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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the events of 1945, as the Red Army resumed the offensive against the Fascist Wehrmacht, pushing the Germans out of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Poland. The film ends before the final battles in Germany, with a gaunt-looking President Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin meeting at Yalta. Notably, the film contains rare footage (at  10:06 ) of FDR smoking a cigarette. This was the type of material that would never...
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This film from Lockheed shows developments in the company's VTOL aircraft research program with a particular focus on nap of the Earth maneuverability, controllability, mission effectiveness and human factors. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment. During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in,...
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This newsreel is titled The Story of Canadian Pine made by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau in the mid to late 1930’s. Starting with freshly cut, raw Canadian pine floating in a tributary of the Ottawa River ( 1:20 ), the viewer is taken along the story of pine manufacturing and all its production stages. Starting in spring, river men move the logs downstream with the help of tug boats. ( 1:28 ) The logs are floated into a boon, an assembly point of wood logs that appear almost...
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This 1978 color film celebrates 50 years of education through film and video by Encyclopedia (Encyclopaedia) Britannica. It was distributed by Suburban Audio Visual Service. At the time it was made Encyclopædia Britannica Films (also named EB Films for short) was the top producer and distributor of educational 16 mm films and later VHS videocassettes for schools and libraries, a position it held from the 1940s through the 1990s. As the film demonstrates, EB Films was a pioneer in making...
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An official film made by the U.S. Air Force in the late 1970s, this Aerospace Defense Command News Digest #93 takes a look at the United States' nuclear triad and the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The film begins with images of the B-52, Polaris missile, and the Minuteman missile, which are known as the "Triad forces" of nuclear defense. Major General Otis C. Moore then describes the mission of the Aerospace Defense Command and the 14th Aerospace Force, which is to warn the President of...
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The color film, “Pan AM the Philippines”, is a documentary about the culture of the Philippines. It is part of a series of films put out by Pan AM called “Pan AM’s 1960’s and 70’s Travel Films: Visit 11 Places, in 7 Languages” commissioned to be done by New Horizons, for the movie making, and Movietonews, Inc., to assembled the footage and audio. Editorial director: Harry L. Coleman. Narrator: Ed Stokes. The video opens with views of the Philippines ( 0:08 - 0:29 ). Credits ( 0:30...
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Made by General Electric just after WWII and directed by Ray Culley, "The World's Largest Electrical Workshop" examines G.E.'s research and manufacturing facilities including at Bridgeport and Providence, where electrical generation and distribution equipment is manufactured, and where new technologies including better lighting, advancements in radio and television, and a myriad of other electronic and electric devices are developed.  As the narrator says: The march is on, the steady...
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This 1956 education film explains the process of making vinyl records. It is a Jam Handy Picture and presented by RCA Victor. The record process being followed is for Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, recorded by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film opens with a woman wearing a coordinating 1950s skirt, sweater, neck scarf, and pearl bracelet. She places a record in her RCA high fidelity cabinet record player and the music plays (:26- 1:54 ). The history of making that...
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship. 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: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet film shows some of the USSR's manned rockets and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan. It was the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. The rocket shown appears to be of the Voshkod or Soyuz variety. At  1:30 , the film discusses the difference between a rocket engine and an artillery shell and a jet aircraft engine. At  2:11 , cosmonauts arrive at the launch site. At  4:17 , some cosmonaut training is seen using a High...
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Created by the United States Marine Corps, “Objective … Security” is a 20-minute propaganda film covering U.S. Navy security on the Pacific island of Okinawa during World War II. Filmed by Marine combat photographers, the picture opens with Easter Sunday services in 1945, shown at mark  00:30 , as we’re reminded that while the war in Europe seemed to nearing an end, half a world away, in the Pacific Theater, combat continued. On Okinawa, only 400 miles from Japan, more than 100,000...
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This silent film footage dates to 1971 and shows various scenes related to protests against the Vietnam War. This includes some of the protests known as "Operation Dewey Canyon III' that included members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (read more here:  http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?... ) The demonstration was given its name, "Operation Dewey Canyon III", in reference to military operations known as Dewey Canyon I and II. Some of the aspects of these offensives...
