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Dating to 1974 when the International Military Sport Council's parachute competition was held at Ft. Bragg, Kentucky, this U.S. Army shows contestants from 15 nations, including Vietnam. Members of the famed 82nd Airborne Division hosted the event. At 3:46 U.S. Army Huey helicopters are used to make jumps. At 6:51 individual awards are given to the top three participants. The team from the USA won the overall first place team trophy that year (7:50).  Parachuting, or skydiving, is the action...
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This black & white educational film is about the exercises and activities the cadets at the West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY do. Copyright 1937.  Opening titles: Columbia Pictures presents Cadet Champions (:06). West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY (:27). Cadets march (:33). Lacrosse team marches (:58). Cadets perform calisthenics in the gymnasium (1:07). Cadets continue to exercise in the gymnasium (2:03). Cadets do exercises on gym horses (2:50). Parallel bars...
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Evaluating a Nation (AFIF 18) is a short Cold War film from 1951 on how the U.S. evaluates the strength and security of a nation (in terms of susceptibility to Soviet influence), based on that country’s geography, climate, natural resources, and population. The film opens with footage of fighting during World War II, Adolf Hitler, and a shot of the United Nations builidng in New York City. Members of the U.N. General Assembly gather in one of the building’s halls. Italian citizens vote in...
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This historic, silent footage from December 10, 1954 shows a medical exam on Col. John Paul Stapp, conducted after a ride on the Sonic Wind rocket sled test at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The exam shows some of his injuries which included broken blood vessels in his eyes (also known as a red out ), and bruising and skin abrasions on his shoulder and torso. These tests were intended to examine the human body's ability to withstand rapid deceleration and G forces.  It was on December...
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This WWII issue of the Army-Navy Screen magazine tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an infantry regiment of the United States Army, that was composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II, in particular Italy, southern France, and...
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A Canadian-born, Boston-raised paratroop sergeant in World War II, Harold Russell lost both hands in a demolition accident and later appeared in this Army Signal Corps documentary in which he acted out the various phases of the rehabilitation process of an amputee. Director William Wyler saw the film while preparing "The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)" and cast Russell as the film's disabled returning veteran. For his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives, Russell won both the...
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Made by famed filmmaker Jerry Fairbanks in 1952, this industrial film for the H.J. Heinz Company shows the story of national distribution using ketchup as an example. As the film reveals, H.J. Heinz's small home factory in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania was able to grow into a coast-to-coast enterprise through innovation. The film contains images from 1950s American including a supermarket at the 2:20 mark, tomato farms, bottling plants (3:39), warehouses (4:50) in New York, Milwaukee, Chicago,...
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“Dude Ranch Sports” is a 1953 episode from The World Of Sports series, directed by Harry Foster and narrated by Bill Stern, that takes viewers on a quick tour of a working dude ranch resort in Arizona. The episode opens with a shot of a TWA Constellation arriving at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. A TWA plane taxis on the runway, and then its passengers climb off the plane. A handful of the passengers climb into a stage coach outside the airport (01:14), which takes them to the resort dude...
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Created by the Belgian priest Father Charles Meeus, this silent film about China dates to just before the WWII era. It was likely a film that Meeus would show to an audience with an accompanying dialogue -- so while it is silent here, it would have had narration when shown. The subject matter is simple enough: a look at some of the beautiful things in China including scenery, the arts, and culture. At :43 a Chinese boy Chip-Gao is introduced with a rabbit. At 1:55 a small boat rises in a calm...
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This black & white educational film is about Goodyear's rubber trees in Sumatra and how that rubber is used to make our tires here in America. This film was made in 1939 by Goodyear. Opening titles: Conquering The Jungle, presented by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Akron, OH (:08-:34). The island of Sumatra. Sumatra is a large Indonesian island west of Java and south of the Malay Peninsula. It's known for its rugged tropical terrain, wildlife and smoldering volcanoes. Lots of rubber...
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This color film provides footage of the January 1958 military tour of Southeast Asia by General I.D. White for the Military Assistance Advisory program in the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Calls were made at Navy forces in Marianas, Philippines, and Guam, and British commanders in Singapore and Hong Kong. The General and his staff leave Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii in a 1940s Cadillac. Shown are the Lockheed Constellation and its cockpit (:45-3:07).  The Constellation...
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Directed by William Wyler and John Sturges in 1944, "Thunderbolt" shows the air battles that raged over Italy during World War II. It focuses on the life and death struggle of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber squadron in the 12th Air Force. In addition to showing how the pilots' activities seriously crippled the German military's fighting ability, hastening the sweep of Allied forces into Rome, the film also shows the suffering of non-combatants on the ground. The narrators are Lloyd...
