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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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The Ducktators is a Looney Tunes black and white cartoon that was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and was released in 1942 by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Norman McCabe. The cartoon takes place on a farm, beginning with a few ducks, geese and chickens being shown. After a brief few moments, two ducks (who are expecting a duckling) go over to their unusually black-colored egg as it starts to hatch. Once the egg has hatched, a duckling with an Adolf Hitler appearance emerges and...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, The Ducktators, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Animation,...
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This historic Castle Film newsreel shows the start of WWII with the German invasion of Austria and the surrender of the Austrian government.  The film also shows the Nazi aggression against Czechoslovakia, and Neville Chamberlain's efforts to appease Hitler and keep the peace in Europe.  At the 8 minute mark, American Secretary of State Cordell Hull is seen making comments about the situation in Europe might affect the United States of America which was neutral at the time. The Anschluss was...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Austria, Adolf Hitler, Anschuluss, Corder Hull, Czechoslovkia
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Made in 1946, THE MODERN CHIPPEWA INDIAN shows reservation life in Minnesota in the post-WWII period. Produced by Frederick Jones and Rand Kellogg, the film contains some gratuitous narration that some may consider demeaning. However it does paint a picture of an industrious tribe who have flourished as farmers, fishermen, and artists.  The film shows the Redlake Hospital (2:30), an unidentified Chippewa artist who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (3:00).  Fishing activities are seen at...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, WWII, World War II, Caen, Saint Nazaire, Liberation Of Paris, FFI,...
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"Pinpoint for Science" celebrates Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the moon, that was launched on November 14th, 1969. This documentary starts with a series of images from Surveyor 3 which landed on the moon on April 19th, 1967 then gives highlights of the Apollo 12 mission as follows: launch footage [including the famous lightning strike to the Saturn V rocket], in-flight footage, control room tracking of rocket, in-orbit shots of moon, moon approaching after LOI [Lunar Orbit...
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Topics: NASA, Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Apollo 12, Apollo Program
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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Made by the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis, this film shows the war against Poliomyetis, and the introduction of the vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.  At this point the vaccine had not yet proven its effectiveness, and tests were ongoing.  At the 1:39 mark, Immunoglobulin injections are shown, a stop-gap measure in fighting the disease.  At 1:59, iron lungs are seen being used to treat respiratory patients, and later both rocking bed and chest ventilators are shown.  At the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Jonas Salk, Poliomyelitis, Poliovirus, Disability, Rocking Bed
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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Nov 25, 2020
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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This classified WWII film, shot by the 12th Combat Camera Unit and released by the Office of Strategic Services, shows the activities of Axis Saboteurs operating in North Africa.  The film shows how in Tunisia, several Arab saboteurs were arrested, and forced to confess about their activities.  A "saboteurs box" is shown that includes TNT, rubber hoses to make an altitude bomb, and various detonators and other devices.  At 2:00, a saboteur demonstrates how to place an altitude bomb...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Sabotage, Office Of Strategic Service, Counter...
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners working in the depths of a large coal mine, and their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt.  An underground train system is also seen pulling ore cars out of the mine and into a massive elevator for transport to the surface.  Air hammers and other equipment for excavation is also shown.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Coal Mining, Mine, Miner, Coal
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Made by the Arthur Barr organization in 1960, Stagecoach Westward tells the story of the stagecoach and shows how it helped open the West to settlers and "civilization."  Arthur Barr started his company in 1937 after working as an audio-visual technician for the Pasadena City Schools.  His company was famous for its well-made, if low-budget, educational films.  This one is no exception, showing in detail how the stage was operated and making students familiar with the terminology...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Stagecoach
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Sep 4, 2020 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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This confidential U.S. Air Force film shows various air strikes in Southeast Asia by F-100s, F-105s, A-1 Skyraiders, and other aircraft.  Napalm, cluster bombs, high drag bombs, and other munitions are used as well as cannon.    At the 3:45 mark, F-100s are brought in to assist U.S. and friendly ground forces who are under heavy enemy assault.  Spotting aircraft can be seen in this footage.  At the 5 minute mark, Operation Scotland assaults are seen as part of the Battle of Khe Sanh.  At...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, United States Air Force, Vietnam
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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Apr 10, 2020 PeriscopeFilm
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
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ALASKA, RESERVOIR OF RESOURCES, shows the Territory of Alaska in 1947.  It includes extensive footage of the timber industry and lumberjacks.  Logs are shown being floated to mills at the 2:13 mark.    At the 2:50 mark, the salmon industry is shown, with individual fishermen trapping the fish.    The unending stream of fish is seen at the 4:00 mark, being moved into a cannery and packaged for sale internationally.  At 4:41, a ship of the Alaska Steam Ship Company is seen taking on...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lumber, Lumberjack, Salmon, Gold Mining, Alaska, Fishing Industry,...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The date is unknown but probably 1949 based on the presence of the XF-92A airplane float seen at 5:11, and the fact that Ohio State had a float in the parade (seen at 1:01). The 1950 Rose Bowl was played between Ohio State and the University of California. Some of the other notable floats include one for Treasure Tone Paints (1:08), Holland (1:12), San Pedro (2:15), Minute Maid Orange Juice (2:18),...
