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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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Dating to the 1930s, this 16mm silent film is ostensibly a study of the geography of the British Isles from the Naze to Falmborough Head. Interestingly, when this film was recovered by collector Clint Daniel (who runs the website danielsww2.com) this film was in a Luftwaffe marked canister. We can assume based on this that the film was actively being shown to Luftwaffe crews during the war, and that makes sense since a film like this one would have greatly added to their navigational prowess....
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“What You Should Know About Biological Warfare” is a short black-and-white film produced by the United States Office Of Civil Defense. The 1951 educational film was meant to be a public service announcements meant to educate the populace on the steps to take in the event of a biological attack from our Cold War enemies. The film opens with a montage of scenes from farmland to bustling cities as the narrator explains how in the event of war, our enemies may try to disable our people or our...
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Made in 1944 as victory seemed in reach in WWII, IT CAN'T LAST was typical of the 6th War Loan propaganda films. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, the film was intended to help steel public resolve and held ensure both financial and physical support for the war effort. Like most of the other 6th War Loan films, this one criticizes home front complacency while contrasting the situation of civilians and war workers with that of soldiers, sailors...
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Shot by an unknown American, apparently on holiday but who knows, this beautiful silent home movie of Paris shows the city as it appeared just a few years before WWII, as the Republic stood on the brink of disaster. You'd never know it based on the bustling city presented in this film...and so we've titled it in honor of Alan Furst, the prolific author of period novels (which we dearly love) who often sets his stories in the Paris of this era. Mr. Furst we beg you to please take a look and let...
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material of wounded soldiers being evacuated from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. It is also impressive to...
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This historic film from Republic Aviation shows the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone during flight tests at the U.S. Army's Yuma proving grounds. The SD-3 was the result of an industry-wide competition for a short-range reconnaissance drone that could be launched in the field. The complete drone system including ground equipment designated AN/USD-3 and the drone itself was referred to either also as AN/USD-3 or simply as SD-3 (with "SD" usually being interpreted as...
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The Fisher Body Division of the General Motors Corporation presents “This Moving World,” a black-and-white film produced by Wilding Picture circa 1940. The film opens with a montage of various automobiles, ships, and trains whizzing past, before settling in a machine shop at mark 1:20 . There, a young man meets with his uncle and examine a model of an automobile body designed by the boy for a contest. The introduction segues into the film’s topic — “the business of going places.”...
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This episode of the TV show "The Greatest Challenge" -- which aired in the early days of television -- profiles Florence May Chadwick (November 9, 1918 – March 15, 1995). Chadwick was an American swimmer known for long-distance open water swimming. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, setting a time record each time. She was also the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus (one way), and the Dardanelles...
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Made in 1943 by the Ministry of Information to train rescue squads during the Blitz, "Debris Tunnelling" is introduced and commentated by a rescue party instructor. When a bomb demolishes a building the urgent need is to rescue any casualities trapped under the debris. There are two methods of doing this by either clearing the debris or tunnelling through. This film deals with the process of tunnelling.The film shows how a tunnel is dug into the side of a large pile of debris using a...
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This color film Power Across the Channel was produced by the Associated Electrical Industries and British Insulated Callender’s Cables in cooperation with Electricite de France. France had a peak demand of electricity at different times than England did. The solution was to exchange power across the English Channel between the two ( 1:40 ). Britain had nuclear and thermal power stations ( 1:58 - 2:14 ). France had thermal and hydroelectric power stations ( 2:15 - 2:27 ). Discussions turned to...
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Made in 1945, ACTION AT ANGUAR documents the invasion and capture of Angaur Island in the Palau group by the 81st ("Wildcat") Infantry Division in its first battle. The film begins in July 1944 as the troops relax at Honolulu and on Waikiki Beach. It then shows troops boarding transports and shows activities aboard a troop transport, including a wild Neptune ceremony at the Equator, en route to Guadalcanal for a practice landing in August. On Sept. 17, 1944 after a bombardment by...
