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PeriscopeFilm
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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
1958 U.S. Coast Guard
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
1945 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1944 U.S. Navy
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Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life.
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
1944 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1943 U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
PeriscopeFilm
1943 Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
1943 U.S. Navy
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
1943 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.
This sound newsreel dates from 1942 and begins with the fighting on the Eastern Front as Russian forces defend Stalingrad.  As shown in the film, they eventually force the German Sixth Army to surrender, a major turning point in the war.  The second half of the film shows events in the Pacific, where a U.S. carrier task force led by "Carrier X" (actually the USS Yorktown with USS Lexington) battles Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  (Apparently due to secrecy concerns...
Topics: Stalingrad, WWII, Battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown, aircraft carrier, naval combat, WW2,...
PeriscopeFilm
1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later.
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1942 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.
PeriscopeFilm
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
PeriscopeFilm
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: German propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
1942 Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1941 Castle Films Newsreel
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The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1940 U.S. Navy
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Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a...
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
1940 U.S. Government
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US Naval training film for US Submaine Crew members on the boyance properties of operating a submarine.
Topic: U.S. Navy Training film for the physical properties of the submarine.
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1940 U.S. Coast Guard
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
1939 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
PeriscopeFilm
1939 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. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
1938 U.S. Coast Guard
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Shot in the 1930s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. Seagoing activities aboard a modern cutter are shown, including gunnery practice.
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
1938 Willard Pictures
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Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1938 U.S. Government
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Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird.
Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
PeriscopeFilm
1937 Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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Topic: U.S. Navy short.
PeriscopeFilm
1935 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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1935 U.S. Government
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"A Salute to the US Navy" circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea. Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
Topic: Pre WWII recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
1934 U.S. Navy
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
PeriscopeFilm
1930 U.S. Government
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Film shows basic physical training of new recruits into the U.S. Navy circa 1930. Location unknown, possibly the Presidio in San Francisco.
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
PeriscopeFilm
1928 U.S. Government
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
1925 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
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1918 U.S. Navy
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While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
1916 U.S. Government
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Rare pre World War I (WWI) film depicting life in the U.S. Navy. Footage includes sailors playing baseball and football on the deck of battleship!
Topic: World War I US recruiting film.
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This late 1920s, early 1930s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It begins with silent movie footage re-enacting Ponce de Leon arriving in Florida by ship -- and then shows exceptionally early and rare footage of tribe members in their beautiful handmade clothing, foraging in the swamps amid deer, alligators, wildcats and snakes. Green corn farming is seen at the 3:15 mark, and the making of bread at 5:30. Housing and a village...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Seminoles, Florida
Presented by the U.S. Navy and produced by The March Of Time, War On The Seas (MN-1532) is a short Navy film from 1943 that tells viewers the story of the Navy from its recovery of Pearl Harbor up through the invasion of North Africa at the end of 1942. The film opens with Japanese footage of its pilots climbing into planes and taking off from an air craft carrier on 7 December 1941. Japanese bombers fly through the sky toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese forces drop bombs on U.S. Navy targets at...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1945 newsreel shows the final stages of World War II in Europe with American, British, Russian and allied forces descending upon the German heartland.  The seizure of Cologne is shown and the capture of the Rhine bridge (the Lundendorff Bridge) at Remagan.  The British, Canadian and American armies cross the Rhine (accompanied in this film by Churchill, who made a visit to the front) and the Western Front begins to collapse.  Rocket launchers are used in action by the United States....
Topics: WWII, newsreel, V-E Day, World War II, Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, Jodl, Wehrmacht, Berlin,...
This short mid-1960s film from Atomics International, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., gives viewers a look at the July 1964 power conversion subsystem development status of   The Mercury-Rankine program (CRU). This was part of the Systems Nuclear Auxiliary POWER (SNAP) program, a program of experimental radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and space nuclear reactors flown during the 1960s by NASA. SNAP-1 was a test platform that was never deployed, using cerium-144 in a...
