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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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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from 1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Florida is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur Lodge...
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This silent film shows some of the steps in assembling a pilot's flight helmet. It's believed that the film shows APH-6C Dual Visor Pilot Flight Helmet developed by Sierra Engineering Company, Sierra Madre, CA in the mid-to-late 1960s and sold through the late 1970s, Military Spec: MIL-H-22995A. Sierra got its start in the late 1940s and created a famous crash test dummy known as "Sierra Sam". By 1966 the company had over 300 employees.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
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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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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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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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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 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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"Clearing The Way For The United Nations" is a short film from the late 1940s or early 1950s about preparations for building the new U.N. headquarters in New York City. The film opens with a shot of New York City ( 00:17 ) and the U.N. complex. An engineer sits at a drafting table ( 01:05 ) and tells viewers about the story of planning for and building the U.N. complex between 42nd and 48th street and between the East River and 1st Avenue. The engineer says the first thing he needs to...
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Dating to 1943, "Interrogation of Enemy Airmen" is a WWII training film that was made by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, to train American "AIOs" (Air Intelligence Officers) in techniques for interrogating captured enemy airmen, gathering vital intelligence. The film provides a look inside an AIO training school, where candidates learn a variety of interrogation methods, the importance of thoroughly familiarizing...
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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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"U.S. Air Force School Of Aviation Medicine” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the CBS news magazine show “The Search,” hosted by Charles Romine. The episode focuses on man’s desire to fly faster, farther, and higher than anyone else and the strange problems test pilots encounter in this endeavor (mark  01:45 ). It opens with a test pilot at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas partaking in an experiment designed to determine the limits of human endurance in flight, followed by an...
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This rare aircraft ground crew training film shows some of the care and maintenance issues affiliated with aircraft tires, including the B-24. Some of the dangerous aspects of removing and replacing a tube tire are also shown, as well as some of the careless things that can damage the tire during installation. 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...
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Shows the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after an accident caused it to sink off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of salvage and support vessel USS Falcon, whose highly-trained crew saved precious lives using a rescue diving bell. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example:...
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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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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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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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“Our Crucial Deterrent” is a circa 1972 color United States Navy film that touts the importance of the Polaris and Poseidon submarine missile programs. An opening crawl quotes President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 State of the Union address and explains his plan to create the crucial deterrent, “a fleet that never will attack first, but will possess sufficient powers of retaliation concealed beneath the sea, to discourage any aggressor from launching an attack upon our security.” At...
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Directed by Bruce Seth Green, "Annapolis: The First Year" shows the U.S. Naval Academy in the mid-to-late 1970s. This portrait supposedly shows the 1976 plebe year, but also includes footage from later classes in an attempt to show that the Academy had becoming sexually integrated.   The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. Established on 10 October...
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Designed as a training film circa 1988, “Air Force Now: Flying Safety” opens with a jet fighter losing control and the pilot ejecting moments before the aircraft crashes into a fiery ball of flame. That scene is followed by several other examples of aircraft catastrophes as helicopters and airplanes are shown diving to the ground. Amidst images of the wreckage, the narrator explains at mark  01:47  how military aircraft fatalities were first recorded in 1908 and continue to the modern...
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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 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 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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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 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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Documentary footage examining Allied machinery and methods used to attack the Axis powers on the beach fronts. Includes the Battle of Dunkirk and amphibious assaults on Sicily, Salerno, and Dieppe, France. Narrated by Quentin Reynolds. Navy film of the training and struggle to obtain beaches in Pacific and European Areas. Combat scenes of WWII. Reel 1: 1) Several LS taken off shore looking at White Cliffs of Dover. 2) Several quick flash shots showing England. Civil defense in operation,...
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This film is presented by the United States Navy (:10). The Naval Gun Factory is spread out over 125 acres in Washington DC by the Anacostia River (:52) and is composed of about 260 buildings.   It is the largest Naval armament in the world ( 1:25 ). Old cannons are poised out front of the factory as it has been an arsenal, school for midshipmen and a naval base is it’s past ( 1:32 ). An example is depicted of a work order which will be studied by various staff departments ( 2:06 ). A...
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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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Created in 1965 by the U.S. Navy, this film details the field of oceanography, which at that time appeared filled with promise. The film presents the view that, by harnessing tides hundreds of times more powerful than Niagara, and exploiting mineral and petrochemical resources as well as marine life, mankind can reach a bright future.  The film also shows some of the history of oceanographic research from Greek times to the modern era. Some of the interesting shots in the film include the...
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Produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with the United States Navy in 1940, "The Eyes of the Navy" is a pre-WWII recruiting film that portrays the exciting life of young aviators. The film features basic naval aviator training in Pensacola, Florida ( 2:30 ) and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California ( 9:50 ). Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work and ground school,, to instrument training in a Link trainer ( 5:24 ), solo flight and carrier...
