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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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This official circa 1973 NASA color film tells the story of Pioneer 10 — the first spacecraft to travel beyond Mars to the outer planets of our solar system. Launched in March 1972, the spacecraft took a 21-month, 620-million-mile journey to Jupiter, during which Pioneer penetrated the previously unexplored asteroid belt without mishap, eliminating the long held fear that high-speed particles or huge asteroids might destroy the spacecraft.  This film tells of the findings recorded by the...
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Since 1915, the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina (or simply Parris Island) has trained enlisted personnel. This 1960s Marine Corps “unclassified” film introduces the viewer to Parris Island, and opens at mark  00:32  with a shot of the United States Marine Corps enlisted contract, as the narrator spells out the basic requirements of a Marine. Nervous recruits stand at attention as a Marine captain delivers the oath of enlistment. A smiling master...
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Directed by Dr. Futer, MAN AGAINST MOUNT EVEREST shows the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest expedition led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant.  His team including Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The oxygen sets were barely operable and when the two men continued in the morning, they were...
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Made in the 1970s this film THE DEEP SCATTERING LAYER tells the story of the search for a mysterious "second floor" in the ocean, as recorded by sonar devices. This floor -- consisting of marine animals such as shrimp, whales and dolphins -- moves to different levels at different hours, different days, and different seasons. It is probed by U.S. Navy sonar, deep-trawled nets with hydrophones and instruments, and finally by by ocean going submersibles. While the film presents the...
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The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.” This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair, who takes you step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews) extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity. The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria,...
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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the crucial events of 1919 with the White Army battling the Red Army for control of Russia. Narrator: In the summer of 1919, the Soviet Republic was threatened by a new military power. General Denikin formed an army of 200,000 people out of officers, Cossacks, and groups of local nationalists in the south. In July 1919, in Tsaritsyn, general Denikin issued a directive ordering the forces to take over Moscow. (01.00) An offensive was launched. In October...
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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This silent German film "Mit Kruezer Emden In Die Welt" shows the exploits of the light cruiser Emden in World War II, starting with footage shot in 1936/1937. The film shows the ship cruising to Cagliari, Sardinia at  1:14 , with rare footage shot aboard the ship showing crew activities including cleaning, sewing, laundry, etc. At  2:30  the ship arrives to a heroic welcome in Sardinia. At  3:03 , the title card states "a visit to the Opera Ballila", or the Opera...
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Made during the Cold War and long before 9-11, this U.S. Air Force film was made to instruct American personnel based in Europe about the threat of terrorism. The film includes footage from various incidents in the 1970s and 80s, including the bombing of Harrod's Department Store by the I.R.A. ( 1:00 ), an assault on the Queen's horseguard and an Army band by the I.R.A. ( 1:30 - 3:00 ), attacks in Paris ( 4:00 ), the attack on the U.S. Army barracks in Lebanon (5:238) and the killing of the...
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Made in 1968 as American servicemen fought in Vietnam, LSD: TRIP TO WHERE? highlights the dangers of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Widely shown to U.S. military personnel (including those stationed in Vietnam), the film was supplemented with a brochure for "Operation Janus", a brigade-level amnesty and treatment program aimed at helping soldiers, airmen and sailors with marijuana, heroin and other substance abuse problems. In this film Bill, a sailor on leave, takes acid and is so...
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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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Dating to the 1950s, this biography of Admiral Richard C. Byrd presents a pioneer in aviation, a scientist, a great explorer who challenges the unknown. As the narrator says, "His is a lifetime of danger and knowledge and this is his biography."  He was one of the pioneers who traveled to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, a barren world of eternal cold. Antarctica is seen at mark  1:43 . It is vast, white, silence but even Richard loved the region. But most of all he loved the...
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THE FIGHTING LADY is one of the great documentaries to emerge from WWII. Shot in 1944, this documentary was produced by the U.S. Navy, directed by famed photographer Edward Steichen and narrated by Lt. Robert Taylor USNR. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board an anonymous aircraft carrier. Because of war time restrictions, the name of the aircraft carrier was disguised as "the Fighting Lady", although she was later identified as the Essex class USS Yorktown...
