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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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Aerospace and technology company Lockheed presents “You Have To Get Up Pretty Damn Early To Beat The TriStar — an early 1970s color film promoting the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, a medium-to-long-range, wide-body airliner that took its first flight in 1972 with Eastern Air Lines. Hank Dees, a test and research pilot, greets the viewer starting at mark  00:49  and discusses the flight program in detail as we watch test footage of the aircraft and Dees discusses the engineering and design...
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This Soviet newsreel dates to the 1960s and shows the newest tractors and agricultural equipment being produced within the USSR. As vivid as any sales film for John Deere (and complete with campy music), the film must have thrilled those who lived on collective farms.  We don't speak Russian but if you do -- please post comments about what the narrator is saying. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See...
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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 crash test film shows how a rollover test is performed using a 1973 Chevy Impala equipped with crash test dummies. After some establishing shots, the actual test can be seen at  3:50  and following, with a car launched sideways of an inclined ramp, causing it to roll over onto the roof three times. Much resultant damage is seen from shattered glass, the departure of the right rear tire, and roof crush damage. At  1:13 , close-up shots of the crash test dummies show what might have been...
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This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor. Here at mark  1:40  on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark  02:10 , a naval officer is seen...
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Made in 1952, "Command of the Seas" is a series of four, full color films that document America's post-WWII Navy. Intended to promote the important role the fleet could play in Cold War conflicts (such as the recently-stalemated Korean War), the films showcase an era of growth and expansion. As new, nuclear powered submarines and angled deck aircraft carriers take to the seas, helicopters, missiles, rockets and jet fighters take to the skies. This “Command of the Seas” film...
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This 1963 black and white film, produced by the Army, is part of “The Big Picture” television series narrated by actor Raymond Massey. The host is Army Master Sergeant Stuart Queen. The film’s focus is Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career, with a great deal of battlefield live footage (:38- 1:00 ). 1945, crowds gather in Abilene, Kansas for a parade celebrating the return of General Eisenhower, shown in full military uniform standing and saluting in his vehicle and in the stands (...
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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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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 shows a visit to Switzerland, including a trip on the Rhine River. There is also a train ride through the alps shown at about ( 6:30 ). A bus marked Grindelwald is seen at ( 14:21 ) and Kleine Scheidegg at ( 15:01 ).  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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This 1962 United States Navy training film, produced by the Jamieson Film Company, is titled “Vision In Military Aviation” The Sense Of Sight” and opens with jet fighters launching from the deck of an aircraft carrier as the narrator explains how military pilots must rely on all of their senses to successfully operate an aircraft. The sense of sight, however, is the most important. From reading charts and instrument panels to identifying targets on the ground, the importance of proper...
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Directed by pioneering female producer Fanchon Royer, "Children of Democracy" presents a rare view of Costa Rica as it appeared in the 1940s, with special focus on the nation's children. The narration is quite praiseful of the "tiny country" and its citizens both young and old who have "North American" attitudes, little poverty to speak of and labor problems. The film begins with images of tourists visiting Irazu volcano by horseback, and at  1:48  the Moravia...
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This black and white documentary film on Siam is dated 1947. (The name Siam was changed back to Thailand in 1948.) It was produced by Edmund Reek, and narrated by George Carson Putnam. It opens with the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, followed by views of the streets and shrines (:11-:36). Buddhist monks enter the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, where the magnificent royal architecture is shown (:37-:51). The Golden Urn receives the bodies of kings when they die (:52- 1:02 ). Military...
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Dating to 1954 and directed by O. Negus, LAUGHING PEOPLE tells the story of the Maori people in Australia and New Zealand. The film includes impressive footage of traditional tribal dances, customs and rituals, as well as studies of everyday life as it was lived (likely in the 1940s although some of the material appears historical and may have originated elsewhere). The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who...