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Topics: Atomics, Mercury, Ranking CRU, Snap Program, Nuclear Reaction, Space Flight, Stock Footage
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Created in 1957, "A California Tour" is one of Castle Film's rare color travelogues.  It features vintage images of national parks such as Yosemite and the Redwoods as well as major cities.  This includes Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and more.  There are shots of Los' Angeles Westlake Park, Laguna Beach, Olvera Street, freeways, the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, and the Chinese Theater. The Brown Derby Restaurant is seen around 4:45. San Francisco...
Topics: Castle Films, San Francisco, California, Chinese Theater Market street, Alcatraz, California, Cable...
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Created by Castle Films, this sound newsreel shows some of the significant news events of 1945.  Footage of the sinking of the British battleship HMS Barham -- an event that actually happened in 1941 but remained secret --- and the German V-2 rocket is shown.  The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is seen including the funeral at Hyde Park, and President Truman speaks after V-E Day.  General Montgomery enters Copenhagen and General DeGaulle is shown in liberated Paris.  Rudolf...
Topics: V-2 Rocket, Victory In Europe Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Hermann Goering, Rudolph Hess,...
This post-WWII recruitment film shows U.S. Navy electronic technician training, primarily for operation of sonar and radar gear but also radio and communications equipment.  First recruits are shown at Great Lakes, but soon trainees are moved to a formal Basic Electronics School where training for their rating begins in earnest.  The Advanced School is either at Memphis, Tennessee or Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.  The "Bat", a guided bomb developed during WWII is shown at...
Topics: Circuit, Electronics, Great Lakes Training, San Francisco, Vacuum Tubes, United States Navy,...
These 1970s USAF news segments include: installation of a new Minuteman III ICBM as part of the USAF's nuclear deterrent, use of LGB laser guided bombs by U.S. Air Force strike aircraft as part of the precision strike effort in Vietnam, and an interesting segment showing a combat rescue in Vietnam. In this segment combat cameraman Vietnam Staff Sgt. Jim Wine (sp?), flying out of Da Nang, discusses the rescue effort and describes how he filmed the rescue mission from the back of a helicopter...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent, German educational film shows the construction of a  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann, a two-seat, single-engine aerobatic monoplane aircraft built by Bücker Flugzeugbau GmbH in Rangsdorf, near Berlin and extensively used by the Luftwaffe in World War II. The Bücker Bü 181 was named Bestmann after a German maritime term designating a member of the deck crew on coastal or fishing vessels. The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur...
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Topics: Bücker Flugzeugbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Rangsdorf, Bucker BU 131, Luftwaffe, Aircraft
Made in 1946, "G.I.s in Switzerland" shows a post-WWII program in which American G.I.s and servicewomen are taken to Switzerland for rest & relaxation in a nation not affected by the devastation of the war.  The film was made by Hermann Haller and David Wechsler, most likely as a propaganda effort on behalf of the nation of Switzerland.  The Swiss endured criticism during the war for their neutral stance and were viewed in some quarters as Nazi collaborators who benefitted from...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lucerne, geneva, Switzerland, United States Army, World War Ii
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Featuring actor Art Gilmore -- who narrated the 1950s TV show "Highway Patrol", this scare / sales film by General Tire presents the various features of the brand's advanced Nygen cord nylon tubeless tires -- including a pressure lock and water squeegee tread that was revolutionary in its time.  The film is notable for showing a variety of sensational car accidents including a car driving off of a cliff (6:40 mark) that might have come from the stock footage library of "Highway...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Tire, Nylon Jerry Fairbanks, Art Gilmore, Automobile, Crash, Drivers...
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This fascinating travelogue, one of Andre De La Varre's "Screen Traveler" episodes, shows views of Egypt and especially Cairo and the Pyramids as they appeared in the 1930s. The film includes images of the Shepheard's Hotel, the leading hotel in Cairo and one of the most celebrated hotels in the world until it was burned down in 1952. The film shows dragoman standing in front of the Shepheard's terrace, according to the narrator annoying guests. The westernized "Modern...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent film from pre-WWII Germany shows how cotton thread and then yarn is spun from raw cotton stock using a spinning wheel. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part...
