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One of a series of historic newsreels first released by the General Newsreel Company, this episode features various segments. First, President Franklin Roosevelt is seen on September 11, 1937 visiting Hudson River State Hospital on nurses’ graduation day in the first year of his second term as President ( 0:40 ). Here he narrates a funny story about his experiences ( 1:20 ), bursting out laughing in the faces of the nurses, and receiving a thunderous applause. At mark 2:19 a Bank for Bathers...
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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These 1940s home movies show Tucson Arizona and environs. The movie was shot during a 4-H youth organization convention. At the 1 minute mark you will see the San Xavier del Bac mission, with the 4H'rs arriving by bus from the University of Arizona. At the 2:45 mark are images of a swimming pool at the University of Arizona, followed by campus scenes. At the 7 minute mark students are seen giving presentations. The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the...
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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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The rally competition now known as Rally Finland, an annual race held in the Finnish Lakeland in Central Finland, is the focus of this 1968 color documentary produced by Castrol. Titled “The Flying Finns,” it features the 1968 1000 Lakes Rally and is concentrated on documenting the duel between Timo Makinen and Hannu Mikkola. The film opens with race crews, including those for rally driver Timo Salonen, expecting their vehicles and interviews with drivers describing the wide and smooth...
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“Ejection Decision: A Second Too Late!” Is a 1981 US Air Force training film for aircrews who fly aircraft with ejection seats. The film shows scenes from real life ejection scenarios and interviews with pilots who have made emergency ejections to help emphasizes the importance of making timely ejection decisions. Here, psychology is important, as escape technology cannot make up for the fact that pilots can make poor decisions about leaving an out-of-control aircraft. The film starts with...
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This silent footage shows highlights of the activities of the 366th Fighter Wing (366 FW) of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command in Vietnam. Unfortunately we do not know the date it was made or what action it covers, but most of what you will see is "gun camera" or 'bomb camera" variety. The film opens with footage of air to ground combat and close fighter support. At  1:11  onward, heavy aerial bombing of jungle targets is seen, including eerie slow-motion bomb...
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This Soviet produced, English language film from 1982 presents the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine with its many factories, industry, and thriving transportation networks. The film starts with images of the bridge over the Dneiper River and the Moskovskyi Bridge. The film shows Karkov, Donetz, Odessa, Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. At  2:40 , the country's supreme Soviet is seen. 1982 represented the 1500th anniversary of the founding of Kiev, and that city is shown at  4:50  and...
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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark 01:10 ),...
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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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On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day. Made in the early 1950s, ISRAEL REBORN traces the creation of the modern state of Israel and touches on the tumult that followed. At :46, the Arab opposition to the creation of Israel is seen. At  1:00 , Jews in TelAviv, and David Ben-Gurion, are seen proclaiming an independent Jewish state. At  1:20 ,...
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Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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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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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 1945, THE BROAD FOURTEENS is one of the excellent, dramatized accounts of WWII made by the Ministry of Information for morale purposes. The film shows the first posting, and eventual first action, of a newly-trained motor torpedo boat (MTB) crew. ('The Broad Fourteens' is the name given to a patrol area of the North Sea off the Dutch coast.) The film joins the boat and crew at the end of their training (probably HMS Bee, the Coastal Force working up base at Weymouth). The boats featured...
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Created exclusively for “the men and women of American industry” circa 1943, this official United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, begins by taking the audience to the South Pacific, “where American planes, powered by high octane, serviced by billions of small parts from the factories of America, are delivering packages of death to the Japs, bombing the daylight out of the Rising Sun.” With that dramatic introduction, bombers are shown at mark  01:00...
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The U.S. Navy film “Desert Without Sand” (MN-10518) dates to 1967 and presents the Navy’s Task Force 43 and its operations in Antarctica. Read Admiral Jay Lloyd Abbot ( 01:50 ) is head of naval support for the missions and narrates the film, which is meant to provide an opportunity for those who cannot visit the continent to see what it is all about. The film opens with a ship crashing through ice ( 00:12 ) and scenes of mountains and ice fields. The desolate region, despite the cold and...
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"The Air Plan" is a wonderful WWII film that shows the role played by the RAF, Dominion squadrons and briefly the U.S. Army Air Forces in the preparation, invasion and securing of the Normandy beachheads in June 1944, known by the codeword OVERLORD. The film begins with a brief overview of the work of the Allied air forces during the Second World War up to the Normandy landings, including the Battle of Britain, the bombing of the German industrial areas, the thousand bomber raids, the...