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This U.S. Marine Corps film from the Vietnam War in 1968 documents the Chi'u H i Program (loosely translated as "Open Arms"). Chieu-Hoi was a psychological operations initiative by the USMC and South Vietnamese to encourage defection by the Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the Government during the Vietnam War. Defection was urged by means of a propaganda campaign, usually leaflets delivered by artillery shell or dropped over enemy-controlled areas by aircraft, or...
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An official War Department film produced by the United States Army Signal Corps during WWII, “How Good Is A Gun?” opens with a scene from “a valley where Nazis rule. A valley of death.” As the camera pans across the ruins of what was once a town, the narrator says that no rocket or “mysterious ray” destroyed this place. “Just firepower — firepower of American war production … fighting to save this town and every town from the swastika.” American infantrymen are shown sharing...
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Created for home use, this short, silent version of TAG DER FREIHEIT: UNSERE WEHRMACHT (English: Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces) was directed by Leni Riefenstahl, following Victory of Faith and Triumph of the Will. Her third film recounts the Seventh Party Rally of the Nazi Party, which occurred in Nuremberg in 1935, and focuses on the German army. The film was originally released in December of 1935. The film depicts a mock battle staged by German troops during the ceremonies at Nuremberg on...
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WITH THE MARINES AT TARAWA is a 1944 short documentary film directed by Louis Hayward. It used authentic footage taken at the Battle of Tarawa to tell the story of the American servicemen from the time they get the news that they are to participate in the invasion to the final taking of the island and raising of the Stars and Stripes. The film is in full color and uses no actors, making it a valuable historical document. The documentary showed more gruesome scenes of battle than other war films...
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The 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 and introduces this episode....
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Dating to the 1970s, this silent film shows a crash test performed by General Motors during early tests of air bags. This particular test is for a front impact at an angle, and various views show the collision and resultant deployment. In the 1970s, General Motors marketed its first airbag modules under the unwieldy name "Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS)".  G.M.'s history with airbags dates back to the 1972 model year, when the Chevrolet Division built 1,000 1973 Chevrolet Caprice...
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This 1941 black and white film is part of the Bell and Howell Filmosound Library series and focuses on the plight of the peons in Mexico in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was produced in Mexico by Soviet film director Sergei M. Eisenstein and by “special arrangements with Upton Sinclair.” It opens with views of Mexico’s desert, two smiling caballeros, and castle fortresses (:22- 1:00 ). A Creole cowboy with spurs sits sideways on a horse, two men wrapped in serapes take a siesta under...
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Shows the submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) conducting anti-submarine warfare maneuvers.  A nuclear attack submarine, Shark was one of the Skipjack class boats launched in 1960.  The film shows the crew conducting sonar searches, and living and working at sea.  Also includes footage of the USS Holland (SS-1), the Navy's first submarine, as well as early subs including the S44.  Also shown are the USS Gyatt (DD-712) and USS Fremont (PA-44).  The film also includes WWI German footage of U-boats.
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Operation Deep Freeze (OpDFrz or ODF) is the codename for a series of United States missions to Antarctica, beginning with "Operation Deep Freeze I" in 1955–56, followed by "Operation Deep Freeze II", "Operation Deep Freeze III", and so on. Given the continuing and constant US presence in Antarctica since that date, "Operation Deep Freeze" has come to be used as a general term for US operations in that continent, and in particular for the regular...
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Pan Am’s World, produced by Peckham Productions USA in the 1970s, is a promotional film for Pan American Airlines. The film opens with a shot of a Pan Am DC-10 jet/clipper ( 00:52 ), and the narrator tells viewers that Pan Am flies to more than 120 different places on 6 continents. Intercontinental hotels are at many of the destinations, providing luxuriously comfortable lodging. Pan Am also operates the world’s largest private communications system ( 01:50 ), connecting all the different...
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Made just prior to U.S. entry into World War II, this Official Films newsreel, “News Thrills: 1941, Vol. II,” recaps some of the social, military, and political events of 1941. The newsreel begins with photographers having fun photographing people on the sandy beaches of Venice, California ( 00:19 ). The next segment covers the first test flight of the world’s largest bomber, the Douglas B-19, as it takes off from Santa Monica, California ( 01:34 ) and lands at March Air Base near...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel (entirely in Russian) attempts to show the progress made in the modern USSR, and the improvement in everyday life, under socialism. The film shows modern buildings, industry, laboratories, schools, power plants and electrification, the oil industry, and more. The film then transitions to speak about exporting socialism to other nations so that they can enjoy similar progress in their societies. If only the on-going threat from the West including the USA, can be...
