Below, children play in the surf and sand ( 1:14 - 1:48 ). Palm trees and flowers...
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The color film, “Pan AM the Philippines”, is a documentary about the culture of the Philippines. It is part of a series of films put out by Pan AM called “Pan AM’s 1960’s and 70’s Travel Films: Visit 11 Places, in 7 Languages” commissioned to be done by New Horizons, for the movie making, and Movietonews, Inc., to assembled the footage and audio. Editorial director: Harry L. Coleman. Narrator: Ed Stokes. The video opens with views of the Philippines ( 0:08 - 0:29 ). Credits ( 0:30...
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This 1960 color film was produced by the Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema and directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin. A see-through model of the Sud Aviation Air France Caravelle jet airliner is shown. The two engines are uniquely located in the tail fuselage ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). A view of the cockpit instrument panel is shown ( 1:36 - 1:47 ). Behind a network of tubing is a turbine with blades cut as fine as diamonds, shown up close ( 1:48 - 2:02 ). More of the cockpit is shown ( 2:03 - 2:13 )....
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Shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman, this poorly shot 16mm silent home movie shows views from a visit to Guam and Iwo Jima made just after WWII around 1946-46. The film opens with shots at sea of Guam (very dirty). At 1:58 a car trip begins with shots from the moving vehicle, most of which are very jumpy. A Japanese type C class midget submarine with the serial number "Ha-51" is standing on display. It is now at the War in the Pacific visitors' center on Guam. The submarine ran aground...
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This 1960s color film about India is one of a series of Air France “Flying Holidays” travelogues directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France 707 in flight and a view in the cockpit ( 1:00 - 1:13 ). In Calcutta, a traffic officer directs cars as a trolley and double-decker bus pass ( 1:15 - 1:32 ). Chowringhee Street has (Queen) Victoria Memorial Hall ( 1:33 ). The Bay of Bengal serves large ships and small boats ( 1:51 - 2:03 ). The Howrah Bridge spans the Hooghly River ( 2:07 -...
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This 16mm color documentary, The Amazon…Life Along the River in Brazil, is an educational film that documents the typical life of those who live along the river. It was produced by Academy Films in 1962 as an instructional film.The documentary starts out showing a boat on the Amazon River, often called the River Sea ( 0:22 - 0:57 ). A map of the Amazon is shown with tributaries into the river from the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Main cities on the...
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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. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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One of a series of silent short films made just after WWII by a young Jacques Cousteau ...AUTOUR D'UN RECIF (Tour of a Reef) is an impressive introduction to the undersea world, a world that Cousteau would chronicle over his long career as an innovator, inventor and media personality. Audiences who saw this film in the 1940s were completely astonished by the views it presented of the underwater world, seen starting at the 1:40 mark. The films shows an impressive array of sea life including...
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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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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 nine segments of historic highlights. Spectacular Scenes of Air Tragedy 1932 (:57- 2:49 ). May 11, 1932, live footage is shown of the USS Akron. Three sailors hang on as the airship updrafts. Two fall to their deaths on film and the third is rescued (not shown). [This airship kills 73 when it is destroyed in a thunderstorm April,...
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This silent film UNE PLONGEE DU "RUBIS" was one of a series of shorts made by a young Jacques Cousteau immediately after WWII. The film shows dive tests which Cousteau performed aboard the venerable French submarine Rubis.The goal was to show how men could use an airlock aboard the submarine to emerge underwater, both for research and potentially as a means of escape. Not really mentioned in the film is the fact that, in order to shoot it, Cousteau developed a series of camera...
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This 1948 black and white film was presented by The Highway Transportation Industries of America and produced by RKO Pathe, Inc. It is narrated by radio actor Dwight Weist and violinist Herman Fuchs supervised the music. The film opens with headlights on a dark street, and a spotlight on a “Horizons Unlimited” sign (:09-:32). A bird’s eye view is seen of an interstate with a tunnel (:58). The viewer passes a Howard Johnson’s ( 1:08 ). Passengers on a Greyhound Bus look happy ( 1:10 -...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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Made by AT&T in the 1970s to explain the communications revolution and the role that fiber optics plays in it, LIGHTWAVE opens with a dramatization of Alexander Graham Bell's photophone test, which transmitted his voice via reflected sunlight beams - all the way back in 1880. The film then explores the technological developments over the years which led to lightwave communications trials in the 1970s. The film ends with a look into the future at the possible telecommunications benefits of...
