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Cairo to Capetown, is a black and white, short film, regarding the ports U.S. Navy sailors could visit along the coast of Africa. This film was a United Artist Film. United Artists (UA) is an American film and television entertainment studio founded in 1919. UA added sound to their films in the 1930’s. This film was probably made in that era.   A Navy cruiser ship is shown at sea ( 0:21 - 0:26 ). Map of Africa ( 0:27 - 0:32 ) showing Alexandria, Egypt ( 0:33 - 0:36 ). Cairo’s Muhammad Ali...
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This film BOUGAINVILLE A STEP TO VICTORY presents the Bougainville Campaign starting in mid-1943, as Allied planes began bombing the Solomons. At 1:10 , troops are seen loading up at Guadalcanal, to head towards Bougainville. The beach assault is seen at 2:15 , with the landing on November 3, 1943. The battle that follows is a heated one, with troops backed by tanks and flamethrowers advancing into the jungle and taking heavy casualties. Maps are read in the field at 5:30 , with plans to...
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This NASA color film HQ-207 The Knowledge Bank predates the SSS-A launch in November 1971. It opens with footage of the moon. There is a sophisticated scientific laboratory in space in the form of satellites that carry experiments from scientists of many nations (:05-:35). Historic inventors include Benjamin Franklin (:37- 1:12 ), Michael Faraday ( 1:10 ), Wilhelm Roentgen ( 1:17 ), and Thomas Edison ( 1:25 ). The night launch of a rocket is shown ( 1:55 - 2:55 ). Various instruments in a...
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The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company presents “Along the Santa Fe Trail,” a 1950s-era color film promoting travel by train. The film opens with a colorful array of travel brochures and schedules spread across a table at mark  00:28  before offering a montage of potential destinations across the United States — from snowcapped to beaches, from bustling urban areas to wide open spaces, from factories to farmland — there are “twin bands of steel” that carry the...
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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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The ancient kingdom of Nepal is the focus of the short black-and-white film, “Gateway to the Himalayas.” Dubbed “the last of the forbidden lands” by the narrator, the camera pans across numerous temples and shrines as we are told at mark  00:30  how it marks a meeting place of Buddhism and Hinduism. The narrator marvels at the intricate architecture of the structures and at mark  01:37  the familiar pagoda-style buildings of Tibet as we then watch children spinning a temple’s...
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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark  02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed....
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of footage cut from other films in this series. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   A clam bake in Cape Cod is sponsored by the Bass River Rod & Gun Club. Being prepared in baskets are clams, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, hot dogs, and sausages.   Stones are heated in a fire and covered with wet seaweed.   The metal food baskets are placed on top and covered with a sheet. The...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel recounts the story of the Soviet Revolution and the subsequent civil war between the Red Army and White Army. It shows crucial events in St. Petersburg and the fight for control of Kiev and Moscow. Narrator: October 25, 1917. The Socialist Revolution won in Petrograd. The triumphant march of the revolution began in the country. Smolny remained the military headquarters of the revolution. The Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party was situated here. Lenin worked...
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This Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) recruitment film was produced in 1944. Scenes of the Hydrographic Office and barracks were filmed beginning May 9, 1944. Hydrographic Office history records that, “Photo Science Lab photographers aboard to make motion pictures of WAVES for a BuPers (Bureau of Naval Personnel) Procurement “Short” to be released by Warner Brothers.” The main character, the mother, is an actress, but the other WAVES appearing in the film are...
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Produced in 1946 for Martin, Black and Company, makers of wire rope, this film is about how steel cables came to existence through the work of ingenious minds. Ingenious minds can thrive and measure; with expert judgment and knowledge they select the best raw material available. The film describes the making of steel ropes for mining cages, excavator work, overhead tram wires, and more in the steel works and rope making premises where strands are bound together. At mark  0:44 , strands of...
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“The 6th Infantry Division” (TV 214) is an episode of The Big Picture television series that showcases the famous division, also known as the “Sight Seein’ Sixth,” as it fights in New Guinea, the Philippines. The episode also features a bit of propaganda—an “interview” of a U.S. soldier posing as a Chinese communist private. The episode begins with Sgt. James Mansfield’s introduction to the segment ( 00:50 ) and Col. William W. Quinn’s promise of a rare interview with the...
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Made by Victor and Ellen Landweber, this film was made just before the moment that home computing became widespread. The film is filled with imagery of early computers, and also presents the concept of the "counting machine" starting with the abacus and moving through history to the mechanical computer ( 1:50 ). Charles Babbage's counting machine is shown at 2:12 . At 2:32 , integrated circuits are presented and electronic circuits described. Basic concepts such as Input, Storage,...
