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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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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 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 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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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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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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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 black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features ten segments of historic highlights. Albert Lebrun (:39). Lebrun is reelected as the President of France by the French National Assembly in 1936 (:44- 1:36 ). The 14th of July, 1939, is Bastille Day, and large Paris crowds celebrate its 150th anniversary ( 1:37 - 2:22 ). Lebrun and his wife are shown at Windsor Castle with King...
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This 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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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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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 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 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 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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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other...
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Made 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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“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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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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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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“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 silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
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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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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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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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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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Made in 1945 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The World We Want to Live In" is an important film that reflects upon the tumult of 1930s and 40s, which saw oppression and death in Europe, while presenting the idea that the America of the future must renounce hate, bigotry and intolerance. The film begins by showing how hate speech and anti-immigrant ideas fomented terror not only in abroad, but created an environment in the USA where racism and marginalization was...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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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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Made during the Apollo program, “Assembling Apollo” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that tracks the numerous pieces used to create the rockets and spacecrafts that took man to the moon. The film opens with the various parts being brought to the Kennedy Space Center via all sorts of airplane, ship, and vehicle, as engineers carefully assemble the various stages of the Saturn V rocket. Workers attach communication and fuel lines at mark  02:10 , and at mark  03:15  put the...
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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The US Marine Corps presents “Tactical And Gunnery Air Observation,” developed to aid support to infantry units. The World War II-era color film (probably made post-war, likely in 1948) notes the importance of such observation, especially in situations when ground observation is impractical or impossible, as we see troops march through heavy foliage at mark  01:37  and a few seconds later we see a Stinson OY-1 Sentinel, a two-seat observation aircraft used during World War II, as well as...
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This black-and-white Douglas Aircraft Company “welcome film” dates to the early 1960s but begins with a 1924 proclamation: “World Cruisers Make Aviation History New York, N.Y.” — a nod to an accomplishment by the company after the first around-the-world flight was by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service (predecessor of the U.S. Air Force) using a modified Douglas DT.The trip took 175 days and covered nearly 28,000 miles. The celebration of the final landing in...
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The Northrop T-38 Talon is the focus of “The Versatile T-38,” a 1960s promotional film on the supersonic aircraft. The two-person aircraft is shown in the air and on the runway as the narrator offers a detailed description of its turbo jet engines and its thrust-to-weight ratio. Again shown in flight at mark  01:55 , we’re told how the aircraft is considered one of the safest used by the Air Force and we learn more of the aircraft’s attributes as well as some of the records the...
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“X Minus Zero” opens with a United States Air Force general briefly explaining the purposes of that branch’s missile test center — such as flight-testing guided missiles. The circa 1958 film’s purpose, he reveals at mark  00:45 , is to give the viewer “a much clearer understanding of our mission.” The film shows a flawless launch of a guided Matador surface-to-air missile, but the narrator quickly explains that much work was put into the launch prior to countdown. The viewer...
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This 1948 black and white promotional film is a presentation by the Association of American Railroads showcasing steam and diesel trains. These include ALCO PA, Southern & Pacific, Atlantic Coast Line, and Baltimore & Ohio. The film opens with a view of the tracks from the engineer’s perspective and the sounds of track and whistle (:02-:18). A curtain blows over a sleeping boy, awakened by the train (:19- 1:25 ). The steel bands of the track shine at night from the engineer’s...
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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 importance of properly leveling the device so as to minimize the error of deflection. 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...
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Hosted by Bob Hope with a truly corny narration script, this recruiting film for the Army National Guard was originally released as one of the episodes of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's TV show. It shows the readiness of the Guard. At the  1:50  mark, a target drone, a Radio Controlled Target Aircraft or RCAT, is shown being piloted through a gauntlet of fire. At  2:25 , the M-40 duster anti-aircraft gun is shown.  The Duster has the capability of pumping out a 120 rounds from...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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This U.S. Navy Film Launch 'Em was filmed by pilots aboard the USS Hancock in 1956. The film was made while the carrier cruised home from her Far East deployment, apparently with the unofficial blessing of the Eisenhower administration. A legendary film among Naval Aviators, it disappeared from view in the very early 1960s, as it became politically incorrect and taboo. Pilots are fighting in the ready room. Flight deck crewmen starting jet engines with cigarette lighters. These and other...
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This 1960s era home movie is a true rarity because it was shot with sync'd sound track. It shows the Rose Parade, including Vice President Richard Nixon as Grand Marshall.   This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2...