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Presented by Ford Autolite Sparkplugs, this historic film shows the racing circuit circa 1963 beginning with the 1963 Daytona 500, the 5th running of the event held on February 24, 1963. The 1963 Daytona 500, won by beloved underdog Tony Lund is one of the great stories in American motorsports. At  17:21 , the film moves to the 1963 Indianapolis 500. with a focus on the new Lotus Fords. The film follows the Lotus team at the speedway and once the race begins, Clark and Gurney prove the Lotus...
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This episode of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's long-running TV program, shows the exploits of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. It dates to 1968. The film shows military as well as civil work, including nation building programs which it was hoped would stabilize South Vietnamese support against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. At  2:00 , the 25th Infantry Division, also known as "Tropic Lightning" is seen being welcomed by South Vietnamese. The unit is shown...
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Made by the Portland Cement Association, BUILDING WITH CONCRETE MASONRY shows the process by which buildings can be made with concrete masonry walls. The film dates to the mid-to-late 1940s. It begins with images shot on a farm, where concrete blocks are used for sanitary reasons for animal husbandry, and for storage of farm machinery. At  3:50 , an International Harvester farm implement showroom is shown, with streamline design. At  4:28 , a concrete masonry plant is shown. At  5:30 , a few...
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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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The film “The Ten Takes Flight” was produced by Film & Television Communications for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It opens with Larry Van Nuys broadcasting live from a mobile unit on August 29, 1970 for the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 wide-bodied jet from Long Beach airport. Broadcaster Michael Ryan is in the control tower and actor Art Ballinger is at Edwards Air Force Base (:09-43). Overhead shots are shown of the plane, as are its crew, led by test pilot Captain...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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This 1932 amateur home movie -- created by an unknown family named Harris -- begins with images shot in Dana Point, California, where the family visits with the Feldmans. At 1;10, the family visits the ruins of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. At  1:55 , the co-called "Bonus Army" is seen camping at the Orange parade grounds. (The Bonus Army was the popular name for an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. Provence was a battleship of...
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Castle Films presents “News Parade of the Year 1941” — a black-and-white review of several of that year’s top news stories. Narrated by actor and opera singer Basil Ruysdael, the picture begins with coverage of the fifth year of China’s Second Sino-Japanese War (mark  00:16 ) and footage of bombing raids and residents fleeing for shelter. There are battle scenes from Tobruk in Northern Africa and scenes of war-torn Greece as Nazis advance through the Balkans (mark  01:03 ). France...
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This black and white film from the 1940s was produced for the National Fire Service by the Ministry of Information in Great Britain. The National Fire Service was formed in 1941 and comprised of men and women. Both wear NFS uniforms. For civil defense purposes, the country is divided into regions and further into divisions and subdivisions, which then control stations. This breakdown is shown on a map and diagramed (:45- 3:40 ). The steps are now shown. The fire call comes in and the fire...
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WAR FILM 36, one of the War Department's newsreel and informational films produced during WWII, consists of several segments and dates to late 1944 or early 1945. First, "Great Floor" shows the construction of a runway for B-29 bombers in China. Since no motorized or mechanical devices are available, 72,000 Chinese work on one airfield using primitive rock breaking and other traditional construction techniques. According to the narrator, these "super airfields" are being...
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“A Brief Visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands” is the first part of a short 1930s film, In the Wake of the Buccaneers, produced by the Division of Motion Pictures for the U.S. Department of Interior. “A Brief Visit” highlights St. Thomas, promoting tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which the U.S. purchased from Denmark in 1916. The film begins with a luxury steam liner arriving at St. Thomas ( 00:17 ), where people take a small boat to the island’s capital and largest city,...
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
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Made in the 1950s, this incredible film recounts the medical research work of Dr. János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, (January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, Selye was aware of their role in the stress response. Many scientists believe...
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Made in 1965, this film report documents the "civic action program" adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. This "hearts and minds" type of warfare (which also included Operation County Fair and the Combined Action Program -- see our Youtube channel) was adopted in hopes of reversing gains by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam, but unfortunately its success was limited. The idea behind Full Blade was fairly simple: because the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army could...
