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In this “GI Movie Weekly” from Fistic Film (likely from 1939), viewers are treated to the historic fight on 4 July 1919 in Toledo, OH, where young boxer Jack Dempsey faced off against the World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard. The film opens with a few highlights from 1919, including a young Prince of Wales observing the surrender of the German Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt speaking to an audience shortly before his death, and Babe Ruth posing in his New York Yankees jersey. The film then...
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The Fisher Body Division of the General Motors Corporation presents “This Moving World,” a black-and-white film produced by Wilding Picture circa 1940. The film opens with a montage of various automobiles, ships, and trains whizzing past, before settling in a machine shop at mark 1:20 . There, a young man meets with his uncle and examine a model of an automobile body designed by the boy for a contest. The introduction segues into the film’s topic — “the business of going places.”...
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Drag racing and the National Hot Rod Association takes centerstage in this circa 1965 film presented by Hurst Performance Products. The film reminds the viewer of the modest beginnings of a hot rod (mark  00:45 ) and how fanatics would take old cars and drop a big engine in a small car, remove the fenders and windshield, and before you know it — a hot rod. The narrator continues to trace the vehicle’s development and how the sport became one that was carefully engineered as various...
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Dating to 1945, this industrial incentive film YOUR MISTAKE TOKYO was intended to sell war bonds and encourage American workers to do their part for the war effort. The film begins with a re-enactment of Japanese broadcasters on Radio Tokyo denying the American victory in the Second Battle of Philippine Sea. Like a Tokyo Rose, the announcer claims the Pacific fleet has been annihilated. At 1:05 , the China Sea is shown and the U.S. Navy's fleet is shown at sea. US Navy Admiral Halsey ( 1:38 )'s...
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This Soviet produced, English language film from 1982 presents the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine with its many factories, industry, and thriving transportation networks. The film starts with images of the bridge over the Dneiper River and the Moskovskyi Bridge. The film shows Karkov, Donetz, Odessa, Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. At  2:40 , the country's supreme Soviet is seen. 1982 represented the 1500th anniversary of the founding of Kiev, and that city is shown at  4:50  and...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the program’s decade-long run. 1957’s episode 332 takes viewers to industries or businesses in Utah, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Missouri. In Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, a man drives a harvester that digs up sugar beets (...
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The film “The Ten Takes Flight” was produced by Film & Television Communications for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It opens with Larry Van Nuys broadcasting live from a mobile unit on August 29, 1970 for the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 wide-bodied jet from Long Beach airport. Broadcaster Michael Ryan is in the control tower and actor Art Ballinger is at Edwards Air Force Base (:09-43). Overhead shots are shown of the plane, as are its crew, led by test pilot Captain...
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This color film from 1960 was produced by Fox subsidiary Movietonews Inc. We begin with a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper (:20-:37) arriving in Istanbul, Turkey, once known as Constantinople. A visitor is served lemonade via a unique dispenser strapped to a local’s back (:48- 1:00 ) while another gets a shoe shine at an elaborate stand ( 1:01 ). A gentleman puffs on a nargalay (hooka) of flavored smoke ( 1:20 - 1:37 ). At the many docks, bridges full of people and cars connect the city...
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Made in 1943 by the Ministry of Information to train rescue squads during the Blitz, "Debris Tunnelling" is introduced and commentated by a rescue party instructor. When a bomb demolishes a building the urgent need is to rescue any casualities trapped under the debris. There are two methods of doing this by either clearing the debris or tunnelling through. This film deals with the process of tunnelling.The film shows how a tunnel is dug into the side of a large pile of debris using a...
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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark 01:10 ),...
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This 1948 travelogue about New York City is part of Pan American Airways “Wings to…” series, directed and photographed by Charles Beeland. The film opens with a long advertisement for Pan Am. Clipper ships are contrasted to close-ups of these Boeing 377-10-26 Pan Am Jet Clipper: Golden Fleece, Mayflower, Hotspur, and Invincible, with world routes graphically mapped (:28- 2:52 ). The skyline is seen as the airplane approaches and lands at New York Airport. Passengers in 1948 clothing and...