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The United States Air Force presents “Cape Kennedy 1964,” a color film examining operations at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 1964. We learn how a communications satellite was launched from the space center that enabled people to watch live coverage of the Olympic Games from Tokyo, and more interestingly looks at some of the preparation for the Gemini program flights scheduled for 1965 and the ongoing development of Minuteman ballistic missile. At  4:30 , Polaris ballistic...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
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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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This silent 16mm film shows an experiment undertaken to show how a small, light car like the VW Bug could be driven for long distances at low cost due to its fuel efficiency. At the start of the film a brand new VW Beetle is prepared for the trip with a visit to a full service gas station. A clock is used to record the time and a shot shows the odometer ( 3:50 mark), and then at the end these are revisited. In roughly nine hours the car travels 426 miles, although it's unclear exactly whether...
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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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PHILCO Famous for Quality The World Over is a short film promoting Philco’s new line of 1950s refrigerators. The film opens with a shot of man and woman in a 1950s living room. The man is worried about a presentation he is about to give dealers on the new Philco fridges. The film then cuts to the presentation in a ballroom ( 02:50 ). As the man speaks, a woman unveils the Philco 702 compact refrigerator ( 05:55 ) and demonstrates its features, including a horizontal evaporator and a defroster...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It features four segments. “The Great Metal Mystery!” The Eagle Picher lead and zinc mine is shown near Joplin, Missouri. A truck discharges gallium onto a conveyer belt. Samples are tested in a laboratory and a man holds a handful of the nuggets. A gallium nail is pounded into a board in a warm room, where it time-lapse melts. A lab scientist pours...
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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 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 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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The “Dew Line Story” is mostly based in the arctic (:20) where the majority of the year is cloaked in darkness and freezing temperatures. Yet the once impassable area was now, in the “air age”, another area from which opposing forces could strike from ( 1:12 ). A decision is made to build a radar early warning line north of the Arctic circle and sprouting from Alaska ( 2:12 ). This line is the Distant Early Warning Line, aka the “Dew Line” ( 2:23 ). The decision as to who would...
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This 1970s color film is a long advertisement for the Boeing United Airlines 747. “Those United Men and Their Flying Machine” is a play on words of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines, whose theme song by the same name is played throughout this film. It opens with a stuffed Peanuts Snoopy dog sitting on a doghouse in a field, which begins flying after the Red Baron in a biplane (:25- 2:33 ). A United Airlines Boeing 747 flies into view and then back to Snoopy flying...
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One of the silent films made by Eastman Kodak in the 1920s for classroom use, "Limestone and Marble" examines both of these stones. At :36 a limestone quarry is shown, with the limestone originating from "an old coral reef". At :50, chipped limestone is shown being stored for use in road building. At 1:17 an early dump truck drops a load of rock into a crusher and it emerges in small pieces ( 2:00 ).   At 2:08 it is dumped to form a roadbed. At 2:16 chalk, a form of...
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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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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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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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Made for the home market, this 16mm silent film by Avalon Daggett shows the 66th Annual Rose Parade in 1955. Earl Warren was the Grand Marshal that year (:41). The 1955 theme was "Familiar Sayings in Flowers". At :49 the Rose Queen is seen. At 1:13 the Mexico float. Other highlights include the L.A. County Float at 1:30 , Ohio State's float,   USC's Tommy Trojan ( 2:04 ), Minute Maid float, and more. At 3:00 a wonderful Disneyland float is seen. At 4;12 the Post Cereal float comes...
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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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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 early 1960s black and white film about the development of the oil industry “Presents true stories of progress at work by the American Petroleum Institute” and is broken out into four segments. “1919.” The film opens with a couple in a 1919 touring car, with a ‘Just Married’ sign is on the back. The car runs out of the gas. A spare can of gasoline is strapped to the running board. He lifts up the front seat to access the fuel tank and the can is empty. The groom pushes the car,...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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 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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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, this Merchant Marine film was directed by J.B. Holmes, and compares to other films of the era including Men of the Light Ship. It shows the sinking of a British merchant ship by Nazi torpedo and the aftermath. It contains very realistic footage of a ship sinking, the evacuation of the crew, and rescue operations by coast guardsmen. This is followed by a lengthy segment about the defensive training of merchant marine members, including...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
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Ed Asner hosts this 1975 color Army recruiting film, The Army Reports #51, to encourage not letting a lack of education prevent a life-time career with the Army. All of the different education opportunities are then detailed verbally by Ed with interspersed video showing the scenarios. A boy goes from a high school classroom to working on a car as a mechanic to older sadly laying on a bed. His happy friend is dressed in full uniform. ( 2:37 - 3:49 ). He is next shown waiting with a large group...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arctic Four Allure is a documentary film on the Eskimos of Kotzeube, Alaska and their lifestyle. It was probably made in early to mid-1950 as a promotional for Wein Alaska Airlines. The film was promoted by both Northwest Airlines and Wien Alaska Airlines. Northwest Airlines was founded in 1926 by Colonel Lewis Brittin and is still active today under the Delta brand. Wien Alaska Airlines was started in 1927 by Noel and Ralph Wien in Nome, Alaska, and folded in 1985.   The film starts out...