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This black and white documentary film from 1949 was produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, Inc., distributed by United World Films, Inc, directed by John Ferno, and photographed by filmmaker Richard Leacock. It follows the lives of a group of Arab nomads who live with their flocks and herds near the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara Desert in French Morocco. The film opens with the rocky limestone portion of the Sahara and the men around the campfire in the morning (:27- 1:15 ). A man’s...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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This 1964 color film on Austria is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues and was produced by Film Services (London) Limited. The soundtrack has beautiful music. It opens with a long shot of a Pan Am Jet Clipper landing before the jet bridge arrives, the Captain opens the door, and passengers deplane at Vienna Airport (:09-:54). People exit a VW Standard Microbus at the Vienna Intercontinental Hotel; the women wear short white gloves and the men are in suits. (:55- 1:10 ). A double...
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This 1960 color film on Japan is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:21). It opens with shots of the head of the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura (:22), Mount Fuji (:29), Himeji Castle (:34), and cherry trees in blossom (:38). A bird’s eye view of Tokyo is shown and the Pan American Jet Clipper taxis in ( 1:15 - 1:40 ). Western wear is the norm...
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This 1970 color film on Morocco and Kenya is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a J.T.E./Intercine Production in association with Film Services, London, Ltd. A Pan American Jetliner lands, the jet bridge is placed, and passengers disembark to awaiting trains to the older parts of Morocco (:59- 1:23 ). Mint tea is served, using metal and sterling silver containers ( 1:40 - 1:55 ). A Moroccan Fantasia performance involves horseback riders and rifles shot in unison ( 1:56 -...
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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 1960 color film on Hong Kong when it was a British Colony and Singapore is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes, edited by F.D. Kay, and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). We see various quick shots of the countries (:51), followed by The New Horizons credits (:51- 1:40 ). People are hand-pulled in rickshaws who weave in and out of cars on the very colorful streets of Hong...
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Presented by Rockwell as part of the B-1 Bomber flight test program, this film B-1 ON THE MOVE SUPERSONIC! shows the prototype B-1A aircraft tail #71-40158 and likely dates to around 1975. At this time the crew consisted of Charlie Bock and USAF Col. Ted Sternfall (sp?) flying out of Edwards Air Force Base. At 4:09 , an aerial refueling exercise with a KC-135 is shown. At 6:15 , a high speed run is made with the aircraft entering Mach 1.0 at 6:20 . The prototype B-1 four-turbofan strategic...
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  This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Morenci, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town including the Morenci Hotel, completed in the fall of 1903 at a cost of $25,000. It had 2 dining rooms and 22 guest rooms. It's visible at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to the gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive...
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This 1960 color film about Australia and New Zealand is one of a series of Pan Am “New Horizons” travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:00-:50). A bird’s eye view is given of the Great Barrier Reef (:51- 2:23 ). Sydney is the largest and oldest city. The Harbour Bridge is a large single-span bridge ( 2:24 - 2:42 ). Heavy traffic and many pedestrians in late 1950s clothing are shown ( 2:43 -...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. This, the second half of the film begins with footage of tracking radars and microwave communications, and at :38 a ground station with banks of computers and telemetry devices. A video tape recorder is turned on at :39 and a TV set is shown for playback. At :55 the route of the flight is plotted on a moving map. The...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. The film begins with footage of Yuri Gagarin (:29), the first man in space in 1961. At 1:05 , Gherman Stepanovich Titov is shown, the second Soviet cosmonaut. At 1:30 , American space hero John Glenn is seen with one of his Soviet counterparts. At 1:45 , Pavel Romanovich Popovich and Andriyan Nikolayev of Vostok 4 & 3...
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This promotional film for the Bofors SR-375 anti-submarine rocket system dates to the 1960s. The Swedish system was deployed with the Indian Navy in the 1970s. It is a forward throwing rocket launcher which is deployed using sonar. Anti-submarine mortars and rocket launchers are essentially artillery pieces deployed on ships for the purpose of sinking submarines by a direct hit with a small explosive charge. They are often larger versions of the mortar or rocket launchers used by infantry and...