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This newsreel, “News Thrills of 1943” by Official Films (volume 4 of 1943) and edited by Leslie Winik ( 00:10 ), recaps two key events in WWII. “Yanks Bomb Ploesti Oil Fields” ( 00:24 ) begins with B-24 Liberator bombers ( 00:28 ) practicing precision skip bombings over the Egyptian desert (possibly Libyan desert) in preparation for the raid on Romania’s Ploesti oil fields. Upon completion of the rehearsal, the bombers take off ( 00:49 ) on their mission to destroy the Ploesti oil...
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Made by the obscure Victor Espee Film Production company, this wonderful color film shows the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, also known as the Great "V' Day Parade. These were British Commonwealth, Empire and Allied victory celebrations held after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan in World War II. Attended by Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family, the celebrations took place in London on 8 June 1946, and consisted mainly of a military parade through the city and a night...
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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 1960s episode of “True Adventures” by host and producer Bill Burrud, opens with the shirtless host asking viewers, “Have you ever heard that the sea holds many mysteries? Well, it’s true! How would you like to go for a swim and find a jeweled cross worth $75,000?” With that, the viewer is taken to Bermuda at mark 1:22 , where images taken by underwater photographer Peter Stackpole introduces audiences to the wonders of deep sea diving and exploration. Such treasures have been...
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —   a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.   "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
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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 film, THE POWER OF SUGGESTION (1971) presents the U.S. Army's Suggestion Program. The Suggestion Program was a Vietnam War era program intended to save vital Pentagon dollars, and it still exists today in some form. While some of this film is a bit laughable — showing what appears to be ridiculous levels of government waste — the message remains current. The opening scenes depict a re-enactment of a film director struggling to record a scene in which a child is supposed to mimic an...
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This 1965 color film takes its viewer on a tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut and includes includes a tour of the school's library and museum (mark 03:00) and a look at submariner history including the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate sub used during the Civil War (mark 04:45). The film rolls on with a demonstration of their submarine simulator (mark 07:13) and various other simulators used to train officers and sailors. The USS Grouper (SS-214) is shown at...
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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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All-American is a short 1943 official war film from the War Department and produced by the Signal Corps. This film is a special film for the men and women of the American Aircraft Industry, as evidenced by Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson signing a memorandum requesting an movie reel of footage from the Army Air Forces Combat Camera units. All footage from cameras installed on planes and from camera men on planes capturing combat scenes of the war is reviewed by General H.H. Arnold ( 01:49...
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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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“The Trout at Rainbow’s End” is a 1957 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service.  Dykers...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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This film shows early 8mm footage of the USS Indianapolis in Portland, Oregon in 1937. The occasion was Navy Day. Joining the Indy for this event was USS Chester, USS Pensacola and other warships. The poor condition of the film is quite evident; but this remains some of the only footage to show the Indianapolis in the pre-WWII era and so is considered quite precious. USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond...
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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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Produced during WWII, this Coast Guard Report, "Coast Guard at War Along Our Shores" shows the USCG as it operated near the continental USA. Coast Guardsmen are seen training at the Coast Guard Academy, study sabotage detection, battle a ship fire, and patrol a beach. An icebreaker clears a channel for ore carriers on the Great Lakes. FBI agents pose with German spies captured by the Coast Guard. Shows the cutter Icarus, a convoy, airplanes, helicopters, airships, an amphibious...
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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 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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"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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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This episode begins with the Crown Prince of Sweden. In Gothenburg, Sweden in 1926, Gustavus Adolphus (:49) and his princess are boarding a ship headed for Atlantic crossing. The prince is shown taking a photograph of the captain ( 1:07 ) and his landing in New York ( 1:13 ). Lead by Grover Whalen, city dignitaries greet the pair and the prince...
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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This episode begins with 1917-1950 State of Israel (:40). Great Britain's General Allenby (:49) had played a major role in the capture of northern Palestine and the Jordan Valley. The Balfour Declaration had declared the Jewish people would have a national home. Jewish settlers arrived in Palestine ( 1:05 ). The land was difficult to utilize...
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Illinois, Land of Lincoln is a short film produced by Viking Pictures Corporation that recaps the Illinois of Abraham Lincoln and provides an overview the state’s contemporary towns and cities, entertainment, and industries. It opens with a shot of the Capitol Building in Springfield, a statue of Lincoln ( 00:43 ), and Lincoln’s log cabin in New Salem ( 01:38 ). There are more shots of rural locations in Illinois where Lincoln visited as part of his legal career, as well as shots of the...