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This World War II Army Air Forces Combat Report newsreel, a combat film report titled “It Can Be Done,” promotes America’s “get it done” attitude during World War II. This begins with the premise that sometimes, less is more. At mark  00:52  we see a 60-gallon airplane belly tank made of bamboo and mud, originally designed by the Chinese to give Curtiss P-40 Warhawks extra miles of range. “It was a case of now, not tomorrow. And it was done,” the announcer proudly proclaims at...
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Made during WWII as part of an effort to encourage recycling and re-use of scrap metal and rubber, "Salvage" is hosted by Donald M. Nelson the chairman of the War Production Board. The film features footage of various items that can be salvaged and re-used, and notes that Germany and Japan have been much more efficient in terms of re-using materials. The film also shows how household grease can be stored for use as nitroglycerin. As Nelson says, "We the people of United States...
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This film is one of the Yesterday's Newsreels, an early television series which ran from 1948 to 1950 and was produced using the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel company. The series presented original newsreel footage with a contemporary narrative. This episode begins with the segment “1933 Men Behind the President” (:44) and it shows FDR’s white house staff of 1934. Beginning with the President (:48) among his crew and then to Ed Starling (:58) of the secret service. Following is...
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“Airplane Propellers: Principles and Types” is a “restricted” World War II-era US War Department training film produced by the Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The film opens with a statement at mark  00:44  that “until the days of supersonic speed and jet propulsion of rocketships, the propeller is a relatively efficient method of moving our airplanes through the air.” A propeller size is dependent on the size of the engine, we’re told at mark ...
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This 1930’s era newsreel short “Sky Giants”, opens with a shot of a dirigible, probably USS Shenandoah, floating overhead. The film recounts the early era of ballooning and the golden era of air travel with heavy dirigibles or air ships. Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl, the leading figure in America’s rigid airship program in the first half of the 20th century is featured. He was one of the most experienced airship aviators in the United States and was a tireless proponent of...
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Made during the Vietnam War, this 1967 Marine Corps documentary presents "Operation County Fair". County Fair was a civic action program intended to clear Vietcong from villages while helping support villagers. As part of that they were supposed to receive medical care, fed, entertained and protected by the Marines. Like most of the civic action programs during the war, County Fair had a mixed outcome. The Vietnamese often welcomed the Marines into their villages, but lived in fear of...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the principles behind the device. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk. XV,...
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Chevrolet’s 1950 short film, “E for Efficiency,” produced by Jam Handy, touts the efficiency of Chevrolet’s valve-in-head engine. This type of engine ( 02:12 ) is only found in Chevrolets when it comes to sedans, such as the 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline ( 00:51 ). The film begins with an animation to briefly explain the general idea of efficiency. Continuing with animation, the film looks at a simplified model of the valve-in-head engine and how it maximizes power and fuel economy,...
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HMS DRYAD is a 1970s recruiting film produced by International Cine for the British Royal Navy. The short film features a former student of the naval school in Hampshire, England, who trained there to become a Royal Navy Radar Operator. The film opens with a shot of a battleship at sea ( 00:16 ), as the narrator says that defense at sea in the 1970s has progressed a long way since the early days of naval warfare. One of the biggest advances is radar. The narrator, John Fox, says he went to...
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This historic film, originally released as part of the Army-Navy News Magazine of the Screen in December of 1942, features Movietone cameraman Al Brick who photographed the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. As he explains, much of Brick's footage was seized by the U.S. Government as the extent of the damage to the U.S. Pacific Fleet had to be concealed from the American public and the world-at-large for national security reasons. By 1942, with the Japanese reeling...
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Episode 230 of AIR FORCE NOW dates to January of 1989. This informative newsmagazine was targeted at USAF personnel. This issue begins with the story of how the USAF and the U.S. military operates the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu for military personnel and their dependents, with room rates based on military grade. At  6:30 , the next segment is about the 89th Military Airlift Wing based at Andrews AFB, which is tasked with flying the President of the United States and other top officials around...
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This historic film THE ARMY DOZEN AND THE H-13K SIOUX ON THE WARPATH was created by Bell Helicopter to showcase 12 "nap of the earth" maneuvers for pilots. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment.During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in, rather than over, them. This keeps below...
