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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Made sometime in the early 1970s (probably 1971) by McDonnell Douglas after the Blue Angels had transition to the company's F-4 Phantom, the stylish DIAMOND IN THE SKY was produced by Thomas Carlisile and directed by Vince Griffith. It features a soundtrack performed by the Pensacola Naval Air Station Band and a score by John Fluck and Thomas Carlisle. The film contains footage at  2:47  of the F-4 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). At  6:00 , Naval Air Station...
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Dating to 1951, WASHINGTON CLOSE-UP is the pilot episode of an an early public affairs television show that ran on the DuMont Network. Hosted by veteran radio broadcaster John B. Hughes, who holds up a plastic donkey and elephant to symbolize the Democratic and Republican Parties, the show was intended to present news fairly and impartially (so what else is new?). This episode looks at world government, the threat to U.S. sovereignty, and a gag rule that emerged as part of the Cold War. At 1:27...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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WINGS TO YUGOSLAVIA is a Pan American promotional travel film from the 1960s, when the nation was part of the Eastern Bloc. The film takes viewers on a tour of Yugoslavia, a land made up of “six republics, five nations, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one desire: independence.” The film begins in Belgrade ( 01:16 ) with scenic shots of the Sava and Danube Rivers and the airport. Belgrade is a bustling city, its streets lined with outdoor cafes ( 01:48 ) and its markets...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the crucial events of 1919 with the White Army battling the Red Army for control of Russia. Narrator: In the summer of 1919, the Soviet Republic was threatened by a new military power. General Denikin formed an army of 200,000 people out of officers, Cossacks, and groups of local nationalists in the south. In July 1919, in Tsaritsyn, general Denikin issued a directive ordering the forces to take over Moscow. (01.00) An offensive was launched. In October...
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This 1954 black and white documentary film Tomorrows Drivers is presented by Chevrolet dealers (:07) and produced by Jam Handy Pictures (Jam was also a U.S. Olympic swimmer). It details an early education safety consciousness driving program aimed at kindergarten through third-grader students at Garfield Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. James (Jimmy) Stewart is the storyteller. Actors Charles Bernstein, Haskel Welch, and Thelma Bennett play roles. A group of six-year-old children shown...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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Shot by an unknown American, these 16mm silent Kodachrome movies date back to the 1930s. The beginning shows a formal wedding. Scenes include entrance of the groom at :30, followed by the bride and bridesmaids at :59. The bride is at 2:00 with her father. The ceremony is seen at 2:10 with the ring going on the finger at 2;25. Big kiss at 2:33 . Wedding cake gets cut at 3:25 . At 3:40 we see a young boy, probably the son of the newlyweds, looks like the kid is getting his first haircut. At 4:30...
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This 1944 black-and-white film is the second part “Castaway” — a Willard Pictures creation for the Bureau of Aeronautics. It continues to follow a downed pilot, who after being adrift at sea for several days finds his way to a dry island. “The hunt for food is on and you’re not overlooking anything,” the narrator immediately explains at mark  00:10  at the pilot walks along the shoreline, picking up snails, scallops, and conch. Sleep envelops the pilot but by mark  1:30  he is...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Wings of Commerce (:28). In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. Others follow suit (:29- 1:10 ). Children crowd around and watch a barnstorming exhibit ( 1:11 - 1:40 ). In Paris, open-cockpit passengers are flown...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. 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...
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Part two of the Big Picture about the Battle of the Bulge, TIGERS ON THE LOOSE was produced by the Army Pictorial Center and is narrated by Lorne Green. It features live WWII footage and interviews with commanders of the infamous 10th Armored “Tiger” Division. It begins December 16, 1944 as Hitler drives forward (:45- 1:08 ). American defenders at Bastogne are outnumbered and outgunned. General Anthony McAuliffe ( 1:29 ) has replied to a letter of surrender with the single word “NUTS.”...
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of the building of...
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This declassified film details attacks by the USAF in North Vietnam and Laos in 1966. Some of the attacks include F-4s and F-105s, some flying out of Korat Air Base. Includes rare footage of a North Vietnamese MiGs being shot down by cannon fire. Seventeen MiGs were shot down in 1966, including a MiG-21 shot down by a sidewinder missile. At the beginning of 1966, the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totaled 184,314. South Vietnamese military forces totaled 514,000 including...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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This promotional film for Century City dates to the early 1970s, when Los Angeles' "city within a city" came into its own. It features a futuristic score by Mort Garson and was produced by John McComb and written, photographed and edited by Lee Chaney and Filmagic. Century City is actually a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside. Outside of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area's most prominent employment...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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MEN OF LIGHTSHIP 61 is an American version of a short propaganda film, MEN OF THE LIGHTSHIP, produced by the Crown Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information in 1940, the year after the beginning of the Second World War. It dramatises the bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship by the Luftwaffe on 29 January 1940 and was designed to portray Germany as a barbaric enemy. An opening narration explains the traditional understanding of lightships (stationary ships used as lighthouses) as...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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This WWII Army Air Forces Weekly Digest newsreel consists of various segments. It begins with an assessment of bomb damage in Pilsen, where marshaling yards were struck by 500 bombers of the 8th Air Force. The Skoda Works is seen heavily damaged. At  1:57 , the newsreel assesses the rocket jet plane Me-163, which first saw combat in 1944. The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft...