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This historic film from Republic Aviation shows the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone during flight tests at the U.S. Army's Yuma proving grounds. The SD-3 was the result of an industry-wide competition for a short-range reconnaissance drone that could be launched in the field. The complete drone system including ground equipment designated AN/USD-3 and the drone itself was referred to either also as AN/USD-3 or simply as SD-3 (with "SD" usually being interpreted as...
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This series of three films produced by ALCOA to educate the public about the aluminum industry focuses on the production of aluminum. The films discus Bauxite mining, refining, smelting, and delivery. The various aspects of the production of aluminum are shown including Bauxite Refining (:09), Smelting of Aluminum ( 5:30 ), and Aluminum Fabricating Process ( 10:10 ).  The Bayer process shown is the principal industrial means of refining bauxite to produce alumina (aluminium oxide). Bauxite,...
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Produced by NASA contractor Rockwell International, this circa 1978 film was made shortly before the successful Apollo-Soyuz space mission. It is followed by a second film SPACESHIP EARTH showing on-going work on the new Space Shuttle. APOLLO-SOYUZ was created prior to the actual mission, and uses footage from prior Apollo missions and concept art. The film also shows the construction and assembly process for the Apollo side of the mission with Deke Slaton and crew shown. The docking module is...
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This short film is of the "This Land of Ours" series of educational movies made by Dudley Pictures in the late 1940s and early 1950’s. It gives a brief tour through the state of Rhode Island, the smallest state; only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide (:34). The first settlement was established in 1636 by Roger Williams (:54). One of the many historic sites from it’s birth is Kingston Inn ( 1:11 ), which at one time was simply a stagecoach stop and still serves guests today. In...
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Chevrolet’s 1950 short film, “E for Efficiency,” produced by Jam Handy, touts the efficiency of Chevrolet’s valve-in-head engine. This type of engine ( 02:12 ) is only found in Chevrolets when it comes to sedans, such as the 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline ( 00:51 ). The film begins with an animation to briefly explain the general idea of efficiency. Continuing with animation, the film looks at a simplified model of the valve-in-head engine and how it maximizes power and fuel economy,...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Astronaut Training” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that shows potential astronauts are shown preparing for their flights during various training programs in the classrooms, geological surveys, and underwater simulators. It opens in May 1961 as Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard prepared to become the first American in space. We see scenes filmed aboard his Freedom 7 spacecraft before switching to a Saturn V rocket on a launchpad (mark  01:32 ) —...
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How to remain in contact with a submerged submarine via a Signal Underwater Sound (SUS) MK 84 MOD 0 sonobuoy is the subject of this 1960s training film prepared for Naval Air Systems Command. The non-explosive, aircraft-to-submarine communications device provides one-way acoustic communications. It is explained starting at mark  01:00  how the device is launched from an aircraft and can transmit one of four independent codes, each representing a pre-assigned command message. The camera pans a...
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CAP (SFP 251) is a 1950 film on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) that gives viewers a look at its founding, its role in national defense and emergency services, how it fits into the structure of the Air Force, and how it trains its young cadets. The film opens with a shot of a clock tower at what appears to be a community center. Men and women leave their homes and places of work to head to their weekly Civil Air Patrol meeting. Civil Air Patrol men gather on a grassy air field next to a biplane and...
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This film has been presented by the US Air Troops. At (:12) the Department of the Air Force seal appears and it’s setting is the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio (:32). This is the site of the first reunion of WW1 Overseas Flyers. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker is seen at ( 1:00 ) and Captain Arthur Ray Brooks ( 1:28 ) is seen signing the guest book. The World-Wide Flyers Reunion Attendance poster appears in the background and one man adds his name to the 27th division ( 1:52 )....
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The color NASA film “Apollo in Perspective” begins on a somber note as the nation reflects on where plans stand for a lunar mission in the wake of the 1967 Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee and the civil unrest of the late 1960s. The film takes a look back to the start of the space program as President John F. Kennedy makes his historic 1961 State of the Union address and proclamation that the United...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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The 1949 short Chevrolet film, “It All Depends,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet vehicles by showing how the American community is connected and works together, and the role the automobile manufacturer plays. The film was shot somewhere in Michigan, likely just outside Detroit. It opens with an aerial view of a town, then cuts to a scene of children playing on a street ( 00:33 ). A family eats a meal together ( 01:54 ), the little boy enjoying a glass of milk that is brought to...