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This 1946 color travelogue of Washington, D.C. was (judging from the lack of traffic) shot during WWII and released in 1946 by the Byron organization.   Created by the Greater National Capital Committee of the Washington Board of Trade, INVITATION TO THE NATION shows the many tourist sights of the District of Columbia and its environs, including Mount Vernon.   Some of the iconic places in the film include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknown...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Submarine, Nuclear Submarine, United States navy, US Sturgeon, USS...
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Narrated by Glenn Ford, this 1960s film about the U.S. Coast Guard begins with a brief history of the service, and then shows the mission of the Coast Guard as it existed in the 1960s, featuring its aircraft and ships.  At 1:47, there are images of ships in distress and even an ocean liner on fire and sinking.  Coast Guard search and rescue is shown, with modern cutters on duty around the clock.  A water craft rescue is seen at the 3:15 mark, answering 50K calls each year.  Coast Guard...
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Topics: periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Coast Guard, Film, USCG Staten Island, Helicopter
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This hilariously campy 1960s educational film, SEE A JOB, subtitled WHAT'S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING WAY UP HERE WHEN THE GROUND'S WAY DOWN THERE, tells the story of Elaine Vaughn, an African-American Pan Am airline stewardess.  With a cast of characters including a "swinger in seat 5B" (1:28 mark), this is one film not to be missed!   As the film states, Vaughn was a high school graduate who became one of Pan Am's elite stewardesses, flying the NY to Paris and NY to Rome routes....
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Flight Attendant \, airport, pan American World Airline, Airline,...
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This silent German educational film shows the construction of a  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann aircraft, one of the Luftwaffe's standard training airplanes throughout WWII.   The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur Benitz at the controls. After thorough works and official flight testing by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) the Bü 181 was nominated to be the standard primary trainer for the Luftwaffe. Series production of the Bü 181...
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Topics: Bucker Flugzeubagbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Bucker BU 131, Rangsdorf, World War II, trainer Aircraft,...
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Mar 18, 2017 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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This rare U.S. Navy newsreel shows the battleship Utah during sea trials, being operated by remote control from another ship, presaging the modern era of the drone.  The newsreel also shows an attack exercise using biplanes launched from aircraft carriers, and spotting planes launched from cruisers and battleships.  The aircraft carriers shown are likely USS Langley, USS Yorktown and USS Enterprise.  The film concludes with a successful dive-bomb attack shown at the 5:55 mark; this is very...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, USS Utah, United States Navy, Battleship, 1930's, USS Langley, USS...
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Jan 31, 2017
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
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This silent WWII newsreel, made by Official Films for the home market, shows the end of the conflict in Europe.  Times Square in New York is the scene of raucous celebrations on May 8, 1945 (30 seconds).  At the 1 minute mark, the U.S. Army meets the Russian Army at the Elbe River.  At Caserta, German troops are surrendered en masse and the Nazi representatives sign surrender documents (1:30).  At Nuremberg, home of the famed Nazi rallies, an iconic Swastika emblem is covered by the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, German Instrument Of Surrender, Newsreel, World War II, News Film,...