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Topic: Stock Footage
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A brilliant cartoon, Spies is part of the Private Snafu series of animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. during World War II. Released in 1943, the cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and features the vocal talents of Mel Blanc. Plot: Private Snafu has learned a secret, but the enemy is listening and he'd better zipper his lip. However, Snafu - little by little - lets his secret slip (by telling the audience, calling his mom, and drunkenly relaying it to a bar girl who works as a Nazi spy):...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Spies, Warner Bros. Cartoons, World War II, Animation, Mel Blanc
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Made by an obscure company called Trading Corporation in 1936 and directed by John C. Elder, POLAND presents images of that nation prior to WWII and the Nazi occupation.  Elder, born in 1902, was a prolific British director who worked in the 1960s.  The film  presents terrific images including a cable railway at the 1:30 mark, a sheep farm and peasant life at 3:00,  the Vistula River and the bridges over it leading to Warsaw.  The capitol is seen at the 5 minute mark,  including rare...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Poland, Vistula, Warsaw Ghetto, Polska, Gdynia, 1936
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December 7th: The Movie is a 1943 propaganda film produced by the U.S. Navy about the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, showing life before, during, and after the 7 December 1941 attack. This 32-minute version is the censored version of the film, pared down from the original 82 minutes, as the original “asked some embarrassing questions . . . . [and] the film had a lot of time devoted to the culture of the 160,000 Japanese-Americans in Hawaii and their response to the attack.” This censored...
Topics: John Fords, December 7th, 1943, Pearl harbor Attack, Stock Footage
INTRODUCTION TO A CHAMPION showcases Delta Airlines' new aircraft, the Convair 880.  Although the aircraft was successful for Delta, it proved a commercial failure and only 65 were built between 1959 and 1962. The Convair 880 was a narrow-body jet airliner produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics. It was designed to compete with the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 by being smaller and faster, a niche that failed to create demand. When it was first introduced some aviation circles...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Convair 880, Delta Air Lines, Jet Aircraft, General Dynamics, Speed...
This reel of silent footage dates to World War I and consists of various segments. At 00:14, members of the American air corps the Lafayette Escadrille are shown in France. The aircraft appear to be SE-5Cs in French livery (This portion of the film appears to be "flopped"). At 1:32 members of the unit are shown arm-in-arm and pose with their dog.  At 2:04 a wrecked German airplane is seen with its pilot held prisoner. At 2:15 bombs are loaded by hand into a German plane to be dropped...
Topic: 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,...
An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort.  The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort.  At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat.  A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Red Ball Express, Highballing To Victory,...
This Soviet film tells the story of the Communist International from its founding in 1919. The Communist International, abbreviated as Comintern and also known as the Third International, was an international communist organization that advocated world communism. Narrator: "In 1919, Russia hosted the third Communist International. Listen to Lenin speak about it. ‘In March of this year of 1919, an international congress of Communists was held in Moscow. This congress founded the Third,...
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This wonderful propaganda film features Lowell Thomas narrating. Probably made before Pearl Harbor, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries. Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats including PT-9, the destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) launching a torpedo at sea, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, basic training, sailors drilling and exercising at sea....
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
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Made in 1961 THE FAR SOUND examines how technologies invented at Bell Laboratories and developed by the Bell System and AT&T contributed to making direct-dial, long-distance telephone service possible. The film was directed by Jerry London and produced by John Sutherland and features narration by Chet Huntley. The title of the film comes from the problem that Bell Labs surmounted in the early era of telephony, amplifying telephone signals so that long distance communication was possible....
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This WWII film about the Battle of the Bulge was intended to promote the 7th War Bond Drive, and demonstrating that American soldiers cannot afford to stop fighting, just as American workers can never afford to slack off at vital war jobs.  The film begins with images of France in August of 1944, as U.S. troops celebrate (prematurely as it turned out) the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.  The German counterattack in December of 1944 proved devastating to Allied hopes of the war ending by...