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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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Made in the era of corporate colonialism, this historic film from the 1940s tells the story of the Firestone Natural Rubber Company, a subsidiary of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the company operates the largest contiguous rubber plantation in the world in Liberia, which first opened in 1926. During the 1920s, the United States access to rubber was restricted by the European colonial powers (Britain and the Netherlands), which held a monopoly in rubber...
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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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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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Produced by the Ford Motor Company, “Valley of Light” is a circa 1950 documentary on Yosemite National Park. It opens with a shot of famed photographer Ansel Adams as a title card reminds viewers in the opening seconds that his “photographs of our scenic parks are classic interpretations of a priceless American heritage.” We see Adams in his studio at mark  00:35  admiring some of his countless images. He strokes his beard as a voiceover remarks how he has pointed his camera at the...
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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 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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“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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The 1950s color training film “Dangers Along Haulage Ways” is a cautionary tale promoting mine safety. The scenarios are re-enactments based on case files. As the story opens, a mine worker is seriously injured because his thoughts were on an upcoming hunting trip — not on safety. Rather than drive his shuttle car in the direction of travel, “Mike” puts his vehicle in reverse (mark  02:30 ) and at a high rate of speed. The safety engineer doesn’t approve of such behavior ( 04:20 )...
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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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This film from Johnson and Johnson shows the company's new surgical absorbable hemostat, known as Surgicel. Surgicel is a hemostatic agent (blood-clot-inducing material) made of an oxidized cellulose polymer (the unit is polyanhydroglucuronic acid), manufactured by the Ethicon subsidiary of Johnson And Johnson. It was introduced into clinical practice in 1947. It is used to control post-surgical bleeding. It is also used by some boxing cutmen to control bleeding. Surgicel is used extensively in...
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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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WINGS TO YUGOSLAVIA is a Pan American promotional travel film from the 1960s, when the nation was part of the Eastern Bloc. The film takes viewers on a tour of Yugoslavia, a land made up of “six republics, five nations, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one desire: independence.” The film begins in Belgrade ( 01:16 ) with scenic shots of the Sava and Danube Rivers and the airport. Belgrade is a bustling city, its streets lined with outdoor cafes ( 01:48 ) and its markets...
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The Mailman is a 1946 instructional/career film produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc. in collaboration with Paul R. Hanna, Ph.D. Stanford University, providing an overview of the work your average mailman does on any given day. The film opens with a young boy recovering from being sick ( 00:30 ), waiting by the window for the mailman to arrive. His mother greets the mailman ( 00:42 ), who gives her a letter for the boy. A mailman at the post office ( 01:06 ) grabs his mail and takes...
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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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This film from Lockheed shows developments in the company's VTOL aircraft research program with a particular focus on nap of the Earth maneuverability, controllability, mission effectiveness and human factors. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment. During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in,...
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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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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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In this US Navy Combat Bulletin (No. 4), produced in Cooperation with the U.S. Army Pictorial Services, viewers get updates to the Allied war efforts in Europe and the Pacific. The bulletin begins with a segment on air combat support. Footage from cameras on U.S. planes show German planes being shot out of the air and the strafing of German ground targets, including trains. “Piggyback” planes fly toward Allied lines (also known as Mistel, “Piggyback” planes refer to composite aircraft...
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Thunder Makers is a 1950s film that shows the production and testing of the Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet aircraft engine at the Ford Motor Company’s Aircraft Engine Division plant in Chicago. (Ford built these engines under license from P&W.) The film opens with a shot of two men in a control room testing the J57 and firing the engine’s afterburner ( 01:35 ). The film then shows viewers the Ford Aircraft Engine plant, where a train is pulling into one of the plant’s warehouses (...
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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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This 1960 color film about Pepsi Cola is a Gene Searchinger Production. It is a spoof on detective movies. A frosted glass door reads “Mike Hammerlock, Private Oparative” misspelled. His beautiful secretary talks on a candlestick telephone; the shot begins with her long legs. Mike, wearing a suit and hat, answers his candlestick telephone. He lights a cigarette. The ash tray is full of cigarette butts. He puts on his trench coat (:08- 2:18 ). The Pepsi-Cola building sign is shown. Pepsi...
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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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Chevrolet’s “Modern Engineering Series” is a series of films produced by Jam Handy in the mid-1950s that promote the innovative features of Chevrolet vehicles. “Modern Engineering Series Vol. 3: Torque Talk” looks at the torque of the new Chevrolets, and tests a Chevrolet against comparable Ford and Plymouth models. At the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 00:53 ), Chevrolets are tested for torque. What appears to be a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is tested by pulling 16...
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