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This WWII training film familiarizes radio operators with Vacuum Tubes.  As the film explains, these are the devices used in radios that control electric current between electrodes in an evacuated container. Vacuum tubes mostly rely on thermionic emission of electrons from a hot filament or a cathode heated by the filament.  The grid and filament forming the tube are explained, as are some basic circuits, and a couple of electronics packages are shown.    In electronics, vacuum tube,...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Radio, Vacuum Tubes, Amateur Radio, Triode, Diode, Electronics,...
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This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces.  Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks.  Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting.    The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer...
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Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
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Made in 1943 as part of the "Fighting Men" series, CRACK THAT TANK explains the tactics an infantryman can use to disable or destroy an enemy tank.  Vulnerabilities of the tank include its track, which can be destroyed with a grenade, mine or a shell.  A disabled tank is a sitting duck.  A "closed" or buttoned-up tank is vulnerable because its crew cannot see the battlefield well, just through slits and periscopes.  Taking out vision slits and periscopes can make a tank...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Anti-Tank Warfare, Tank, World War II, Tiger Tank, Wehrmacht,...
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This episode of Air Force Now begins with a transport flight crew flying over South Korea, explaining their mission as part of Military Airlift Command. The rest of the film shows these valiant pilots working in all sorts of weather and tactical conditions to deliver supplies and troops in the Asian theater.  The 834th Airlift Command is shown in Saigon, Vietnam with its C-130 aircraft.   Beginning at about the 12 minute mark, combat use of the C-130 is shown in Vietnam with aircraft landing...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Air Force, Air Force Now, Lockheed C-130 Hercules,...
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This NASA film gives an overview of Extra Vehicular Activity or EVA.  It shows the Gemini 4 mission and the special EVA suit made for that mission and astronaut Edward H. White. Gemini 4 (officially Gemini IV) was the second manned space flight in NASA's Project Gemini, occurring in June 1965. It was the tenth manned American spaceflight (including two X-15 flights at altitudes exceeding 100 kilometers (54 nmi)). Astronauts James McDivitt and Edward H. White, II circled the Earth 66 times in...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Astronaut, Edwin White, Astronaut, Astronautics, Astronomy, Edward...
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Mariana...
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Apr 3, 2011 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, CHILDREN OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe.   It shows the plight of the youngest survivors of the war, including the many orphans and Jewish concentration camp victims who outlasted the conflict and now face uncertain futures.   Andrica's film, which was funded by the Cleveland Press, represents a plea for support for organizations like the Red Cross which was actively working to return children to school...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Aftermath, 1947, Europe, Stock Footage
This rare German educational film from the WWII era shows civil defense training activities of the Hitler Youth (German:  Hitlerjugend ), the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922.  It includes paramilitary training on the use of gas masks, rendering first aid, fire fighting and so on.  From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a paramilitary organization; it was constituted of the Hitlerjugend...
Topics: Hitler Youth, Sulfer Mustard, Gas Mask, World War II, Adolf hitler
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This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more...
Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
This Eisenhower era U.S. Navy film shows the service's capabilities as it entered the Cold War.  Featured in the film are the USS Saratoga (CVA-60) and an attack carrier task force armed with missiles and jet aircraft, and capable of projecting tremendous power anywhere in the world.   On 6 June 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and members of his cabinet boarded Saratoga to observe operations on board the giant carrier. For two days, she and eighteen other ships demonstrated air...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Cold War U.S. Navy, F8U Crusader, Viught F-8...
In this chapter of the Air Force Story, the period between the two World Wars is described as one of technological and educational development as well as of peaceful missions, including an airdrop of food and supplies to the Navajo Nation and the taking up of air mail delivery. In the background, premonitions of war – the rise of Hitler and Japanese aggression in Manchuria. (TRT 14:42) Opening title: “SFP 263-4” (0:08). The seal of the United States Air Force. Title: “The Air Force...
Topics: The Air Force Story, Chapter IV, 1930s, Kitty Hawk, USAF, US Air Force, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This interesting WWII silent German film shows various techniques to keep up good humor, and keep warm, in an air raid shelter.  We don't have a good translation of the various title cards so if someone would be so kind as to provide them, we'd be grateful. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k....