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Produced by the Burroughs Corporation in 1956, "Bombproof" is a fascinating Civil Defense film with something of a hidden agenda -- in that it shows the importance of keeping microfilm versions of corporate records in the Atomic Age.  The  fictional Donovan Manufacturing Company, with prolific Hollywood actor Walter Abel starring as its CEO J.B. Donovan, used microfilm processing (a service provided by the Burroughs Corp.) to preserve vital company records and is one of the few able...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the principles behind the device. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk. XV,...
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This U.S. Air Force training film shows the basic drill movements, without arms, for airmen.  The men shown in this film have received 2-4 weeks of training in drill.  Various drills are shown and explained including attention, parade rest, rest, "snap to attention", fall out, fall in, right face, left face, about face (face to rear), order arms, hand salute, individual hand salute, etc.  Marching steps are seen at the 6 minute mark, including column left, column right, marching...
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Dating from September 7, 1946, this fascinating and poignant 16mm silent home movie pays tribute to all those who gave their lives in World War II. The entire population of the small town of Mendon, Massachusetts is seen decked out in bunting, and there are many celebrations and a special memorial to those local residents who lost their lives in the conflict. The film ends with many shots of local children, including a little league baseball game, and with them perhaps hope that the future...
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This silent home movie shows the 51st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (see sign at :08 seconds) in 1940. The Grand Marshals this year were Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who are visible at 10 seconds. The game that year featured the USC Trojans vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of the highlights include the Wings Over California float at :51, a Mt. Palomar Observatory float at 1:15 , a Las Vegas Nevada float at 2:20 , a patriotic American Flag flat at 3:29 , an American eagle float at...
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Made during WWII as part of an effort to encourage recycling and re-use of scrap metal and rubber, "Salvage" is hosted by Donald M. Nelson the chairman of the War Production Board. The film features footage of various items that can be salvaged and re-used, and notes that Germany and Japan have been much more efficient in terms of re-using materials. The film also shows how household grease can be stored for use as nitroglycerin. As Nelson says, "We the people of United States...
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This fascinating full color, silent home movie from June, 1941 shows the American Sokol Slet, a gymnastics and sporting competition, held in Chicago including Soldier Field. The film begins with important members of the organizing committee meeting to plan the games. At 1:27, a sign announcing the games is seen at the Sokol headquarters and shortly thereafter is a title card noting that for three days competitions in diving, gymnastics, swimming and athletics were held in Douglas Park, Pilsen...
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Warning: some of the content of this film is unsettling and may be inappropriate for younger viewers or anyone who has just eaten or is about to eat food. Created for the medical profession, “Human Gastric Function” is “an experimental study of ‘Tom,’ a unique patient with an extensive gastric fistula” (an abnormal opening in the stomach or intestines that allows the contents to leak). It serves as a record of a 15-year study carried out between 1941 and 1952, and shows how the...
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"Statesmen in Overalls" is a 1951 promotional film for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, also known as C.R.O.P., an ambitious private relief effort that pre-dated the Marshall Plan in Europe. Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) began its operation in August 1947 under the sponsorship of Church World Service. A year later Lutheran World Service and the Catholic Rural Life Conference became co-sponsors, but withdrew in 1952. For a time nearly all Catholic, Protestant and...
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This color silent film footage shows some of the events of 13 March 1969, as the Apollo IX mission comes to an end with splashdown and recovery of the crew. The U.S. Navy assault ship USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) performs the recovery mission. The helicopters shown are Sikorsky SH-3D Sea Kings of HS-3.  The primary helicopter shown, emblazoned with the number "54" on the hull, is BuNo 152695.  The astronauts were retrieved using a Billy Pugh net or basket. Astronaut James A. McDivitt,...