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Made in 1951, "Wing to Wing" showcases the Royal Air Force as it transitioned to the jet age. Scenes include a throwback to show how WWII was fought in the sky, modern day combat in Korea (including the Royal Australian Air Force jets), and scenes showing the capabilities and versatility of a whole series of first generation British jet powered aircraft. As the commentator says:   Strength in the air today decides the fate of nations. Air power must be ours where the cause of peace...
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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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The 1943 documentary film HANDLE WITH CARE is the 11th film produced by the National Film Board of Canada in a series of films produced for the Department of Munitions and Supply. The short documentary looks at the industrial chemical plants that produce Canada’s explosives, a booming industry resulting from Canada’s wartime mobilization. The film begins by looking at large industrial complexes, complete with harmful byproducts such as acid water ( 00:41 ). Prairie factories harness...
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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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This short educational film, “City Driving,” is produced by the Ford Motor Company, and it is one in a series in cooperation with the National Commission On Safety Education. “City Driving” is filmed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959, and it promotes safe driving in a city environment, featuring 1960 Ford Falcons. The main car used Central High School’s 1960 Ford Falcon Driver Education car. The film covers what to do and not to do in a number of situations, focusing on the following safe...
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The Big Picture is an official television report from the United States Army (:42). It was a documentary program that aired from 1951 to 1964. Sergeant Stewart Queen opens the episode speaking of the foot soldiers and their vital place in the military (:49). In mountain warfare training; a finishing school for infantry men, they learn to scale up and down mountains ( 1:31 ). In Austria, the men gather around their instructor, learning to master footholds on the mountains ( 1:56 ). The...
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This “restricted” World War II-era black-and-white film was produced by the US Navy to introduce the viewer to the LTV — the Landing Vehicle Tracked (an amphibious warfare vehicle and amphibious landing craft). An LTV “narrates” the film as the vehicle is shown being utilized by US Marines (mark  00:52 ) on a test course. Maneuvering across the ditches and through mud, we’re told how it could also be used as a bridge if necessary, as we see at mark  01:30 . An LTV emerges from a...
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THOUGH THE EARTH BE MOVED tells the story of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, that occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths. The film primarily chronicles the first 72 hours after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the response to the disaster by the United States Office of Civil Defense,...
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The 1949 short Chevrolet film, “It All Depends,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet vehicles by showing how the American community is connected and works together, and the role the automobile manufacturer plays. The film was shot somewhere in Michigan, likely just outside Detroit. It opens with an aerial view of a town, then cuts to a scene of children playing on a street ( 00:33 ). A family eats a meal together ( 01:54 ), the little boy enjoying a glass of milk that is brought to...
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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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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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This silent, raw footage from September, 1945 was shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman. It shows General Douglas MacArthur on his first day in Japan, touring the battle damaged city of Tokyo. At :29, you will see Mac in a touring car, switching to a larger vehicle. At :47, General MacArthur is seen making a triumphant speech as the Stars and Stripes again fly over the U.S. Embassy. Troops stand in review. In addition to General MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Wm. C. Chase, and Admiral Wm. F. Halsey and Lt....
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners descending into the depths of a large coal mine, and then their routine underground, shoring up the roof, and placing coal into a long conveyer belt so that it can be transported to the surface. 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:...
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This silent film footage dates to 1971 and shows various scenes related to protests against the Vietnam War. This includes some of the protests known as "Operation Dewey Canyon III' that included members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (read more here:  http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?... ) The demonstration was given its name, "Operation Dewey Canyon III", in reference to military operations known as Dewey Canyon I and II. Some of the aspects of these offensives...
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Made during WWII and shown to the troops, this Private SNAFU cartoon "It's Murder She Says" has a definite purpose -- to encourage Allied troops to use protection against mosquitoes. With the threat of malaria and other mosquito-born diseases prominent in the Pacific Campaign as well as elsewhere, this 'toon was an important communication tool. If you've never heard of him, Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black and white American instructional cartoon shorts,...
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This color picture explains to its viewer the The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter — a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations beginning in 1958 (and lasting to 2004). The narrator touts the aircraft’s greatness starting at mark  00:30 , explaining how it can fly in any weather and at any hour, day or night, and capable of...