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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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Published on Jun 19, 2017 This silent 16mm home movie from the year 1933 shows a trip across the Northern Sahara Desert to El Oued, as well as a visit to the Constantine Gorge and Constantine, a distance of about 500km. The trip is accomplished by motorized vehicles. The Constantine bridge El-Kantara is seen at the  11:20  mark. One of 4 famous bridges that cross the Rhumel River gorge in Constantine, Algeria, the Kantara bridge is the oldest and has taken several different forms over the...
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Made during the Cold War, this historic film in Russian shows the principles behind development of plasma engines for possible use in space travel.  A plasma propulsion engine is a type of electric propulsion that generates thrust from a quasi-neutral plasma. This is in contrast to ion thruster engines, which generate thrust through extracting an ion current from plasma source, which is then accelerated to high velocities using grids/anodes. These exist in many forms (see electric propulsion)....
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Made just prior to U.S. entry into World War II, this Official Films newsreel, “News Thrills: 1941, Vol. II,” recaps some of the social, military, and political events of 1941. The newsreel begins with photographers having fun photographing people on the sandy beaches of Venice, California ( 00:19 ). The next segment covers the first test flight of the world’s largest bomber, the Douglas B-19, as it takes off from Santa Monica, California ( 01:34 ) and lands at March Air Base near...
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Produced by the Army Pictorial Center as part of The Big Picture TV show, this 1969 episode “The First Cavalry Division (Airmobile)” is “the story of how air mobility is helping the First Air Cavalry, the ‘First Team,’ win the battle for freedom in Southeast Asia.” By 1965, helicopters are used for more than just transport; they are a crucial element of combat ( 01:01 ). Helicopters allow for fast and powerful mobilization, so it is only natural that the First Cavalry Division,...
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Produced by Joseph Yolo and narrated by Tom Bostic, Southeast Alaska: Our Magnificent Northland is a short film promoting Southeast Alaska. Despite the end of the gold rush era, Alaska still has a special allure to it. Unlike much of the rest of the state—and countries with a similar latitude—Southeast Alaska has a mild climate, tempered by a warm water current. Covering much of Southeast Alaska is the Tongass National Forest ( 02:31 ), home to millions of hemlock and spruce, totem poles,...
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The House Fly, a 1958 educational film produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, offers an overview of the common house fly (musca domestica), including its anatomy, life cycle, and what the public can do to prevent health concerns caused by the fly. The film shows a woman cooking in the kitchen ( 00:45 ), where a fly is pestering her. The narrator says that the fly can visit a number of unsanitary places before arriving in the kitchen, highlighting the fly’s ability to spread disease. The...
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This 1960 B&W film by the Editors of Fortune revolves around the executives in a marketing company deciding whether or not to buy an EDP (electronic data processor), which they also refer to as a computer. Featured in the film (although not mentioned by brand name) are IBM mainframe computers including the IBM 026 key card punch (seen at 15:59 ). In the film, five well-dressed executives sit in an office discussing whether purchasing an EDP will provide enough benefits to offset the cost (...
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These extraordinary silent Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
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Dating to the 1930s, this 16mm silent film is ostensibly a study of the geography of the Orkney Islands. Interestingly, when this film was recovered by collector C.E. 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. Normally a silent film like this...
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Made during WWII, this silent German film shows how to deal with British incendiary bombs, the type that were dropped on many European cities during the course of the war including Dresden. The film shows a 30LB British bomb at :43, and explains how it is very difficult to extinguish due to the presence of phosphorus. At 2:00 the internal workings of the bomb are shown, comprising of a detonator that ignites the phosphorus, along with a casing that burns at high temperature. At 7:05 the effects...
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This B&W television episode of YESTERDAY'S NEWSREEL features eight segments of historic highlights, voiced by Tom Hale unless otherwise noted. The first segment “Finlandia” begins with Finland’s independence from the Russian Federation on April 13, 1918 (:44). Baron Carl Gustav Mannerheim reviews his troops in Senaatintori Square (:45- 1:07 ). In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau Jr. accepts a check from Finland on its WWI debt ( 1:40 - 1:58 ). In 1939,...