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The Incas Ancients of the Andes, is a color instructional film produced by Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was started by Bill Horsley Laboratory in 1916, and was later known as Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was devoted to the developing and printing of 35mm. films. It is no longer active. Photographed and Directed by Clifford J. Kamen ( 0:16 - 0:26 ). Views of a mountain top ancient city, Machu Picchu ( 0:27 - 0:41 ). Black and white world map, showing where the Aztec, Mayas...
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One of a series of television programs made by Ziv Productions from the General Newsreel Library, this episode of Yesterday's Newsreel begins with “Wings of Commerce” ( 1:31 ). In which we see planes like those which had seen service in World War I by the Lafayette Escadrille sold by the government as surplus as daredevils and barnstormers use them for stunts. Across the Atlantic, Europe's most enterprising air men launch travel between London and Paris ( 1:45 ). In open cockpits,...
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FINLAND FIGHTS! was released theatrically as a sound film in 1940 by Emerson Yorke, an independent producer in New York, in cooperation with Castle Films. The footage shown was originally material assembled for an humanitarian reel, made on behalf of the Finnish Relief Fund, so that American audiences could see how Finland was withstanding Russian invasion. The original theatrical release was only five minutes long, but Eugene Castle brought it up to standard one reel length and released it as...
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This black and white 1944 War Department Official Training Film TF21 2067 Army Service Forces is Part 1 of two parts (Part 2 is 28924). It opens with a man using a reel mower outside a house with a picket fence. The mailman hands him mail (:36-:53). It’s a draft notice to appear for his pre-induction physical examination on May 15, 1944 (:54). A neighbor home on leave agrees to tell him about the Army. Men enter the Armed Forces Induction Station ( 2:27 - 2:44 ). They are given a bag to put...
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This black and white instructional education short film The Steam Engine (as it applies to locomotives) was produced by Young America Films (Centron Corporation), using footage originally shot by British Information Services. The film was most likely released in the 1940s due to the presence of streamline “modern” trains. It opens with a steam engine train coming up the tracks (:34-:43). Passengers inside are shown, including some being waited on in a dining car (:44-:56), before returning...
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“A Product of the Imagination” is a 1960s color film by Alcoa that includes a number of splices (and places its introduction at the  08:00  mark) but is designed to educate the viewer on the soft metal aluminum. Dramatic music plays in the background at the physical beginning of the film as several various factory scenes are shown and the narrator explains how aluminum can be extracted and fit into any number of molds. The film shows several of those forms before the narrators — “Adam...
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The Los Angeles Police Department presents “Your Traffic Officer,” a late 1940s black-and-white training film that shows what it takes to be a motorcycle patrolman on the new freeways in post-World War II California. Six people lost their lives on a “modern highway” in the past year (probably the 110 Freeway) the narrator explains at the film commences. The efficient execution of traffic regulations is key to keeping the roads safe. A motorcycle officer zooms across the screen (mark ...
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"Paris in the Twenties” is an episode of the CBS News documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing April 17, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at Paris in the 1920s, a playground and cultural center for Americans. There are several scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets in the years following World War I starting at mark  02:52  and artists in the street creating masterpieces (mark  03:54 ). It was in Paris that Ernest...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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Dating to 1955, FUN AT THE CIRCUS presents a "big top" style traveling circus complete with the gigantic tent, elephants, big cats, acrobats, clowns, trained seals and dancing horses. 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...
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An informative film about LSD, this 1960s educational tells the story of the discovery of the drug and its affects. The film begins in 1951 after a naturally induced mass hysteria episode in France, and then traces the work of Dr. Albert Hofmann who suffered similar symptoms after exposing himself to synthesized LSD in the 1930s. The film shows the effects of LSD on rats in a laboratory, including catatonia. The film features Dr. Jean Houston and Dr. Robert Masters, who used LSD to probe...