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Drag racing and the National Hot Rod Association takes centerstage in this circa 1965 film presented by Hurst Performance Products. The film reminds the viewer of the modest beginnings of a hot rod (mark  00:45 ) and how fanatics would take old cars and drop a big engine in a small car, remove the fenders and windshield, and before you know it — a hot rod. The narrator continues to trace the vehicle’s development and how the sport became one that was carefully engineered as various...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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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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In 1957, William and Daisy Myers, who were both college graduates, moved their family into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. The Myers were black, and the suburb was all-white. The result was somewhat predictable given the era, and the fact that many of the whites had left the inner city for the suburbs to escape racial integration. The Myers were harassed, openly threatened, and snubbed. Molotov cocktails were thrown at a protest which escalated to a riot in the summer,...
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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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Presented by the Tournament of Roses Association, this profile of the 1966 Rose Parade with Grand Marshall Walt Disney begins with footage of LAX International Airport and the city of Pasadena which hosts the event. At :52 you will see Pasadena City Hall and at 1:00 aerial footage of downtown. At 1:12 is the Jet Propulsion Lab or JPL. The Mariner satellite is seen being launched. At 2:01 , Pasadena City College is shown, with college girls with hilarious haircuts including the famed...
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CONTAINERIZATION TODAY was produced in the 1960s and presented by the American Iron and Steel Institute, promoting the benefits of shipping cargo using steel containers. The film touts the major advancements in containers and freight transportation found on highways, waterways, and railways. The strong, durable steel boxes are a new system of freight that saves companies and shipping lines both time and money. Several shots related to shipping, including what appears to be the waterfront of New...
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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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ACRES OF PLENTY shows some of the 300,000 families migrating out of the Dust Bowl in the midwest, headed west towards California and the "land of plenty". At 52 seconds, you will see the Government Camp set up at Shafter, California. Here the flood of migrants were able to recieve jobs in the agricultural industry, including a wide cross-section of people—young and old, men and women, rural and urban people. Shafter Camp owed its existence to FDR's New Deal and the Resettlement...
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Flames shoot from a rocket thrust booster and workers add fuel to cylinders in the opening moments of “Careful Diets for Missiles” as a narrator dramatically proclaims, “Food — for the hungry bellies of rockets and missiles. Their diets are critical. The big jobs eat a lot and mixing it by hand isn't good enough anymore.” With that, the logo for Toledo Scales appears onscreen (mark  01:20 ) and we’re transported to aerospace manufacturer Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Utah while...
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Shot by an unknown tourist, this 16mm silent home movie shows a trip through the Southwest beginning in El Paso. In a part of the film that might be out of sequence, at :43 is what appears to be Tucson, Arizona's downtown as seen from "A" Mountain. At :47, an "E" on a hillside seems to indicate El Paso again. At  2:04 , Tucson is seen again, with a long sweeping vista shot from "A" Mountain. At  2:30 , part of the Desert Museum is seen with its impressive cactus...
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This color film from 1960 was produced by Fox subsidiary Movietonews Inc. We begin with a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper (:20-:37) arriving in Istanbul, Turkey, once known as Constantinople. A visitor is served lemonade via a unique dispenser strapped to a local’s back (:48- 1:00 ) while another gets a shoe shine at an elaborate stand ( 1:01 ). A gentleman puffs on a nargalay (hooka) of flavored smoke ( 1:20 - 1:37 ). At the many docks, bridges full of people and cars connect the city...
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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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Shot by an unknown American starting on May 14 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. The movie begins with the ship SS America leaving the United States Lines pier (:30) and views of the Empire State Building ( 1:00 ) in the distance. At sea there are shots on deck and there is an abandon ship drill at ( 4:20 ). At ( 7:00 ) Le Havre, France is reached and the busy port is shown. At ( 8:00 ) the scene moves to Paris where Champ de Mars is seen,...
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NOTE: We could use some help identifying the types of cars used in these tests. Please if you know the models leave information in the comments below thanks! This film shows highlights of high speed car crash tests made in the late 1970s using crash test dummies, which include early versions of air bags. Although it's not well known, in the early 1970s both Ford and General Motors began offering cars equipped with airbags, initially in government fleet purchased Chevrolet automobiles. GM's...