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This profile of the USAF Thunderbirds dates to the time period between 1983-1985, when SSgt Steve Geoghegan served as Crew Chief with SSgt Paul Cantwell and Capt. John Bostick (among others). The film documents the return of the Thunderbirds to America's skies after a devastating series of accidents that resulted in the deaths of five pilots in 19 months, including four who were tragically killed while practicing at the Nellis, Nevada base on Jan. 18, 1982. The deaths were caused when their...
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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 eight segments of historic highlights. Pancho Villa Raids the Rio Grande March 9, 1916. Footage shows a horseback rider at the top of a hill. Overhead footage shows a band of riders and walkers crossing the border into New Mexico. A still photo is shown of Villa wearing his trademark mustache, hat, and ammo around his neck. The...
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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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“Ejection Decision: A Second Too Late!” Is a 1981 US Air Force training film for aircrews who fly aircraft with ejection seats. The film shows scenes from real life ejection scenarios and interviews with pilots who have made emergency ejections to help emphasizes the importance of making timely ejection decisions. Here, psychology is important, as escape technology cannot make up for the fact that pilots can make poor decisions about leaving an out-of-control aircraft. The film starts with...
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This 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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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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The Hong Kong Tourist Association presents “Destination Hong Kong,” a 1960s color picture from Dudley Productions Limited. Considered “the crossroads of the Orient,” the narrator explains how its harbors regularly receives goods and people from the all the world’s continents. Mark  01:09  reveals a boatful of tourists watching ships unload before returning focus to the business activities of the seaport “whose main reason for existence is the worldwide import and export of...
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A Chronicle of America's Jazz Age is a 1950 American documentary film produced by Richard de Rochemont. The film is narrated by Frederick Lewis Allen, Robert Q. Lewis, Allen Prescott, Red Barber, and Elmer Davis. The film opens with shots of city streets lined with cars and sidewalks full of people, before cutting to the front of the New York Public Library ( 01:21 ), where a young man browses the American History section before coming across the book that leads into the footage of the 1920s....
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The film BRINGING THE WORLD TO YOUR CLASSROOM is a Demonstration Sound Film produced by Erpi Classroom Films Inc (:11). It depicts scenes from a few of the Erpi Instructional sound films which were designed to break barriers in human learning (:31). Educators hoped to increase the quality of education in utilization of these films as occurrences that would normally be impossible to see, such as the growth of a plant's root, are visible using time lapse ( 1:33 ). Slow motion pictures enabled...
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Made by the short-lived Mercury Pictures (not to be confused with Orson Welles' company), this silent short "Studios on Parade" was sold to the home market in the 1940s. It begins with shots of the "Cardboard Valley" and shots of many movie studios from RKO Pictures to Warner Brothers, Universal, Cecil B. DeMille Productions, and Columbia Pictures. At :34 RKO and Paramount are shown. At :43 an abandoned set from the 1937 movie Wells Fargo is seen on the back lot. At :59...
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Part of a series of color, animated aerology films produced for the U.S. Navy in World War II, "The Theory of Fog Formation" (1943) was made for trainee pilots, with an aim to improve their understanding of fog and safe flight through it. After outlining the theory of fog formation, the film overviews various types of fog and how each one impacts air travel. It also reviews the combined effects of air temperature and wind. The film concludes with an anecdote about a bomber plane...
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This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim.   At :17, Port Sudan (on the Red Sea) is shown where supplies for Lawrence are being loaded. At :40 are shots aboard a transport ship bound for the front, where bearers bathe and eat. At 1:20 the ship is unloaded at the Arabian coast. At 1:52 , a...
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Made for the home market and sold in department stores and by mail order during the war, this 1942 Official Films newsreel features newsreel highlights from 1942 including the Second Battle of Alamein, landings on the Solomon Islands, Dieppe, as well as RAF hedge-hopping missions. It opens with the Second Battle of Alamein (:23). British forces are seen mobilizing in preparation against Marshal Erwin Rommel (:34). Tanks, trucks and troop transports move through a heavily crowded supply line...