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"Mr. Push-a-Button", a U.S. Navy film about the education and responsibilities of a Naval officer, starts with images of the U.S. Navy's mothball or reserve fleet, as a Navy officer receives new orders transferring him from reserve duties to the fleet and in particular, managing one of the U.S. Navy's new surface-to-air guided missile systems aboard the cruiser USS Canberra CA-70. The title of the film comes from the fear that the officer in the film expresses that "men are being...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
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This film is about the battle for Saipan in the Mariana Islands campaign during WWII. The Mariana Islands were a strategic location as American capture of the area severed the Japanese supply line with the Caroline Island territories and opened Japanese homeland for aerial assault. It opens with a map pointing to New Guinea, Tokyo and the Mariana Islands (:16). After the Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese forces occupied islands as far south as New Guinea in 1942 (:20). The plan to recapture these...
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This 1960s American Airlines promotional film, produced by Audio Production Inc., shows the work that goes into developing a flight plan prior to that flight’s takeoff. The film opens with a plane taking off from New York’s Idlewild Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport), and a man climbing out of a car with his suitcase and heading into the airport. An American Airlines Boeing 707 Astrojet flies through the sky. The film shows a departure board for a non-stop flight...
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
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Made in 1944 as victory seemed in reach in WWII, IT CAN'T LAST was typical of the 6th War Loan propaganda films. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, the film was intended to help steel public resolve and held ensure both financial and physical support for the war effort. Like most of the other 6th War Loan films, this one criticizes home front complacency while contrasting the situation of civilians and war workers with that of soldiers, sailors...
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This film, provided during the second world war, depicts the proper boat handling procedures to be utilized when operating an LCVP for amphibious actions. It is presented by the US Navy (:08) and opens with footage of troops and LCVP’s (:54). A close up shot of one of the landing crafts is shown (1:00). Checks must be conducted prior to its launching and a shot of a check list follows (1:14). Men of the crew begin inspecting the craft (2:03). The engineer checks the engine (2:27). Bilges...
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Made in 1944 by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), A REPORT ON GERMAN MORALE examines the German war machine and the methods used by the Nazis to control morale, despite huge battlefield reversals.  Designed for armed forces consumption only, this is an unusually interesting film not only for the use of enemy footage throughout, but also for its attitudes. As Theodore Huff pointed out, "It rather gleefully seizes on German civilian misery as a propagandist weapon to be exploited, the...
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"Report From the Aleutians" is a documentary propaganda film produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps about the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. It was directed and narrated by John Huston. In contrast to the other technicolor films made in the Pacific war, Report from the Aleutians has relatively little combat footage, and instead concentrates on the daily lives of the servicemen on Adak Island, as they live and work there while flying missions over nearby Kiska. The film...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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“The Fight For Vietnam” (no. 574), part of the U.S. Army’s documentary series The Big Picture, reports on the U.S. military’s efforts to help South Vietnam “stamp out the threat of communism” through training and assisting the South Vietnam military and through civic engagement. It was released in the mid to late 1960s. Filmed on location, the story begins with an overview of Vietnam and a brief history of military intervention in the country, beginning with French occupation (...
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One of a series of historic newsreels first released by the General Newsreel Company, this episode features various segments. First, President Franklin Roosevelt is seen on September 11, 1937 visiting Hudson River State Hospital on nurses’ graduation day in the first year of his second term as President ( 0:40 ). Here he narrates a funny story about his experiences ( 1:20 ), bursting out laughing in the faces of the nurses, and receiving a thunderous applause. At mark 2:19 a Bank for Bathers...
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This color educational film is about the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise. This was filmed in September 1976.  Giant steel doors open (:13). Palmdale, CA, space shuttle beginning preparations for a rollout for all to see on September 17, 1976 (:32). A large crowd has gathered for the rollout (:41). Dr. Fletcher speaks (:48). Orbiter 101 christened the Enterprise is asked to roll out (:57). The Orbiter is rolled out (1:18). Space Shuttle Enterprise (1:45). People watch as the Enterprise...