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This Cold War era Soviet propaganda film shows a brief history of the Soviet Revolution with images of the Civil War, before launching into a discussion of the long rebuilding efforts that followed the Socialist victory. It then discusses some of the economic development plans that resulted in prosperity in the 1930s in the USSR. Narration: ‘A revolution is only worth something if it can defend itself’, Lenin said those days. The working people of Russia, who had just recently come to...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet propaganda newsreel shows the strong bond between the USSR and Poland and looks at Lenin's life in Krakow in 1912. Narrator: Lenin. The Polish nation holds sacred the memory of the time when the great leader of the world’s laborers lived and worked on its land. It was 1912, the year of a new upsurge in the revolutionary movement in Russia. Lenin was abroad in Paris, and from there it was becoming increasingly difficult to monitor the works of the Russian party...
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This film was made to promote the Northrop SM-62 Snark, an early-model intercontinental range ground-launched cruise missile that could carry a W39 thermonuclear warhead. The Snark was deployed by the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command from 1958 through 1961. It represented an important step in weapons technology during the Cold War. The Snark took its name from the author Lewis Carroll's character the "snark". The Snark missile was developed to present a nuclear...
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Dating to the 1970s and created by Shirley Cobham, this beautiful Pan Am travelogue film focuses on the islands of the Caribbean also called "the Eighth Continent", although excluding Cuba which was under embargo at the time. The film features gorgeous footage of the many activities affiliated with the Caribbean: sailing, fishing, swimming and lounging activities at the beach. At  4:00 , the film visits St. Georges, Grenada and shows the quaint downtown and historic waterfront. At ...
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Made in the 1960s, this silent Russian film (actually -- it is a sound film but we have not yet been able to make a transfer of the magnetic sound, hope to do so soon) shows a demonstration of a Soviet punchcard computer system and other computers. These appear to include the ES EVM, one of a series of clones of IBM's System/360 and System/370 mainframes, released in the Comecon countries under the initiative of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Production continued until 1998. The total number of...
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Dating to 1946, this silent, raw footage shows preparations underway to document the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests using drone B-17 aircraft. The Enewetak Atoll, home base for the drone operations, is seen at  1:35  from the air, with various views of the area that would be used for the later Operation Sandstone tests. At  6:30 , drone B-17 aircraft are seen. These were equipped with radio controls and television cameras so that they could be flown remotely through the atomic cloud...
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This 1970 color film on Morocco and Kenya is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a J.T.E./Intercine Production in association with Film Services, London, Ltd. A Pan American Jetliner lands, the jet bridge is placed, and passengers disembark to awaiting trains to the older parts of Morocco (:59- 1:23 ). Mint tea is served, using metal and sterling silver containers ( 1:40 - 1:55 ). A Moroccan Fantasia performance involves horseback riders and rifles shot in unison ( 1:56 -...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color film is an Air France travelogue about the Roman Catholic cathedrals at Lourdes, Lisieux, Fatima, and Rome. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Paul Mattei. The organ music is an original composition by Maurice Lenfant. An Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III (F-BHRK) zips by, a jet engine is shown, and the passengers board ( 1:09 - 1:40 ). A group of nuns exits an Air France Boeing 707 Intercontinental ( 1:41 ). Passengers...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. King Edward VIII Abdicates 1936 (:42- 4:13 ). Shown are newspaper headlines, King Edward VIII reviewing his troops, and a photo of Wallis Simpson. He is shown in one of his early appearances in full military regalia and parts of a speech are heard. The crowds hold anti-abdication posters. His...
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Directed by Dr. Futer, MAN AGAINST MOUNT EVEREST shows the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest expedition led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant.  His team including Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The oxygen sets were barely operable and when the two men continued in the morning, they were...
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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 film FRANK SINATRA IN ISRAEL dates to 1962 and documents Frank Sinatra's first ever visit to Israel as part of his multinational World Tour for Children. The tour, which raised over $1 million for children's charities around the globe, had stops in Japan, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel. In Israel, Sinatra gave seven concerts in six cities. As you will see in the course of the film, his visit coincided with the country's annual Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)...
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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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This post-WWII Soviet propaganda film (entirely in Russian) pays tribute to the role played by partisan groups in fighting the invading German Wehrmacht during the Great Patriotic War. The film includes rare footage and re-enactments depicting a variety of operations, from harassing German rear areas and supply lines, administering rough justice to persons who collaborated with the Germans (a firing squad is seen around  1:35 ), and working to re-assure Soviets in isolated and occupied areas...
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The United States Air Force presents “What Makes a Man: The Story of the United States Air Force Academy,” a mid-1960s informational color film encouraging men to join the Colorado Springs campus. The film opens with the rhetorical question posed in the title, and the viewer is asked whether stone and metal buildings make a man, or does it come from knowledge, action, competition, or something else? All the while, images of young cadets and academic and athletic life fill the screen....