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has 3 segments. The first is about Apollo 9 just before its launch on March 3, 1969 (:32). A ticker tape parade is held in New York for the astronauts of Apollo 8, William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman (:40-:52). These men were in the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and return safely. The Apollo 9 astronauts are Rusty Schweickart, James McDivitt, and David Scott (:052- 1:14 ). The command...
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Shot by an unknown American, these 16mm silent Kodachrome movies date back to the 1930s. The beginning shows a formal wedding. Scenes include entrance of the groom at :30, followed by the bride and bridesmaids at :59. The bride is at 2:00 with her father. The ceremony is seen at 2:10 with the ring going on the finger at 2;25. Big kiss at 2:33 . Wedding cake gets cut at 3:25 . At 3:40 we see a young boy, probably the son of the newlyweds, looks like the kid is getting his first haircut. At 4:30...
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The 1954 CBS / University of Arkansas produced documentary “The Search for Yokum Creek,” depicted the search for the origins of an Elizabethan ballad, “The Two Sisters.” The film begins with an exterior shot of the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center building where the presenter/narrator, Charles Romine begins by providing a few details about the upcoming investigation they are about to set out on (:42). Mary Celestia Parler, the founder of the Arkansas Folklore Society, an English...
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This 1960s film showcases the work of the city bus driver named Mr. Staley working on Santa Monica's famous "Big Blue Bus" lines. Featuring GMC "new look" buses, the film shows the operation of a diesel bus from the depot to a route on Lincoln Blvd. up to Montana Avenue. The film looks at the activities of various passengers, all the while showcasing the operation of the bus. Some of the topics explained include the use of transfers, tokens and fare boxes, the operation of...
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This film shows the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment or SAGE, a system of large computers and associated networking equipment that coordinated data from many radar sites and processed it to produce a single unified image of the airspace over a wide area. SAGE directed and controlled the NORAD response to a Soviet air attack, operating in this role from the late 1950s into the 1980s.  The processing power behind SAGE was supplied by the largest computer ever built, the AN/FSQ-7. Each SAGE...
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise (known in the day as a "fleet problem", see below) and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class...
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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This black-and-white Douglas Aircraft Company “welcome film” dates to the early 1960s but begins with a 1924 proclamation: “World Cruisers Make Aviation History New York, N.Y.” — a nod to an accomplishment by the company after the first around-the-world flight was by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service (predecessor of the U.S. Air Force) using a modified Douglas DT.The trip took 175 days and covered nearly 28,000 miles. The celebration of the final landing in...
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This black and white documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 1, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film traces the development of U.S. Airpower through World War I. The Air Force Story, Chapter I ( 0:16 - 1:14 ). A Hot Air...
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Beyond the West Coast of the United States are 85 million square miles of ocean, stretching from the Aleutian Islands in the north to the South Pole; past the Hawaiian Islands and onto Guam and the Philippines and continuing to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean and beyond. In total, about 40 percent of the globe are covered by those waters — and are the responsibility of the United States Pacific Command. That dramatic narrative introduces the viewer to this color film and the unified...
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"Mission Accomplished" was a short 1943 propaganda film produced by the United States Office of War Information about the B-17 Flying Fortress. The film opens with a brief history of the B-17, its birth in 1935 and its proven war record at Midway and the Philippines. However, the narration states, the B-17 has yet to prove itself over Europe. The time and range needed for a successful bombing raid were not available in the European theatre, some people thought. The film then switches...
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This issue of the U.S. Naval Workers Digest, a WWII industrial incentive newsreel shown to those involved in the war effort, consists of a couple of segments. The first is entitled ATTACK / COUNTER ATTACK! and the second WINGS OVER LEYTE. The first film looks at amphibious landings in the European and Pacific Theaters of war, emphasizing the incredible amounts of supplies and material that go into making victory possible. The second film shows the naval battle of Leyte Gulf and also contains a...
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“Communications: The Story of Communications” is a 1947 20th Century Fox black-and-white production explaining the importance of communication to mankind. Narrated by radio and television announcer Nelson Case, the film opens with scenes of street celebrations at mark  00:50  as residents celebrate news of an unidentified event (though likely the end of World War II). Printing presses run off newspaper copies as newsboys rush into the streets, “shouting a story that everyone knows...