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This film, JET MAINLINER FLIGHT 803 was presented by United Airlines ( 1:49 ) and produced by Cate & McGlane ( 1:54 ) in Hollywood, California to promote the new DC-8 passenger jets and celebrate the arrival of the new "jet age". The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) was a four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the competing Boeing 707, the DC-8 nevertheless kept Douglas in a...
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This silent film from August 4, 1973 shows the second flight of Boeing's prototype "Compass Cope" drone, which unfortunately ended in disaster when the aircraft made a hard landing (read more below including the cause of the accident). The Boeing YQM-94 B-Gull (also called Compass Cope B) was a developmental aerial reconnaissance drone developed by Boeing. It could take off and land from a runway like a manned aircraft, and operate at high altitudes for up to 24 hours to perform...
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Presented by the Jacobs Manufacturing Company, designer and builder of engine brakes for large trucks and semis, this film shows some of the research conducted by engineers to reduce noise.  The sponsor of this film brought the revolutionary Jacobs Engine Brake on the market since 1961. The company is now known as Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Inc. It's not exactly clear why Jacobs produced the film, but engine brakes can be notoriously loud, so the company may have viewed this film as an important...
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Rescue and recovery the of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after a disaster, sinking off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of USS Falcon and its highly trained crew saving lives using the Navy's Diving Bell.
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An “unclassified” color film "Look Down, Too" is a Bureau of Ships Technical Report produced by the US Navy during the 1960s, and is meant to show how researchers are working toward creating more blast-resistant surface ships and submarines. Although current defense efforts focus skyward on aircraft, missiles, and “outer space,” the film encourages the viewer to “Look Down, Too” as the title card flashes on the screen at mark  01:03 . There are scenes of submarines and...
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This silent and rather amazing home movie dates to 1929. Entitled "California or Bust", it was shot by a member of the Georgia Tech football team or one of its boosters to document the team's trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. This was the first appearance for Georgia Tech in a post season bowl game. They had run through their regular season schedule. This included a 13–0 win over Notre Dame and a 20–6 win over Georgia in the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry game. They were...
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The 1949 short film, “Rough House,” was one of a collection of 16mm films on Chevrolets produced by Jam Handy. The film promotes the benefits of Chevrolet cars by revealing the numerous tests performed on the cars. In this film, the tests are simulated using what appears to be a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline or Styleline Deluxe Sedan ( 00:24 ). The tests behind the comfortable ride of the Chevrolet are conducted at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 01:08 ). The vehicles...
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service and introduces this episode....
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In 1939, Episcopal Reverend James K. Friedrich moved to Hollywood to found Cathedral Films, Inc. Friedrich advocated film as a medium of Christian Education and ministry. In 1943 Cathedral Films became a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, and it remained a leader in the production and distribution of religious educational films, filmstrips and recordings across denominations for the next 30-plus years, with many films receiving national and international recognition. This film WE TOO RECEIVE is...
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Made by General Mills and their Larro brand feed, "Let's Talk Turkey" promotes the industry of raising turkeys on the farm. The film features a visit to the Larro Research Farm, which apparently was located in Michigan. The film focuses on the science, technique, and profitability of raising turkeys which in this era, was a business conducted by thousands of family farmers across the nation. This is a story about turkey, their feeding, breeding and marketing. This is the way it goes n...
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Episode 62 of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” provided viewers “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with a look at Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (mark  00:42 ). We see assorted footage from different periods of his life, including a lengthy speech beginning at mark  01:20 . Detail regarding the sinking of a captured German ship by the US Navy in...
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Hollywood star Humphrey Bogart expressed his disappointment on multiple occasions about being too old to serve in WWII, but the veteran actor did his part working for the USO and making this film, "Report from the Front". The plot of this 3 minute short is simple: As Humphrey Bogart (clad in his distinctive overcoat and trademark fedora) and his wife Mayo Methot arrive home after a Red Cross tour, they are met by reporters who ask Bogie about the work of the Red Cross overseas. The...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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This short film showing MILITARY SONGS begins with the MARINES' HYMN ...from the halls of Monteczuma ....to the shores of Tripoli. At 3:30 THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG is sung by Robert Weede...over hill...over dale... Finally at 6:30 is the anthem of the U.S. Navy, ANCHORS AWEIGH sung by Conrad Thibault...anchors aweigh my boy, anchors aweigh... We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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Shot by an unknown American in the spring of 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. This reel starts with a flight to the U.K. aboard a propeller aircraft and shows London starting at ( 1:49 ), with the mounting of the Guard at Whitehall and various shots outside Kensington Palace. A steam train trip is seen at ( 10:23 ), and shots of railyards and trackside scenes. At ( 11:18 ) the film returns to London with the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, House...