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This 1960 color film on Thailand is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and is produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). It opens with a monk sitting on a rock overlooking the landscape below, followed by quick images of the Wat Pho Complex ( 1:00 - 1:18 ), a woman performing a traditional dance ( 1:19 ), and a kite dancing in the sky ( 1:30 ). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:30...
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This black and white film is sponsored by the Bell & Howell Company and was used by sales people to show interested customers. It introduces the Bell & Howell Filmosound 202 projector, an innovative 16-millimeter optical magnetic motion picture sound projector produced from 1952-1955 (:25-:37.) The projector used a thin magnetic stripe on the 16mm film to record and play back sound. This stripe could be added using a special striping machine that a person could buy, or at a Bell &...
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This late 1940s color film about France is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues as A Hartley Production. The film opens with a man in a beret talking on a 1940s telephone (:36- 1:24 ). He discusses the Pan American double-deck Clippers on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (introduced in 1947) and the lounge area is shown with a stewardess serving canapes ( 1:24 - 2:08 ), followed by the sleeping berths ( 2:25 - 2:30 ). In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue has jaywalkers picked...
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This 1960s color film about Portugal is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. The film opens with scenes of Lisbon, the capital (:25). A toddler chases pigeons in the square (:50). Flower sellers have colorful displays ( 1:08 - 1:18 ). Hieronymites Monastery was begun in 1502 ( 1:29 - 1:40 ). The Monument of the Discoveries was built for the 1940 World Exhibition ( 1:48 ). A Pan American Jet Clipper arrives and the crew and passengers disembark ( 1:50 - 2:12 ). People dine at...
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This tinted film discusses the manufacturing process and benefits of Lucky Strike cigarettes. It was made prior to 1942, when the packaging changed from dark green to white. It begins with a stop-action animated title card made of cigarettes and cigarette boxes for Lucky Strike Tobacco Company, the #1 selling tobacco brand of the United States in the 1930s. It opens with a woman listening to a RCA Victor Standard Domestic radio ( 0:21 -30). Kay Kyser in his “Ol’ Professor” graduation coat...
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This 1962 color film about Ireland is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). The film opens with snippets of Ireland (:51). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:23 ). A Pan American Boeing 377 Jet Clipper flight arrives and the crew and passengers disembark ( 1:48 - 2:00 ). A couple leaves the passport office in a Austin-Healey Sprite ( 2:02...
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This black and white silent film “The World of Oil” was presented by Esso and is in segments. Tanker Fleet Grows (:24). Esso began its post-war fleet rebuilding program in 1940, which was the first year the Esso name was used as the first word in the ship’s name. Shown are one of the tankers being christened and released (:26- 1:15 ). The Maracaibo tanker Esso San Joaquin was built in 1943 but sank in January of 1960 ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). Sailors clean the ship ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The radar turns...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Vermont,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of Vermont. Vermont, the first state to be added to the original 13, is home to breathtaking scenery. The state’s large waterways provide energy through hydroelectric power ( 01:17 ) and opportunities for recreation: Lake Champlain is the largest lake east of the Great Lakes. Vermont’s first settlement is Brattleboro ( 01:30 ), situated on the...
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This 1960 color public relations film by the U.S. Army is to educate the public on the benefits of having the Nike-Hercules (MIM-14) surface-to-air missile system as protection against nuclear attack. Children play with a plane, its shadow crossing them (:25- 1:19 ). The Commander watches the radar spin, pod doors open, and the surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile rise ( 1:20 - 2:20 ). An animation details the sequence of using it ( 2:21 - 3:21 ). A bird’s-eye view shows a Nike battery ( 3:23...
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Photographed by E.E. Olsen and produced by the Dudley Pictures Corporation, the 1947 Danger River is the “first professional motion pictures ever taken of the dangerous journey down the raging” Colorado River. The film opens with shots of massive rapids of the Colorado River as it rushes through the Grand Canyon ( 00:34 ). This stretch of the Colorado is known as “Danger River,” and the remains of men who attempted to run the river ( 01:31 ; 05:56 ) serve as a testament to how dangerous...