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Made by Cinecraft in 1954 for both consumers and the sales force, A FAN FAMILY ALBUM promotes the line of fans made by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company with a focus on the innovations made in the late 1940s and 1950s. Made in an era before air conditioning when fans were extremely important, the movie is hosted by a group of "hot" swimsuit wearing models. The film begins with a brief history of the company and George Westinghouse's invention of the electric fan in...
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This color Northwest Orient Airlines film encourages travelers to visit the Philippines and opens with an aerial view of Corregidor Island at the entrance to Manilla Bay and how life on the island has returned to normal after having been a battleground in World War II. The 1950s film shows fisherman heading out for the day’s catch while families live in their straw huts. On Luzon, residents carve elaborate likenesses for the tourist trade (mark  01:00 ) while others perform a native bamboo...
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This 1965 color film highlighting the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair was produced by Francis Thompson and narrated by actor Robert Fields. It provides an incredible variety of mid-1960s clothing, shoes, and hairstyles for men, women, and children as people dressed up to attend the fair held in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York. The crowd streams through the front gates ( 1:57 - 3:15 ). A family boards the Greyhound-sponsored motor train ( 3:15 ). It passes the flags of nations lining...
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. 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...
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This film begins with a promo for the documentary film "Killers All", a 1945 exploitative documentary about organized crime. Following the promo is a related film, "Dealers in Death", which is a cut-down of a feature-length movie "The Vanishing Gangster". "Dealers in Death" primarily focuses on John Dillinger and Bonnie & Clyde, and contains famous footage of the young lovers' bullet-ridden death car. “Get ready for the SHOCK of your Life!” That...
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The 1947 film The Biography of the Motion Picture Camera is an art documentary produced by Les Films du Compas and Roger Leenhardt, and narrated by Tony Kraber. The film traces the history of the development of motion pictures from the first camera to Edison’s kinetoscope and the Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph. The film begins with a brief recap of photographing still simple subjects. The issue of animating still photographs is apparent with the “School of the Successive Pose” ( 01:51...
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This silent German educational film dates to the 1940s and shows the cultivation, harvesting and drying of corn. The end product will likely be used for animal feed.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec...
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The short U.S. Navy training film Submarine Salvage shows the process Navy salvage crews use to retrieve sunken submarines. USS Hoist ARS-40 is shown in operation in the film. The submarine shown being salvaged appears to be a WWII boat; the techniques shown probably would not work with a modern submarine due to the size of these vessels. The film begins with a submarine sinking and the rescue of the ship’s survivors. Rescuing survivors is the only goal immediately following the sinking of a...
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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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Made by veteran animated John Sutherland for the General Electric Company, A IS FOR ATOM presents fundamentals of atomic structure, and looks at the potential peaceful uses of the atom. It dates to 1953. The short explains what an atom is, how nuclear energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of nuclear power, and the by-products of nuclear fission. It is Sutherland's most-decorated film, having won numerous honors at film festivals. In 1964, A is for Atom was...
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WINGS TO HAWAII is a promotional film produced by Hartley Productions for Pan American Airlines during the late 1950s or early 1960s. The film features a man and a woman discussing their respective trips to Hawaii while sitting in a Pan Am plane, with scenes of their adventures in Hawaii. The woman loves the family-friendly nature of Hawaii. Waikiki Beach offers beautiful views from the surf, and aerial views of the beach are just as spectacular ( 07:42 ). Surfing at Waikiki ( 00:24 ; 01:44 )...
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This 1970's NASA movie shows the results of the Mariner 9 mission -- which produced hundreds of photographs of the planet's surface, creating a new understanding of the planet's geography and atmosphere. At 7:30 , the film discusses the 1976 Viking mission including the dropping of a lander onto the planet's surface. The film speculates that the lander could find life on Mars, and shows at 8:00 possible types of Martian life that could be encountered, including creatures that extract water from...
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This 1960s unclassified color film “Breakthrough” is about using PERT, the Navy’s technique for managing large-scale R&D programs, to develop nuclear-powered submarines and Polaris missiles two years ahead of schedule. It was produced by the United States Navy Special Projects Office and Merit Film Productions. A Polaris missile launches from a submarine (:38- 1:25 ). The USS George Washington moves across the ocean’s surface ( 1:26 - 1:45 ). A man speaks to a small group of...