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This black & white educational film is about the Allied attacks against Nazi Germany during World War II. Copyright is 1945 but the film shows events circa 1943/1944. Opening titles: Target Germany! (:06-:12). U.S. Army Air Force planes in the skies over Germany. Bombs are loaded planes. Rows of bombs being worked on by men. American flag is raised on a flag pole. Inside a factory where B-17 Flying Fortresses are being assembled (:13-1:54). Mechanics fix planes. Propellers are wheeled...
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Part II features a drastic cut in army air service; keen interest of mitchell, brereton and arnold in air power; first air mail flight by ex-army pilots; skill of hawkes' dare devils; study of aerial photography; improvements in parachutes; training of aviation cadets; and famous bomb run of general mitchell. 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...
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Traveling Through Time is a documentary film produced and directed by Donal Rawlings , and sponsored by Rolex and Pan American Airlines. The film starts with a brief cartoon of the history of life on Earth, explaining that time is a standard measure devised by man. The film then goes on to further study what time is, and the different schools of thought concerning it. Later on in the film, one scene takes place on a Pan American flight. Pan Am sponsored this educational film. This film is part...
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This 1967 black and white public information film, “NORAD CPX Simulation for Air Defense Exercises,” was produced for System Development Corporation by Richard Tuber, and could have inspired the classic motion picture "War Games". The Command Post Exercise (CPX) background is explained. Enemy bombers are shown as lines on a map, which is translated into data on magnetic tape and spots of light on 70mm motion picture film ( 1:49 - 2:16 ). A hand writes on a pad; a coffee cup and...
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This color educational/training film is about the new AD-1 Skyraider, an American single-seat attack aircraft. Copyright 1947. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film - Aircraft Recognition AD-1 Skyraider (:08-:42). POV cockpit footage of shooting from the plane at a target on land and at sea. Shooting at targets. AD-1 Skyraider plane flies above the clouds. Tail of the AD-1 Skyraider. Torpedo and Scout Bomber planes fly. AD-1 Skyraider flies and has a new feature - fuselage brakes (:43-2:20)....
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This film, made in 1957 by the United States Army, details the Army Missile Program, specifically Surface to Air Missiles such as the Nike Ajax , Nike Hercules , Hawk , Honest John , Corporal , Dart , Little John , Lacrosse , and Redstone. 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. For more information visit...
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This film examines the duties of an FBI employee: record keeping, fingerprint operations, lab operations, and training for field agents. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Dating to 1945, CONQUEST OF THE NIGHT shows the uses of one of the Allies' great weapons developments -- radar.  Here the technology is used at sea to locate and destroy a Japanese ship.  The combat information center aboard the American ship relays facts derived by radar on the range, speed, direction, etc., of the target, in total darkness. The U.S. ship fires its torpedoes. As the torpedoes hit, the ship fires a salvo. Radar shows the salvo to be too long; the range is corrected and the...
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Victory at Thermopylae is a 1950 film produced and directed by David Kurland that was part of a number of films produced in Europe during the Marshall Plan and shown throughout Europe to “tell the story” of U.S. participation in Europe’s post-war recovery. The film begins with two men walking four oxen pulling a plow through a field. A tractor pulls a plow down a field. Footage shows some of the mountains of Greece, including snow-capped peaks and rocky mountainsides. Farmers use hoes to...
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This black & white home silent movie film shows soldiers in 1936. They are seen at their bae camp, setting up in another area, and on the move.  Opening: Military planes in the sky (:09). A flag waves at base camp, it reads 125 HZ (:46). Servicemen fool around for the camera; they smile, laugh, and goof around (:51). A soldier smoking a cigarette walks towards the camera (1:46). Smoke surrounds men near raised tents (1:59). Men on the field; two men play fight (2:30). Soldiers rest on the...
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Made by the Yosemite Park and Curry Company to promote tourism at Yosemite, this silent film dates to the late 1920s and features the "new Hotel Ahwanee". (The Ahwanee (now the Majestic) opened in 1927.) The movie features various views of the park starting with Arch Rock Ranger Station at :30, and shows Cascade Falls ( 1:29 ), El Capitan ( 2:30 ), the mirror pools ( 3:40 ), elk in the park ( 6:00 ), Camp Curry ( 7:00 -- now known as Half Dome Village) including the swimming pool (...