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“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
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This 1950 silent black and white educational film on Norway has intertitles describing the various segments. It was produced by Official Films, a Dudley Pictures Corporation Production for the This World of Ours television series. {The timestamps represent the beginning of that action.] The film opens with a view of a majestic fjord (:40), followed by the scenery of mountains, lakes, and valleys (:48). A waterfall spills down the side of a mountain next to a house (:58). Bicyclists ride up a...
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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 nine segments of historic highlights. Submarine Warfare 1875-1918 (:29). A torpedo moves through the water, hits a ship, and it sinks (:38-:57). John T. Holland is shown with his 1875 version of a submarine (:58- 1:15 ). Early submarines are shown ( 1:16 - 1:28 ), as is Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz of Nazi Germany ( 1:29 - 1:39...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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This film made in 1962 shows the Naval Academy Preparatory School or NAPS. NAPS is the preparatory school for the United States Naval Academy and is located on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. The mission of the Naval Academy Preparatory School is "To enhance Midshipman Candidates' moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the United States Naval Academy". The film shows a more or less typical overview of NAPS, from morning assembly through daytime...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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“The Fight For Vietnam” (no. 574), part of the U.S. Army’s documentary series The Big Picture, reports on the U.S. military’s efforts to help South Vietnam “stamp out the threat of communism” through training and assisting the South Vietnam military and through civic engagement. It was released in the mid to late 1960s. Filmed on location, the story begins with an overview of Vietnam and a brief history of military intervention in the country, beginning with French occupation (...
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This is a collection of seven short black and white segments copyrighted in 1961. Not a formal TV show, these short Ripley’s Believe It or Not segments were shown as interstitials on TV stations, filling up time left in the program schedule. It seems likely the date of their production was actually 1949-1950, an earlier era of television when short form TV shows were more common. These shows were directed by Ray Kellogg, and a Sceptre Production. Thomas Edison’s Secret features Edison’s...
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This 1956 education film explains the process of making vinyl records. It is a Jam Handy Picture and presented by RCA Victor. The record process being followed is for Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, recorded by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film opens with a woman wearing a coordinating 1950s skirt, sweater, neck scarf, and pearl bracelet. She places a record in her RCA high fidelity cabinet record player and the music plays (:26- 1:54 ). The history of making that...
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In this episode of NAVY LOG, entitled "CALL CONRAD", originally aired on Sept 5th, 1957. Plot summary: Commander Henry (Hank) Bourne, portrayed by Douglas Kennedy, a pilot for the Military Air Transport Service, MATS, was sidelined by an accident to his left eye (torn retina) which was caused, by all things, an oil dip stick. He was down on his luck and was taking a MATS flight from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco among other military personnel, their family members and an attractive...
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The Information Revolution Episode is a short film discussing the impact—good and bad—that advances in technology are having on society. The film opens with Texas Instruments micro tech scientist Glen Penniston, who discusses microcomputers. Microcomputers can be used to run facilities, calculate or store data, enhance communications, diagnose diseases, and more. Powered by microcomputers, satellites allow enhanced communication through telecommunications and television. The “Information...
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This black and white documentary film about Ceylon (today called Sri Lanka) is a John Grierson Production and directed by documentary filmmaker Basil Wright. Lionel Wendt, the narrator, died in December of 1934, helping to date this as to when Ceylon was a British Crown Colony. It is shown in four segments. The Buddha (:53). It opens with masked natives dancing at night (:55- 2:40 ), which was replaced by Buddhism. The people walk single file to the mountain top to worship ( 2:42 - 8:50 )....
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This newsreel is titled The Story of Canadian Pine made by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau in the mid to late 1930’s. Starting with freshly cut, raw Canadian pine floating in a tributary of the Ottawa River ( 1:20 ), the viewer is taken along the story of pine manufacturing and all its production stages. Starting in spring, river men move the logs downstream with the help of tug boats. ( 1:28 ) The logs are floated into a boon, an assembly point of wood logs that appear almost...