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"Queens of Beauty" shows the 1955 Miss Universe competition. This was only the 4th Miss Universe pageant, and was held on 22 July 1955 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium with 22 female competitors. Miss Sweden, 21-year-old Hillevi Rombin, won the competition and was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miriam Stevenson from USA. The first runner-up was Maribel Arrieta of El Salvador. Winner Hillevi Rombin Schine (September 14, 1933 – June 19, 1996) was a Swedish actress and beauty...
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This 1930s black and white documentary "Real Americans" was produced by Ideal Corp. It opens with a field of teepees. A male Indian wearing a feather headdress kneels outside one (:07-:19). Braves ride horses across a shallow body of water (:20-:33). Indians wearing feather headdresses sit together at a tribal counsel (:34-:40). Tribes of the Southwest wear their traditional tribal outfits. They serpentine as they parade on a field. They are gathered in Albuquerque for a grand pow wow...
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Made in 1945 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The World We Want to Live In" is an important film that reflects upon the tumult of 1930s and 40s, which saw oppression and death in Europe, while presenting the idea that the America of the future must renounce hate, bigotry and intolerance. The film begins by showing how hate speech and anti-immigrant ideas fomented terror not only in abroad, but created an environment in the USA where racism and marginalization was...
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The 1950s Caterpillar film This New Series H D8 touts the new 225-horse power tractor ( 00:37 ). The D8 has been the yardstick of big tractors for decades, and more than 1,000 improvements have been made since the first D8 was built. For the new D8, engineers design lifetime lubricated tracks and test the product on proving grounds; the H Series D8 is then tested vigorously on Caterpillar’s proving grounds ( 02:25 ). The film discusses new features and improvements to design with the new...
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One of the wonderful films made by Shell Oil Company in the 1950s and 60s, “Coupe des Alpes — The Story Of The 1958 Alpine Rally,” a color film recalling the aforementioned race. (Officially called Coupe des Alpes, the rally competition was based in Marseille, France and held from 1932 to 1971. In the 1950s and the 1960s, it was among the most prestigious rallies in the world and featured an international route, consisting of famous mountain passes in Europe.) “Fifty-six production cars...
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This “This World of Ours" film series was created by Dudley Pictures for classroom use. This film focuses on Cuba, considerably one of the largest and most important islands of the West Indies (:33). It lay about 150 miles south of Florida discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 (:43). The island remained under Spanish rule until 1898. Havanna, a metropolis of three quarter million residents, is the capital (:55). It's harbor was constructed in 1597 as a defense against the British (...
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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 nine segments of historic highlights. Submarine Warfare 1875-1918 (:29). A torpedo moves through the water, hits a ship, and it sinks (:38-:57). John T. Holland is shown with his 1875 version of a submarine (:58- 1:15 ). Early submarines are shown ( 1:16 - 1:28 ), as is Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz of Nazi Germany ( 1:29 - 1:39...
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Produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in support of the 7th War Loan, "Voice of Truth" and "Hands" are terrific examples of WWII propaganda films. "Voice of Truth" uses a Tokyo Rose broadcast as its conceit, to remind the audience of the stakes in the war. Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was actually a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female...
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This U.S. Navy documentary depicts the sea battle at Leyte Gulf during the Allied landings at Mindoro in the Phillipines during World War II. During this battle, a small group of American escort carriers designated Taffy 3 engaged the Japanese fleet's main body, including the super battleship Yamato. That these lightly armed ships and their air crews managed to hold off Admiral Kurita's vanguard and prevent an assault on the vulnerable ships supporting the Allied ground invasion, remains one of...
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This late 1940s or early 1950s home movie begins in Sells, Arizona, the capital of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the home of several of their tribal businesses. A pow wow is in progress and tents are set up, and at 1:10 a band plays. At 1:14 meat is cut up for lunch and you will see members of the Tohono O'odham tribe having their meal. At 2:45 the rodeo gets underway with a parade of colors and men on horseback. Tribal dancing is shown at the 6:30 mark. At 7:30 the scene switches to Tucson,...