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This black and white film “The Farmer Takes A Roof” was produced by Wilding Picture Productions for the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). It’s from the early 1950s as it references 60 years of Alcoa experience, founded in 1888, but also references the completed Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas that opened in 1949. The opening shot of a long barn with an aluminum roof (:27) is followed by a barnyard scene of various animals (:33- 1:05 ). Aluminum can be used for more than a milk pail or...
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This episode of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's long-running TV program, shows the exploits of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. It dates to 1968. The film shows military as well as civil work, including nation building programs which it was hoped would stabilize South Vietnamese support against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. At  2:00 , the 25th Infantry Division, also known as "Tropic Lightning" is seen being welcomed by South Vietnamese. The unit is shown...
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This wonderful short featuring Dinah Shore, tells the story of the Hollywood Canteen, a converted Barn located in Hollywood. It operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard between October 3, 1942, and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day), as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. Even though the majority of visitors were U.S servicemen, the canteen was open to servicemen of allied countries as well as women in all branches of service. A...
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This promotional film for the Bofors Oerlikon 20 mm cannon shows the popular weapon mounted in an armored vehicle. This gun is one of a series of autocannons, based on an original German 20 mm Becker design that appeared very early in World War I. It was widely produced by Oerlikon Contraves and others, with various models employed by both Allied and Axis forces during World War II, and many versions still in use today. The weapon can be used as an anti-aircraft gun (used against helicopters...
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Also released in slightly different form as "Voice of the Deep". this vintage Moody Institute of Science film explores the nature of sound in the deep sea. The film charts the early use of undersea hydrophones to listen to sounds beneath the sea, and the invention of sonar at the  6:00 mark. At  6:17 , hydrophones at Chesapeake Bay are shown in 1942, used for national defense, detecting croaker fish. At  7:58 , Moody Science explorers are seen getting into a deep sea diving suit to...
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Created in 1921, Manhatta is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, which uses the words of Walt Whitman to paint a vivid portrait of New York City. Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to...
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One of a series of films based on texts by Henry Bowman called Marriage for Moderns, this campy 1950s film "Marriage: Today" is full of unintentional comedy. Featuring some ridiculously backwards ideas about what a healthy relationship is, and how young couples can build lasting marriages by a clear analysis of their mutual aims and cooperation in achieving them. One couple in the film, university graduates, have many interests in common. The other couple, a business man and a...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. This, the second half of the film begins with footage of tracking radars and microwave communications, and at :38 a ground station with banks of computers and telemetry devices. A video tape recorder is turned on at :39 and a TV set is shown for playback. At :55 the route of the flight is plotted on a moving map. The...
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“The Magnetic Recorder” is a 1950s black-and-white film by the State University of Iowa explaining the uses and operation of magnetic tape. Almost any sound can be recorded magnetically and played back immediately, the viewer is told at mark  00:55  as we watch a man adjusting various tape machines including an Ekotape that we’re told are available for sale to schools, churches, and industry, and are comparable to those used at radio stations and professional recording studios. At...
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The Submarine Part I: Physical Principles is a short Navy training film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. in 1940. The film, using animation, presents an overview of the key physical principles of how a submarine operates. The film starts with footage of a sub surfacing (00:37) before switching to animation to demonstrate the physical principles. First is Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy (00:50) and Force of Buoyancy (02:00), as the film discusses how to change buoyancy through engineering water...
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“Patton and the Third Army” is an episode of the documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing March 20, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at “Old Blood and Guts” — US Army General George S. Patton — who is first seen at mark  00:30  in full dress uniform addressing an assembled crowd. That is followed by archival footage from World War II and scenes of Patton (mark  02:10 ) from November 1942 as he leads his Third Army into...
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This film, "The Resourceful Atom: Project Gasbuggy" documents an underground nuclear detonation carried out by the United States Atomic Energy Commission on December 10, 1967 in rural northern New Mexico. It was part of Operation Plowshare, a program designed to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosions. Gasbuggy was carried out by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and the El Paso Natural Gas Company, with funding from the Atomic Energy Commission. Its purpose was to determine whether...