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Dating to 1950, this U.S. Navy film depicts the job description for the Plane Captain for an Aircraft Carrier type plane (:08). Plane captains are attached to squadrons aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carriers and are responsible to ensure that every aircraft is mission-ready. Plane captains assigned to line divisions perform maintenance and daily checks on every aircraft. The film begins with a Navy or USMC F-80 Shooting Star making an attack run on a bridge in enemy...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch ( 15:19 ). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model ( 1:42 ) has a close-up of the temperature...
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Created by MGM for American President Lines, "Departure" shows the round-the-world cruise of the SS President Wilson from San Francisco to the Orient and Europe in the late 1940s. A few other ships that were part of American President Lines (APL) are briefly shown as well. The SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style, with streamline moderne styling.  After leaving San Francisco, at  8:00 , the ship arrives...
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The United States Navy presents “Prelude to Victory — A Pictorial Record of the United States Eighth Fleet, Its Officers and Men.” The circa 1943 black-and-white picture was photographed by crews from the Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Army, and an opening title guard explains how the United Nations had agreed to a plan during World War II to first defeat Axis powers in Europe “and then crushing Imperial Japan.” The viewer watches scenes of factory workers assembling shells, guns,...
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
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This short film touts the superiority of the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air over Ford and Plymouth. The reasons given include high engine torque twisting power at the transmission (:14); matched rear axles (:23), better weight distribution provides traction to the rear wheels (:28), and better power-to-weight ratio (:39). These points are visualized as a Chevy is shown pulling 16 different full-size makes from other car companies (:48). A dynamometer ( 1:19 ) measures engine power. A special torque...
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This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
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NOTE: Substandard print. Apologies for the issues. An extremely well-made film produced by the Army Air Forces to show the planning and execution of a program of convalescence at an Army Air Force hospital. Wounded in action, probably low in spirits and discouraged about their particular disabilities, these men are in- corporated immediately into a constructive, active program that helps to build their bodies and minds back to normal ability to function effectively. Instead of an enforced...
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“Should the day ever come when our ports and ships are targets for enemy sabotage, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when the sea around us becomes a haven for enemy submarines, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when this barren stretch of beach becomes a port of entry for enemy agents, these men will be ready.” It is with this dramatic preface that the viewer is introduced to the 17,000 officers, men, and women who make up the United States Coast Guard...
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This interesting silent 16mm home movie was shot by an unknown American during WWII. The film starts with images in what appears to be Hawaii, with a sign "Hale-Punaluu" appearing at the 11 second mark. U.S. personnel are seen milling about and drinking beer, and at 1:24 someone climbs a coconut palm. The scene is likely towards the end of the war, or immediately after. At 1:54 a pair of swim trunks are shown off and at 2:02 a cross-dressing sailor puts on a wild dance show. At 2:33...
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These 1950s newsreels show the U.S. Navy's JATO-launched Regulus cruise missile. The early part of the film shows the missile being launched from the carrier USS Princeton. The missile is then guided to a landing -- it has a tricycle style landing gear allowing it to be recovered and used again. At :48, the missile is shown launched from an aircraft catapult. At 1:02 , the missile is once again launched by JATO from the cruiser USS Helena. REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES...
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This film, THE POWER OF SUGGESTION (1971) presents the U.S. Army's Suggestion Program. The Suggestion Program was a Vietnam War era program intended to save vital Pentagon dollars, and it still exists today in some form. While some of this film is a bit laughable — showing what appears to be ridiculous levels of government waste — the message remains current. The opening scenes depict a re-enactment of a film director struggling to record a scene in which a child is supposed to mimic an...
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NASA and the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Public Roads created this color training fiIm in the early 1960s to warn motorists of the dangers of driving too fast on icy or wet pavements. “A skidding car is dangerous,” says the narrator at mark  01:00  following a series of vehicles fishtailing on a variety of slick surfaces. Texture of the pavement, the depth of the surface water, and the inflation of the tires and their treads are just some of the factors that can lead to a spin...
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This fascinating, silent home movie shows the emergency landing of a Capital Airlines Viscount, tail  #N7445 . It's unclear which airport that was shot at -- the canister it came in said "Willow Run" -- but on 25 May 1958 this same aircraft skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Probably this is footage of that incident although as you can see, the real cause of the emergency was that the landing gear failed to go down into position. That same year Capital lost...
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One of the "Greatest Drama" TV series syndicated in1953, "The Wild Blue Yonder" focuses on General James Doolittle, better known as Jimmy Doolittle. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a...
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This military public announcement color film is about the dangers to military aircraft by the Albatross / Goonie bird population on the Hawaiian Midway Atoll. It dates to the late 1950s, as 1957 numbers are given. The film was part of a campaign by the U.S. military to be allowed to curb bird populations so that Midway would remain a viable landing area for aircraft. However eventually the island was abandoned by the military and reverted to an island strictly for the birds -- and today it is a...
