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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
In the 1950s, plastics truly represented the future. "Look into Polyethylene" is an advertising film made by Bemis Bags for the produce industry, promoting the use of plastic bags for retail. The film made by Marshall C Barnes. It opens with a woman donning a white pair of gloves to go shopping at The Red Owl Supermarket (a Minnesota chain). Produce is shown wrapped in Bemis plastic bags 1:06. Studies show that produce that is poly-packed sells faster and at higher profit. Chart shows...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1944 U.S. War Department training film (T.F. 8-1288) briefly discusses the devastation that can be caused by louse-borne diseases and shows how lice get into clothes and skin and the various ways soldiers can treat any lice infestations while at a base or in the field. The film opens with soldiers walking in a European city during World War II; other shots show troops moving through the rubble of a war-torn city. Viewers see a microscopic view of a louse (01:01). A nurse tends to a sick...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Personal Hygiene, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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This is the extended version of the 1968 16mm color film "LSD: Insight or Insanity?" It was directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. This print represents the “revised” edition of the film. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 28:29). Opening title (0:17). Students near Hollywood High School, the Hollywood...
Topics: LSD, Insight, Insanity, Stock Footage, Anti Drug Film
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The condensed classroom edition of a 1967 color film directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 19:23). This print starts with an ominous ad for a corporate sponsor -- the Barnes Funeral Chapel of Washington which paid for this print to be placed in schools (0:07). High school students near...
Topics: LSD, 1967, Drugs, Stock Footage
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This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
This 1944 War Department official training film (T.F. 1-3343) shows the importance of combating malaria during World War II. The film opens with footage of U.S. soldiers at Corregidor surrendering to Japanese forces in May 1942. Footage shows soldiers on ships in the Pacific prior to the battle—where they are already battling malaria. The film shows General Bernard Montgomery and fighting during the Alamein offensive. Sick pilots lie in beds at a hospital. The malaria-carrying Anopheles...
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This color educational film is about the early attempts at launching a rocket into space hosted by Jet Propulsion Lab scientist Albert Hibbs. This is circa 1968.  Opening titles: "Man Into Space The Story Of Rockets And Space Science Part II: Pioneers and Modern Rockets" (:06-:23). Saturn V rocket takes off from launch pad. Dr. Albert Hibbs is the host. The rocket slowly goes into the sky. Flames shoot out of the back.(:24-2:13). Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian and Soviet rocket...
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Dating to the immediate post-WWII period, this black & white educational film is about Poland and was produced by Julien Bryan. The film is told from the perspective of a schoolgirl named Mary, who tells her class about her trip to Poland in 1939. Copyright is 1946, but all of the footage shown dates from before WWII. Opening titles: Mary Visits Poland (:06-:31). At school, students are learning about Poland. Mary gets up and tells the class about what she learned when, in 1939, she visited...
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This 1950s era, black and white recruiting film is about three Navy reservists on patrol in the Mediterranean visiting Morocco and Italy. It is a catalog of their touring these great countries, the sites they see in the adventures they have. The film opens with a Navy aircraft selling overhead. Mediterranean Patrol. US Naval Air Station, Anacostia D.C. Plane takes off from the tarmac; it is a Navy Neptune P2V Anti-Submarine aircraft. The African continent is seen from an aerial view 1:16. The...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Cars drive down a street in Moscow. A woman looks at mannequins in a window. A U.S. film crew carries a movie camera (:12-:33). Boys in white tank tops and shorts and girls in white blouses and shorts march around the gym to the commands of their teacher. They are split into two groups and compete against each other in a race ( 1:00 - 2:50 ). The...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films, and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Female and male schoolchildren sing while they hoe the ground to learn manual labor. Others fix a fence (:10-:44). A technical training class teaches how to use machine equipment. Another teaches technical drawing (:45-1:35). A technical teacher instructs the class on electrical engineering. Students work at machines. Top students have their photos on...
Topics: Soviet School System, 1962, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1947 as "Jitterumba" and then subsequently re-released by Castle Films in 1949 as "Melody Masters #5",   this short features Desi Arnaz (misspelled in the credits as "Arnez"!) explaining all about the rhumba. Arnaz is joined by Judy Clark and an obscure songstress named Dulcina, presenting "Taboo", "El Cumbanchero", "Boteando", "Managua Nicaragua" and "I'll Take the Rhumba." The film gives a...