Topics: Civil Defense, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Air-raid Shelter, World War II, Film, Germany, Air...
Yesterday’s Newsreel Ships For Peace is a black and white film created in the late 1940’s and early 1950s. This film is one of the episodes of “Yesterday’s Newsreels”, a TV show made of television highlights from the General Newsreel collection. In these films, vintage clips can be found of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. Narration of this film is done by Tom Hale, Roger Owens, and Sally Anderson, each having done 139 episodes over their career. 1918:...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, WWII, World War II, German U Boats, Gemany, Stock Footage
Our America is a short 1940s propaganda film from the Dodge Division Chrysler Corporation, narrated by Vincent Pelletier and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., that looks at what makes America great. The film opens with shots of kids at a park playing baseball, riding a merry-go-round, and swinging. The film then takes viewers to the office of The Argus. Inside, the editor talks to the paper’s printer about what makes America great. The film shows a montage of shots of America’s...
Topics: 1940s, Dodge, Chrysler, patriotic, America, World War II, WWII, Stock Footage
Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this silent Official Films newsreel was sold to the home market at stores like Sears and Macy's.  The film offers a brief recap of FDR's career, including rare footage of him as a NY State senator in 1910 at the :29 mark, Roosevelt meeting with Native American leaders, as Assistant Sec'y of the Navy at the 1:00 mark, and as a candidate for Vice President in 1920 at the 1:15 mark.  He is shown yachting at 1:30,...
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This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.  From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944. At the time of the eruption, the United States...
Topics: Mount Vesuvuis, Campanian, Volcanic Arc, Pompeii, Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, Kingdom Of...
Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
Hosted by Lorne Greene, THE BIG PICTURE was the U.S. Army's TV show.  This episode , "Tigers on the Loose" shows the 10th Armored Division in World War II with a focus on the Battle of the Bulge and action at Metz and Bastogne, and the subsequent push towards the Brenner Pass.  It features the words of the men who were there including commanders. The 10th Armored Division (nicknamed "Tiger Division") was an armored division of the United States Army in World War II. In the...
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Hosted by Ray Morgan, THE BIG PICTURE was the U.S. Army's TV show.  This episode , "Operation Amigo" show civic action at work in Latin and South America including Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador with assistance offered by members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Road-building, medical help and education for the masses are demonstrated. A civic action program also known as civic action project is a type of operation designed to assist an area by using the capabilities and resources...
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This WWII newsreel dates to 1944 and includes various segments, including coverage (around 15 minute mark) of Operation Market Garden.   The film begins in the Pacific with footage of vehicles being waterproofed with asbestos grease, and then shows the invasion underway.  General Douglas MacArthur makes an appearance, inspecting the newly-conquered island.  In another segment, B-29s are shown in operation in India against Japanese positions in Sumatra, Japan and China as part of the 20th...
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Created for the home market in the year 1940, this silent newsreel film shows the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team in Spring Training mode on Catalina Island.  Most likely this is the 1939 team as it features catchers Gus Mancuso and Gabby Hartnett, Dick Bartell, Phil Cavaretta and pitcher Dizzy Dean.  The 1939 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 84 games, lost 70 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Wrigley Field (Park Factors: 102/101)...
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Produced by the March of Time for the Red Cross and distributed by the War Activities Committee, "At His Side" dates to 1944.  It shows the Red Cross at the side of the American G.I.s and the world of the organization in contributing to the morale of servicemen.  Wounded and maimed American soldiers are shown throughout the film, as are cute Red Cross girls doling out writing paper, books and magazines and food, as well as smiles.  African American soldiers are shown at the 3:23...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Wounded, International red Cross, Film
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This charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
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One in a series of films made by the U.S. Department of State for the Bicentennial in 1976, this film THE RELUCTANT WORLD POWER shows the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1914 when the nation was a neutral party, through the entry into the war, the armistice, and the role played by President Woodrow Wilson in the conflict and uncertain peace that followed. Includes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and Wilson's work to found the League of Nations.   The film then continues through the...