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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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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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This circa 1942 Goodyear Aircraft black-and-white newsreel opens cold with footage of a US Navy K-class blimp (K-3) emerging from a hanger for a trial flight as the narrator explains how the airship is meant to patrol coastlines as a watchful eye against enemy attack. The airship heads skyward near mark  01:00  as naval and Goodyear personnel watch and the narrator explains how it can be used to look for “any enemy that menaces our shipping or our men of war.” The narrator goes on to...
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This U.S. Navy newsreel, Casablanca Conference, is the first issue and recaps the Casablanca Conference of 1943 at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco. The newsreel opens with aerial footage of large estates outside of Casablanca. A military jeep sits next to a building ( 01:17 ). A panorama shot shows viewers the scope of 1946 Casablanca ( 01:34 ). U.S. troops line a road leading into Casablanca ( 02:00 ); U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rides in an army jeep, passing soldiers standing...
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Made in 1943, this silent home movie shows the induction services for draftees held at the University of Arizona in Tucson during WWII. It was one of several films made to document selectees, who include (based on the names shown) many hispanic Americans and perhaps some native Americans. Exactly why these movies were shot is unclear, but what they do underscore is the level of sacrifice made by citizens around the USA during the war. The film begins with a title card stating that...
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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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The jet age allowed Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) to promote worldwide tourism via its airline. The company’s New Horizons series advertised these intercontinental flights to such locations as Uruguay, one of the world’s purest democracies.” This 1965 color film opens with a montage of scenes from around the South American country as the narrator briefly tells us about the discovery of the country in the 1500s and how modern travelers are encouraged “to pause (and) take in the...
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“The Rock of Gibraltar” is a Frith Films presentation that takes its viewer to the British limestone promontory near the coast of Spain. The 1950s film opens with color images of the monolith as the narrator discusses some of its history and mazes of tunnels. At mark  00:53  we learn of the Rock’s importance in World War II and the North African campaign, having once housed the headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Much of the Rock is taken up by military barracks and arsenals,...
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“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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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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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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This 1960 color film was produced by the Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema and directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin. A see-through model of the Sud Aviation Air France Caravelle jet airliner is shown. The two engines are uniquely located in the tail fuselage ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). A view of the cockpit instrument panel is shown ( 1:36 - 1:47 ). Behind a network of tubing is a turbine with blades cut as fine as diamonds, shown up close ( 1:48 - 2:02 ). More of the cockpit is shown ( 2:03 - 2:13 )....
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This 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 fascinating, silent home movie shows the emergency landing of a Capital Airlines Viscount, tail  #N7445 . It's unclear which airport that was shot at -- the canister it came in said "Willow Run" -- but on 25 May 1958 this same aircraft skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Probably this is footage of that incident although as you can see, the real cause of the emergency was that the landing gear failed to go down into position. That same year Capital lost...
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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 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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Dating to the late 1960s, "Yuletide Reflections" presents the work of the U.S. Navy's Chaplain Corps. It features narration by Navy Chaplain James W. Kelley, and shows Christmas and Channukah services in Vietnam during the height of the war. The film presents an overview of chaplains attending to the spiritual needs of sailors and Marines serving aboard ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and in Vietnam. Over 700 Navy Chaplains served with Marine Corps units in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972....
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TWA presents “Air Adventure to Europe,” a late-1950s color film that takes its viewer from a quiet suburban home in America as a young traveler receives her graduation gift from her parents: a trip to Paris. She boards the Lockheed Constellation TWA “Star of Minnesota” and takes off for a 47-day tour. She lands in Paris at mark  01:49  and we quickly see the Eiffel Tower (mark  02:11 ), the Arc de Triomphe (mark  02:30 ), and the Louvre Museum (mark  02:53 ) including the Mona Lisa...
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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 silent Kodachrome home movie dates from the 1950s or early 1960s and shows stables at what might be the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, the Pico House, Hollywood Blvd. at Christmas time ( 4:55 ) and Sequoia National Park ( 5:43 ). Desmond's department store ( 8:02 ) on Wilshire Blvd., the Pet Haven Pet Cemetery ( 8:30 ) in Gardena, and a miniature golf course ( 9:30 ) are also shown. M.V. Grifith and C.E. Ranzenberger began Pet Haven Cemetery in 1948. The pair were frustrated by...