Topics: Melody Masters, Castle Film, 1950s Music Videos, Judy Clark, Desi Arnaz, The Rhumba, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1961, this U.S. Navy film "Meteorology: The Warm Front" teaches pilots and navigators basic information about warm front weather systems. The film appears to be aimed particularly at crews operating in northern climates such as Alaska and the arctic.  The film was made by Audio Productions. 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...
Topics: 1960s, Meteorology, US Navy, US Navy Pilot Training, Weather Systems, Stock Footage, Periscopev...
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This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1959 color film "Mission: Sonic Boom" was made at a time when the U.S. Air Force was experiencing criticism for its pilots exceeding Mach 1.0 in training exercises -- producing sonic booms as they raced through the sound barrier that disrupted civilian life and caused property damage. The film represents a public relations effort by Koppers Co., which made sound deadening equipment, attempting to equate the sound of a sonic boom with freedom. Producer Koppers Co. is a global...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This 1970s Charles Cahill and Associates film discusses safe driving for motorcyclists, and it features shots of a number of different bikes riding on freeways, dirt roads, and along residential streets, as well as footage of crash tests conducted by the UCLA’s Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. The film opens with shots of people driving cars, motorcycles, and trucks on Southern California’s freeways, highways, and streets. Footage of traffic is spliced with shots of a...
Topics: Motorcycle, Driving, Tactics, 1970, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational driver safety film is about how to drive on America's new, post-war highways / freeways and on multi lane roads. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Multiple Lane Traffic, produced by Progressive Pictures (:09-:27). The old days, a car drives 25mph on a country road. Faster automobiles on a highway. Narrow 2 lane roads are going by the wayside and now turnpikes, freeways, highways and parkways that have multiple lanes are becoming...
Topics: 1950, Lane Traffic, Traffic, Driving, Los Angeles, Freeways, Stock Footage
This color, amateur made, silent film shows what appears to be a performance -- put on for Western tourists -- that may shows some of the rituals affiliated with the Tamil Festival of Thaipusam. These include mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers, or piercings tongues or cheeks, all the way through, with a small spear. It's not exactly clear where the film was shot or if it indeed shows Thaipusam rituals however, as the title of the film "Mystery of...
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This color educational movie "Narcosis" is a "scare film" about the realities of heroin and drug addiction. We believe it dates to the early 1960s, possibly 1962. It was produced by Golden State Film Productions of Berkeley, California and directed by "The State of California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement" (1:33).The title narcosis refers to a state of stupor, drowsiness, or unconsciousness produced by drugs. According to a card at 1:50, actual addicts appear in...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1967 color film dramatizes the dangers of casual drug use by telling the story of a young student who tries marijuana at a party and later becomes addicted to heroin. It was directed and produced by Mel Marshall, narrated by Patrick Miller, and stars Gerald LeRoy, Kevin Tighe (debut), Patrick Miller, and Julie Conners. It was written by Edward Brennan. A cobra snake stands erect, turning its head to show its spotted hood, it is mesmerizing and deadly (0:08). Title card: “Narcotics, Pit...
Topics: narcotics, Pit Of Despair, 1967, Anti Drugs, Scare Film, Heroin Addict, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen 1968, black and white film made for the United Jewish Appeal recounts the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israel in 1967 and how it affected the lives of Israelis. The film opens on the ancient site of Masada. Close-up of a man’s eyes. Bombings in Israel. "Never Again to Be Denied" 1:10. Narrated by actor Michael Tolan. Written by Harold Mayer and his wife and collaborator Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Edited by Walter Katz. Associate producer, Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Song, “How...
Topics: Never Again, To Be Denied, Arab, Israeli, 1967, Six Day War, Aftermath, Stock Footage
Made in late 1946 or early 1947, this industrial film "New Automobiles" was produced by ABC and broadcast on that company's television network. At the time it was made, the  industry was falling well short of its goals in terms of auto production, and the film seeks to explain that crisis. The film begins with a look at the wartime contribution of America's automobile industry, and then examines fitful transition back to making civilian vehicles. The film includes footage of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color travel film by Esso is about what New England has to offer the tourist. Copyright is 1949. Opening: An Esso Picture - Esso Marketers present NEW ENGLAND CALLING (:06-:33). Map of the United States. New England, 6 states in the Northeast Corner of the country. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Rushing rivers, busy harbors, great universities, and a vacation land (:34-1:39). Cars on a highway. Plymouth, MA. Plymouth Rock. Tourists look at the...