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This 1950s color film is an educational public service announcement by the U.S. Postal Service. The film was produced by Lewis & Martin Films Inc. The focus of this film is to educate viewers on postal automation technology. The film begins with a vintage post office seal, followed by Arthur Summerfield, the Postmaster General from 1953-1961 under President Eisenhower, who speaks briefly about the mail service (0:42-1:30). Mail is dropped in and picked up from different mailboxes, including...
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In this collection of very short stories from the early 1960's Ripley’s Believe It or Not!© television series, viewers learn of some unbelievable (and fictitious) stories from history. The first segment, “He Traded A Shadow For A Kingdom” shows a Belgian captain bewilder members of a tribe from the Congo by predicting a lunar eclipse. There are a few shots of animals in the jungle, including a leopard and a water buffalo. In the next segment, viewers watch the reenactment of a game of...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 124) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode opens with a short bio on King Gustav V of Sweden. Footage shows a young Gustav standing in a box, presumably overlooking the funeral procession of Oscar II in 1907. Viewers see Gustav making awards at the 1912 Olympics, visiting a cathedral with wife Queen Victoria in...
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Dating to 1948, this silent film "The Seals of the Sahara" is an early effort by Jacques Cousteau. It was shot in North Africa. Unlike many of the films Cousteau made in this era, this one does not rely primarily on underwater cameras or SCUBA gear. The plot of the film is fairly simple -- a Monk seal is taken from a sandy beach in Morocco, and then transported by ship to France where it becomes part of the exhibit at the Paris Zoo. We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
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A young man takes an exercise and gymnastics course in hopes of defeating a bully and walking away with the girls. Made by RKO in 19
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Filing Procedures In Business (Second Edition) is a short film produced by Coronet Instructional Films in 1965, with assistance from David G. Goodman, Chairman of Wisconsin State University’s Department of Business Education, that covers the basics of filing procedures in business. Whether using a state-of-the-art electronic data processing system ( 00:35 ) or a traditional record keeping system, the procedures for filing records are the same. The three main elements of record keeping are...
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“Successful Secretary” is a film presented by Royal Office Typewriters (:22). Royal, aka Royal Litton, was one of the most popular producers of the typewriter. Founded in 1904 by Edward B Hess, by the year 1957 the company announced it had produced its 10 millionth typewriter. This film is based in the sixties and is centered on the Royal 660 which is a 1966 model designed specifically to compete with IBM's Selectric. It was lower priced than the Selectric, but apparently less durable and...
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This film from 1969 is on the Apollo IX Mission and is presented by the Office of Manned Spaceflight (:14). This was the final mission before the manned lunar landing mission and was to test the final components for that mission. It opens with shots of the moon’s surface retrieved from the Apollo VIII mission with Borman, Lovell and Anders (:49). The Lunar Module, whose testing was the prime objective, is shown at (1:25). The Apollo-Saturn V is seen after being mated with all modules and...
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This short 1952 travelogue, presented by Standard Oil Company and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., follows a road trip though the American Midwest by a Chicago reporter back from assignment in Europe. The film opens with a shot of a street and buildings in Chicago, IL, followed by the door to the Editorial Office of a newspaper. The reporter, Dale Bennett, returns from vacation an meets with his editor to discuss his vacation. Bennett drives his station wagon down a highway...
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-677) provides an operational overview for programming the key punch on the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film reviews the program unit, the components of a program on a punched card, preparing program cards, programming a program card, and the verifier component of the IBM 029. The film opens with a shot of a...
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The Day Tomorrow Began is a 1967 film on the CP-1, the first atomic pile that lead to the development of the atomic bomb and the beginning of the atomic age. The film uses interviews and images of the actual people and places that worked to create the first sustained atomic reaction on 2 December 1942 at CP-1 at the University of Chicago. The film opens with shots of aspects of nuclear power and nuclear reactions, as well as an aerial shot of a nuclear reactor facility (01:29). An aerial shot...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie produced by Calvin. It is a movie about natural and man-made disasters of all sorts. It opens with men waiting online to go to work in a mining shaft. Men mining, 1:00. Men carry canaries, 1:15. Simulated cave-in of a mine, 1:45. Town is alarmed as whistle blows indicating tragedy in the mine, 2:32. Bodies being taken out of the mines, 3:09. John L Lewis, President of United Mine Workers Union, 3:18. Bodies of 111 miners are taken out of a mine in...
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Originally created by National Educational Television in the early 1960s or late 1950s, this episode of "The American Business System" takes a look at the flow of cash in the business system and financial management. At the same time the film provides fascinating insights into the history of the NCR Corporation and shows some of its factory in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1950s. The film is hosted by Jack Winn and shot in Dayton, Ohio, home to the National Cash Register company at that...