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This silent film UNE PLONGEE DU "RUBIS" was one of a series of shorts made by a young Jacques Cousteau immediately after WWII. The film shows dive tests which Cousteau performed aboard the venerable French submarine Rubis.The goal was to show how men could use an airlock aboard the submarine to emerge underwater, both for research and potentially as a means of escape. Not really mentioned in the film is the fact that, in order to shoot it, Cousteau developed a series of camera...
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This infamous 1950's tobbaco industry film TOBACCOLAND ON PARADE attempts to show why the tobacco industry is good for everybody in the United States of America! It makes sports more fun, it shows how important to commerce smoking is, it shows how tobacco is processed. Back to the slave days. Great fun in the light of what we know about the industry today. Guest appearances by Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Perry Como and Parker Fenelly. At mark  01:16 , the America people are shown active in...
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This lengthy silent film (which likely was intended to be narrated by whoever presented it) was prepared by the Persian Gulf Command for Allied and Soviet leadership (and features both Russian and English intertities). It shows the PGC's activities in Iran during the Second World War. If you take a good look at this film, you'll get an idea of how vast the Allied supply effort to the Soviets really was — as literally hundreds of millions of dollars of aircraft, tanks, and various supplies are...
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The 1947 film The Biography of the Motion Picture Camera is an art documentary produced by Les Films du Compas and Roger Leenhardt, and narrated by Tony Kraber. The film traces the history of the development of motion pictures from the first camera to Edison’s kinetoscope and the Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph. The film begins with a brief recap of photographing still simple subjects. The issue of animating still photographs is apparent with the “School of the Successive Pose” ( 01:51...
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Made during the Cold War by the Soviet Union, "Peace in Europe" is a detente-era propaganda film that encourages peaceful relations between Russia and Western Europe, while also taking a stand against NATO, the militarization of the continent, and Ronald Reagan's Star Wars program aka SDI. It was likely made in the mid-1980s after the Helsinki Accords and the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. At  2:00 , peace protests are seen at the Greenham Common Peace Camp....
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This U.S. Navy newsreel shows the launch of the USS Robert E. Lee, one of the new Polaris nuclear missile submarines. At :40, the USS Triton is seen in acceptance trials. This was the Navy's largest submarine, equipped with twin nuclear reactors. At 1:19 , the USS George Washington, prototype Polaris SSBN, is seen at Groton. At 1:58 , Navy divers from the USS Archerfish demonstrate the buoyant ascent method of escape from a crippled submarine from a depth of 300 feet. At 2:37 , Sierra Sam the...
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This early 1950s film from the U.S. Department of Health, SAFETY THROUGH SEAT BELTS promotes the use of safety belts, and starts with footage of a U.S. Air Force pilot Lt. White wearing a safety harness in his airplane and then a seatbelt in his car. In this era the seat belt was a novelty, and the connection of auto seat belts to those used in airplanes was one often made because the U.S.A.F. was among the first organizations to mandate their use. (This was due in part to the research of Dr....
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Made in the 1970s to commemorate the Soviet victory over Fascist Germany, this short film portrays the defense of Moscow against the Wehrmacht in 1941-42. It includes a speech made by Stalin at the 1:15 mark, rallying his forces against the invaders. The film includes footage of Russian tank and artillery forces, as well as infantry, assaulting the Germans. The film is also rife with images showing lend-lease supplies such as tanks, and hordes of well-armed, camouflaged troops in winter white,...
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This newsreel is titled The Story of Canadian Pine made by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau in the mid to late 1930’s. Starting with freshly cut, raw Canadian pine floating in a tributary of the Ottawa River ( 1:20 ), the viewer is taken along the story of pine manufacturing and all its production stages. Starting in spring, river men move the logs downstream with the help of tug boats. ( 1:28 ) The logs are floated into a boon, an assembly point of wood logs that appear almost...