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Made by Northrop Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command, this promotional film MRS. JONES, MEET YOUR PARTNERS features General Nathan F. Twining speaking about the group's mission: to protect the USA from enemy attack, especially nuclear attack. It also showcases the F-89 Scorpion interceptor. The film is a bit fragmentary but apparently featured a civilian housewife "Mrs. Jones", who has volunteered as a aircraft spotter with the Ground Observer Corps, touring the...
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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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Produced in 1944, the “unclassified” US Navy training film “Radio Operator Training” instructed seaman on how to become an effective radioman. Whether it be a PT boat, landing barge, submarine, or any other vessel, the narrator explains at mark  01:08  that a radioman is onboard and on duty. “He is the mouthpiece of his commanding officer. His right hand. Without him, the ship is crippled. The fleet is paralyzed.” Mark  01:48  takes us to NSS Annapolis (officially known as Naval...
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This footage shows a three rotor German Enigma machine invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Early models were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German military models are the most commonly recognized. German military messages enciphered on the Enigma machine were first...
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Released to the home market by World in Color Productions in 1948, this silent color film consists of captured footage of V-2 rocket development tests at Pennemunde in Germany. It includes successful tests and failures. If you watch closely you will see a visit by Nazi brass including Henrich Himmler ( 7:03  mark), one of the primary architects of the holocaust, and Wehrner Von Braun ( 7:17 ) the inventor of the V-2. The V-2 rocket (German: Vergeltungswaffe 2, i.e. retaliation weapon 2),...
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This restricted War Department “official training film” was produced in 1940 by the United States Army Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The purpose is made clear within the first 30 seconds of the black-and-white picture, thanks to a title card: “This film presents some elementary principles of carburetor functioning, the understanding of which will assist the pilot in making proper use of the carburetor and effecting good engine performance. Improper...
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One of the outstanding travelogues created by Eugene Castle and his company Castle Films, this travelogue of Mexico begins and ends with a stereotypical image, of a peasant riding atop a donkey. The film presents the "most exotic land in the Western Hemisphere" including shots of charming towns and native villages. At  1:10 , women are seen washing clothes at a town square. At  1:29 , a street barber provides shaves and haircuts, and at  1:50  an oxcart is seen. At  1:59 , a...
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This 1958 color film shows the Navajo Nation of the 1960s, with a postscript from the 1970s (:13). It’s “A Line on America” film presentation of “A People Between Two Worlds” (:50), produced by Francis and Helen Line. This largest Indian tribe lives on a reservation mostly in Arizona into New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado ( 1:18 ). Sheep provides resources and an income ( 1:50 - 2:08 ). Most of the 15 million acres are too barren, mountainous, or heavily forested ( 2:10 - 2:34 ). Only 4...
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has four segments. The first is about Apollo 12 just before its launch on November 14, 1969. It opens with a moon rock gathered by the Apollo 11 crew (:36- 1:05 ). The crew of Apollo 12, astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Dick Gordon, are shown walking in their spacesuits ( 1:06 ). Conrad will be the command pilot for the ten-day round trip, shown practicing weightless walking ( 1:16 - 1:28 ). Gordon, command module pilot,...
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Made in 1988 as the Soviet Union ended its long struggle in Afghanistan, this odd and haunting (and really -- experimental) Soviet era propaganda film "Afghanistan Dreams" traces some of the history of the Soviet invasion and looks at its aftermath. The film seems to be told from the perspective of a Russian soldier who survived the war but is haunted by some of what he saw in country.  The film begins with images of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the United...
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This film, THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE was shot in late November of 1941, and released in 1942 as part of the burgeoning war effort. It features the voice of Pete Smith and was made by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the U.S. Forest Service. The film is rather interesting in that it features famous Hollywood comics Laurel and Hardy -- appearing here in their only color role! At the time both were over the age of 50, and their careers were on the wane. Still they manage quiet...
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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.” “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark  01:25 . Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting  01:40 , from the Wright...
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This 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 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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This B&W television episode of YESTERDAY'S NEWSREEL features eight segments of historic highlights, voiced by Tom Hale unless otherwise noted. The first segment “Finlandia” begins with Finland’s independence from the Russian Federation on April 13, 1918 (:44). Baron Carl Gustav Mannerheim reviews his troops in Senaatintori Square (:45- 1:07 ). In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau Jr. accepts a check from Finland on its WWI debt ( 1:40 - 1:58 ). In 1939,...