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Lighthouses and Lightships (MN-202aa) is a short 1944 U.S. Navy training film that is part of the Aids To Navigation series. The purpose of the series “is to acquaint those who are beginners in study of the science of navigation with the basic principles underlying the markings of our coastal and inland waterways.” This film discusses how to identify lighthouses and lightships, using a combination of actual footage and artistic renderings (in some cases overlaying the two). The film opens...
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Reach Beyond the Horizon: A History of Edwards Air Force Base is a short 1970s film that provides an overview of the aviation and aerospace achievements of the base. The film takes viewers on a tour of the base beginning with its foundation in the 1930s up through its ongoing programs in the 1970s. The film opens with a shot of California’s Antelope Valley, where tumbleweeds are blown along the desert floor. The desert scene is superimposed with images of jets and rockets taking off. The film...
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This French travelogue film guided by Air France (:24) takes viewers on a tour through the country with notable sites as tourists arrive at the airport and head out to explore the country. It features a score by Paul Mattei and was shot by Michel Gallon.. The film covers areas including along the French Riviera; the Mediterranean coast of southern France, as well as the Loire Valley in central France, and Limousin; a historical region in south central France (:50). The film opens with an Air...
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F4J BIS Guided Missile Trials is a short technical film report from the Naval Air Systems Command in Point Mugu, CA on the March 1967 BIS trials of the AWG-10 Missile Control System and related components on a McDonnell Douglas F4J Phantom II. The BIS (Board of Inspection and Survey) trials were divided into five categories: ground tests, captive flights, launch flights, serviceability, and human factors tests. The film opens with an F4J being towed on a runway; the aircraft carries four AIM-7D...
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This black & white television show "The March of Medicine" dates to 1955. This episode is about the effects of radiation on those who survived the Hiroshima bomb.  Opening: A bomb survivor from Hiroshima, Japan talks about her experience while holding a baby on her back. Opening titles: Smith, Kline & French Laboratories And the American Medical Association present THE MARCH OF MEDICINE, TEN YEARS AFTER HIROSHIMA (:06-1:03). The Host Ben Grauer speaks from the Family/Doctor...
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This film (which actually starts around 1:24, after a U.S. Marine Corps promo) is a collection of five episodes of Jim Hawthorne’s Funny World, a short comedy series from 1960. The first episode starts with footage of a locomotive crashing head-on into another locomotive (1:41). A dentist taps on the teeth of a male lion in a zoo as the lion is restrained by ropes and a piece of wood is used to hold its mouth open. Chickens roost at a “chicken hotel.” Japanese women disembark from a...
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This color educational film is about nuclear weapons in the world, what countries have them, and the possibilities of them being used. Copyright is 1966. Opening titles: Nuclear Power in World Politics (:06-:18). NORAD in the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado. A screen has a portion of the United States circled. Chet Huntley, an NBC news correspondent, talks from inside NORAD. A man on the phone, computer buttons are pressed. 830 missiles are at the ready. 600 B-52 long range jet...
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This color educational/promotional film is about daily life at the Military Academy at West Point, NY. Copyright is 1967.  This color educational and recruiting film is about daily life at the Military Academy at West Point, NY. Copyright is 1967, which means it was released during the Vietnam War.  Opening title: THIS IS THE POINT (:06-:12). Trees on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.  A cannon is fired. Band prepares. Flag flies. A drum is struck. Cadets come down...
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This 1941 training film, Principles of Operation: What is a Brake? (TF 1-162), is part of the Airplane Hydraulic Brakes training films and covers the basic principles of braking, looks at the two braking systems on planes (independent system for lighter aircraft and integral system for heavier planes), and reviews the mechanical operations of the hydraulic brake. The film opens with a person flipping through a book. Basic animation shows a large plane (possibly a rendering of a Curtiss-Wright...
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Made in the 1950s by the March of Dimes, REMEMBER ME is a poignant reminder of the polio crisis that gripped the United States in the 20th Century. Made just after the Salk vaccine had been developed, the film attempts to remind the audience of the suffering of infantile paralysis victims, and continue to fund the fight against the disease. It also encourages the audience to respect the abilities of these children and adults and not their disabilities. At 1;44, a man is seen typing with his...
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These 1940s home movies were shot during a 4-H Convention held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Starting around the 3:30 minute mark is rare footage of the set of the movie Arizona, and what later became known as Old Tucson Studios. At this time the only attraction there was what you see…adobe huts, old wagons, and the old "mission." We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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"The Black Soldier". 