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AL-CAN TRAILER TREK is a short film, produced by Kennedy Productions in 1957 or 1958, that promotes and popularizes trailer traveling and RV'ing. Sponsored by the Mobile Home Manufacturers Association, this travel and fishing trip featured outdoor and fishing writers for magazines and newspapers, who write about the trek up to Anchorage, Alaska. The main character of the film is Jack Perry, Outdoor Editor for the Gary, Indiana Post Tribune, and the narration is from his point of view. Perry’s...
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This Rockwell International film shows the events of August 12, 1977 when, as part of approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, the Space Shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time. The film features a post-flight debriefing with Commander Fred W. Haise, Jr. and pilot C. Gordon Fullerton. Space Shuttle Enterprise (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system. Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the...
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"Pacific Adventure: A True Story of the Sea" is a Kodak Informational Film, produced by Mattco Associates, documenting the voyage of a 65-foot yacht across the South Pacific. The Thane left Tahiti on 26 October 1965 and arrived in Panama on 12 January 1966. The story is filmed and narrated by Don Null, and begins in Tahiti ( 00:15 ), where three strangers arrive at the airport ( 00:44 ): Wallace “Wally” Smith, Doctor Harold Hartl, and Mark Gross. These three answered an ad in a...
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Created exclusively for “the men and women of American industry” circa 1943, this official United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, begins by taking the audience to the South Pacific, “where American planes, powered by high octane, serviced by billions of small parts from the factories of America, are delivering packages of death to the Japs, bombing the daylight out of the Rising Sun.” With that dramatic introduction, bombers are shown at mark  01:00...
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“A Brief Visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands” is the first part of a short 1930s film, In the Wake of the Buccaneers, produced by the Division of Motion Pictures for the U.S. Department of Interior. “A Brief Visit” highlights St. Thomas, promoting tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which the U.S. purchased from Denmark in 1916. The film begins with a luxury steam liner arriving at St. Thomas ( 00:17 ), where people take a small boat to the island’s capital and largest city,...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of the pyramids at Giza and scenes of ancient Egypt. At  1:40 , ships are seen in the Suez Canal along with imperialist oil tankers. At  2:00 , the Suez Crisis is seen with its aftermath -- the canal closed to all traffic.  At  2:30 , primitive methods of farming are shown, along with pastoral images of the Nile River, some of the wildlife along its banks, and the farmland that...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features ten segments of historic highlights. Albert Lebrun (:39). Lebrun is reelected as the President of France by the French National Assembly in 1936 (:44- 1:36 ). The 14th of July, 1939, is Bastille Day, and large Paris crowds celebrate its 150th anniversary ( 1:37 - 2:22 ). Lebrun and his wife are shown at Windsor Castle with King...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Vermont,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of Vermont. Vermont, the first state to be added to the original 13, is home to breathtaking scenery. The state’s large waterways provide energy through hydroelectric power ( 01:17 ) and opportunities for recreation: Lake Champlain is the largest lake east of the Great Lakes. Vermont’s first settlement is Brattleboro ( 01:30 ), situated on the...
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This 1960 color film on Hong Kong when it was a British Colony and Singapore is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes, edited by F.D. Kay, and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). We see various quick shots of the countries (:51), followed by The New Horizons credits (:51- 1:40 ). People are hand-pulled in rickshaws who weave in and out of cars on the very colorful streets of Hong...
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This 1950s color film about cotton was presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cotton Council International, and was produced by Audio Productions. A cotton bloom opens ( 0:27 - 0:32 ). Hanging samples of cotton fabrics are praised in multiple languages (:33- 2:18 ). A time-lapse sequence of a cotton plant growing is shown ( 2:44 - 3:49 ). Cotton buds open in slow motion ( 3:50 - 4:32 ). Illustrations of ancient inhabitants of India are shown growing cotton, Arabs carrying...