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The color film, “Pan AM the Philippines”, is a documentary about the culture of the Philippines. It is part of a series of films put out by Pan AM called “Pan AM’s 1960’s and 70’s Travel Films: Visit 11 Places, in 7 Languages” commissioned to be done by New Horizons, for the movie making, and Movietonews, Inc., to assembled the footage and audio. Editorial director: Harry L. Coleman. Narrator: Ed Stokes. The video opens with views of the Philippines ( 0:08 - 0:29 ). Credits ( 0:30...
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This 1960 color film was produced by the Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema and directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin. A see-through model of the Sud Aviation Air France Caravelle jet airliner is shown. The two engines are uniquely located in the tail fuselage ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). A view of the cockpit instrument panel is shown ( 1:36 - 1:47 ). Behind a network of tubing is a turbine with blades cut as fine as diamonds, shown up close ( 1:48 - 2:02 ). More of the cockpit is shown ( 2:03 - 2:13 )....
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This early 1960s color travelogue film about hunting in French West Africa is part of the Air France “Flying Holidays” series and directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France Boeing B707 taxing (:53- 1:15 ). Two men get out of a 1957 Chevy Station Wagon at the hotel ( 1:16 - 1:20 ), where they enjoy a whiskey on the terrace ( 1:49 - 2:07 ). A river moves through gnarled trees before a long canoe of African rowers appears. Crocodiles slide into the water and an elephant is seen (...
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Rocks beneath the sea may hold the oil and gas necessary to sustain future generations. That is the message of “Deep Sea Endeavour,” a 1960s color film by the Shell Oil Company. The only way to determine if oil exists in commercial quantity is by drilling (mark  02:49 ), as we look at drilling platforms at sea. The narrator explains that the platforms are fastened to the seafloor and we visit one structure positioned off the coast of Spain at mark  03:43 . At mark  04:30  we see another...
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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 1935 film by RKO Radio Pictures is narrated by veteran radio announcer Alois Havrilla and was produced by the Van Beuren Corporation. Alois highlights six different aspects of Moroccan life. His trip begins at the port of Casablanca ( 1:31 ) from which he drove to the Morocco city of Marrakesh (Marrakech in French). This city, founded in 1062, lies off the northern slope of the Atlas Mountains ( 1:41 ). The remains of ancient walls ( 1:50 ) overlook a road used by horseback riders, cars,...
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This silent film shows some of the events on May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day aka V-E Day, in London. The film was shot by I. Weiss according to a credit, with additional photography by J.Y. Saunders and F.V. Swanson. The film starts at :28 with large crowds and then at :33 moves to Trafalgar Square, where a sign on Nelson's column says "Give Thanks by Saving" (:53). At 1:02 , soldiers shake hands and do a small dance, while at 1:16 women in uniform wave scarves. At 1:22 an Israeli...
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This is the U.S. Navy MN-3474b black and white 1945 PRIMARY FLIGHT TRAINING: BEFORE YOU FLY film. There is a ‘wrong way to do things’ pilot mixed in to prove the points. It opens with Boeing-Stearman biplanes or “yellow fighters” (:19-:53). A Chief Flight Instructor talks about proper parachutes to a group of pilots. An improperly packed parachute causes the bad pilot to be blown along the ground. (:59- 4:25 ). The propeller is dangerous ( 5:03 - 5:35 ). A roughly placed parachute can...
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Created in 1945 by the Warner Bros. Studio to sell U.S. Savings Bonds, “America the Beautiful” opens to the patriotic strains of the song of the same name. The film paints a picture of the United States as an industrious society on the move. Shot in Technicolor and directed by six-time Academy Award-winner Gordon Hollingshead, the film begins at mark  00:35  “on your front door, on the street where you live” and spans the American continent through the ranches and farms of the West...
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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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“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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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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This film depicts the theory and operations of the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System for use on aircraft carriers. It provides a visual guide path for pilots as they approach landing and gives the glide slope, cut and wave off information to pilots (:30). The system utilizes an array of signal lights on the port side of an angled deck (:49). It’s vertical center unit is the indicator assembly and is divided into five cells (:56). The “meatball” appears above the line when planes are too...