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This film, THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE was shot in late November of 1941, and released in 1942 as part of the burgeoning war effort. It features the voice of Pete Smith and was made by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the U.S. Forest Service. The film is rather interesting in that it features famous Hollywood comics Laurel and Hardy -- appearing here in their only color role! At the time both were over the age of 50, and their careers were on the wane. Still they manage quiet...
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Dating to WWII, this hilarious reel of bloopers shows outtakes from various movies prepared by the U.S. Army's First Motion Picture Unit. The Unit made many training, incentive and propaganda films and documentaries for the war efforts during WWII, many of them featuring Hollywood actors. The failures in the film range from actors who can't remember their lines, malfunctioning cigarette lighters and doors, and more. At 3:56 , future U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shown discussing malaria when...
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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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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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This film by Willard Pictures Inc., U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon, was made in 1951. This picture centers around naval flight surgeons; detailing the training requirements and what daily duties may be. It opens with the view of Corsair airplanes landing on an aircraft carrier. We watch as another plane crashes due to pilot error (:58) and are asked what the surgeon could have done to inhibit the crash. The US Navy’s slogan is to “keep as many men at as many guns for as many days as possible” (...
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This 1953 US Navy Training Film, “Navy Submarine Man Overboard Procedure,” focuses on what precautions can be taken to avoid such an emergency at sea, and if the unthinkable happens, what should be done. The first precaution, we’re told starting at mark  00:52 , is not to let a man on deck unless authorized by the captain. As a vessel cuts through the waves, a cook is denied permission to throw trash overboard while a gunner’s mate is allowed on deck to grease the deck guns. However,...
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This somewhat ridiculous 1963 US Air Force training film from the series “Mountain and Desert Survival,” outlines principles of desert survival and procedures for promoting rescue and maintaining personnel health and comfort. The film opens with scenes of the hostile desert, with its bleak landscape and oppressive heat. At  1:32 , an airplane is seen on fire and the pilot ejects (apparently this is real footage of an accident) followed at  1:46  with a process shot of a pilot in a...
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This 1963 US Air Force training film from the series “Mountain and Desert Survival,” outlines principles of mountain survival and procedures for promoting rescue and maintaining personnel health and comfort. The film opens with a dark scene and a dramatized rescue of a downed pilot who had the equipment to survive in his mountainous environment but failed to rely on his training. After finding his lifeless body, the narrator asks at mark  02:45 , “What does it take to succeed in a...
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The film, the US Army CODE OF THE FIGHTING MAN begins with the Code of Conduct and the knowledge that the Korean War brought forth the need to establish a set of codes for men in combat and men captured in combat (:12). The film was produced as an outgrowth of the Korean War experience, in which POWs were subjected by the North Koreans to a variety of torture, psychological warfare, and other gruesome tools in their efforts to exploit U.S. prisoners of war into making public statements that...
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THE NEXT OF KIN, also known as Next of Kin, is a 1942 World War II propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios. The film was originally commissioned by the British War Office as a training film to promote the government propaganda message that "Careless talk costs lives". After being taken on by Ealing Studios, the project was expanded and given a successful commercial release. After World War II and up until at least the mid 1960s, services in British Commonwealth countries continued...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo.   Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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This is a British training film, revised by the U.S. Army Signal Corps for use in American basic training. In this film, lice are seen, their breeding described, their feeding and the different diseases they transmit to human body. At mark  1:15 , lice are seen on clothing for one of their favorite hide out is in seams of clothes. Each corners of the clothing is used for egg production as seen at mark  1:43 . Under the microscope, the eggs appear as grains of rice. They hatch out very quickly...