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Shows the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after an accident caused it to sink off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of salvage and support vessel USS Falcon, whose highly-trained crew saved precious lives using a rescue diving bell. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example:...
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“Operation Hideout” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on February 20, 1957. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) This episode was produced and directed by Samuel Gallu and starred Ward Costello, Crahan Denton, and Paul Richards. Made in an era before submariners made trips around the world underwater without surfacing, "Operation Hideout" may seem a bit silly to the modern viewer. However in the 1950s the...
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Made in 1943, ROAD TO BERLIN was released as Official War Film #8. This industrial incentive film examines the logistical and tactical gauntlet that supplies sent to the European Theater faced to reach the front, including the German U-boat wolfpacks which at the time were exacting a heavy toll on convoys. The film opens with a wolf pack of submarines meeting northwest of the coast of Britain ( 1:00 ). American, Dutch and British ships are under torpedo attack ( 1:24 ). The Army Transportation...
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This film shows early 8mm footage of the USS Indianapolis in Portland, Oregon in 1937. The occasion was Navy Day. Joining the Indy for this event was USS Chester, USS Pensacola and other warships. The poor condition of the film is quite evident; but this remains some of the only footage to show the Indianapolis in the pre-WWII era and so is considered quite precious. USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond...
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“Skyline New York” is a circa 1955 TWA travel film encouraging vacationers to visit the Big Apple. Produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation, the color picture offers a tour of New York City in late 1954 as two teenage girls travel to NYC on vacation aboard a TWA Lockheed Constellation. “You can fly coast to coast in only eight hours!” one of the girls tells her parents at mark  01:56 . They fly over the Grand Canyon (mark  03:25 ) and enjoy a massive lunch before flying over Manhattan...
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Originally presented by Boeing for students (and featuring Boeing bumpers), this newsreel short focuses on the submarine USS Skate and its mission to surface at the North Pole. USS Skate (SSN-578), the third submarine of the United States Navy named for the skate, a type of ray, was the lead ship of the Skate class of nuclear submarines. She was the third nuclear submarine commissioned, the first to make a completely submerged trans-Atlantic crossing, and the second submarine to reach the North...
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Made in 1943, this silent home movie shows the induction services for draftees held at the University of Arizona in Tucson during WWII. It was one of several films made to document selectees, who include (based on the names shown) many hispanic Americans and perhaps some native Americans. Exactly why these movies were shot is unclear, but what they do underscore is the level of sacrifice made by citizens around the USA during the war. The film begins with a title card stating that...
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Chevrolet’s “Modern Engineering Series” is a series of films produced by Jam Handy in the mid-1950s that promote the innovative features of Chevrolet vehicles. “Modern Engineering Series Vol. 3: Torque Talk” looks at the torque of the new Chevrolets, and tests a Chevrolet against comparable Ford and Plymouth models. At the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 00:53 ), Chevrolets are tested for torque. What appears to be a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is tested by pulling 16...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This silent newsreel shows the Battle of Cantigny, "America's first great battle" of the Great War, starting on May 28, 1918. At :36, French artillery manned by Americans fires fusillades at the German positions. At 1:02 , ammunition is passed to the gun crews. At 1:19 , views of No Man's Land are seen with artillery firing across trenches. At 1:47 , the artillery is seen landing in No Man's Land and throwing up huge chunks of earth. At 2:20 , Marines make an assault supported by...
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"Friend or Foe? Part 1” is a short 1940s black-and-white British production that begins with a look at proper tank camouflage (mark  00:30 ) and the importance of being able to “see” them, even if hidden, so as to avoid being taken by surprise. The film explains how tanks are able to move quickly across the countryside (mark  01:05 ), forcing soldiers to make a snap decision whether they are “ours or (the) enemy.” If a tank must face an obstacle, such as a hill, it must slow...
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This 1965 color film takes its viewer on a tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut and includes includes a tour of the school's library and museum (mark 03:00) and a look at submariner history including the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate sub used during the Civil War (mark 04:45). The film rolls on with a demonstration of their submarine simulator (mark 07:13) and various other simulators used to train officers and sailors. The USS Grouper (SS-214) is shown at...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. This piece is episode 62 and it is narrated by Tom Hale, Roger Owens and an un-named female narrator in the fashion section. It features the first visit to America by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1933 with his wife, Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (:40). It includes a speech he gave in his garden ( 1:05 ) where he discussed the desire people have to renew...
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