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The earliest-known nuclear scare movie, ONE WORLD OR NONE was released in 1946, just months after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Produced by Philip Ragan (whose identity remains something of a mystery) this impressive cartoon was funded by the Federation of American Scientists. It pre-dates all the so-called "Atomic Scare Films" but manages to predict many of the great political, moral and other quandaries created by the atomic bomb. We encourage viewers...
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This silent German educational film dates to the 1940s and shows the cultivation, harvesting and drying of corn. The end product will likely be used for animal feed.  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...
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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 Soviet propaganda film recounts the events of 1945, as the Red Army resumed the offensive against the Fascist Wehrmacht, pushing the Germans out of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Poland. The film ends before the final battles in Germany, with a gaunt-looking President Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin meeting at Yalta. Notably, the film contains rare footage (at  10:06 ) of FDR smoking a cigarette. This was the type of material that would never...
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“The Guardian Angel” is a black-and-white Sikorsky Aircraft film (made in cooperation with the US Department of Defense) that tells the viewer of helicopter operations during the Korean War. It opens onboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) at mark  00:30  followed by several destroyers as they cut through the water and launch an R-5 helicopter for a man-overboard call. Helicopters are also shown being used to transport men from ship to ship. They can travel slowly over sea or land, we’re told,...
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One of the Moody Institute of Science's educational films, SIGNPOSTS ALOFT examines the phenomenon where a pilot's senses deceive him, sometimes with fatal results. The film includes a lengthy segment about the famed WWII "ghost bomber" Lady Be Good (see below). The Moody Institute of Science was a production company spun off from the fundamentalist Moody Bible Institute, and its films (including this one) always examine God's role in man's affairs with the underlying message that God...
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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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Made by the Caterpillar Corporation SPLIT SECOND SHIFTS promotes their new D8 tractor bulldozer and the legendary Powershift transmission. The single-lever Powershift allowed the operator to shift quickly, with more power per load being delivered and resulting in more efficiency. The Powershift gives the power of direct drive and torque converter tractors through the planetary gear, as seen through animation at the  3:00  mark. At  7:30  the film shows the Powershift transmission up close,...
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Presented in English this absolutely shameless Soviet film "Save Our Planet, the Earth" likely dates to 1981. Decidedly anti-war, and cautioning about the risks of the arms race and nuclear war, the film tries to take a firm moral stance against the West and the corrupt and morally bankrupt United States, which is painted as an aggressor. Even from the moment WWII came to an end. as it says at 6;10, General Eisenhower "already had Truman's order to prepare for an atomic war...
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An official film made by the U.S. Air Force in the late 1970s, this Aerospace Defense Command News Digest #93 takes a look at the United States' nuclear triad and the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The film begins with images of the B-52, Polaris missile, and the Minuteman missile, which are known as the "Triad forces" of nuclear defense. Major General Otis C. Moore then describes the mission of the Aerospace Defense Command and the 14th Aerospace Force, which is to warn the President of...
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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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Dating to 1958, this episode of "The Silent Service" -- an early television show produced by Twin Dolphins Productions -- is entitled "Nautilus and the Nuns". Like all the episodes of this show, this one is based on real events, as fourteen nuns were evacuated from Bougainville in the Solomon Islands aboard the U.S.S. Nautilus in 1942. In reality, 26 adults were rescued from Bougainville in the operation, and deposited on Tulagi before continuing on to Australia. The show...
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This film "Air Mobile Feasibility Demonstration" chronicles the development of an Air Launched Ballistic Missile system. The ALBM concept was viewed as a potential game changer for strategic deterrence, allowing missiles to be deployed to remote locations at a moments' notice. As shown in the film, starting in the early 1970s, the USAF tested air-launching a Minuteman 1b ICBM from a C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft. Starting around  11:30 , the film shows the final test on 24 October...
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This film begins with a promo for the documentary film "Killers All", a 1945 exploitative documentary about organized crime. Following the promo is a related film, "Dealers in Death", which is a cut-down of a feature-length movie "The Vanishing Gangster". "Dealers in Death" primarily focuses on John Dillinger and Bonnie & Clyde, and contains famous footage of the young lovers' bullet-ridden death car. “Get ready for the SHOCK of your Life!” That...