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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 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1950s and shows a vacation in Italy that starts on the highway from Rome towards Venice. It starts at ;12 with a visit to Trevi, followed at :29 with the garden at Fonti del Clilunno. At :57 is the Monastery of St. Francis at Assizi / Assisi. San Marino is seen at 1;33 with a cattle auction taking place. Venice starts at 4:17 , with St. Mark's Square seen at 4:29 . The Bridge of Sighs is seen at 7:30 . The Lido is seen in twilight at 8:20 . A trip...
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Produced by NASA contractor Rockwell International, this circa 1978 film was made shortly before the successful Apollo-Soyuz space mission. It is followed by a second film SPACESHIP EARTH showing on-going work on the new Space Shuttle. APOLLO-SOYUZ was created prior to the actual mission, and uses footage from prior Apollo missions and concept art. The film also shows the construction and assembly process for the Apollo side of the mission with Deke Slaton and crew shown. The docking module is...
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The 1962 Owen Murphy Productions film for Bell Telephone “Krystallos” starts with close-up footage of quartz crystals, one of the most common minerals on Earth (:07), and shifts to a drawing of a watercolor painting depicting mountains and meadows (:30), before shifting to an icy blue quartz (:45). The word “crystal” is derived from the Greek word krystallos, meaning “clear ice.” The film’s narrator describes how two young French brothers, Jacques and Pierre Curie, discovered...
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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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The Robot Revolution is a short film that discusses the advances in computer and mechanical engineering—specifically in robotics and programming. The film opens with scenes of a robot moving around while a narrator explains how the Industrial Revolution improved many facets of life but also forced people into poverty and poor working conditions. Today’s Technology Revolution is on pace to outstrip the advances of the Industrial Revolution, but some people fear the consequences that come...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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How to remain in contact with a submerged submarine via a Signal Underwater Sound (SUS) MK 84 MOD 0 sonobuoy is the subject of this 1960s training film prepared for Naval Air Systems Command. The non-explosive, aircraft-to-submarine communications device provides one-way acoustic communications. It is explained starting at mark  01:00  how the device is launched from an aircraft and can transmit one of four independent codes, each representing a pre-assigned command message. The camera pans a...
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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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Released by the U.S. Government and the U.S. Navy's Industrial Incentive Division, this WWII film reproduces a German newsreel "Fernbomber uber dem Atlantik" which showed dramatic images of the German Luftwaffe attacking an Allied convoy at sea. The point of the film (from an American perspective) was to inspire war workers to build more ships and supplies to "carry the fight to the enemy". At  10:00 , images are seen of ship building and the launching of multiple Liberty...
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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 wonderful short featuring Dinah Shore, tells the story of the Hollywood Canteen, a converted Barn located in Hollywood. It operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard between October 3, 1942, and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day), as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. Even though the majority of visitors were U.S servicemen, the canteen was open to servicemen of allied countries as well as women in all branches of service. A...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with the devastating 1906 San Francisco Earthquake (mark  00:30 ) and we see “on the spot pictures of the most talked of disaster in our history,” including buildings engulfed in flames structures left in ruins on the ground. In scenes nine years later (mark  01:33 )...
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
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Made in the 1950s, this incredible film recounts the medical research work of Dr. János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, (January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, Selye was aware of their role in the stress response. Many scientists believe...
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Produced by the Marion Power Shovel Company, this fascinating movie looks at copper and copper mining in the 1960s, when the American mines were at peak production and financial troubles loomed. The film looks at the future of mining, including the development of efficiencies to keep mines in business. Open pit mining techniques are shown, with a focus on the Southwest. At 2:00 , Bingham Canyon and the Utah Mining Company pit (also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine) is seen. At 2:40 , various...
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Made in 1965, this film report documents the "civic action program" adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. This "hearts and minds" type of warfare (which also included Operation County Fair and the Combined Action Program -- see our Youtube channel) was adopted in hopes of reversing gains by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam, but unfortunately its success was limited. The idea behind Full Blade was fairly simple: because the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army could...
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This 1960s color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues. It is produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Henry Strauss. An organ grinder makes music in a wagon behind a burro (:22), while another donkey gets shoed (:28). Donkeys walk, their backs loaded with packs (:43). A man pushes a stubborn donkey that refuses to move (:48). An old man rides a donkey ( 1:06 ). A bull charges across the bullfighting ring at a matador ( 1:20 ). Castle shots include Alcazar of Segovia (...