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This 1960s color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues. It is produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Henry Strauss. An organ grinder makes music in a wagon behind a burro (:22), while another donkey gets shoed (:28). Donkeys walk, their backs loaded with packs (:43). A man pushes a stubborn donkey that refuses to move (:48). An old man rides a donkey ( 1:06 ). A bull charges across the bullfighting ring at a matador ( 1:20 ). Castle shots include Alcazar of Segovia (...
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Co-produced by Empire Photosound Incorporated and Image India Films, e.g., India is a short 1966 film that recaps the 1965 4-H Club Foundation’s International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program, sponsored by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. The film begins with Dana Andrews (famous 1940s actor) describing the need for the youth of the world to invest themselves in agriculture and food production in order to meet the growing demands of feeding the world. Andrews explains that...
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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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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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This color film, “Green Gold of Ecuador”, made for a TV series called “il mondo” (Italian for the World) was probably produced in the early 1960’s because Cabana Bananas were using disease resistant methods by that time, and because of the name Standard Fruit & Steamship Co. (it changed to Cooke Inc. in 1964, later to Dole Food Co.). It was produced and directed by William F.L. Singer, and the voice-overs were done by Mai Tai Film Production International of Burbank, CA. It opens...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part I (MN-3474j) is a short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses how to do a 90-degree power-off approach, which in its complete form mirrors a racetrack pattern, hence the name. The film features footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the pattern and uses graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the maneuvers required to successfully complete the flight pattern. The film opens with an...
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This 1957 black and white educational film about 1840s travel in the U.S. was produced by Coronet Instructional Films. The educational collaborator was Lewis Paul Todd, Ph.D., author and former Professor of Social Studies at New York University. The film’s narration begins in New York in 1840, where the narrator is working as a blacksmith under his grandfather’s watchful eye. The sound of hammer on anvil is heard (:42- 1:20 ). A stagecoach arrives, having lost a rim from a wheel ( 1:21 -...
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Energy And Its Transformations is an educational film produced by Erpi Classroom Films in the 1930s. The short film discusses the transformation of energy and how work is produced using the various sources and transformations of energy. The film opens with footage of natural landscapes while the narrator discusses how everything is some form of energy. This is the same with cities, cars, bridges and more (film shows corresponding shots of city skylines, trains, streets bustling with cars,...
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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 ten segments of historic highlights. Albert Lebrun (:39). Lebrun is reelected as the President of France by the French National Assembly in 1936 (:44- 1:36 ). The 14th of July, 1939, is Bastille Day, and large Paris crowds celebrate its 150th anniversary ( 1:37 - 2:22 ). Lebrun and his wife are shown at Windsor Castle with King...
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This 1941 black and white film is part of the Bell and Howell Filmosound Library series and focuses on the plight of the peons in Mexico in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was produced in Mexico by Soviet film director Sergei M. Eisenstein and by “special arrangements with Upton Sinclair.” It opens with views of Mexico’s desert, two smiling caballeros, and castle fortresses (:22- 1:00 ). A Creole cowboy with spurs sits sideways on a horse, two men wrapped in serapes take a siesta under...
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In this short promotional film by Zenith, the consumer electronics company touts the many advantages of its new color television sets. The film opens with a father taking his daughter to a Chicago Cubs baseball game ( 00:30 ), who are hosting the San Francisco Giants. His daughter’s reaction to seeing her first live baseball game, “in color,” causes him to make the decision to buy a color television set. Interviews with people on the street ( 02:29 ), who own Zenith products—including a...
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This black and white travelogue film about Egypt was produced by Castle Films in 1951 as part of its “The World Parade” documentary series. It opens with a plane circling the Giza pyramids, interspersed with Arab camel drivers (:25- 1:03 ). Cairo is shown from the air, followed by trains at the station. The streets are full of camel trains, shown crossing a bridge ( 1:04 - 1:32 ). A traffic officer directs cars, buses, motorbikes, and donkey carts ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The Shepheard’s Hotel...
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Produced by the Public Relations Department of the New York Central System and New York Central Railroad, the 1942 film New York Calling offers viewers a tour of all they can see in New York City by visiting via New York Central’s many lines that connect the country with the famed city. The film opens with a shot of the skyline of New York City ( 00:10 ), and then follows a modern and luxurious train as it follows the Hudson River ( 00:38 ), passing the highlands ( 00:52 ) with Breakneck and...