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Canada’s National War Finance Committee presents “Sicily: Key to Victory,” a black-and-white World War II-era film released following the July-August 1943 Sicilian Campaign. Filmed by the Canadian Army Film Unit and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the picture is a partial record of the achievements of Canada’s First Division in that campaign. A scroll at the start of the film explains, “The victory in Sicily began in the wheat fields and factories of Canada. Only by the...
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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 particular episode begins with the years 1912 to 1946 and the title is ‘A Military Man’. Douglas MacArthur (:41) was a West Point graduate since 1913. He is then shown on a military expedition to Veracruz, Mexico as a Captain and among comrades including Franz Von Papen ( 1:02 ). General John BlackJack Pershing recognizes MacArthur...
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This short travelogue film on Panama is from the series “This World Of Ours” made by Dudley Pictures in the 1950’s. Panama lies between Costa Rica and Columbia (:35). Within it’s borders, is the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (:43). In 1513, the first European to set eyes upon this land was Balboa and a statue stands in homage to him ( 1:09 ). All that remains of the old city founded in 1519, by the Spanish, are shown in rubble ( 1:17 ). Two years later the...
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Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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These 1940s home movies show Tucson Arizona and environs. The movie was shot during a 4-H youth organization convention. At the 1 minute mark you will see the San Xavier del Bac mission, with the 4H'rs arriving by bus from the University of Arizona. At the 2:45 mark are images of a swimming pool at the University of Arizona, followed by campus scenes. At the 7 minute mark students are seen giving presentations. The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the...
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Dating to the 1970s and created by Shirley Cobham, this beautiful Pan Am travelogue film focuses on the islands of the Caribbean also called "the Eighth Continent", although excluding Cuba which was under embargo at the time. The film features gorgeous footage of the many activities affiliated with the Caribbean: sailing, fishing, swimming and lounging activities at the beach. At  4:00 , the film visits St. Georges, Grenada and shows the quaint downtown and historic waterfront. At ...
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This 1932 amateur home movie -- created by an unknown family named Harris -- begins with images shot in Dana Point, California, where the family visits with the Feldmans. At 1;10, the family visits the ruins of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. At  1:55 , the co-called "Bonus Army" is seen camping at the Orange parade grounds. (The Bonus Army was the popular name for an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who...
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Made by the California State Fire Marshall, "More Dangerous Than Dynamite" shows the dangers faced by Americans in their homes -- household accidents and dangers that kill nearly 40,000 people per year. The film shows how a hot iron can cause a fire ( 1:00 ), a space heater ( 1:12 ), a gas heater left on ( 1:20 ), short circuited electrical systems ( 1:30 ) and bad lamp cords, cigarettes left burning ( 1:51 ), burning rubbish in a poor incinerator, open paint buckets and oil soaked...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. Provence was a battleship of...
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This silent home movie shows the 51st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (see sign at :08 seconds) in 1940. The Grand Marshals this year were Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who are visible at 10 seconds. The game that year featured the USC Trojans vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of the highlights include the Wings Over California float at :51, a Mt. Palomar Observatory float at 1:15 , a Las Vegas Nevada float at 2:20 , a patriotic American Flag flat at 3:29 , an American eagle float at...
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WAR FILM 36, one of the War Department's newsreel and informational films produced during WWII, consists of several segments and dates to late 1944 or early 1945. First, "Great Floor" shows the construction of a runway for B-29 bombers in China. Since no motorized or mechanical devices are available, 72,000 Chinese work on one airfield using primitive rock breaking and other traditional construction techniques. According to the narrator, these "super airfields" are being...
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“The Fight For Vietnam” (no. 574), part of the U.S. Army’s documentary series The Big Picture, reports on the U.S. military’s efforts to help South Vietnam “stamp out the threat of communism” through training and assisting the South Vietnam military and through civic engagement. It was released in the mid to late 1960s. Filmed on location, the story begins with an overview of Vietnam and a brief history of military intervention in the country, beginning with French occupation (...
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One of a series of historic newsreels first released by the General Newsreel Company, this episode features various segments. First, President Franklin Roosevelt is seen on September 11, 1937 visiting Hudson River State Hospital on nurses’ graduation day in the first year of his second term as President ( 0:40 ). Here he narrates a funny story about his experiences ( 1:20 ), bursting out laughing in the faces of the nurses, and receiving a thunderous applause. At mark 2:19 a Bank for Bathers...