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Take-Offs and Landings Part 2: The Landing (TF 1-3319) is a 1944 War Department training film that reviews landing procedures using a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. The film covers such topics as traffic patterns, key landing factors such as wind and drift, cross-wind landings, power landings, and reviews common errors made during landing. The film opens with an aerial shot of an airfield (00:43). Trainees share their definition of “landing” with their training officer (01:28). The officer explains...
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Created by the U.S. Government, "Survival Under Atomic Attack" explains the dangers of the atomic bomb, the effects of radiation and how to protect oneself if caught in the open or in the home. The film was made in the era before the hydrogen bomb made nuclear survival impossible. Survival Under Atomic Attack was also the title of an official United States government booklet released by the Civil Defense Office. Released at the onset of the Cold War era, the book and pamphlet were in...
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This color animated film is about making a schedule and sticking to it for business needs. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear but is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Republic Steel Corporation Presents A LITTLE TIME FOR HENRY (:06-:21). Animated film begins. A man named Henry is rushing and he's late. He talks with a secretary and thinks. He has meetings tomorrow. A clock is shown. Henry leaves and sees lots of laughing...
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This motion picture camera turns back time to review the life and work of Thomas Alva Edison, whose inventions benefit every one of us everyday of our lives. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This film traces the introduction of the automobile to America and the subsequent transformation of national life. Dramatizes the early uses and development of the automobile. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Pattern for Survival opens with a museum guide leading a wheel chair bound youth through a weapons display. (00:00:55:00) The purpose of this tour? To explain how mankind frequently creates frightening weapons which they struggle to understand.  Such is the dilemma created by atomic bombs, manifested in the film as a mushroom cloud erupts across the screen. (00:02:15:00) As one of the earliest civil defense productions, Pattern for Survival enjoyed a wide distribution, delivering massive...
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This 1970s color film is a long advertisement for the Boeing United Airlines 747. “Those United Men and Their Flying Machine” is a play on words of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines, whose theme song by the same name is played throughout this film. It opens with a stuffed Peanuts Snoopy dog sitting on a doghouse in a field, which begins flying after the Red Baron in a biplane (:25-2:33). A United Airlines Boeing 747 flies into view and then back to Snoopy flying on...
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WORK PAYS AMERICA is a U.S. Government produced profile of the Works Project America or W.P.A. (later known as the Works Progress Administration) is one of the best documents of this Depression era program. In the opening sequence, workmen are shown as the commentator explains why the W.P.A. came into existence and something of its plan of work. The first activities presented are those of road construction. The use of local raw materials is suggested in a short scene of quarry operations. Views...
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This sound news parade of 1939 shows various news events including Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War, Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper trans-Atlantic service, King George and Queen Elizabeth return to London from their North American trip,  Franco-British Unity at Bastille Day (2:11) in Paris, terrible earthquake in Chile, and more. At 3:45 the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, is shown. The boat sunk after a training accident off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of...
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Made in 1945, BURMA VICTORY is a British documentary about the Burma Campaign during World War Two. It was directed by Roy Boulting. The introduction to the film outlines the geography and climate of Burma, and the extent of the Japanese conquests. The film then describes the establishment of the South East Asian Command (SEAC) under Mountbatten, "a born innovator and firm believer in the unorthodox", and gives a comparatively detailed account of subsequent military events, including...
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Produced in the 1980s, this profile of the Taylor Wine Company shows the corporation at the height of its influence. The film recounts the start of the company, which began in 1880 by Walter Stephen Taylor, a cooper's son who started a commercial grape juice company in New York s Finger Lakes region. Two years later, wine production was added, and by the 1920s, the Taylor Wine Company was firmly established. Walter Taylor's three sons carefully guided the company through Prohibition and beyond,...
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Advantages of AC Welding, presented by Westinghouse and produced by B.K. Blake Productions, is a short film from 1951 promoting the advantages of AC output welding. The film opens with a shot of welding equipment ( 00:22 ) and men welding ( 01:14 ) as the narrator reviews the ability to weld all kinds of steel with AC welding. AC welding allows for high quality work whether it is vertical welding ( 01:45 ), overhead welding, horizontal welding, or flat welding. AC welding accommodates light and...
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Mao Tse-tung: Life and Legacy is a short film on the political life of the Chinese leader, primarily focusing on post-World War II developments. The film opens with Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) lying in state and Chinese mourners filing past his body as they pay their respects. The film shows some famous sites in China, including shrines and the Great Wall of China (00:51). A young Mao stands with other men at a mountain sanctuary (01:07). A member of the communist group teaches Mao’s troops...