Topics: New England Calling, New England, 1949, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut,...
This color educational film is a motorcycle safety film. From 1973, this film was directed by Cliff Vaughs, starring Peter Fonda, Evel Knievel, Bill Smith, and Cliff Vaughs. Opening credits: NOT SO EASY (:07-:34). Peter Fonda drives his motorcycle up a hill and through  tunnel. Out of the tunnel and around a few sharp turns. He continues until he stops near some palm trees. He speaks about safety to the viewer. Evel Knievel's trailer and then he speaks, on his bike, to the viewer. He puts on...
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This color educational film is about nuclear weapons in the world, what countries have them, and the possibilities of them being used. Copyright is 1966. Opening titles: Nuclear Power in World Politics (:06-:18). NORAD in the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado. A screen has a portion of the United States circled. Chet Huntley, an NBC news correspondent, talks from inside NORAD. A man on the phone, computer buttons are pressed. 830 missiles are at the ready. 600 B-52 long range jet...
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This color promotional film is about taking a cruise on the S.S. Olympia. Copyright is 1955.  Opening: Two boys sit near the stern of the boat. Title: OCEAN VOYAGE (:08-:36). A man looks at the model of an ocean liner, S.S. Olympia. The model sits in the window of a Travel Bureau. The man wanders New York City. He heads down to the pier and he looks at the S.S. Olympia anchored on the water. The boy is named Niko. A man pulls on a wire and a car is lifted by wires/ropes to be placed into the...
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This late 1940s black and white travel film highlights 25 years of coast-to-coast flights and events by the year. It is narrated by radio announcer Del Sharbutt and produced by B.K. Blake.   1918, President   Wilson joins a crowd to celebrate the first day of airmail. Mail lis oaded into a JN-4H (:50- 1:50 ). 1920, suffragettes march. President Harding rides in a carriage ( 1:52 - 2:05 ). Mail is flown coast-to-coast. Indians dance around the plane ( 2:07 - 2:40 ). 1924, a bi-plane marked...
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This 1970s era, color film explains how the U.S. Navy not only protects us militarily but also protects our way of life by protecting our merchant ships and valuable importing and exporting industries which affect every American citizen in everyday life. The movie opens with a man holding an American flag on top of the submarine. Military dock with warships. A tugboat pushes a carrier out to sea. A submarine heads out to sea. The Navy ships head out to see 1:00. A tugboat returns to port 1:10....
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This 1979 documentary from Coronet Films looks at the development of the Middle East’s Gulf countries due to the sudden wealth the oil industry created for these nations. The film begins with aerial footage of the Gulf (Arabian/Persian Gulf). Viewers see oil wells burning at night (00:54), men moving through an open-air market, and fishermen pulling their nets onto a beach. A man herds camels; he is shown milking one of the animals (02:22). A woman and her son ride a donkey as the daughter...
Topics: 1979, Coronet Films, Middle East Gulf, Oil, Stock Footage
“Once Upon A Time” is an animated film made by Audio Productions. It was created to show the importance of being a careful and safe driver on streets and highways (:15). It is presented by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (:30) which has been in operation for over 145 years and is now known as MetLife. Title screen (:30). The first scene shows cartoon trains, buses and cars on a road (:58).   This unique driver safety cartoon, told through a clever song, created as part of an insurance...
Topic: 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...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   Created by producer Paul Hoefler and photographed by Willard C. Hahn, this early 1960s educational film "Operation Freighter" provides a look at the SS Hawaiian Farmer. At the time the "Farmer" was working the sea lane between San Francisco and Hawaii as part of the Matson Navigation Company aka the Matson Line (and now more well...
Topics: Operation Freighter, 1964, SS Hawaiian Farmer, Matson Line Freighter, Stock Footage
This color educational film is about a motorcycle safety film, presented by the American Honda Motorcycle Co. and featuring Honda CB350 and the Honda Trail 90 (aka CT90) motorcycles. It appears to have been filmed in the Los Angeles vicinity. Copyright is 1966. The film was made by Murray D'Atley Productions of California.  Opening titles: Operation of the Motorcycle (:06-:14). Two people ride motorcycles down the street. A lone man rides a motorcycle down a street. Cars drive down a street. A...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com Made in 1952 by the Investment Bankers Association, this black & white film takes a look at the power of the banking industry and the opportunities it presents for individual and collective success. Some of the topics examined include a look at capitalism and finance, and investing money in securities such as stocks or bonds. Opening: a mother...