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Made during WWII, this silent German film shows how to deal with British incendiary bombs, the type that were dropped on many European cities during the course of the war including Dresden. The film shows a 30LB British bomb at :43, and explains how it is very difficult to extinguish due to the presence of phosphorus. At 2:00 the internal workings of the bomb are shown, comprising of a detonator that ignites the phosphorus, along with a casing that burns at high temperature. At 7:05 the effects...
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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 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 earliest-known nuclear scare movie, ONE WORLD OR NONE was released in 1946, just months after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Produced by Philip Ragan (whose identity remains something of a mystery) this impressive cartoon was funded by the Federation of American Scientists. It pre-dates all the so-called "Atomic Scare Films" but manages to predict many of the great political, moral and other quandaries created by the atomic bomb. We encourage viewers...
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THE NEXT OF KIN, also known as Next of Kin, is a 1942 World War II propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios. The film was originally commissioned by the British War Office as a training film to promote the government propaganda message that "Careless talk costs lives". After being taken on by Ealing Studios, the project was expanded and given a successful commercial release. After World War II and up until at least the mid 1960s, services in British Commonwealth countries continued...
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This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor. Here at mark  1:40  on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark  02:10 , a naval officer is seen...
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“Should the day ever come when our ports and ships are targets for enemy sabotage, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when the sea around us becomes a haven for enemy submarines, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when this barren stretch of beach becomes a port of entry for enemy agents, these men will be ready.” It is with this dramatic preface that the viewer is introduced to the 17,000 officers, men, and women who make up the United States Coast Guard...
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This infamous 1950's tobbaco industry film TOBACCOLAND ON PARADE attempts to show why the tobacco industry is good for everybody in the United States of America! It makes sports more fun, it shows how important to commerce smoking is, it shows how tobacco is processed. Back to the slave days. Great fun in the light of what we know about the industry today. Guest appearances by Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Perry Como and Parker Fenelly. At mark  01:16 , the America people are shown active in...
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Made to show U.S. Navy activities in the arctic and antarctic, "Oceanographer in the Polar Regions" shows some of the exploration and support work conducted during the Cold War. Teams are shown examining ice cores, launching weather balloons and manning weather stations, and conducting studies of sea life. At  6:20 , the submarine USS Seadragon is seen surfacing at the North Pole, and views under the idea are seen. Divers are also seen at the 6 minute mark in special cold water...
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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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Made in 1952, "Command of the Seas" is a series of four, full color films that document America's post-WWII Navy. Intended to promote the important role the fleet could play in Cold War conflicts (such as the recently-stalemated Korean War), the films showcase an era of growth and expansion. As new, nuclear powered submarines and angled deck aircraft carriers take to the seas, helicopters, missiles, rockets and jet fighters take to the skies. This “Command of the Seas” film...
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This film, REPORT OF THE NAVY tracks two years of the Navy’s progress ( 1:03 ) in the post-WWII era. In October 1952, a fleet from Norfolk, Virginia heads for Scotland ( 1:16 ) for operation Mainbrace ( 1:30 ). It will test NATO’s ability to operate under a common command for a common purpose. The fleet of 160 consisted of carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, tankers and supply ships ( 1:52 ). After preparations the first part commences ( 2:30 ). This will be air support...
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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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This silent footage of the ill-fated Ryan XV-5A during flight testing dates to the early 1960s. The Ryan XV-5 Vertifan was a jet-powered V/STOL experimental aircraft in the 1960s. The United States Army (US Army) commissioned the Ryan VZ-11-RY (re-designated XV-5A in 1962) in 1961, along with the Lockheed VZ-10 Hummingbird (re-designated XV-4 in 1962). The XV-5 was powered by two 2,658 lbf (11.8 kN) thrust General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojets. General Electric X353-5 Lift-fans in the wings and a...
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KNOW YOUR ALLY: BRITAIN is a 45-minute propaganda film made in 1944. It was narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the Alliance. The film was one of the 17 documentaries supervised by producer-director Frank Capra (including the famed "Why We Fight" series).  The "Know Your Enemy" / "Know Your Ally" was...
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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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This early 1960s color travelogue film about hunting in French West Africa is part of the Air France “Flying Holidays” series and directed by Jack Sanger. It opens with an Air France Boeing B707 taxing (:53- 1:15 ). Two men get out of a 1957 Chevy Station Wagon at the hotel ( 1:16 - 1:20 ), where they enjoy a whiskey on the terrace ( 1:49 - 2:07 ). A river moves through gnarled trees before a long canoe of African rowers appears. Crocodiles slide into the water and an elephant is seen (...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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This 1964 color advertising film about the many ways to serve beef is a presentation of the National Live Stock and Meat Board and a Wilding Production. A man in a business suit, overcoat, and hat exits a blue and white taxi at a one-story house with a circular driveway. He enters an early 1960s living room and removes his coat (:20- 1:00 ). His young daughter jumps into his arms and kisses him. He kisses his wife, dressed in a 1964 cotton fit-and-flare dress. He removes his suit jacket. His...