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This U.S. Navy recognition film profiles the Tupolev Tu-16, or as NATO called it, the Badger. This was a twin-engined jet strategic bomber used by the Soviet Union, comparable to the American B-47 bomber. It has flown for more than 40 years, and the Chinese licence-built Xian H-6 remains in service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The film was intended to train American pilots and spotters to identify the Soviet aircraft. In the late 1940s, the Soviet Union was strongly committed to...
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This World War II era news film, official War Film 18, Film Communique 7th Issue, begins with a shot of smoke billowing from an industrial factory with the description, “Exclusive for the Men and Women of American Industry” (00:12). A Signal Corps production circa 1943 to 1944, this black and white reel is labeled an official film of the War Department in cooperation with combat film units of the United States Marines, Navy, and Air Forces. The Burma Outpost Combat Film Unit provided...
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Dating to the 1950s, this U.S. Navy film USING THE STANDARD DEEP SEA DIVING OUFIT gives an explanation of the hard hat diving suit, and shows how it is used in Navy operations. The diver's crewmen are shown, including the diving officer, diving tender and backup tender, as well as the phone talker. A time keeper or diving supervisor is also shown, as well as an engineer who forces air to the diver below. Finally, a standby diver is shown, fully dressed except for his helmet, ready to assist or...
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1960’s NET EDUCATIONAL FILM “VERDUN” This film is about the Battle of Verdun fought from February to December of 1916. It was the longest battle of WW1. German’s attacked Verdun in hopes that the French would drain their men and resources to recapture it. It is presented by National Education Television and this is one of eight films which were to present some of the forces that have influenced the development of western civilization (:58). The film opens with pedestrians looking down...
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This wonderful home movie shows social activities of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. We have reason to believe this was the Berkeley, California (U.C. Berkeley) chapter. The film is in several sections, including a formal dance social at the start, and then at about the 3 minute mark, a games night. Some fun drinking games are seen and things escalate when a bunch of sorority sisters join the house at about 6:30. The beer flows quite freely!  Aside from a lot of rowdy drunks, it's mostly...
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An official War Department training film produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces in 1943, “Three Cadets” stars Craig Stevens (later of “Peter Gunn” fame), Kent Smith, Ralph Byrd, and William T. Orr. The premise was simple: to inform young recruits of the inherent dangers associated with their inevitable promiscuity. The training film presents three cadets who go into the Air Cadet Training Center together. Following one of the men’s “liaison” with a local...
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Created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1968, this color film, “The Flight of Apollo 7,”  touts the preparation and ultimate success of Apollo 7 — which on October 11, 1968, became the first mission in the United States' Apollo program to carry a crew into space. The Apollo 7 crew was commanded by Walter M. Schirra aka Wally Schirra, with senior pilot/navigator Donn F. Eisele and pilot/systems engineer R. Walter Cunningham. Apollo 7 was the first...
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Rain on the Plains, released in 1938 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a short film that promotes the importance of soil conservation through rain conservation to avoid the effects caused by erosion, such as dust storms. The film opens with a shot of a cattle herd grazing out on the plains. A man operates a horse-drawn plow (01:07); after farming and grazing the land without proper rain conservation, the plains are dry and dusty. The film shows footage from the 12 May 1934 dust bowl: a...
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This 1952 black and white tribute film to the Flying Enterprise and Captain (Henrik) Kurt Carlsen, Man Against the Sea, is part of the “The Greatest Drama” series, narrated by radio actor Raymond Edward Johnson. SS Flying Enterprise was a 6,711 ton Type C1-B ship which sank in 1952. She was built in 1944 as SS Cape Kumukaki for the United States Maritime Commission for use in World War II. The ship was sold in 1947 and then operated in scheduled service under the name Flying Enterprise. The...
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This is a short version of the film “Television Serves its Community”, a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community.  The film follows the production of three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote...
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Flying Soldiers is a 1958 U.S. Army film (M.F. 46-8998) that promotes the new tactical air capabilities of Army aviation through developing helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and the tactical abilities that accompany that development. The highlight of the film is a demonstration of the air mobilization of the infantry. The film begins with footage from the point of view of a helicopter flying over a river. The film mentions the evolution of the U.S. Army’s mobility, and features a scene of...
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This color, silent film shows footage of the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy cargo aircraft during its ground taxi tests, and flight tests in 1968. The first C-5A Galaxy (serial number 66-8303) was rolled out of the manufacturing plant in Marietta, Georgia, on 2 March 1968. On 30 June 1968, flight testing of the C-5A began with the first flight, flown by Leo Sullivan, with the call sign "eight-three-oh-three heavy".  It is believed that the film includes the first flight of the aircraft at...