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Shot by an unknown American G.I., this 16mm silent home movie shows Occupied Austria in the mid-1940s. Much like Germany, Austria was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet zones and governed by the Allied Commission for Austria. Austria, in general, was treated as though it had been originally invaded by Germany and liberated by the Allies. On 15 May 1955, after talks which lasted for years and were influenced by the Cold War, Austria regained full independence by concluding the...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Wyoming,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the western state. Wyoming sits at a high elevation, with expensive plateaus and majestic mountains. Some of the state’s notable cities are Casper ( 01:46 ), home of Fort Caspar ( 01:06 ), and Cheyenne ( 01:15 ), the state’s capital. Oil and coal are two major industries in the state due to the abundance of the natural resources. Strip mining...
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Operation Deep Freeze (OpDFrz or ODF) is the codename for a series of United States missions to Antarctica, beginning with "Operation Deep Freeze I" in 1955–56, followed by "Operation Deep Freeze II", "Operation Deep Freeze III", and so on. Given the continuing and constant US presence in Antarctica since that date, "Operation Deep Freeze" has come to be used as a general term for US operations in that continent, and in particular for the regular...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Vermont,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of Vermont. Vermont, the first state to be added to the original 13, is home to breathtaking scenery. The state’s large waterways provide energy through hydroelectric power ( 01:17 ) and opportunities for recreation: Lake Champlain is the largest lake east of the Great Lakes. Vermont’s first settlement is Brattleboro ( 01:30 ), situated on the...
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“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
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This 1960 color public relations film by the U.S. Army is to educate the public on the benefits of having the Nike-Hercules (MIM-14) surface-to-air missile system as protection against nuclear attack. Children play with a plane, its shadow crossing them (:25- 1:19 ). The Commander watches the radar spin, pod doors open, and the surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile rise ( 1:20 - 2:20 ). An animation details the sequence of using it ( 2:21 - 3:21 ). A bird’s-eye view shows a Nike battery ( 3:23...
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This 1960s home movie features a family with twin boys and a baby sister celebrating Xmas. At :33 they are shown opening presents by the tree with mother and grandpa. At :55, it being the Cold War era, they open some kind of missile launcher toy. At 1:14 they receive bowties and at 1:19 a pair of cymbals. At 1:47 they get matching red pajamas. At 2:01 the boys' stockings are shown stuffed with gifts. At 2:19 , it being the pre-Vietnam War era, a set of tommy guns and pistols are given out...
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EDIT VIDEO This film WATER SOUTH looks at the construction of the California Aqueduct starting in 1960, including rare footage of the construction of the Oroville Dam. The California Aqueduct is a system of canals, tunnels, and pipelines that conveys water collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys of Northern and Central California to Southern California. The over 400-mile (640 km) aqueduct is the principal feature of the California State Water Project. The Department of Water...
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This short film is of the "This Land of Ours" series of educational movies made by Dudley Pictures in the late 1940s and early 1950’s. It gives a brief tour through the state of Rhode Island, the smallest state; only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide (:34). The first settlement was established in 1636 by Roger Williams (:54). One of the many historic sites from it’s birth is Kingston Inn ( 1:11 ), which at one time was simply a stagecoach stop and still serves guests today. In...
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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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This black-and-white silent film was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps, and recalls the the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Battle of the Argonne Forest. It was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought in France from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice of November 11, 1918. The narrative is told via standard title cards, and begins with an explanation at mark  00:12  that the German...
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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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The film “The Ten Takes Flight” was produced by Film & Television Communications for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It opens with Larry Van Nuys broadcasting live from a mobile unit on August 29, 1970 for the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 wide-bodied jet from Long Beach airport. Broadcaster Michael Ryan is in the control tower and actor Art Ballinger is at Edwards Air Force Base (:09-43). Overhead shots are shown of the plane, as are its crew, led by test pilot Captain...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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Canada’s National War Finance Committee presents “Sicily: Key to Victory,” a black-and-white World War II-era film released following the July-August 1943 Sicilian Campaign. Filmed by the Canadian Army Film Unit and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the picture is a partial record of the achievements of Canada’s First Division in that campaign. A scroll at the start of the film explains, “The victory in Sicily began in the wheat fields and factories of Canada. Only by the...
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