Topics: Opportunity, USA, 1952, Investment Bankers, Banks, Stocks, Bonds, Stock Footage
Made as an episode of the "March of Time" TV show in 1953, "Our Stake in Troubled Morocco" was produced and written by Louis de Rochemont and his brother, the film begins with a news anchor-style narrator, Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcing that the editors of Time will bring the audience’s attention to the French protectorate of Morocco and events happening there in relation to the United States Air Force defenses (00:29). At 01:30, the United States Air Force is depicted...
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This WWII film "Pacific Menace" was produced as part of the industrial incentive program by the War Department. Intended to be shown to workers at naval aircraft, munitions and supply factories and shipyards, it was "Dedicated to the Workers Who Supply the Navy’s Fighting Needs."  This black and white film recounts the US involvement in the war effort against Japan and specifically the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, and then tells the story of how an American airbase...
Topics: Pacific Menace, WWII, US Naval Digest, 1945, Luzon, Philippines, China Front, Stock Footage
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This is a 1970s era, color movie made by Boeing, describing the use of the 747 aircraft to carry cargo using the baggage area below the main deck. As the narrator states, the 747 is essentially an aerial train, airlifting people and goods and mail across an entire continent between breakfast and lunch. The 747 prototype aircraft is shown at :30. The future is here - now. Boeing 747. Packaged Profits. Lower Compartment Cargo System. The purpose of the film is the highlighted technology that went...
Topics: Packaged Profits, Cargo Capacity, Boeing 747, Jet Aircraft, Lower Compartment, Stock Footage
Made by the Central Office of Information, Foreign and Commonwealth Office — the UK government's marketing and communications agency -- "People in the Sky" shows the state of UK passenger air travel in the late 1970s and demonstrates its advance since 1914. Initially viewed as a daredevil adventure for the wealthy, plane flights were now available to all walks of life. The film opens with a shot of passengers asleep on a British Airways Flight creating an image of trust and...
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This late 1960s documentary recaps the 1966 solar eclipse expedition off the coast of Brazil and Argentina by members of the Atomic Energy Commission and scientists of the University of California’s Los Alamos, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. The mission also featured a new innovative hydraulic tracking system used on several of the telescopes. The film opens with telescope footage of the Sun, including the solar corona, and photographs of the...
Topics: Solar Eclipse, Photo, Photography, NC-135, 1960, 1966, Stock Footage
Fortuna Films Corp. Productions presents a 1950’s era, black and white movie called, Pin-Up Girl, by Russell Patterson. Va-va-voom!  Pin-up girls in the movie are Leona Fredericks, Ruth Sitarr, Dorothy Partington (who was featured in Life Magazine during the war posing with clothes made out of stamps) and Hollywood actress Carol Ohmart, 00:46. Directed by Hudson Faussett, photographed by Charles Beeland and narrated by Alan Prescott. The movie was produced by J. Caswell Martin. The movie...
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This color educational film from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is about the construction of a coal burning plant in Paradise, KY. Known as the Paradise Fossil Plant, it operated from 1963 through 2017. The film was copyright in 1964. Opening: Fire, water, they make steam. Title: Tennessee Valley Authority presents "Power From Paradise" (:08-:51). Power lines. A woman plus in a device. A cow is being milked, aerial factory shot. Aerial field. Western Kentucky, the Green River....
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This rare, silent film made by the 6571st Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico shows some of the pioneering medical research work done with primates. Some of the research at the USAF Missile Development Center was  part of the space program and intended to establish whether monkeys or chimps were suited for spaceflight, and where "Chimponauts" Enos and Ham were examined after their historic flights. Films of this type were not widely disseminated...
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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 is a 1960s era, color movie about the Procurement process and the pitfalls one may face if procedures and schedules are not followed including espionage and spying. The movie opens with a man trying to separate to nails that are bent and intertwined. It’s a Chinese puzzle. Understanding classification. Procurement and the Chinese puzzle. Presented by the division Of Classification. US Atomic Energy Commission. The purpose of the movie is to show how when schedules aren’t followed,...
Topics: Chinese Puzzle, 1960s, US Atomic Energy
This Royal Army training film "Provision and Replenishment of Petrol in the Field" examines the logistics, movement and delivery of gasoline. The film is part two of a two part film, but unfortunately we have been unable to locate the first half of the film.  At 1:03 a fuel tank is shown full, which is how all vehicles should be in the morning. At 1:24, the division's petrol unit is shown bivouacked. At 1:43, canisters of oil and petrol / gas are shown in a lorry or truck. The trucks...