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
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This 1940s color travelogue film about Provence, France was produced by Simmel-Meservey Distributors. Provence is a geographical region in southeastern France. A map of France opens the film (:40- 1:00 ). The Romans first settled the area. The broken stone columns and seats of the amphitheater are seen in the ruins of the Arles Roman Theatre. Tombs are along the Avenue of the Dead ( 1:01 - 2:05 ). Later buildings used parts of the earlier Roman buildings. This includes the St. Trophime...
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This color film about mapping the Sahara for oil was photographed and narrated by R. Guillaume, a geologist sponsored by Total Oil Products Ltd. Their logo is from the 1950s, which changed in 1963. It opens with the landing of an Air France Breguet 761S on a runway covered in sand. (:28- 1:15 ). The supplies and equipment are loaded into vehicles. They drive in the ruts to know where the road is and avoid getting bogged down ( 1:16 - 1:52 ). A tank truck filled with water passes ( 1:53 - 1:59...
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This black and white educational film about gold was produced by Academic Film Company Inc. and adapted from a John Hix “Strange As It Seems” that was originally segment shown in theatres. It was narrated by Robert Sherwood. The film begins with a re-enactment of Louis XVI’s financial woes. Marie Antoinette and Cardinal de Roahn visit an alchemist to make gold to save France but it is a scam (:37- 3:30 ). December 3, 1848, a soldier arrives at a telegraph office in New Orleans with a...
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This 1944 black and white film, “Chet Lang Reports,” was to persuade internal GE sales reps that the company was dedicated to the war effort. The film begins with Lang, GE Sales Manager and Chairman of the Wartime Committee. A clip of a letter includes that GE “single handedly saved the country” in WWII ( 2:08 - 2:45 ). An illustration shows the progression of 1940s sales growth to taxes and profits ( 4:25 - 5:34 ). YALE electric forklifts load pallets into train cars ( 5:49 - 5:56 ). A...
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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This 1973 U.S. Army color film MF20-5841 describes itself as providing a historical documentary of the internment, release, and repatriation of enemy prisoners of war, as per the Geneva Convention. January 1973. A bird’s eye view is given of South Vietnam ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). Soldiers capture North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, blindfold, transport, and identify them ( 1:36 - 2:45 ). The prisoners were moved to a brigade collecting point for screening. Shown is the 4th Infantry Division Collecting...
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This 1950s black and white film “Castles in the Clouds” is presented by Lufthansa German Airlines and is a tour through Germany versus castles themselves. The host is Skitch Henderson, a pianist, conductor, and composer and eventually, founder of The New York Pops orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Classical music by Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms is played throughout the film. A propeller spins on the Lufthansa Superstar Constellation. Skitch fastens his seatbelt and looks at a map. His seat fully...
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This black and white film showcasing two Olympic divers and a beauty contest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was produced by Jerry Courneya and Jerry Frankel for Courneya Productions either after 1948 or after 1952, as Dr. Lee is mentioned as winning the Olympic 10-meter platform, which he did at both. The bathing suits also reflect late 1940s and early 1950s styles. The narrator is James Matthews and the sound produced by Cinesound. It opens scanning the crowd surrounding the Beverly Wilshire...
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This color film “Highlights 1970” was produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It opens with NASA photos of the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse (:35-:52). Two types of weather satellites were already transmitting data 1970: the TIROS Operational Satellite and the Nimbus (:53- 1:15 ). In aeronautics, NASA continued researching wake turbulence using a C-47 and smoke from the tower, with footage shown of these otherwise invisible air patterns ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). An Earth...
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The film begins with views of the University of Notre Dame (:06-:24). Knute’s life is explored, beginning with helmeted young boys in Chicago who huddle together and play football in a field. (:25-:41). The post office (:42) is where he earned enough money at 22 to go to Notre Dame in 1910. Photos of the University are shown (:43-:56). A photo is shown of Knute in 1913 as a track team star ( 1:01 ) and one as captain of the football team ( 1:03 ). Next is of Knute as a Chemistry instructor (...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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