Topics: History OF US, USA, World War I, WWI, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This episode of The Air Force Story — Volume 1 Chapter 23 — "Retreat and Advance" shows General Chennault and his Flying Tigers fighting along the 5000-mile Chinese front. Also, the 14th, 5th, 7th, and 13th Air Forces reduce enemy pacific strongholds close to the Philippines. Leyte and Luzon fall, and Corregidor again is in Allied hands. The United States Air Force produced a series of 34 films, roughly 14 minutes each, between 1947 and 1960 to help educated the public about the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Air Force, Claire Chennault, 14th Air Force, Luxzon,...
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Made by the U.S. Treasury Department during WWII to promote the sale of War Bonds and Stamps, and overall productivity, HANDS shows how productive hands can built a nation.  It was part of the Sixth War Loan Drive that began November 2, 1944, and ended December 16, 1944. The drive raised $21.6 billion. In December 1941, the US declared war on Japan and Germany declared war on the US shortly thereafter. This was the starting point for a large scale – and thus expensive — defense program....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 6th Bond Drive, War, Treasury Department, War Bond
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This sales film for the Northrop F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was made by Northrop in the 1980s.  The F-20 was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built by Northrop. Its development began in 1975 as a further evolution of Northrop's F-5E Tiger II, featuring a new engine that greatly improved overall performance, and a modern avionics suite including a powerful and flexible radar. Compared with the F-5E, the F-20 was much faster, gained beyond-visual-range air-to-air...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Northrop Corporation, General Dynamics F-16, U.S. Air Force, Fighter...
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Presented in Ukrainian, this Soviet-era documentary film shows battles on the Eastern Front in WWII.  It begins with combat in and near Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in October of 1943.  This was part of the 1943 offensive and the second Battle of Smolensk (7 August–2 October 1943). Staged almost simultaneously with the Lower Dnieper Offensive (13 August–22 September), the offensive lasted two months and was led by General Andrei Yeremenko, commanding the Kalinin Front, and Vasily Sokolovsky,...
Topics: Russian World War II, World War II, WWII, Russia, Stock Footage
This fascinating industrial film advertises Oceaneering International's groundbreaking Underwater Atmospheric Diving Suit (ADS), known as JIM.  An atmospheric diving suit or ADS is a small one-person articulated submersible of anthropomorphic form which resembles a suit of armour, with elaborate pressure joints to allow articulation while maintaining an internal pressure of one atmosphere. The ADS can be used for very deep dives of up to 2,300 feet (700 m) for many hours, and eliminates the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Atmospheric Diving Suit, Diving Suit, Underwater Diving, Scuba...
PREFLIGHT RADIO INSPECTION FOR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT is a WWII film made for newbie Army Air Force Radio Mechanics.  The film shows a P-47 Thunderbolt's SCR274 radio being checked out on the ground, part of the routine pre-flight for any fighter aircraft.  What's really interesting about it, is that the film really goes into great detail on the inspection including showing the various forms that would be filled in during a check, and the entire process by which planes were approved for flight by...
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Produced in 1945 as part of the Sixth War Loan, this short War Bond film presents a haunting portrait of the cost of war.   As the narrator notes, every two and a half minutes — approximately equal to the amount of time spent watching the film — another American soldier has fallen in combat.   It contains horrific images of wounded and deceased American soldiers, including a naked corpse at the :50 second mark.   These gruesome images are contrasted with the work on the assembly lines of...
Topics: American War Dead, Casualties, World War II, WWII, War Bond, Stock Footage
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Made in 1970, this U.S. Navy film presents the mission of the U.S. Naval Observatory in context of the era of space exploration, the creation of the atomic clock, and the need to have very precise measurements of time and space for scientific and defense purposes.  The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, with a primary mission to produce Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) for the United States Navy and the United States...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Navy, Naval Observatory, Washington, Master Clock, Ephemeris...