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This color educational film from the Crown Film Unit is about Hawick, Scotland and the sweaters made there. Hawick is the largest of the border towns and internationally and famous for its quality knitwear. Copyright 1948. Opening titles: Queen O The Border (:09). Map of Scotland (:31). Hawick, Scotland. A statue of a man holding a flag on a horse (:41). Hawick buildings (1:05). Countryside of Hawick (1:14). Horses on a hillside (1:37). Captured flag from an old war versus the English is...
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This film about the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United Staes opens with images of the 1,500 miles of desert and plain which separated California Territory from the United States in the 1850s (:11). The continuous railroad line that ended up being built would cover 1,912 miles and was built between 1863 and 1869. Surveyors were sent out on fact finding missions in order to discover what the best route would be (:32). In 1853, a survey of five possible routes were...
Topics: Railroad Builders, Construction, Transcontinental Railroad, Utah, Stock Footage
This 1966/67 documentary "Report from China Part 3",  originally titled "Country of Dawn", was distributed by Radim Films in the USA and originally produced by a Iwanami Film Productions, of Japan.   The film records many of the events which took place during the Cultural Revolution. Many aspects of Chinese life are covered: the People's Communes, the industrial cities and their workers, and scenes of the young Red Guards journeying on foot to bring their knowledge to the...
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Made in 1944 and released in 1945, ‘Return to Guam’ is a WWII propaganda film that tells the story of George Ray Tweed. Tweed was a decorated radioman of the US Navy who evaded capture by the Japanese for two years and seven months after the surrender of the U.S. garrison in Guam in 1941. The film is presented by the US Navy and combat action scenes were filmed by the Marine Corps and Navy photographers (:27). It opens with a map pointing to Guam’s location (:27) and the shelling of...
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about how people may experience interruption in their travels as essential people will receive preferential treatment due to wartime. No copyright but this is circa the early 1940s.  Opening: RIGHT OF WAY (:06-:20). An announcement is made to people waiting for a train that it is delayed. On a train, there's nowhere to sit. A woman can't get a ticket. A man can't get a taxi and buses are crowded. A car has a flat tire. A sign reads "No Gas"...
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This black & white novelty film features Egyptian actor Alex d'Arcy -- playing the part of a discharged American soldier -- traveling the French Riviera in his 1950's Studebaker convertible. d'Arcy meets up with many other movie stars including Charles Boyer, Sonja Henie, Maurice Chevalier, George Raft, Annie Crombez (ski champion), Elsa Maxwell, Bob Stack, Buddy Rogers, Steve Reeves (Mr. America 1948). Copyright 1950. Opening title: Riviera Dream (:07-1:17). Aerial shot of Nice in the...
Topics: Rivera Drea, 1950s, South, France, Novelty Film, Alex D'arcy, Carnnes And Nice, Stock Footage,...
This circa 1945 War Department film titled “Rolling to the Rhine” details the experience of WWII "Red Ball Express" drivers delivering cargo to Allied troops in the European Theater.   Opening title: (0:06) The War Department Presents Rolling to the Rhine (0:21) produced by Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps (0:29). The Bronze Star is displayed on the screen and shown being placed on the breast pocket of a soldier (0:45). A pilot is seen in the cockpit of an aircraft with...
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Made for the home market, this silent Castle Film shows the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and heir to the British throne, was coronated in 1953 following the death of her father.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Royal Wedding, Elizabeth And Phillip, 1947, Wedding, Princess, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage,...
This late 1940s, black and white film reviews the many accomplishments of the women of World War II, including members of the WASPS and WAACS, nurses, file clerks and auxiliaries as well as others who contributed in supporting the war effort. The movie primarily focuses on the WAACS, The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, and the WASPS, Women Airforce Service Pilots. The United States Air Force presents, “Salute to the Ladies”. The movie opens in downtown USA. Teenagers sit at the lunch...
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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...
Topics: Pontiac, 1956, Strato Cruiser, Star Chief, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This 1920s black and white silent film promoting California Parlor Car Tours Inc. advertises bus line service between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a focus on travel accommodations and sightseeing opportunities (TRT 9:57). Front view of a parked Fageol Safety Coach Parlor Car on a Los Angeles to San Francisco line (0:08). Glass windows are shown retracted, providing an unobstructed view of the passenger cabin (0:23). Title card: “America’s first Observation Motor Parlor Car” (0:30)....