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Made in 1943 as part of the WWII war effort, CADET CLASSIFICATION features the voice of actor Ronald Reagan as narrator. This fascinating film shows the procedure used to sort air cadets and guide them towards positions as pilots, navigators and bombardiers based on their aptitude. To make the selections the Air Corps devised a series of tests, many of which are seen in the film. These included agility and mental fitness tests using electronic equipment, medical checks, stress tests, and...
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This color picture from 1980 is an official National Aeronautics and Space Administration film report produced for NASA by Boeing in 1979. It dates to the dawn of the composite materials revolution, when a nearly $9 million research program was created to study whether an advanced composite elevator could be made for the cargo version of the Boeing 727. The picture focuses on the continuing efforts of manufacturers to develop aircraft that are lighter and more fuel efficient without sacrificing...
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This 16mm film, a home movie shot on May 9-10, 1970, shows a march on the White House. The march took place a week after the Kent State shootings, and 100,000 demonstrators converged on Washington to protest the shootings and President Richard Nixon's incursion into Cambodia.After the march, a few hundred militants spread through surrounding streets, causing limited damage. Police attacked the most threatening crowds with tear gas and made a number of arrests, including the one seen at the 12...
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Made by the University of Chicago during the Scarlet Fever epidemic, this silent film shows the diagnosis of the disease, and the use of anti-toxin in fighting the disease. The discovery of penicillin and its subsequent widespread use has significantly reduced the mortality of this once feared disease. Scarlet fever can occur as a result of a group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infection. The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic...
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Shot by an unknown American military officer in 1931, this silent 16mm home movie shows views of colonial life in the American protectorate in this period. The film begins with shots of what might be the main gate of Fort Santiago or Fort McKinley in Manila at :46. At 1:18 is a view of Manila's harbor with ships plying the waters including merchant ships and a four stack destroyer. At 2:00 is what the Manila Hotel, designed by architect William Parsons around 1915 in a Mission style. At 2:17 ,...
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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This 1930s silent travelogue released by Castle Films shows many of the principle monuments of Rome, along with some of the new edifices built under Mussolini. At :37 is the River Tiber with Emperor Hadrian's Tomb visible at :54. The Capitol is seen at 1:19 , and Hadrian's statue at 1:30 . At 1:43 the Forum ruins are shown and the Colosseum is seen in the distance at 2:00 . At 2:10 the Arch of Titus is seen. The Colosseum is seen at 2:30 . At 2:50 a huge group of tourists is seen in its floor....
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This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics ( 00:52 ). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground ( 00:14 ); the...
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Silent film showing the start of the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa. This was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of...
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Presented by Bell & Howell this 1940 short film, HOW MOTION PICTURES MOVE AND TALK educates viewers on how pictures are given “movement” and how sound is recorded and printed on a film strip. The scope of motion pictures is incredible for what it can bring to the viewer, such as Polynesian dancers ( 00:31 ), planes flying over Egypt’s pyramids ( 00:38 ), or the tops of active volcanos ( 00:41 ). Motion pictures also allow families to record and watch their own motion pictures,...
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"Bikini -- The Atom Island" is a 1946 short that chronicles the evacuation of Bikini Atoll prior to the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. The forced re-location of the island inhabitants was just the beginning of an ordeal that continues into the present day, as life was never the same after the tests (which, incidentally, are not shown in this film but took place just after it was shot). Bikini Atoll is an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The atoll consists of 23 islands totaling...
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You're watching something few people got to see during WWII -- a special African American newsreel made by and for African Americans. The story behind this begins in November 1942 when producer E.M. Glucksman founded All American News of Chicago, Illinois. The company began releasing newsreels showcasing the lives of America's African Americans, including showing their contributions to the WWII war effort. The newsreels were shown only in African American movie theaters (and did not get shown...
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Coronet Instructional Films presents “Modern Hawaii,” a late 1950s color film that transports the viewer to the “island territory.” An illustration at mark  00:43  helps the viewer locate Hawaii on a globe as it’s explained how the islands have been an important port in shipping trade across the Pacific Ocean for North America, Asia, and Australia. The viewer learns that Hawaii is actually a group of islands (mark  00:58 ) — Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii — with a land...