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The 1962 Owen Murphy Productions film for Bell Telephone “Krystallos” starts with close-up footage of quartz crystals, one of the most common minerals on Earth (:07), and shifts to a drawing of a watercolor painting depicting mountains and meadows (:30), before shifting to an icy blue quartz (:45). The word “crystal” is derived from the Greek word krystallos, meaning “clear ice.” The film’s narrator describes how two young French brothers, Jacques and Pierre Curie, discovered...
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EDIT VIDEO This film WATER SOUTH looks at the construction of the California Aqueduct starting in 1960, including rare footage of the construction of the Oroville Dam. The California Aqueduct is a system of canals, tunnels, and pipelines that conveys water collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys of Northern and Central California to Southern California. The over 400-mile (640 km) aqueduct is the principal feature of the California State Water Project. The Department of Water...
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This short educational film, “City Driving,” is produced by the Ford Motor Company, and it is one in a series in cooperation with the National Commission On Safety Education. “City Driving” is filmed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959, and it promotes safe driving in a city environment, featuring 1960 Ford Falcons. The main car used Central High School’s 1960 Ford Falcon Driver Education car. The film covers what to do and not to do in a number of situations, focusing on the following safe...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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The film, Horizons of Science the Realm of the Galaxies, is a color film produced in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. The film was to teach the basics about the astronomy of the galaxies and   was produced in association with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, N.J. with the assistance of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington, D.C.   The Educational Testing Service was founded in 1947. The National Science Foundation was formed in 1950 to support research and...
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This 1950s film shows how a blind woman named Evelyn is able to efficiently maintain her apartment, cooking, cleaning and performing other tasks. At 4:50 she is seen vacuuming and tidying up, and at 5:00 putting on lipstick. At 5:20 she teaches English and at 5:30 types at a typewriter. At 5:40 she is seen with her guide dog. At 5:50 the film crew including motion picture camera is seen shooting in her house as she prepares dinner. The film was written by Max Arman, narrated by John Daly,  ...
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This color film Power Across the Channel was produced by the Associated Electrical Industries and British Insulated Callender’s Cables in cooperation with Electricite de France. France had a peak demand of electricity at different times than England did. The solution was to exchange power across the English Channel between the two ( 1:40 ). Britain had nuclear and thermal power stations ( 1:58 - 2:14 ). France had thermal and hydroelectric power stations ( 2:15 - 2:27 ). Discussions turned to...
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A Salute to the US Navy circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea.  Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
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Made in 1945, THE BROAD FOURTEENS is one of the excellent, dramatized accounts of WWII made by the Ministry of Information for morale purposes. The film shows the first posting, and eventual first action, of a newly-trained motor torpedo boat (MTB) crew. ('The Broad Fourteens' is the name given to a patrol area of the North Sea off the Dutch coast.) The film joins the boat and crew at the end of their training (probably HMS Bee, the Coastal Force working up base at Weymouth). The boats featured...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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"Mr. Push-a-Button", a U.S. Navy film about the education and responsibilities of a Naval officer, starts with images of the U.S. Navy's mothball or reserve fleet, as a Navy officer receives new orders transferring him from reserve duties to the fleet and in particular, managing one of the U.S. Navy's new surface-to-air guided missile systems aboard the cruiser USS Canberra CA-70. The title of the film comes from the fear that the officer in the film expresses that "men are being...
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with the devastating 1906 San Francisco Earthquake (mark  00:30 ) and we see “on the spot pictures of the most talked of disaster in our history,” including buildings engulfed in flames structures left in ruins on the ground. In scenes nine years later (mark  01:33 )...
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Made during WWII as part of an effort to encourage recycling and re-use of scrap metal and rubber, "Salvage" is hosted by Donald M. Nelson the chairman of the War Production Board. The film features footage of various items that can be salvaged and re-used, and notes that Germany and Japan have been much more efficient in terms of re-using materials. The film also shows how household grease can be stored for use as nitroglycerin. As Nelson says, "We the people of United States...