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One of the episodes of the short-lived, pioneering TV documentary series "The Greatest Drama" from 1953, "Speedway Star" tells the story of Wilbur Shaw, one of the greatest American race drivers of his era. Shaw (October 31, 1902 – October 30, 1954) was president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1945 until his death in 1954 and famous as the automotive test evaluator for Popular Science magazine. Shaw delivered the world's greatest automobile race to enthusiastic...
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Wings To Italy is a Pan American World Airways promotional video from the 1960s. Produced by Vision Associates, the film opens with shots of Roman ruins ( 00:28 ) and the Colosseum ( 01:29 ) before taking viewers on a tour of Italy, beginning in Rome. A panoramic shot of Rome ( 03:30 ) shows the size of the city and its unique skyline. St. Peter’s Square and Basilica ( 03:42 ) is the first place the film visits, before taking viewers to other historical points of interest, including: Victor...
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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.” “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark  01:25 . Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting  01:40 , from the Wright...
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"Our Enemy—The Japanese” is the second of three 1943 short training films produced by the United States Navy and Office of War Information to provide background knowledge about the wartime foe. The film begins with the narrator, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Joseph C. Grew (mark  00:38 ), stating that he has lived in Japan for ten years (mark  01:07 ) and that their logic is incomprehensible by Western standards, and that they are 2,000 years behind in ethical and social thinking....
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“The Rock of Gibraltar” is a Frith Films presentation that takes its viewer to the British limestone promontory near the coast of Spain. The 1950s film opens with color images of the monolith as the narrator discusses some of its history and mazes of tunnels. At mark  00:53  we learn of the Rock’s importance in World War II and the North African campaign, having once housed the headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Much of the Rock is taken up by military barracks and arsenals,...
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TWA presents “Air Adventure to Europe,” a late-1950s color film that takes its viewer from a quiet suburban home in America as a young traveler receives her graduation gift from her parents: a trip to Paris. She boards the Lockheed Constellation TWA “Star of Minnesota” and takes off for a 47-day tour. She lands in Paris at mark  01:49  and we quickly see the Eiffel Tower (mark  02:11 ), the Arc de Triomphe (mark  02:30 ), and the Louvre Museum (mark  02:53 ) including the Mona Lisa...
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“A Car Is Born” is a late 1960s Ford Motor Company promotional film that shows how the modern automotive assembly line produces a precision machine. The film begins with a literal bang — a massive explosion of earth followed by scenes from construction sites and factories. Molten metal drips from containers while the scenes are interspersed with clips of car owners explaining what they look for in an automobile. “Where does a customer’s new car begin?,” asks the narrator at mark ...
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Note: this film is entirely in Hebrew. Anyone who wants to translate a bit of it for us and post details, is very welcome! One of fifteen films made by beloved author Joseph Krumgold working with Norman Lourie, ISRAEL HOUSE IN THE DESERT won a medal for best documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1948. The film was used to raise money and awareness in the United States about the plight of Jewish settlers in Palestine as part of the United Palestine Appeal of 1947-48. The film shows the...
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This exciting promotional film for Pan Am's new "double deck Clipper", the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, was made in the last 1940s as the airplane entered worldwide service. Although the film is extremely persuasive about the aircraft's capabilities, the 377 was a disappointment for Boeing with only 55 aircraft plus prototype built before its production was cancelled. The plane suffered from a poor safety record (including a crash-landing at sea in the Pacific documented elsewhere on our...
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This Soviet propaganda film from the height of the Cold War rails against American imperialism and portrays the Soviet Union as a peaceful actor that is helping preserve peace in the world. The film includes anti-Vietnam protests and footage from the Vietnam conflict, including Russia's allies the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. It also includes Red Square parades with Soviet ICBMs on display, as well as maneuvers by MiGs. Narrator:A sinister series of military conflicts keeps emerging in...