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This 1950s Cold War propaganda film opens with hurried scenes of New York City and life in suburbia interspersed with images of a ballistic missile streaking across the sky until a massive explosion and mushroom cloud fills the screen at mark  01:07 . “This is the threat,” the narrator grimly announces. The answer: “Ballistic Missile Early Warning System” — which also serves as the film’s title. Presented by RCA Defense Electronics Products Missile and Surface Radar Division, this...
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Directed by Emerson Yorke, this rare industrial film by the United States Rubber Company shows the 1946 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. These races represented the restart of the NAR after they were curtailed by World War II. Present at these races were early jet aircraft and many of aviation's great personalities including Roscoe Turner, Tooey Spaatz, Tony Levier, Paul Mantz and other military leaders including Admiral Bull Halsey. Covergirl Corkey Kelly is also shown at  2:45 , and...
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Life In The Sahara is a short 1953 film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that gives viewers a glimpse of life in the Sahara Desert in the 1950s, touching on the geography of the region as well as the people who live there. The film opens with shots of the Sahara Desert, including sand dunes, mountains, and salty flats ( 00:22 ; 01:05 ). Massive sand dunes tower above the desert floor ( 01:27 ; 13:52 ). Wind blows sand along desert, making travel no easy task. A train moves along one of the...
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Presented by Allegro Film Productions, this episode of the Science Screen Report shows viewers the state-of-the-art solar power plant in the Mojave Desert near Barstow, Ca. The film begins with shots of solar panels on houses, farm barns, and the commercial solar electric power plant Solar One ( 01:10 ), with its solar panel farm. There is a shot of a model of the power plant as well. Computer-controlled heliostats (mirrors) are tested near Albuquerque, NM ( 02:52 ) for the Solar One plant....
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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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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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A declassified U.S. Air Force film entitled “Any Target Any Time: Tactical Weapons Systems in Southeast Asia” and made during the closing years of the Vietnam War, this film explores the power of new aircraft and missiles during the war. Marking a giant leap forward in combat, the film discusses the need for advanced air support considering the forest canopies of Vietnam at mark  02:20  and ground-to-air missiles used by the North Vietnamese. To illustrate this point, at mark  03:50 ,...
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This silent film shows B-52 bomber crews undergoing briefings at their base in Guam, and then flying missions flying missions over Vietnam as part of Operation Arc Light. This was the 1965 deployment of B-52D Stratofortresses as conventional bombers from bases in the US to Guam to support ground combat operations in Vietnam. Arc Light missions continued until the cessation of hostilities by all U.S. forces on August 15, 1973. Between June 1965 and August 1973, 126,615 B-52 sorties were flown...
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Part two of the Big Picture about the Battle of the Bulge, TIGERS ON THE LOOSE was produced by the Army Pictorial Center and is narrated by Lorne Green. It features live WWII footage and interviews with commanders of the infamous 10th Armored “Tiger” Division. It begins December 16, 1944 as Hitler drives forward (:45- 1:08 ). American defenders at Bastogne are outnumbered and outgunned. General Anthony McAuliffe ( 1:29 ) has replied to a letter of surrender with the single word “NUTS.”...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype YP6M featured. At 5:17 you will see this incredible amphibian take off. After a brief flight it lands at 8:30 . It's unclear but it's possible this may have been the aircraft's maiden flight. At 11:00 the aircraft is brought on shore on a dolly. You can see how it would be mated with this device at 13:40 . The Martin P6M SeaMaster, built by the Glenn L. Martin Company, was a 1950s strategic...
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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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Produced by the American Trucking Association to promote the role of its drivers in the recover effort, this film “Hurricane Camille, The Road Back” centers on the second-most devastating tropical cyclone Hurricane Camille that hit in August of 1969. It opens with footage of the destruction left in it’s wake (:49). Winds reached speeds of up to 200 mph and tides rose up to 30 feet ( 2:26 ). Of the worst hit areas included Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Virginia ( 2:39 ); the coast of...
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Made in 1945, TASK FORCE 58 shows the activities of the Fast Carrier Task Force in WWII, known as "Task Force 58". The Fast Carrier Task Force was the main striking force of the United States Navy in the Pacific War from January 1944 through the end of the war in August 1945. The task force was made up of several separate task groups, each typically built around three to four aircraft carriers and their supporting vessels. The support vessels were screening destroyers, cruisers, and...