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Presented by the United States Navy, this “unclassified” circa 1953 black-and-white film, titled “Carrier Action Off Korea,” opens with US Army General Douglas McArthur (mark  00:37 ) in Panmunjom, North Korea, to sign the armistice agreement formally ending the Korean War. Hostilities continued for another 12 hours resulting in more loss of life, and at mark  01:40  scenes of devastation are revealed “as an unnatural silence crosses the front.” The film begins a reflection of...
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This black-and-white silent film was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps, and recalls the the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Battle of the Argonne Forest. It was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought in France from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice of November 11, 1918. The narrative is told via standard title cards, and begins with an explanation at mark  00:12  that the German...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color film is an Air France travelogue about the Roman Catholic cathedrals at Lourdes, Lisieux, Fatima, and Rome. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Paul Mattei. The organ music is an original composition by Maurice Lenfant. An Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III (F-BHRK) zips by, a jet engine is shown, and the passengers board ( 1:09 - 1:40 ). A group of nuns exits an Air France Boeing 707 Intercontinental ( 1:41 ). Passengers...
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Written and directed by Hanz Thorner, this reel provides comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1948. Many events staged at St. Moritz are covered in the film, including the Ladies Special Slalom, (00:00:50:00) figure skating, (00:04:18:00) ski jumping, (00:09:00:00) the 50 km. cross country race, (00:13:40:00) and a thrilling speed skating race. (00:17:30:00). Six cameras were used in the production to catch the champions of 30 nations in action. The film...
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners descending into the depths of a large coal mine, and then their routine underground, shoring up the roof, and placing coal into a long conveyer belt so that it can be transported to the surface. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like:...
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Flames shoot from a rocket thrust booster and workers add fuel to cylinders in the opening moments of “Careful Diets for Missiles” as a narrator dramatically proclaims, “Food — for the hungry bellies of rockets and missiles. Their diets are critical. The big jobs eat a lot and mixing it by hand isn't good enough anymore.” With that, the logo for Toledo Scales appears onscreen (mark  01:20 ) and we’re transported to aerospace manufacturer Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Utah while...
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This 1941 black and white British propaganda patriotic film is presented by The Ministry of Information, written and directed by Humphrey Jennings, and narrated by Laurence Olivier. There are seven segments, each represented by an extract from different English literary passages, poems, and speeches. Each segment is accompanied by war-time images. It opens with a cover of William Camden’s Britannia, whose words are showcased by views of idyllic pastures, woods, rocky cliffs and crags, and a...
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This color picture explains to its viewer the The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter — a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations beginning in 1958 (and lasting to 2004). The narrator touts the aircraft’s greatness starting at mark  00:30 , explaining how it can fly in any weather and at any hour, day or night, and capable of...
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Presented by the Tournament of Roses Association, this profile of the 1966 Rose Parade with Grand Marshall Walt Disney begins with footage of LAX International Airport and the city of Pasadena which hosts the event. At :52 you will see Pasadena City Hall and at 1:00 aerial footage of downtown. At 1:12 is the Jet Propulsion Lab or JPL. The Mariner satellite is seen being launched. At 2:01 , Pasadena City College is shown, with college girls with hilarious haircuts including the famed...
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This 1960s color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues. It is produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Henry Strauss. An organ grinder makes music in a wagon behind a burro (:22), while another donkey gets shoed (:28). Donkeys walk, their backs loaded with packs (:43). A man pushes a stubborn donkey that refuses to move (:48). An old man rides a donkey ( 1:06 ). A bull charges across the bullfighting ring at a matador ( 1:20 ). Castle shots include Alcazar of Segovia (...
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The Robot Revolution is a short film that discusses the advances in computer and mechanical engineering—specifically in robotics and programming. The film opens with scenes of a robot moving around while a narrator explains how the Industrial Revolution improved many facets of life but also forced people into poverty and poor working conditions. Today’s Technology Revolution is on pace to outstrip the advances of the Industrial Revolution, but some people fear the consequences that come...