One of a series of defensive driving films made by the National Safety Council, THE CROSSROADS CRASH examines the source of ½ of all traffic accidents — intersections.  Shot in Skokie, Illinois in the late 1960s, the film is a classic driver's ed movie complete with droning narrator, upbeat music, and lots of POV driving shots.  "Never expect every driver to do everything right," says the narrator.  And guess what?, he's right! This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Drivers Education, Drivers Ed, Driving, National Safety Council
Dating to the 1960s or early 70s, WHO'S TO BLAME is a classic driver's education film complete with devastating car-into-tree crashes — with crash test dummies — filmed in slow-mo.  This also includes footage from the famed UCLA automobile test center known as the ITTE (Institute for Transportation and Traffic Engineering).  The film emphasizes defensive driving and shows several scenarios where road rage, drinking, and inattention cause accidents.  Still very active in the modern era,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Driver's Ed, Defensive Driving, UCLA, ITTE, National Safety Council
Made by Jam Handy in 1961 for the U.S. Navy, this film familiarizes personnel with the F-8U1P, the photographic version of the F-8U Crusader.  The film presents many aspects of operating the cameras which, interestingly enough, can be activated using the "fire guns" button on the aircraft stick. The Vought F-8 Crusader (originally F8U) was a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Vought for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, replacing the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Reconnaissance, Cuban Missile Crisis, F8U Crusader, Vought Crusader,...
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This NASA film introduces astronaut Major William A. Anders, who served aboard Apollo 8. At :42, Anders is shown in a classroom with Buzz Aldrin and an unidentified lecturer. At :58, Anders participates in a geology field exercise. At 1:14, the Anders family house is shown near El Lago, near the Manned Space Flight Center in Houston, Texas. At 1:23, Anders is shown working out in a gym, and using a punching bag. At 1;48, Anders is shown in a series of quick cuts of astronaut training, including...
Topics: 1968, Apollo, Astonaut, William Anders, Official Nasa Film, NASA, Space, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...
One of a series of "Air Force Now" news magazine films made by the U.S. Air Force, this edition dates to 1976. It begins with a bicentennial look at the Revolutionary War fought in 1775-1783. The film opens with the narrator standing in Middlesex County, Massachusetts at the site of the Lexington Green (:31). The British were met with resistance from Minutemen fighters here as a reenactment of this event takes place (:42). A monument honoring the fallen Minutemen stands near the...
Topics: 1976, Air Force Now, News Magazine, Strategic Air Command, German F 4 Phantoms, Stock Footage,...
This black and white transfer of a 1933 Kodacolor lenticular home movie film documents the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, aka the Chicago World’s Fair, held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 in celebration of the city’s centennial. Despite taking place in the midst of the Great Depression, the theme technological innovation is evidenced by the signature “Sky Ride” transporter bridge, and the Moderne architecture of the constructed “Rainbow City” (TRT:...
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Narrated by Bill Slater, this short black & white educational film is about sporting and outdoor activities on the majestic Hudson River in New York State. Copyright 1950. Opening titles: Paramount Pictures presents Grantland Rice Sportlight - Down Stream Highway (:07-29). Map shows Lake Ontario, New York State, and parts of New England. Hudson River. Highest point in NY state is Mount Marcy, two men stand on it. The men walk as the scenery is behind them. Water falls in the forest,...
Topics: Stream, Highway, 1950s, New York, Lake Ontario, Hudson River, Documentary, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Filmed by Encyclopedia Brittanica's brilliant cinematographer Isadore Mankofsky, this color educational film is about the operations of a modern airport, filmed at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Airport In The Jet Age (Second Edition: Airport). Mr. Stuart parks his 1961 Ford station wagon (:06-:35). Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Two air traffic controllers converse. A jet takes off and is seen clearly from ATC. Los Angeles Tower. Mr. Stuart gives...
Topics: Jet Age, Airport, Los Angeles, Airport LAX, Educational Film, 1962, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of a series of newsreels produced by Official Films during WWII, this film features news events of 1942. It begins with coverage of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's departure from the Philippines, Gen. Stillwell and Chiang Kai-shek in Burma, the famous Flying Tigers operating in China, an Allied convoy repelling an Axis attack, British planes bomb Paris, the British occupy Madagascar and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. The Flying Tigers were a mercenary flying force from the USA, active prior...
Topics: Official FIlms, Newsreel, 1942, Vol.2, Douglas Macarthur, Flying Tigers, Battle Of Midway, Stock...