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Directed by Sherman Price, "The Wonderful Jet World of Pan American" dates to 1959, as Pan Am's jet fleet began a new era in global transportation. As the narrator states: In the beginning, man’s world was no larger than his eye could see, the far side of the earth was a mystery to him. But slowly man ventures out across the seas, and to all continents. By the beginning of our century, most of the world was on the map. But for ordinary man who wishes to see farther places, time was...
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This rare color film produced by The Brown-Firth Research Laboratories in Sheffield presents the September 9, 1960 21st S.B.A.C. Flying Display at Farnborough Airport in England. [This event still serves today as an exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries and a public airshow.] The film opens with some of the inside exhibits (:34) and features the Bristol Siddeley swiveling jets (:56), Firth Brown and Firth-Derihon special and alloy steel parts booths ( 1:14 - 1:21 ), the...
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Empasco Pictures presents “New York The Wonder City,” a 1930s-era black-and-white silent film that opens with images of the city taken from water and a blimp takes the viewer sightseeing starting at mark  00:48 . Mark  01:12  takes us to Broadway, “the longest street in the world,” that shows us “domes of commerce above the narrow streets” (as explained via title cards). We see scenes of bridges connecting buildings high above the busy streets, including Broad Street, as the...
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The Temple of Love, the seventh film in the 1930s’ travel film series Traveltalks, produced by James A. Fitzpatrick, takes viewers on a tour of India and features visits to Delhi, Agra, and the Deserted City. The film begins on the road outside of the Deserted City, Fatehpur Sikri ( 00:56 ), showing the ancient abandoned city. The impressive city ( 01:50 ) features a beautiful courtyard in the Great Mosque, and a surprising community of orphaned children ( 02:30 ). The tour of India continues...
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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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This Vietnam War-era United States Coast Guard film takes the viewer to the coast of South Vietnam onboard the cutter Point White (CG82308), as a sailor is heard lamenting the tedious nature of the patrol to make sure supplies are not being delivered to the Viet Cong. “You’re at sea more than 70 percent of your time. What a life,” he notes at mark  1:00 . As the ship approaches a vessel, an officer shouts “Ngung Lai” and the meaning of the Vietnamese phrase — “STOP!” —...
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This film about art direction was produced by members of the Motion Picture Industries in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It opens with a set having been constructed for the filming of a motion picture (:42). The man in charge of this creation and the focus of this film is the art director ( 1:10 ). His first duty will be to analyze the script and craft the appropriate type of background for the film ( 1:44 ). Part of this decision-making process will be...
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Made in the 1940s or early 50s, "Disaster Strikes" showcases the capabilities of the American Red Cross during times of regional and national disaster. The film looks at a wide variety of natural disasters including Gulf Coast hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and forest fires as well as earthquakes, and also contains footage of man-made disasters such as train wrecks, airplane accidents, and more. At  2:25 , the film shows the organization of the American Red Cross including the...
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This travelogue film is by James A. Fitzpatrick, an American producer who had earned the title of ‘The Voice of the Globe’ for his involvement in films such as this. This particular film is accompanied by Nathaniel Shilkret’s Traveltalk Orchestra (:15). It centers on Iceland (:27) a continent largely isolated by the rest of the world and founded by Vikings from Norway (:27). The population at the time barely exceeded 100,00 (:41) and we begin in the streets of the capital of Reykjavik...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Dornier bombers, and Blohm und Voss Bv-138 flying boats raid Allied shipping, and German U-boats are seen conducting wolfpack raids on convoys attempting to run the German blockade of Murmansk. Includes bomb attack by Ju-88 aircraft.
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This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “A Midnight In Amsterdam,” takes viewers to the most famous city in the Netherlands for a look at music, flowers, entertainment, and life on the canals. The episode opens with a shot of the inland seaport of Amsterdam (01:13), the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, and the city’s narrow streets lit up at night with neon lights. In the main shopping area of the city, street organs play music for tourists and locals alike...
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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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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. The “tour” begins in its capital city, Ottawa, Ontario with footage of the Peace Tower (also known as the Tower of Victory and Peace) of the Houses of Parliament ( 01:15 ). A Royal Mounted Police officer stands on the steps of the parliament building ( 01:24 ). Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber—a memorial to the...