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This (somewhat incomplete) late 1940s / early 1950’s color film "Seminar to Priesthood" uses the conceit of a scrapbook photo album to make a case for the vocation of Roman Catholic priesthood. Life on seminary campuses is depicted with an emphasis on recreation, while the benefits of a non-secular education are praised (TRT 38:06). The film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization. Film begins in media res. Young men play soccer at a French prep seminary (0:06). A student writes...
Topics: Seminar To Priesthood, 1950s, Roman Catholic Church, Seminary, Stock Footage
Produced by Bob Cording and Jerry Humphries in 1977, "Set Free" takes a look at the role that Christianity can play in the rehabilitation of the incarcerated.   The film was something of a departure for Cording-Humphries films, as the company was most well-known for its inspirational sports films including the breakthrough Christian surfing film; 'Tales from the Tube'. At the time "Set Free" was made glimpses inside penitentiaries were rare, as cameras rarely penetrated...
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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Dating to 1947, this film "Skifully Yours" was produced by the Ford Motor Co. and directed by Jerry Webb and produced by Otto Lang. (Lang was a pioneering ski instructor who became one of the most famous skiers of his era. He taught Schneider's Arlberg Method and worked with many Hollywood stars at Sun Valley, Idaho.)  The film is narrated by Dan McNamara (:25). The film was part of a series of Ford films that promoted driving destinations in the USA. The film opens with a list of...
Topics: Skillfully Yours, 1947, Ski Resort, Promo Film, Sun Valley, Idaho, Otto Land, Hollywood Stars,...
This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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The first episode of a two-part presentation by the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this educational film covers changes during the transitional period of Social Security programs and legislation during the mid-1960s. The public service film production begins with a colorful map of the United States at 0:07. The film emphasizes how Social Security serves Americans all across the country and is hosted by Roy L. Swift, the SSA's...
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The United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Social Security Administration presented this film as an informational viewing opportunity for Americans, as new legislation affected the Social Security Administration for the first time in decades beginning around 1963. A multi-colored map of the nation appears with the SSA's official title (00:05-00:36). The public service announcement is the second episode in a weekly series that dates between 1965 and 1967. This was a...
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This color, British educational film "Sole of Comfort" is about making a sole for a shoe. It was made on behalf of the British Leather Publicity Council and with the help of the British Leather Manufacturers' Research Association. No copyright but this film is circa the late 1940s or very early 1950s. Opening: a boot with a spur, close on an alligator, lizard, snake, deer, salamander, bull in a field. Leather is examined and then placed in a special solution. The hide of leather is...
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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...
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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...
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This color educational film is about the first nuclear reactor to be operated in space, the Snap 10A reactor power system. Copyright is June 1962.  Opening credits: SPACE NUCLEAR POWER (:10-1:00). A satellite floats in space. Atomics International employees at work. The name of this program is SNAP (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power). The SNAP 10A system. A man pieces together the top of the SNAP 10A. A man places a mercury turbo generator into it. A reactor: reflectors and the vessel, a...
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This 1981 NASA documentary, narrated by James Doohan, covers the first mission of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-1, shows the training of the crewmembers, and takes a quick look at the international aspects of the mission, including the European Space Agency’s development of a space laboratory. The film also includes several sequences of montage shots of various people and places from all over the world, moving away from an “America versus Russia” narrative and stressing the global or...
Topics: Space Shuttle, NASA, STS-1 Columbia, James Doothan, Stock Footage
This episode of the color television show "America!", created by Jack Douglas, is entitled "Star Spangled City". This is part 1 of a 2 part episode, "The House, The Hill, The Shadows of Three". It presents a visitor's guide to the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. Narrated by Robert Taylor with score by Nelson Riddle. Copyright 1965. Opening titles: America! Robert Taylor speaks alongside his wife and children (:08). Title: Camera Cade - Star Spangled City (:58)....
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From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day.
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This film is of the film series called “Stranger than Fiction”. The original title was “Strange as it Seems” and they ran about every two to three weeks from 1934 to 1942. This Universal Pictures film was produced by Joseph O’ Brien and Thomas Mead (:15) with Alois Harvrilla as the narrator. It begins with a triumph over handicap as the woman shown had suffered a stroke at 48 which paralyzed the left half of her body and yet she continued to make impressive embroidery with only one...