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This film, "Assault at Huelva" profiles Operation Steel Pike, the largest peacetime amphibious landing exercise in history, conducted by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and taking place on the coast of Spain in October to November 1964. The operation involved 84 naval ships and 28,000 Marines of the 2nd Marine Division, and was commanded by Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Jr.. In the opening hour of the landing, two helicopters collided in mid-air, resulting in the deaths of nine...
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#50434 Your Career As An Aeronautical Engineer Your Career As An Aeronautical Engineer is a short educational film on what the career path of an aspiring aeronautical engineer looks like. The film covers such topics as meeting with a high school counselor to take key courses, what the course of study in a university’s college of engineering looks like, the different degrees one can pursue for a job in the field of aviation, and what a professional aeronautical engineer can do with their...
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This 1942 black and white restricted official training film #2-601 by the War Department is about “Horsemanship: Mounting, Dismounting, and the Military Seat.” It was produced by The Signal Corps in collaboration with The Commanding General Army Ground Forces and the Research Council, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A corporal talks to soldiers in cavalry uniforms, including jodhpur pants, standing with their horses. A group of experienced cavalry soldiers rides by and are...
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This color, silent film was sold for the home market in the 1950s. It shows Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh's royal tour of nations in the Commonwealth conducted in 1954, including Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Malta and Libya as well as the English possession Gibraltar.  The trip started in April in Australia, and concluded in May in Gibraltar.   Opening titles: Associated British-Pathe Ltd present Welcome the Queen! (:11). Title: Sydney, Australia. Boats in the harbor, people...
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Dating to 1966, this U.S. Navy training film highlights the Mark VI semi-closed circuit apparatus and shows how it works, how it is used, and how it should be maintained. The Mark VI  is a chest-mounted, two- bag, semiclosed-circuit Mk VI unit that was used from the 1960s to the 1980s by Navy divers and U.S. Navy SEALs. It used a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen and was known as semi-enclosed because some gas had to be exhausted to the sea as the diver did not metabolize the nitrogen. The Mark...
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This silent, raw footage shows the December 10th, 1954 human factors experiment involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as "Fastest Man on Earth". The film starts with footage of Stapp being strapped into the sled and telemetry belts being affixed to his helmet and person. At 4:00, the Northrop Aircraft crew in the blockhouse...
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Dating to the 1960s, this filmic record of the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu base, entitled WEAPONS THAT WORK, features Commander Glenn Ford as host. Pt. Mugu served in this era as one of the primary test ranges for guided missiles, sea launched weapons, and other important missiles and weapon systems of the Cold War.It is now part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).  The film begins with images of the Sparrow III missile being used against a target drone, as well as many of the other missions of...
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Shot by an American traveler, this silent 16mm home movie documents a trip to Mexico City, Toluca, Zitacuaro, Morelia, Uruapan and Paracutin in the 1950s. The film begins in Toluca at :48 with Market Day, with all sorts of colorful wares being sold including baskets, clothing, and more.  At 3;56 a card notes that the patio of the Poseda de don Vasco, is named after a Franciscan missionary. A statue of Morelos is seen towering over the lake at Pitzcuaro at 4:33. At 6:04 fishermen with butterfly...
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Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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Rural China and its many farmers, along with other portions of the country's large population, are depicted in this educational color film piece (0:10-1:05). Produced by Coronet Instructional Films, this reel was most likely released in the late 1960s along with other Coronet films covering agricultural China dated from 1955 to 1969. As the narrator emphasizes the huge size of the country, the film settles upon a brightly colored yet simple map of Asia at 01:29. Describing how large the...
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EB Films presents Hawaiian Native Life. Produced by encyclopedia Britannica films, Inc. in collaboration with Margaret Mead, PhD. Assistant Curator in Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. This black and white film produced in 1940 is about native life on the islands of Hawaii. This black and white, 1930’s era film is about local life in the Hawaiian Islands. The film is narrated. Our The movie opens with an aerial view of a fake globe - as it spins the camera zooms...
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Beginning in 1955, Seabees began deploying yearly to the continent of Antarctica. As participants in Operation Deep Freeze, their mission was to build and expand scientific bases located on the frozen continent. The first "wintering over" party included 200 Seabees who distinguished themselves by constructing a 6,000-foot ice runway on McMurdo Sound. Despite a blizzard that once destroyed the entire project, the airstrip was completed in time for the advance party of Deep Freeze II to...