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This 1960s home movie features a family with twin boys and a baby sister celebrating Xmas. At :33 they are shown opening presents by the tree with mother and grandpa. At :55, it being the Cold War era, they open some kind of missile launcher toy. At 1:14 they receive bowties and at 1:19 a pair of cymbals. At 1:47 they get matching red pajamas. At 2:01 the boys' stockings are shown stuffed with gifts. At 2:19 , it being the pre-Vietnam War era, a set of tommy guns and pistols are given out...
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“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. King Edward VIII Abdicates 1936 (:42- 4:13 ). Shown are newspaper headlines, King Edward VIII reviewing his troops, and a photo of Wallis Simpson. He is shown in one of his early appearances in full military regalia and parts of a speech are heard. The crowds hold anti-abdication posters. His...
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This film is of the weekly series ‘Industry on Parade’ which received a Peabody Award for public service (:26). It focuses on breakfast and how industry has made the first meal of the day easier and cost efficient for the American family ( 1:03 ). An example of one of these innovations is the toaster ( 1:32 ). In an appliance mass producing factory, a worker makes toast over and over, tossing it into a bin ‘for toast only’ to ensure the quality ( 1:47 ). Another example shown is how...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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Produced by the Marion Power Shovel Company, this fascinating movie looks at copper and copper mining in the 1960s, when the American mines were at peak production and financial troubles loomed. The film looks at the future of mining, including the development of efficiencies to keep mines in business. Open pit mining techniques are shown, with a focus on the Southwest. At 2:00 , Bingham Canyon and the Utah Mining Company pit (also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine) is seen. At 2:40 , various...
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CONTAINERIZATION TODAY was produced in the 1960s and presented by the American Iron and Steel Institute, promoting the benefits of shipping cargo using steel containers. The film touts the major advancements in containers and freight transportation found on highways, waterways, and railways. The strong, durable steel boxes are a new system of freight that saves companies and shipping lines both time and money. Several shots related to shipping, including what appears to be the waterfront of New...
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This 1954 black and white film “Easy Out?” is U.S. Navy Training Film MN-7904, produced by The Jam Handy Organization. The film was made to make clear to U.S. Navy personnel the devastating consequences of receiving a Bad Conduct Discharge from the service. Long story short anyone who is dishonorably discharged shames his family, won't be able to impress women, and will be unable to receive any veteran benefits, etc. (A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD) can only be given by a court-martial...
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This 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1950s and shows a vacation in Italy that starts on the highway from Rome towards Venice. It starts at ;12 with a visit to Trevi, followed at :29 with the garden at Fonti del Clilunno. At :57 is the Monastery of St. Francis at Assizi / Assisi. San Marino is seen at 1;33 with a cattle auction taking place. Venice starts at 4:17 , with St. Mark's Square seen at 4:29 . The Bridge of Sighs is seen at 7:30 . The Lido is seen in twilight at 8:20 . A trip...
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HMS DRYAD is a 1970s recruiting film produced by International Cine for the British Royal Navy. The short film features a former student of the naval school in Hampshire, England, who trained there to become a Royal Navy Radar Operator. The film opens with a shot of a battleship at sea ( 00:16 ), as the narrator says that defense at sea in the 1970s has progressed a long way since the early days of naval warfare. One of the biggest advances is radar. The narrator, John Fox, says he went to...
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This 1962 color film about Ireland is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). The film opens with snippets of Ireland (:51). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:23 ). A Pan American Boeing 377 Jet Clipper flight arrives and the crew and passengers disembark ( 1:48 - 2:00 ). A couple leaves the passport office in a Austin-Healey Sprite ( 2:02...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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This film is by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation (:08). Its topic will be lysergic acid diethylamide (:53) the natural and synthetic hallucinogen. A bottle containing LSD is shown and one ounce is capable of producing 300,000 hallucinogenic trips (1:23). It has been produced by Concept films (1:48). It begins in 1951, in southern France where citizens had been hit with a strange illness constituted with pain, high fever and hallucinations (2:24). The plague was dubbed ‘St....
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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 1930’s era newsreel short “Sky Giants”, opens with a shot of a dirigible, probably USS Shenandoah, floating overhead. The film recounts the early era of ballooning and the golden era of air travel with heavy dirigibles or air ships. Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl, the leading figure in America’s rigid airship program in the first half of the 20th century is featured. He was one of the most experienced airship aviators in the United States and was a tireless proponent of...