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Made during WWII by the War Finance Division of the U.S. Treasury Department, "Midnight" was released as part of the 7th War Loan, which took place in May 1945, just days after victory in Europe. Treasury officials were concerned that the defeat of Germany might lessen bond sales, and so the "Mighty 7th" came into being. MIDNIGHT tracks war activities around the globe as Big Ben strikes midnight in London. The narrator discusses the fact that the Navy uses Greenwich Mean...
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
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EDIT VIDEO This film WATER SOUTH looks at the construction of the California Aqueduct starting in 1960, including rare footage of the construction of the Oroville Dam. The California Aqueduct is a system of canals, tunnels, and pipelines that conveys water collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys of Northern and Central California to Southern California. The over 400-mile (640 km) aqueduct is the principal feature of the California State Water Project. The Department of Water...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Maine,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the largest state in the Northeast. The film opens with shots of forests ( 00:55 ), fitting for a state known as the “Pine Tree State.” Maine is also home to lakes, historic forts, and scenic lighthouses. August ( 01:26 ) is the capital and is shaped by the Kennebec River. Lewiston and Auburn are the heart of the state’s industry ( 01:47 ),...
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“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
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This film from 1942 depicts parts of the North Africa Campaign of WW2, as well as from the Allied forces' advance on New Guinea. It is presented by Official Films (:12) and opens with a promotion to buy more war bonds. (The US Treasury Department pushed for citizens to buy more bonds in order to finance WW2.) (:22). US forces are seen heading into Higgins boats for the landing on North Africa (:31) and British and US invasion fleets moved towards Africa from the British Isles (:49). This was...
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This sales film from Caterpillar highlights the C 785 Off-Highway Truck by showing the machine in action at the company’s Arizona Proving Grounds. C 785s drive on dirt roads. The film shows the 785 from various angles (00:50), giving viewers a look at the truck’s folded core radiator, dual turbo-charged 3512 engine, and rear-mounted six-speed transmission. A man climbs up into a 785 (02:16), and viewers get a look at the cab. The dump bed is lifted. The film then shows the cylinder block of...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film 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. This episode opens with the devastating 1906 San Francisco Earthquake (mark  00:30 ) and we see “on the spot pictures of the most talked of disaster in our history,” including buildings engulfed in flames structures left in ruins on the ground. In scenes nine years later (mark  01:33 )...
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WAR FILM 36, one of the War Department's newsreel and informational films produced during WWII, consists of several segments and dates to late 1944 or early 1945. First, "Great Floor" shows the construction of a runway for B-29 bombers in China. Since no motorized or mechanical devices are available, 72,000 Chinese work on one airfield using primitive rock breaking and other traditional construction techniques. According to the narrator, these "super airfields" are being...
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This 1965 color film on Argentina is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a F.D. and I.L. Kay and Film Authors Production and narrated by Duncan Pirnie. A Pan American Jetliner lands and passengers disembark (:50- 1:02 ). The film opens with a bird’s eye view of Buenos Aires ( 1:04 - 1:27 ). A square is full of pigeons ( 1:28 ) outside the subway station ( 1:32 ). A traffic cop blows his whistle and directs traffic ( 1:34 ). Busses and cars drive past ( 1:35 - 2:00 ). A...
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Produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. in the late 1940s, A Miracle for Mrs. Smith is a short film that shows viewers how the Bell telephone system works and how Western Electric manufacturers the materials and products used in the telephone industry. The film opens with footage of a football game: the quarterback throws a touchdown pass and the crowd cheers. Football players practice the touchdown pass on the practice field (01:10). Mrs. Smith, an American housewife, sits in her living...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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The JD 860 Scraper is a short promotional film from John Deere, touting the features of the “money-saving” JD 860 Scraper, which John Deere released in 1969. The film (from 1969 or the early 1970s) features over 15 minutes of footage of the JD 860 Scraper at work. The film opens with a pristine JD 860 ( 00:44 ) before cutting to the JD 860 in action ( 01:15 ). The elevating scrapper with its 215-net flywheel horsepower diesel engine has a 37,500-cubic foot capacity, maximizing time on the...
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