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Made for display in a science museum, this looped 16mm film shows a simulated descent in the bathyscaphe Trieste, including footage of its famed dive into the Challenger Deep. While the visuals are not that interesting, the end of the film shows a rare sight -- a point-of-view shot of the Trieste dumping some of the thousands of pounds of steel "drop shot" ballast as it rises to the surface. Trieste was a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with its...
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Directed by Larry Yust and created by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health in the late 1970s, PROGRESS AGAINST CANCER provides an interesting look at the fight against the disease in that decade. It features cancer survivors and patients of all ages, including some whose lives were prolonged via new forms of chemotherapy, as well as the doctors and researchers who have developed these treatments. This includes Vera Peters of the Ontario Cancer Institute, M.D.,...
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This promotional film for Allis Chalmers' new M100 Motor Grader likely dates to the early 1960s. The 167hp engine and high clearances offered by this machine were touted by AC in the film, which was called the "most productive motor grader in its class". The company hoped that the M100 and its rollaway blade design would represent a new standard in the construction industry. Its design also offered high visibility and ground-hugging stability. Surprisingly, this version of the M-100...
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Discusses Operation Portrex, or "Puerto Rico Exercise", a Joint Airborne-Amphibious training exercise on Vieques Island off Puerto Rico on the eve of the Korean War. The exercise involved the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment (Aggressor Forces), mostly Hispanic soldiers, against the 82nd Airborne Div, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Liberating Forces). The successful military maneuvers during Protrex prompted the Army's leadership to deploy the 65th Infantry to Korea. Paratroopers jump...
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“The Trout at Rainbow’s End” is a 1957 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories 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.  Dykers...
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has five segments. The first is 3 Man Apollo (:29). The Apollo mission is to get man to the moon and back safely. The early Mercury and Gemini missions have advanced to the first 3-man crew (:32-:47). Shown are the Apollo 1 astronauts: command pilot Virgil Grissom, senior pilot Edward White, and Roger Chaffee board, ready to do final testing (:48- 1:45 ). [A cabin fire during this launch rehearsal test on January 27, 1967 will...
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Pan Am India is a 1960 promotional travel film produced by MovieToNews, Inc. Sorry it's not in English but I think you can get the idea anyway! The short documentary is about travel to India in 1960 via Pan American Airways and documented the unique culture, architecture, and daily life of Indian residents. The narration of the film is in Japanese (?). The film featured lovely, eye-catching clips, including: one of a man resembling Gandhi (mark 0:25 ), then starting at mark 1:33 , an aerial...
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Made in an era when Atlantic City was one of America's pre-eminent tourist destinations, "ON THE BOARDWALK" was created and presented by the Convention Bureau of Atlantic City (:10). As the film begins, tourists arrive by Eastern Airlines airplane, train, and by Twin Coach bus. Atlantic City was once no more than a fishing village, yet today is one of the most prominent vacation destinations (:48) and boasted a famed boardwalk lined with seven miles of white sands (:58). Travelers...
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Made sometime in the early 1970s (probably 1971) by McDonnell Douglas after the Blue Angels had transition to the company's F-4 Phantom, the stylish DIAMOND IN THE SKY was produced by Thomas Carlisile and directed by Vince Griffith. It features a soundtrack performed by the Pensacola Naval Air Station Band and a score by John Fluck and Thomas Carlisle. The film contains footage at  2:47  of the F-4 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). At  6:00 , Naval Air Station...
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There is no voice-over in this colorful look at various aspects of Arizona life, sponsored by American Airlines. The footage extends from the mid-1960s to the early-1970s, presented in internal segments while instrumental music plays. A cowgirl on a galloping white horse (:18) segues into a 1970 Corvette Convertible (:38) driving through the desert on Route 88, the Apache Trail, and past the Superstition Mountains (:44). The fun moves to a speed boat (:58) pulling a water skier. The camera...