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This 1940s black and white film is a very graphic hunt in Bengal showing multiple animals shot and people attacked by animals. It was presented by Nu-Art Films Inc. and narrated by Gordon W. Hedwig.   A hunting group, some riding elephants, enters the jungle at the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. A monkey scrambles up and sits on a dead tree branch. Other stump-tailed macaques monkeys scramble up trees. A flock of birds leave the tree together (:25- 1:05 ). The photographers are shown with...
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The Checkers speech or Fund speech was an address made on September 23, 1952, by the Republican candidate for vice president of the United States, California Senator Richard Nixon. Nixon had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses. With his place on the Republican ticket in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address in which he defended himself, attacked his opponents, and urged the...
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This silent film, a home movie from 1958, shows a cruise to Hawaii aboard the liner SS Matsonia, the former SS Monterey. This was one of the last if not the last visits of the ship to Honolulu, as passenger service to the islands began to lose ground to air travel. At 5:00 men swim near the liner and it approaches the docks. At 5:18 the famous Aloha tower is shown on the quay. At 5:30 the Matson embarkation facility is shown and at 5:45 passengers leave on the gangplank. At 6:00 a resort on...
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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 film is of a series produced weekly titled Industry on Parade which had won a Peabody Award (:11) for it’s public service. It opens with a dough factory in Portchester, New York (:36). The pans are covered and set into the Brown Electric Pyrometer ( 1:17 ). The bread will then be frozen to preserve freshness and flavor at -20 degrees ( 1:33 ). These are wrapped in plastic twice to prevent dehydration ( 1:39 ). This process enabled companies to expand employment as their reach for sale...
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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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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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Made during WWII by Curtiss, this film was created to introduce U.S. Navy pilots to their new SB2C Helldiver, a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the US Navy. Due to the advent of air-to-ground rockets, the SB2C was the last purpose-built dive bomber produced. The aircraft was one of the more maligned planes to be put into production, and developed a bad reputation in early service. While manufacturers produced many similar films during the war, one has to wonder whether this...
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This interesting silent 16mm home movie was shot by an unknown American during WWII. The film starts with images in what appears to be Hawaii, with a sign "Hale-Punaluu" appearing at the 11 second mark. U.S. personnel are seen milling about and drinking beer, and at 1:24 someone climbs a coconut palm. The scene is likely towards the end of the war, or immediately after. At 1:54 a pair of swim trunks are shown off and at 2:02 a cross-dressing sailor puts on a wild dance show. At 2:33...
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“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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These 1950s newsreels show the U.S. Navy's JATO-launched Regulus cruise missile. The early part of the film shows the missile being launched from the carrier USS Princeton. The missile is then guided to a landing -- it has a tricycle style landing gear allowing it to be recovered and used again. At :48, the missile is shown launched from an aircraft catapult. At 1:02 , the missile is once again launched by JATO from the cruiser USS Helena. REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES...
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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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Produced by Sperry Autonetics, this film shows the historic 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Sperry Autonetics made the top secret inertial guidance system that allowed Nautilus to make the voyage without surfacing to conduct...
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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 military public announcement color film is about the dangers to military aircraft by the Albatross / Goonie bird population on the Hawaiian Midway Atoll. It dates to the late 1950s, as 1957 numbers are given. The film was part of a campaign by the U.S. military to be allowed to curb bird populations so that Midway would remain a viable landing area for aircraft. However eventually the island was abandoned by the military and reverted to an island strictly for the birds -- and today it is a...
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This film depicts the theory and operations of the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System for use on aircraft carriers. It provides a visual guide path for pilots as they approach landing and gives the glide slope, cut and wave off information to pilots (:30). The system utilizes an array of signal lights on the port side of an angled deck (:49). It’s vertical center unit is the indicator assembly and is divided into five cells (:56). The “meatball” appears above the line when planes are too...
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The Battle of Midway is a stirring, beautiful, and poignant 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including Johnny Governali, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell. The film begins with a male narrator (Ray Milland) explaining where Midway Island is and its strategic importance, and shows the PBY Catalina seaplane base (previously used by Pan Am for its flying boats)....
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This 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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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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