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The 1944 U.S. Army training film Introduction to Combat Fatigue (T.F. 8-1402) is designed to help U.S. soldiers suffering from combat fatigue understand the origins of their physical and emotional symptoms. An officer narrates the short film, which uses combat scenes to recreate the stresses that lead to combat fatigue, following U.S. Marine Ben Edwards as he experiences combat situations that lead to combat fatigue. The narrator explains that fear is a universal emotion, and it has its uses....
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This extraordinary, silent 16mm home movie shows a trip by private yacht off Massachusetts, New York / Long Island, Rhode Island and Connecticut in 1928, and includes images of the Coast Guard gunboat No. 100, sailboat races, other vessels, and the crew of the yacht making the trip. At :49 the Norwalk Lighthouse is seen, most likely the Peck Ledge Light in Connecticut. At  1:18  Montauk Harbor, Long Island is seen. At  2:30  Block Island, Rhode Island and a sword-fishing boat is seen. At ...
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This historic silent movie shows the flight of Roscoe Turner from Detroit to New York in 1934, when he set a speed record flying in an airplane powered by a supercharged 800-h.p. Hornet motor. Turner made the flight from Detroit to New York (550 mi.) in 1 hr.. 47 min.. 21 sec., averaging 308.4 m.p.h. or more than five miles a minute. Unofficially broken was the official world's land-plane speed record (304.98 m.p.h.) held by James R. Wedell, who built Turner's plane. A huge dust storm over the...
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Published on Jun 14, 2017 This film made by General Dynamics shows the cruise of the submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) around the world in 1960. Triton was one of the largest submarines of its era and equipped with twin nuclear reactors. The circumnavigation of the world was conducted under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower....
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the War Department during WWII, Combat Bulletin 34 dates to December of 1944. The film begins with coverage of the 9th Army as it drives across Belgium from Aachen towards Germany. The German cities of Linnich and Juelich are shown. At  1:00 , the drive towards Antwerp is shown, with the port itself in ruins due to the work of retreating Germans. American engineers are seen busy working with British and other workers to restore the port to full...
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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark  02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed....
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this silent Official Films newsreel was sold to the home market at stores like Sears and Macy's. The film begins with footage of FDR visiting a military training camp at :38, and at 1:40 visiting a war production plant.At 3:00 he is shown at the Casablanca Conference with Gen. Giraud and Gen. DeGaulle of the Free French forces. At 3:29 he is shown at the Cairo Conference with Gen. Chiang Kai Shek of the...
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Made by General Electric just after WWII and directed by Ray Culley, "The World's Largest Electrical Workshop" examines G.E.'s research and manufacturing facilities including at Bridgeport and Providence, where electrical generation and distribution equipment is manufactured, and where new technologies including better lighting, advancements in radio and television, and a myriad of other electronic and electric devices are developed.  As the narrator says: The march is on, the steady...
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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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This historic, silent newsreel was made for the home market (a sound version would have been shown in theaters) shows the victory tour of Allied Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the aftermath of V-E Day, May 8, 1945. Ike made a series of triumphant visits to London (57 seconds), Paris ( 1:50 ), Washington, D.C.( 2:27 ) where he was re-united with his wife Mamie, New York ( 4:00 ) including Yankee Stadium ( 6:27 ), West Point ( 6:50 ), Kansas City ( 7:44 ) and finally ( 8:58 ) on...
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The New York Telephone Company presents “Hidden Gold,” a color film that opens to the strains of “Oh! Susanna” before the narrator explains how man has long been driven by the desire to find hidden gold. Such efforts have often changed then course of history, with the discovery of California gold in 1849 altering the West. Wealth is not only hidden in the ground, explains the narrator, but also in unused potions of material in the workplace. “Unfortunately we do not always think of...
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This two part film tells the story of Father Augustine Nguyễn Lạc Hóa (c. 1908 – c. 1989), a refugee Chinese Catholic priest in South Vietnam, led a militia called the Sea Swallows that carved out an anticommunist enclave in the Viet Cong's Ca Mau Peninsula stronghold. The "fighting priest" and his "village that refused to die" attracted admiring media stories, and in 1964 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Public Service category. In January 1961, Edward...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At  1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At  2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At  2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen at ...