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Dating to the late 1930s, this silent film "The Life of Edward (Britain's Ex-King) was made for sale to the home market in the USA by Castle Films. The movie tells through footage and title cards, the strange story of the life of Edward VIII, who became king of England and then abdicated just a year later so that he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The scandal shook all of civilization (even more than Angie and Brad) and was natural fodder for exploitation. The film begins...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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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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Created by the U.S. Navy's Industrial Incentive Division and the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) during WWII, this "Nazi version" of the Normandy invasion is a translated, authentic German newsreel. The strategy at work here is taken from Frank Capra, who used authentic enemy newsreels and motion picture films in his "Why We Fight" series to provide insight into the Axis. This film, like "Why We Fight", was intended to make its intended audience — American war...
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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 preflight inspection of 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....
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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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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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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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Produced by Sperry Autonetics, this film shows the historic 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Sperry Autonetics made the top secret inertial guidance system that allowed Nautilus to make the voyage without surfacing to conduct...
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The Battle of Midway is a stirring, beautiful, and poignant 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including Johnny Governali, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell. The film begins with a male narrator (Ray Milland) explaining where Midway Island is and its strategic importance, and shows the PBY Catalina seaplane base (previously used by Pan Am for its flying boats)....
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This color film about mapping the Sahara for oil was photographed and narrated by R. Guillaume, a geologist sponsored by Total Oil Products Ltd. Their logo is from the 1950s, which changed in 1963. It opens with the landing of an Air France Breguet 761S on a runway covered in sand. (:28- 1:15 ). The supplies and equipment are loaded into vehicles. They drive in the ruts to know where the road is and avoid getting bogged down ( 1:16 - 1:52 ). A tank truck filled with water passes ( 1:53 - 1:59...
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This film, REPORT OF THE NAVY tracks two years of the Navy’s progress ( 1:03 ) in the post-WWII era. In October 1952, a fleet from Norfolk, Virginia heads for Scotland ( 1:16 ) for operation Mainbrace ( 1:30 ). It will test NATO’s ability to operate under a common command for a common purpose. The fleet of 160 consisted of carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, tankers and supply ships ( 1:52 ). After preparations the first part commences ( 2:30 ). This will be air support...
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Made during WWII by Curtiss, this film was created to introduce U.S. Navy pilots to their new SB2C Helldiver, a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the US Navy. Due to the advent of air-to-ground rockets, the SB2C was the last purpose-built dive bomber produced. The aircraft was one of the more maligned planes to be put into production, and developed a bad reputation in early service. While manufacturers produced many similar films during the war, one has to wonder whether this...
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Produced as part of Sterling Films' "Celluloid College" in 1947, Basic Motion Picture Technique is an educational film on the basics of filming a motion picture. It was made by Roy Creveling and Emil Brodbeck as edutainment. The film “has been carefully designed to teach exactly what it is that makes a movie interesting and enjoyable to an audience. It teaches technique, the ‘art’ of using the camera.” The first lesson deals with panning ( 01:21 ). A camera operator in front...
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This 1950 black and white film is one of a series of traffic safety films. It was produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films Inc, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department. The focus of this public safety video is to encourage drivers to control their tempers, use patience while driving, and be aware of dangerous driving. The film begins with an Education Unit police officer opening a binder titled “Driver Irritations” ( 0:07 - 0:29 ). The camera...
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This black and white film VIVA MEXICO! is part of RKO Radio Pictures “This is America” series. These films were produced in hopes of keeping Mexico and other "south of the border" nations strongly allied with the USA in its WWII fight with the Axis. (Some background on this: during World War I Germany asked Mexico for its support in the event the USA entered the conflict, causing consternation in America.) Viva Mexico! was produced between June 1, 1942 and September 2, 1945 since...
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“A whole new world is opening up. A world beneath the sea.” Those are the opening words of the United States Navy film, “World of the Sea.” The 1973 documentary that takes the viewer beneath the waves as the narrator explains how the Navy must perform essential support maneuvers underwater, whether it be in submarines or by using divers for missions such as salvage and repair, underwater construction, study of acoustics, or scientific research. Amidst scenes of divers in the ocean as...
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