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Made in 1951, "Wing to Wing" showcases the Royal Air Force as it transitioned to the jet age. Scenes include a throwback to show how WWII was fought in the sky, modern day combat in Korea (including the Royal Australian Air Force jets), and scenes showing the capabilities and versatility of a whole series of first generation British jet powered aircraft. As the commentator says:   Strength in the air today decides the fate of nations. Air power must be ours where the cause of peace...
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“Change By Design” is a circa 1974 Ford Motor Company promotional film that discusses the automobile industry’s need to design automobiles that are not only good looking but also safe. The film opens in the Ford design center. where we are told engineers are already embracing a “new era” of design that stresses driver safety. At mark  02:10 , a reporter sits down with Ford’s director of safety design to discuss the federal government’s increased involvement in automobile safety...
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In 1957, William and Daisy Myers, who were both college graduates, moved their family into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. The Myers were black, and the suburb was all-white. The result was somewhat predictable given the era, and the fact that many of the whites had left the inner city for the suburbs to escape racial integration. The Myers were harassed, openly threatened, and snubbed. Molotov cocktails were thrown at a protest which escalated to a riot in the summer,...
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The United States Air Force presents “What Makes a Man: The Story of the United States Air Force Academy,” a mid-1960s informational color film encouraging men to join the Colorado Springs campus. The film opens with the rhetorical question posed in the title, and the viewer is asked whether stone and metal buildings make a man, or does it come from knowledge, action, competition, or something else? All the while, images of young cadets and academic and athletic life fill the screen....
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The 1943 documentary film HANDLE WITH CARE is the 11th film produced by the National Film Board of Canada in a series of films produced for the Department of Munitions and Supply. The short documentary looks at the industrial chemical plants that produce Canada’s explosives, a booming industry resulting from Canada’s wartime mobilization. The film begins by looking at large industrial complexes, complete with harmful byproducts such as acid water ( 00:41 ). Prairie factories harness...
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This silent, raw footage from September, 1945 was shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman. It shows General Douglas MacArthur on his first day in Japan, touring the battle damaged city of Tokyo. At :29, you will see Mac in a touring car, switching to a larger vehicle. At :47, General MacArthur is seen making a triumphant speech as the Stars and Stripes again fly over the U.S. Embassy. Troops stand in review. In addition to General MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Wm. C. Chase, and Admiral Wm. F. Halsey and Lt....
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This film FRANK SINATRA IN ISRAEL dates to 1962 and documents Frank Sinatra's first ever visit to Israel as part of his multinational World Tour for Children. The tour, which raised over $1 million for children's charities around the globe, had stops in Japan, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel. In Israel, Sinatra gave seven concerts in six cities. As you will see in the course of the film, his visit coincided with the country's annual Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)...
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"Berlin: Test for the West" is an Encyclopedia Britannica film that traces the history of the city from the end of WWII and the fall of the German Reich through the construction of the Berlin Wall.   Willy Brandt was the mayor of West Berlin (:14) and the film had been produced in Germany by Chronos Films (:14). The Bradenburg Gate ( 1:18 ) in the 1920’s had stood as a crossroads between one of Europe’s busiest capitals ( 1:39 ) and the lively streets of Berlin are shown ( 1:59...
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“I Shall Return” is an episode of The Greatest Drama that tells the story of General Douglas MacArthur, from his days at West Point until his forced retirement. The episode opens with scenes from a ticker-tape parade (00:09), most likely MacArthur’s celebrated return to San Francisco. MacArthur wades to shore in his return to the Philippines during WWII (00:36), joined by Philippine President Sergio Osmena. MacArthur speaks about closing out his military career before a joint session of...
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The U.S. Navy film “Desert Without Sand” (MN-10518) dates to 1967 and presents the Navy’s Task Force 43 and its operations in Antarctica. Read Admiral Jay Lloyd Abbot ( 01:50 ) is head of naval support for the missions and narrates the film, which is meant to provide an opportunity for those who cannot visit the continent to see what it is all about. The film opens with a ship crashing through ice ( 00:12 ) and scenes of mountains and ice fields. The desolate region, despite the cold and...
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