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This circa 1938 black-and-white Pictoreel sports film takes its viewer to Pinehurst, North Carolina — the cradle of American golf. The film shows several luxurious homes and street scenes as the narrator explains how golf is the life blood of the city, so much so that many businesses close during the course of the day so that owners may take time to head to the links. Even “gentlemen of the cloth … mingle with their flocks” as at mark  01:50  two clergymen walk to the greens toting...
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Made in the 1930s by the U.S. Navy, "Crossing the Line" shows the life of sailors in the era between the wars. The film starts with images of the fleet on its way across the Pacific as part of a large scale exercise. At 1:08 the decks are scrubbed and at 1:40 a baseball game is played on the deck of a battleship. At 1:56 boxing and other exercises are shown on deck. At 2:00 a rugby game is shown. At 2:17 some dancing and playing of music is shown, again aboard a battleship. At 2:39 ,...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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This Ukranian-language newsreel shows the WWII era victory of the Soviet Army at Stalingrad, the Caucasus, and Orel-Kursk Salient Battle which changed the course of the war. The film begins in 1943 with the Battle of the Dnieper River. Soviet troops began the liberation of Eastern Ukraine.  The Battle of the Dnieper was a military campaign that took place in 1943 on the Eastern Front of World War II. It was one of the largest operations in World War II, involving almost 4,000,000 troops on...
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Dating from the early missile era , this Raytheon promotional film shows the Hawk and Sparrow III weapons systems. The film begins with the first-ever interception of a missile by a missile — a Hawk versus an Honest John. The kill takes place at the  1:01  mark, and then it is shown in slow motion immediately following. At  1:45 , the film switches to show the Sparrow III anti-aircraft missile system aboard U.S. Navy aircraft at sea on the F3H-2 Demon and the F4H-1.  The AIM-7 Sparrow is...
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Made in 1942, RING OF STEEL is a U.S. Army recruiting film narrated by Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy. The film was produced at the Long Island studio of the Army Signal Corps by Warner Brothers for the U.S. Office for Emergency Management. The film uses stock footage -- much of it pastoral images of old battlefields and monuments -- coupled with Tracy's stirring voice-over narrating the story of America's military history from the perspective of the personification of the American soldier. The...
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This film, MAKAI DEEP OCEAN DIVE was produced by the United States Navy in 1973. The film begins with remarks by astronaut and diver Scott Carpenter about Capt. George Bond, a U.S. Navy researcher who laid the groundwork for saturation diving with helium. Bond, who died in 1983, was an American physician who was known as a leader in the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine and the "Father of Saturation Diving". The film then shows some of the steps taken in the wake of Bond's...
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Made by Marshfield Homes, Inc. with the co-operation of the Mobile Homes Manufacturers Association, "The Case for the Twelvewide" is a silent film that promotes the adoption of 12' wide prefabricated home. The film shows how these twelvewide homes can be moved on highways and byways without damage or causing accidents. Once in place they are comfortable homes that have so much space that they actually have hallways. This film documents a shift in the prefabricated home industry. Prior...
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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” — an early TV show that used footage from the defunct General News library — offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with “The Japanese-Chinese War” of the 1930s (mark  00:32 ) and scenes of combat footage and a look of Japanese advancement including one on the Great Wall of China (mark ...
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One of a series of films about camouflage produced during WWII, THE BIVOUAC AREA describes how airplane surveillance of roads can make it difficult to conceal the location of convoys and their bivouac (a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers.). For this reason, a close examination of any potential bivouac area must be made. At  2:24 , a truck convoy moves in close column on a road, making it a sitting duck for enemy aircraft. The recommended procedure is seen at ...
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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 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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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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This German promotional film for the Vought Aeronautics Corsair II likely dates from the 1970s, when the German Luftwaffe began exploring the possibility of using the A-7. The F-104G Starfighter then in use by the Luftwaffe suffered from a high accident rate, and was not considered a good Marine aircraft. The success of the A7 in Vietnam made the airplane very attractive, but while the Luftwaffe considered using the A-7 Corsair II to replace the F-104, it was eventually abandoned as a concept....
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