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This silent film UNE PLONGEE DU "RUBIS" was one of a series of shorts made by a young Jacques Cousteau immediately after WWII. The film shows dive tests which Cousteau performed aboard the venerable French submarine Rubis.The goal was to show how men could use an airlock aboard the submarine to emerge underwater, both for research and potentially as a means of escape. Not really mentioned in the film is the fact that, in order to shoot it, Cousteau developed a series of camera...
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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 film, A NIGHT ON JACKRABBIT MESA (adopted for the Department of the Army’s use) was produced under the supervision and cooperation of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy. The film shows the aftermath of a fatal military plane crash, and explores the role of civil authorities in dealing with the emergency. The film was likely produced as a result of heightened dangers to civilians during the Cold War, with military airplane accidents occurring with some frequency, some involving...
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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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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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This film, titled “Pieces of a Dream” (:13) is about the Bede BD-5 micro. The company did unfortunately go bankrupt in the 1970’s and just a few kit versions of the aircraft were actually completed. Bede produced a series of small compact aircraft in the 1960’s and the kit version was created in order for a customer to fly a plane that was less expensive than a car (:28). Classified as a bargain based plane (:47), it cost only a little more than $2,000! Construction was only to require...
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This episode of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” is of from an early television series that drew on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Company. The first section is “1917-1938 Russia” the rise of the Reds. In March of 1917, the Romanov reign ends (:40) and the new Soviet is about to come into prominence with Nikolai Lenin ( 1:05 ). Kerensky's war policy was met with opposition as Lenin arrives from Switzerland ( 1:29 ). As turmoil brews, 80,000 Bolshevik party members turn out to...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At  1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At  2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At  2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen at ...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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“A City, Gone to Sea,” is a circa 1972 film discussing the cruise ship Spirit of London. (At the time the vessel was being operated by P&O Cruises). At mark  00:24 , Pulitzer Prize-winning travel writer Stanton Delaplane (who is credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States) is introduced as the narrator with an explanation that he would be sharing some of the things he saw and wrote about while on a cruise. British cruise ships, Delaplane explains, are all about service,...
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Dating from the early era of the Hawk Missile system, this promotional film details the capabilities of the surface-to-air missile, showing it destroying a series of target drones including targets flying at low level. At  1:00 , the narrator describes the components of the Hawk system which include an Acquisition Group, a Guidance Group, and three launchers and nine missiles. The Raytheon MIM-23 Hawk (standing for Homing All the Way Killer) is a U.S. medium-range surface-to-air missile. It...
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This vintage bicycle safety film dates to the 1940s and was produced in the United Kingdom in an era when bicycles were in more common use as transportation. The film shows various accident scenarios in city traffic, using the story of a boy named Henry to show how improper riding techniques can endanger pedestrians, riders and drivers. The film begins with a barker narrating a story about a bicycle rider who is named Henry. At mark  0:42 , Henry is seen with his father at a bicycle shop and...
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This film profiles Dr. Otto Reitlinger and the Otto Fuel II monopropellant he developed, which is used to drive torpedoes and other weapon systems. The film touches on the safety issues affiliated with the fuel and potential ill effects from exposure to the product. It features extensive footage inside the Naval Propellants Plant of the Bureau of Naval Weapons, located at Indian Head, Maryland. Otto fuel II, or just 'Otto fuel,' was a mixture of propylene glycol dinitrate (the explosive fuel),...
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This silent black and white military film “Battle for France” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The News Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. Fighting out of Nazi trap in Flanders, Allied troops reach the last channel port…Dunkerque [Dunkirk]. A nurse wipes the forehead of a soldier (:53- 1:02 ). Sandbags are piled against a building as a soldier smokes a pipe. ( 1:03 - 1:22 ). Under terrific fire, British sea craft rush to the rescue! A...
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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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“Operation Ivy” cold opens with an address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower discussing the rapid advancement of the Atomic Age. A scroll at mark  00:45  then details how the Federal Civil Defense Administration “firmly believes it is necessary for the American public to know the facts about the destructiveness of nuclear weapons” and leading to the “public issuance … a non-secret portion of a secret film” that takes the viewer to the Pacific Proving Ground “to witness an...
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