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Presented by American Airlines and written by Stanley Washburn, Jr. and shot by Agnew Fisher, AIRLIFT TO BERLIN presents the story of the Berlin Airlift of 1948.  It was made before the resolution of the Berlin Blockade, and demonstrated the resolve of those involved in the Lift to see it succeed. Just prior to the Berlin Blockade, American Airlines had begun passenger service to Berlin, and so the airline was intimately involved in the lift and the evacuation of some civilians from the city....
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Attention! A new higher qualtiy version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/sq30H4zv_Pg From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day. This film is...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Siege of Sevastopol. The film starts with a title card indicating that Sevastopol was the "strongest fortress in the world" before segueing to a shot of Axis Stuka aircraft on their way to bomb the city. At :53 Austrian ace Gordon Max "Mac" Gollob is shown in the cockpit of his plane. At 1:02 the tail of his Messerschmidt Bf-109 aircraft attests to his 100 victories. He claimed his 100th victory...
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This 1950s film made by the Calvin Company and presented by Philipps Petroleum Company, features professor William A. Albrecht. Dr. Albrecht explains in the film how ''dumb animals'' such as the goat and the cow, always know which plants are healthier for them.  This classic film presents Dr. Albrecht's pioneering work exposing the connection between animal and human health and soil fertility. The film shows images of sick Americans and children problems in their teeth requiring dentistry, and...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At 1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At 2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At 2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen at 2:50 . At...
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This travelogue film shows Finland the 1930’s. It was presented by Joseph Harris and Martin Ross.  Finland is in northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. The capitol city of Helsinki as well as the Arctic Ocean Highway running to the port of Liinakhamari which once touched the Arctic Ocean will be shown. It refers to Helsinki as Helsingfors which is the former Swedish name of the capitol. The Arctic Ocean Highway was rerouted after WW2.  Finland had long been a battle ground due...
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This film is from the series called “The World in Action” which was a monthly series from the National Film Board of Canada made to boost morale and show the Allied war effort during WW2. It focuses on the Netherlands as they were invaded by Germany in 1940. It is presented by United Artists (:08) and opens with footage of the Netherlands after they had been invaded (:43). The country was then divided by the barbed wires of concentration camps and under Nazi rule (:45). A newspaper follows...
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The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons takes the viewer into “The Management of Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen.” Made under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Freeark, a surgeon who established the nation’s first trauma unit, the film includes graphic scenes of a gunshot victim’s wounds and of abdominal surgery. It opens at mark 00:54 with the arrival of the victim at an emergency room. Such an event, we are told, sets into motion a standardized management plan, which...
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" The Call of Blue Water CNO SITREP 12 " (meaning -- Chief of Naval Operations report on the current military situation), produced in 1977, explores the U.S. Navy’s surface forces, looking at both the vessels themselves and the lives of the crew. A 1700s sailing ship is at sea.  Modern crew seen in action (0:06-0:40).  Shots from various eras of recent naval history (0:41-1:03).  CNO Admiral James L. Holloway III addresses camera in an office (1:04-1:26).  Onboard a naval...
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When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on April 14, 1962,, he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was...
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In 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, SEALAB I was lowered to a depth 192 feet. This film documents that amazing event. The Sealab I experiment was to test the theories of saturated diving and the ability of humans to live and operate at extreme pressures. The test involved four divers: LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson; Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth; and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning. The top side commander was Captain George F. Bond, also called...
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One of several films which came back to the United States in the rucksack of an American G.I., this silent 16mm home movie begins with footage of German troops in forest camouflage going on patrol. It's believed that this material is from occupied France sometime after August, 1942. Later on in the film, you will see footage from the Luftwaffe, and of Dieppe after the August raid (see below). At the 2:51 mark, troops are shown conducting combat drills and getting a bit of exercise, moving...
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This film will take a look at the Battle of Peleliu which took place from September to November of 1944 during the Mariana and Palau Campaign of WW2. It had been produced by the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corp (:17). The amphibious assault was a joint effort consisting of the Army, Navy, Maine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard (:25). This island was a part of the western most of Japanese mandated islands and had an airstrip on it which was the target of the mission (:50) in order to prevent...
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Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable is hereby directed to proceed to England ... for making a combat film dealing particularly with the combat phases of aerial gunnery ... ". Initial footage depicts aircraft flying over American mountains, with Gable narrating that this is what they are fighting for. Bob Hope also appears in the film, and the film mostly depicts 351st Bombardment Group life at RAF Polebrook. Combat footage...
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The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich. Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys who...
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