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Made in the wake of the deadly West Berlin discotheque bombing and other Reagan era incidents, this color U.S. Air Force training film "Terrorism: A Survivable Threat" is about the threat that terrorism poses for U.S. military personnel living overseas. The film presents various scenarios including a car bombing, drive by assassination, and an ambush. The primary lesson is that personnel must always remain alert and not fall into routines or get too distracted. The film also suggests...
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General Motors Presents the ABC of the Gas Turbine. This is a 1973, color film created to explain the many benefits of the gas turbine engine, its many uses and efficiencies. The film opens with footage of a Wilesco toy steam engine. Heat energy from the burning fuel is converted into mechanical energy. The expanding power of steam drives a piston and rod. This is demonstrated with an animation :47. The rod creates rotary motion and the cranking action turn shafts and wheels. Rotary motion can...
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“Battle for Oil” is a WWII Canadian propaganda film from 1942. The film was produced by Raymond Spottiswoode and directed by Stuart Legg. This version is in French. The film examines oil production and supply and shows its priority as part of the war effort. It shows how the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army Air Forces are raiding production facilities that supply Nazi Germany with oil, and vice versa. This made refineries, synthetic fuel factories and storage depots prime strategic targets....
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"The Battle of San Pietro" is a 1945, black and white, documentary film directed and narrated by famed Hollywood director John Huston ("The Maltese Falcon") for the U.S. Army Pictorial Service about the 1943 Battle of San Pietro Infine. (TRT 32:25). It was shot by Jules Buck alongside troops in the field, and while it appears documentary in style many portions are re-creations shot with actual G.I. participants. The film caused controversy during the war, as some in the U.S....
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The first color promotional/training film is about the new Sinclair car products. This is circa the early 1960s. The second, which begins immediately following is a training film for how to run a better Sinclair service station and was made in 1966. A whistling gas station employee puts up a sign that reads Oil Change which is changed by a another man, the host, to read the opening title: THE BIG OIL CHANGE (:06-1:21). Sinclair has their new products introduced by the host: Dino Econoil, Dino...
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This film is from the TV show called “The Big Picture” which ran from 1951 to 1964 and featured episodes produced by the US Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service. This one focuses on the National Guard: what it takes to become a member as well as what a day in the life of a Guardsmen, including manning modern Nike missile systems. It opens with Adjutant General of Tennessee (:09) introducing the film. The setting is in New England and a sign for the “Colonial Inn 1776” is shown...
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This film is a B&W film from 1944 that depicts the importance of tiny ball bearings in the ability of a nation to carry out warfare. Allied military leaders decide it is necessary to curtail Germany's ability to provide itself with ball bearings. Intelligence is gathered from many sources in order to plan an aerial bombing raid on Schweinfurt, home of Germany's ball bearing industry. Produced by The U.S. War Department, A Signal Corps production. 0:33 Opening Scene: Text intro warning:...
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This 1942 black and white, partially animated film was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps (USASC) during in collaboration with the Chief of Air Corps explains “the creation and behavior of radio waves” and antennas during the WWII era (TRT: 10:47). Opening title card: “Official War Department Training Film 1-474 Restricted” (0:06). A large radio tower extends high into the clouds. Title appears: “Radio Antennas” (0:19). A transparent dish atop a radio tower (0:37). A radio...
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This color educational film is about the Dairy Belt of the United States where a majority of our milk products come from. Copyright 1963. Opening: dairy cows graze. Title: THE DAIRY BELT (:06-:58). A young boy pours a glass of milk. A woman pours it in a  bowl over food. A man pours it for a young girl. He then pours himself some. Cows. A farmer milks a cow with a machine (:59-2:01). A map of the United States where dairy farms are located. The dairy belt stretches from New England to the...
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
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This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor.   Here at mark 1:40 on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark 02:10, a naval officer is seen making...
Topics: 1964, The Dolphins, US Navy, US Marines, Glenn Ford, Stock Footage
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This 1920’s silent black and white film with intertitles presents an introduction to the electric starter, using a combination of live action and animated footage to illustrate its implementation on buses, taxis, and motor boats (TRT 12:11). A title card introduces the voltage regulator as a tool for preventing buses from overcharging their batteries (0:23). An early Yellow Coach Model Z-63 double-decker bus labeled “1595 Special” with men and women in hats visible from the top deck....