One of the War Department's Army / Navy Screen Magazine newsreels, this film was shown to U.S. servicemen and war workers.  Segments include STRICTLY FOR ESKIMOS which shows G.I.s in Iceland adjusting to life in the harsh arctic climate.  The light hearted BLESSED EVENT tells how the U.S. Government arranges medical services for the pregnant wives of servicemen.  These maternity services were provided by Uncle Sam for enlisted men at no cost. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Iceland, World War II, U.S. Navy, Pregnancy, Maternity Services, Newsreel, United States Army
Shot by an unknown filmmaker during a trip to Africa in the 1930s, this silent home movie shows the a safari and big game hunt. At :15, white hunters pose with a large group of locals, around a deceased bull elephant. At :44, natives pose with a large piece of elephant meat, and are shown butchering an animal. At 1:10, the tusk is removed by bearers. At 2:10, another bull elephant is seen, with the hunter proudly posing between its gigantic tusks. At 2:38, another view of the carcass, while the...
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These 1950s silent home movies were shot by a member of the U.S. Navy reserves.  Some of the sequences include a small air show complete with a fire fighting exercise and simulated helicopter rescue, and (at about the 4:30 mark) footage shot on board the USS Antietam, CV-36.  This includes flight deck activities with training aircraft including jets. At the 9 minute mark NAS Pensacola is shown including the matching cars owned by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels.   USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, USS Antietam, Helicopter, United States Navy
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Created by Perfect Circle to promote their piston ring products, THE UNFORGETTABLE 500 presents the 1955 Indianapolis 500.  This was the 39th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 30, 1955. The event was part of the 1955 AAA National Championship Trail, and was included in the 1955 World Drivers Championship.  The race is notable to many as the race in which Bill Vukovich was killed in a crash while seemingly on his way to an unprecedented...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Indianapolis 500, Auto Racing, Bill Vukovich, Dinah Shore
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Made in 1945 to promote the role of women in the war effort, "Mary Smith, American" features women working in an aircraft factory to assemble fighter, bomber and other aircraft in support of the war effort. Women are shown working as machinists, riveters, welders, and more — although most of the supervising personnel if not all, appear to be men.   The film compares Smith to a pioneer woman (at the 3:00 mark) and to Betsy Ross, for her heroic actions as a war worker.   The title...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Female Aviation Worker, Tribute, Rosie Riveter, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film was made during WWII by the office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs as part of the USA's "good neighbor" policy. Produced by Julien Bryan, it is a profile of the city of Lima, Peru, with narration providing historical background and visuals showing the modern city as it appeared in 1944. The film depicts the nation of Peru as one on the rise, with modern hospitals, transportation systems, and a public university open to all students,...
Topics: Lima, Capital Of Peru, Andes Mountains, South America, 1944, Travelogue, WWII, World War II, Stock...
This 1951 Chevrolet promotional film THE VELVET GLOVE, promotes the new PowerGlide automatic transmission, first introduced in 1950.  The automatic transmission, which removes the friction clutch from the driver's hands, is thoroughly explained through the use of models and a "mechanical hand" in a "velvet glove."  The Powerglide is a two-speed automatic transmission designed by General Motors. It was available primarily on Chevrolet from January 1950 through 1973,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Automatic Transmission, Power Glide, General Motors, PowerGlide,...
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1947 film depicts the process of gasoline production from prospecting / surveying to consumer consumption. Detailed graphics describe the oil refining process down to the molecular level. Ethyl Corporation, a fuel additive company founded in 1923 by General Motors and Standard Oil of New Jersey, presents the film. Ethyl Corp distributed tetraethyllead, an organolead compound used as a petro-fuel additive, at the time of the film's distribution.00:07 Title sequence: "Gasoline for...
Topics: General Motors, Gasoline, 1947, Ethyl Corporation, Oil Company, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This historic film shows the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt on a port o' call visit to New York City during the early 1950s, probably 1950 or 51 as the film does not mention the Korean Conflict.  The ship at this time was commanded by Capt. George W. Anderson, Jr. who is shown with Admiral John Towers at the 1:44 mark.  Planes carrier aboard include A-1 Skyraiders, F-4U Corsairs (including radar pod carrying Corsairs), Panther jets and Banshees.  At the 4:45 mark, the ship is...