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This episode of “Flight,” titled “The Dart,” originally aired on November 11, 1958, and focuses on “the dart” supersonic aerial gunnery target and the stress of supersonic flight. (“Flight” was an anthology series featuring the importance of aviation that aired in syndication for one season. It was created with the assistance of the United States Air Force and featured retired General George C. Kenney as the host and opening narrator.) Co-starring Herbert Rudley, Mike Road, and...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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Part of the Carl Dudley produced "Screen Book of Knowledge" THIS LAND OF OURS ARIZONA will take viewers on a tour through Arizona in the late 1940s or early 1950s.. At this time it was the youngest state and rests in the south western sector of the country bordering the Republic of Mexico (:28). The fifth largest state consists of high mountains, plateaus and semi arid deserts (:58). Arizona has a dry climate ( 1:02 ). Before the United States had been discovered, Arizona was largely...
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After the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman issued a directive to Army and Navy officials for the joint testing of nuclear weapons "to determine the effect of atomic bombs on American warships." Bikini Atoll was chosen as the new nuclear proving ground for the U.S. government because of its location away from regular air and sea routes. The natives needed to be relocated in order for operation Crossroads to get underway. This raw footage from 1946 shows members of the...
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This silent, German 16mm film shows the operation of a large dairy farm as it existed in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The film shows the arrival of cows via train, after which they are inspected and placed in a barn and, at  9:20 , milked.  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...
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One of the earliest anti-smoking films, SMOKING THE INSIDE STORY was created by the Michigan Cancer Foundation to vividly show the effects of smoking to a young audience. At mark  1:00 , a scientist in a laboratory begins a discussion about cigarette smoking with two lab assistants. The scientist shows a series of images from cigarette ads, directed at selling cigarettes. He also shows (mark  1:30 ) more than 13 gallons of smoke that come from a single pack of cigarettes, contained in the...
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This 1950s black and white film “Castles in the Clouds” is presented by Lufthansa German Airlines and is a tour through Germany versus castles themselves. The host is Skitch Henderson, a pianist, conductor, and composer and eventually, founder of The New York Pops orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Classical music by Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms is played throughout the film. A propeller spins on the Lufthansa Superstar Constellation. Skitch fastens his seatbelt and looks at a map. His seat fully...
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This 1939 black and white documentary film “The Tragedy of the Siege of Shanghai” provides on-the-scene reporting of the first Japanese invasion of China. It was produced by E.W. Hammons, founder of Educational Pictures, filmed with Leon Britton and Charles Hugo in Shanghai. Actual footage shows Japanese military aircraft flying over Shanghai and the first bomb hitting. Additional bombs follow and smoke fills the skies ( 1:00 - 1:35 ). People run in panic as more bombs strike. The city...
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A crawl at the opening seconds of the 1962 film “The Truth About Communism” explains that this film was shown to Alexander Kerensky, a lawyer, politician, Minister of War, and minister-chairman of the Russian Provisional Government overthrown by Communists in the 1917 Russian Revolution. Kerensky introduces the documentary starting at mark  00:35 , explains how he had been leader of the provisional government before being overthrown, and notes that the Russian people are victims of...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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This episode of Biography, which first aired in 1963, provides viewers with a history of Cuba’s Fidel Castro. The film features historical Cuban footage dating back to 1933, including a number of shots of Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro, as well as still images of a young Fidel. The film opens with scenes from Havana in 1961 when Castro addresses a massive crowd, declaring Cuba a socialist republic. Mike Wallace ( 01:35 ) begins the story in Havana during the 1920s ( 01:52 ), which...
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This tinted film discusses the manufacturing process and benefits of Lucky Strike cigarettes. It was made prior to 1942, when the packaging changed from dark green to white. It begins with a stop-action animated title card made of cigarettes and cigarette boxes for Lucky Strike Tobacco Company, the #1 selling tobacco brand of the United States in the 1930s. It opens with a woman listening to a RCA Victor Standard Domestic radio ( 0:21 -30). Kay Kyser in his “Ol’ Professor” graduation coat...
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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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