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NASAO, the National Association of State Aviation Officials and AOPA Foundation Inc. presents, The Flight Decision. Produced by Film Originals in 1955. Technical Director, Chet Moulten. This 1950s era, color film follows two pilots through their flight decision process relative to instrument flight vs. visual flight rules. The film examines why a pilot might make a poor decision while another makes a good decision, with laziness and overconfidence pointed to key factors in making a misjudgment....
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"The Frozen War" recounts the The Polar Bear Expedition (also known as the Northern Russian Expedition, the American North Russia Expeditionary Force - ANREF or the American Expeditionary Force North Russia - AEFNR), a contingent of about 5,000 United States Army troops that landed in Arkhangelsk, Russia as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and fought the Red Army in the surrounding region during the period of September 1918 through July 1919. The Polar Bear...
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This basic educational movie is entitled "The Geographical Envelope". This term in the Russian geographical science is similar to Richard Hartshorne's "Earth's envelope" concept of the atmosphere, the earth's crust and the oceans, together with the living world. The film defines the concepts of lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and introduces the water, biological and the solid matter cycles. Then it speaks about the concept of the regional environments and...
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This 1960s era, black and white film takes us on a fascinating trip to the Old West where we visit the pioneers, wagoneers, pony express riders, miners, cowboys and Indians. Special attention is paid to the horse drawn coaches and wagons of the day and transportation routes from middle America to the West Coast in the 1860s and 70s. The movie opens on an old tree stump. The camera pans over a valley and up a mountain, spotted with evergreen trees. A small stream runs and beaver dams are shown...
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This 1950s film from Sterling Television "Dear Diary" -- apparently part of a series --   features journalist Inga Rode. It was directed by Roy Creveling and produced by Jackson B. Pokress. The film shows Rode's journey to meet Attilio Gatti, the adventurer and explorer, at his home at 66 Park Avenue. (This site is now the Kitano Hotel).   At 3:00, some of the books written by Gatti are shown on a shelf, at at 3:40 Gatti shows off his vast filing cabinet system filled with photos...
Topics: 1950, Great Gatti, New York, Home, Filmmaker, Commander, Stock Footage
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This 1956 film about World War I was produced by NBC as part of the "Project Twenty" series. The music was written by Robert Russell Bennett and narrated by Alexander Scourby.   German soldiers parade prior to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm II is greeted by England’s King George and Queen Mary (1:35-3:22). Russian Czar Nicolas II views his troops. Austria-Hungary Emperor Joseph. Belgium King Albert rides with the Kaiser (3:23-4:45). 1914 newspapers declare the assassination of Archduke...
Topics: The Great War, WWI, 1914, World War I, German Soldiers, Stock Footage
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This black and white early-1950’s installment of the syndicated television series, “The Greatest Drama” offers a biography of American financier and statesman Bernard Mannes Baruch (1870-1965), best remembered as chairman of the War Industries Board during World War I, adviser to President Roosevelt during World War II, and post-war advocate for nuclear disarmament. The New York City Victory Parade of 1946. Title overlay: “The Greatest Drama” (0:08). Bernard Baruch, wearing a hearing...
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This black and white 1950’s installment of “The Greatest Drama”, an early non-fiction television show, focuses on the political career of 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, using newsreel footage and impassioned narration to make a case for Willkie’s “victory in defeat” (TRT 12:41).  Willkie  was an American lawyer and corporate executive who was the 1940 Republican nominee for President. Willkie favored greater U.S. involvement in WWII to support the British...
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This black and white training film, made for the United Kingdom’s Civil Defense and Fire Service in 1956, provides a straight forward and unflinching look at the possible effects a hydrogen bomb would have on a major city in that country. Using World War II era footage of rescue work in the aftermath of German air attacks, animations, scale models, and somber narration, the film attempts to convey the devastation such an attack would inflict, what rescuers should expect to encounter in their...
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This color Marine Corps recruiting film is about the Marine Parade on Friday evenings at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. aka "8th & I." Copyright is 1963. The Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., also known by its location at the corner of "8th & I," is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks supports both...
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This 1964 black and white film "The Inheritance" celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America by outlining the improvements the union has won for clothing workers over its five decades. It visits early America and the immigrants who arrived to Ellis Island in NYC and who toiled in the garment and steel factories of the United States. It is a story of the birth of organized labor and the Amalgamated Union. At the time the film was released, the...
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