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“U-47 in Scapa Flow” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. This particular episode is different in that it tells the story of a German U-boat. "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The...
Topics: Silent Service, TV Show, U-47, German U Boat, Royal Oak, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Discovering Electronic Music is a short 1983 educational film directed by Bernard Wilets that gives a look at the early use of electronics in music production. The film opens with a shot of a computer and a keyboard. Recording reels run. A monitor shows sound waves of electronic jazz music. A composer talks to the camera about writing electronic jazz music (01:55). Another man talks about why he turned to electronic music for composing (02:38). Viewers see pages that show the new notation of...
Topics: Electronic Music, Early Synthesizers, Computers, Digitzers, Samplers, 1983, Stock Footage,...
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
Yankee Do: A Story of Sea Power is a 1960s Navy film promoting the new nuclear USS Enterprise and giving viewers a look at life aboard the Navy’s attack carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. Most of the film is filmed aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1962 during a cruise to and through the Mediterranean that included NATO exercise assignments, which provides the context for the film’s story: A Scottish NATO Exchange Officer is spending a year with the U.S. 6th Fleet. The film opens with...
Topics: 1960, Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Yankee Do, US Navy
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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Aardvark, Module Escape System, Ejection System, Stock Footage, Periscope...
“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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In this episode of Air Force Now, the Air Force’s monthly news film produced during the 1980s, viewers see the work being done by the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron, a recruiting clip for being stationed in Europe, and the “Portrait in Blue” featuring Lt. Col. Clyde East. The first segment of the episode, “Patriot Horse,” shows the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas during a training operation. Members of the unit back trucks up into transport planes,...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1960, USAF, Europe, Civil Engineering Squad, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to 1949, this U.S. Army film "Camouflage Principles" provides an overview about how to effectively conceal equipment and field positions from enemy observation including by air. Main title (:11-:18). Shots of an analyst reviewing new aerial photos of an enemy encampment, and circling a likely target (:30). Aircraft makes a bomb attack on the position, but misses the soldiers and Bofors type anti-aircraft gun concealed by foliage. The troops camouflage a Sherman tank. They then...
Topics: US Army Training Film, Camouflage Principles, Aerial Observation, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Here are two WWII U.S. Army Air Forces recruiting films. The first "Survival of the Fittest" is about how physical training is important for survival in combat. This is copyrighted 1944. The second, "Sustineo Atlas" is about the elite the Officers Candidate School. It dates to 1943. Opening titles: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (:06-:31). An U.S. Army Air Force officer who survived for weeks in the jungle receives a medal. Another officer receives a medal. He is seen walking...
Topics: WWII, US Army Air Force, Basic Training, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This film, narrated in German, shows a brief tour of Germany in the mid 1950’s. It was presented by the Int'l Film Bureau (:09) and narrated by Meno Spann (:22) from the German Department NW University. The US Embassy building (:39), known as the Diechmannsaue Castle opens the film. US President Eisenhower visits the country in August of 1959 (:48) as German’s welcome his arrival (:57). Police on motorcycles escort the American president through town (1:20). The troupe arrives at the Villa...
Topics: 1950s, Germany, 1959, President Eisenhower, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced for Richfield Oil Corp. (now part of ARCO) by Alfred Higgins Productions, "Baja Holiday" is a color travelogue film about the marlin fishing opportunities offered in Baja, Mexico. It was filmed by Alfred Higgins and William Clark with a script by Eric Strutt. This film was released in 1961. Opening: Richfield presents Baja Holiday (:08-:48). A marlin jumps up from the water. Airplanes on the tarmac at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Two men, in suits, point at planes...
Topics: Baja Holiday, 1961, Baja California, Marlin Fishing Expedition, Mexico, Sea Of Cortez, Stock...
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Made in the late 1940s to promote their Dempster-Dumpster sanitation system, this silent film was created by the Dempster Brothers. It shows the use of Dempster-Dumpster containers in the city of Baltimore. The film shows the standard problems affiliated with trash collection in the 30s, 40's and 50s, with steel garbage cans used to remove refuse by hand. The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents...
Topics: Dempster Dumpster, Dumpster Waste Management, promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black and white 1930s film (part 4 of a series made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham Jr.) depicts the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan, New York (TRT 17:22). Title card: “The Building of Rockefeller Center” (0:08). “Todd, Robertson & Todd, Engineering Corporation - Todd & Brown - Managers” and “Reinhard & Hofmeister - Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray - Hodd & Fouilhoux - Architects” (0:17). In a staged shot,...
Topics: 1930s, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by NATO and the Signal Photographic Service of the U.S. Army, this black & white film is about the formation of NATO and its importance in the defense of the free world. Copyright 1951. The film features a score by William Alwyn. The film dates from the time when Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was supreme commander of NATO (1950-52), a post he left in order to run for President of the United States. Opening: NATO presents Alliance for Peace (:07-:47). Edward R. Murrow narrates. On a road...
Topics: Alliance For Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Cold War, NATO, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color educational film, which also can be viewed as a promotional film for United Airlines, is about the new Douglas DC-8 jetliner and its debut with United Airlines. United's first-ever jet service took place on September 18th, 1959 when the DC-8 performed a transcontinental flight between San Francisco International Airport and New York's Idlewild. Copyright is circa 1959. The aircraft shown in the film, tail number N8016U, flew with United from 1959 to 1966. Opening title: Paul Hoefler...
Topics: 1959, Operation Jetliner DC8, United Airlines, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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