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This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
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This documentary from 1961 is part of the ‘Biography’ series created in the 1960’s by David L. Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace. This episode takes a look at Francisco Franco prior to, during and after the Spanish Civil War which took place from 1936 to 1939. Francisco Franco is pictured at (:39). Mike Wallace informs viewers Franco had ruled as a dictator for a quarter of a century (1:27). Spanish army troops are seen moving through the streets (2:11). Franco’s early youth is...
Topics: Biography, Generalissmo Francisco Franco, Spain, Spanish Civil War, 1961, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This 1960s color film produced by the United States Air Force offers a look at aircraft maintenance procedures and the often overlooked men who performed them during the Vietnam War era, using documentary footage and informal, macho narration to highlight the unique appeal and responsibility of what was once disparagingly known as the “grease monkey” profession, in a plea for respectability (15:05). The seal of the United States of America Department of the Air Force. Opening titles: “The...
Topics: Southeast Asia, 1960s, Air Force, Vietnam, F 150 Thunderchief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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In the 1940s "soundies" -- short music films -- were very popular. This one was marketed to families with home 16mm film projectors and distributed by Official Films. Tracks include "Dreams of Old Hawaii" with the Aloha Islanders and Lani McIntire and his orchestra (:14), "Wiggles" featuring Napua Wood (3:12), and the "Hawaiian War Chant" starring Princess Momakai and the Hawaiian Ensemble (recorded 1942). Each production includes painted sets and plenty...
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This fascinating WWII film shows the campaign in the Marshall Islands in 1943-1944, with the strategic importance of the islands described — hitting the Japanese flank near the naval base at Truk and securing a line of assault in the south Pacific.  The film shows American aircraft destroying Japanese shipping and cutting off Japanese bases from vital supplies, all the while diminishing Japanese air power.  Japanese bases on the Marshalls were assaulted for 75 days by aircraft, from air...
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Made by the War Department during World War II, this training film was intended to be shown to airmen in training. It shows the regiment used to train airmen and the type of instruction that's given over the course of the cadet program. The aircraft shown is the Vultee Valiant BT-13 or BT-15.   The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the...
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Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front".  This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers.  The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an...
Topics: World War II, Civil Defense, Air Raid Wardens, Recruiting Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
Shot aboard the USS Independence, this U.S. Navy film gives an orientation for the men who operated the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System, Mark 6.  As opposed to conventional films from this era that give pilots guidance about how to land on the carrier deck, this film provides an overview of the circuitry and physical system components that make up the OLS.  An optical landing system (OLS) (nicknamed "meatball" or simply, "Ball") is used to give glidepath information to...
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Produced by Byron for the Office of Civil Defense, this 1955-vintage film illustrates some of the FACTS ABOUT FALLOUT from nuclear explosions. It was originally screened at community meetings and a pamphlet with the same name handed out.  The film includes the infamous statement at the 7:15 mark that "3 feet of dirt" above your fallout shelter is all you need to survive.  In an era before the hydrogen bomb, such a statement was not altogether ludicrous but once the H-bomb was a...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Warfare, Nuclear War, Atomic Bomb, Fallout, Hydrogen Bomb,...
This WWII newsreel contains two segments.  The first, "France Flies Again" shows the hand-off of P-40 Warhawk aircraft to the Free French Air Force (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL), the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.  The second segment shows the war in the Aleutians, including the assault on Attu and Kiska.  This material was shot by Hollywood director John Ford and incorporated into the longer length film "Report from the...
Topics: Air Force, French Air Force, Free French Air Force, Battle Of Attu, Aleutian Islands Campaign,...
This short silent educational film shows activities of the  Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD), a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women.  In some ways it could be compared to FDR's New Deal organizations such as the...
Topics: Reichsarbeitsdienst, Labor Service, World War II, Germany, Deutsch
This outstanding U.S. Navy film from 1971 -- "The Submarine Part II: Backgrounds, Characteristics and Missions of Nuclear Powered Submarines" focuses on the nuclear submarines of the 1970s.  The film shows how the nuclear attack submarine and the fleet ballistic missile submarines, with their sophisticated technologies and nuclear weapons capability, can provide enormous deterrent power for the United States and its allies.  Both SSN nuclear attack submarines and SSBN nuclear...
Topics: Submarine, Nuclear Submarine, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, United States Navy, USS Skipjack, USS...