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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of the pyramids at Giza and scenes of ancient Egypt. At  1:40 , ships are seen in the Suez Canal along with imperialist oil tankers. At  2:00 , the Suez Crisis is seen with its aftermath -- the canal closed to all traffic.  At  2:30 , primitive methods of farming are shown, along with pastoral images of the Nile River, some of the wildlife along its banks, and the farmland that...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This World War II-era Army Air Forces film demonstrates the proper method of bomb handling and loading of a B-29 Superfortress, including the use of a C-3 bomb hoist. (A scroll at the start of the film reminded the viewer that the C-3 was later replaced with a C-6 bomb hoist, though the operations were basically the same.) The film takes its viewer to the Army Air Forces Board headquarters in Orlando, Florida, where offers are discussing “Project No. F-3607” — a test of bomb handling and...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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Mar 18, 2017 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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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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Aug 21, 2015 Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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Jan 17, 2015 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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Apr 3, 2011 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Mar 30, 2010 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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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark  02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed....
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“Railroadin’” is a 1941 documentary on the development of railroads in the United States. The color educational film, produced in conjunction with the US Departments of War and Interior and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), gives an overview of the history and operation of railroads in the United States. (The AAR is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America that works to improve the efficiency, safety and service of the railroad...
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This silent black and white military film “Battle for France” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The News Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. Fighting out of Nazi trap in Flanders, Allied troops reach the last channel port…Dunkerque [Dunkirk]. A nurse wipes the forehead of a soldier (:53- 1:02 ). Sandbags are piled against a building as a soldier smokes a pipe. ( 1:03 - 1:22 ). Under terrific fire, British sea craft rush to the rescue! A...
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the War Department during WWII, Combat Bulletin 34 dates to December of 1944. The film begins with coverage of the 9th Army as it drives across Belgium from Aachen towards Germany. The German cities of Linnich and Juelich are shown. At  1:00 , the drive towards Antwerp is shown, with the port itself in ruins due to the work of retreating Germans. American engineers are seen busy working with British and other workers to restore the port to full...
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One of a series of newsreels directed at U.S. troops during the war, this Combat Bulletin consists of various segments. It begins with a reserve airbase on an island in Yugoslavia where damaged American aircraft are being repaired, and emergency landings are being made. Americans are shown meeting with Yugoslavian freedom fighters. At  2:30 , the film shifts to show some of the experimental activities of the USAAF including shatterproof oxygen tanks for aircraft. At  3:20 , a U.S. version of...
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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 ...
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This silent educational film dates to the 1960s and shows efforts by the Soviet government to develop oil and gas fields in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At :57, an oil exploration rig is shown using modern methods to drill for oil, with workers carefully placing the drill head into position. The process of drilling is shown through animation and live photography, with workers from the geophysics section ( 2:36 ) analyzing the process. At  3:40 , a modern gas and petroleum processing plant is seen, and...
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“Airport in the Jet Age” is a 1960s color film that explores a large metropolitan jet airport, primarily featuring United DC-8 Jet Mainliners. While not an exceptional film by any means, it is notable for containing views of LAX World Airport when it was brand new, relatively small (compared to today's version) and still used isolated terminals and with the "theme building" standing alone at its core. The film opens with a comparison of a book with an airport and how both can take...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. After World War I, the French...
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A 1938 black-and-white picture by American Republic Productions (in cooperation with A&P Food Stores), “Coffee From Brazil to You” takes its viewer from South America to the supermarket. Although coffee comes from most of the countries of Central and South America, Brazil is the greatest producer we’re told beginning at mark  01:08 , especially Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With that we begin the journey from plantation to consumer and see the central mountain plateaus as they’re...
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“The Men of Polaris” is a circa 1963 United States Navy film that informs the viewer of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) breaks the waves in the color film’s opening seconds while the narrator explains how it is the duty of sailors — and especially submariners — to “sustain the position of the United States and her allies in an unsettled world.” Visiting the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut (mark 01:!5) we learn...
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This Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) recruitment film was produced in 1944. Scenes of the Hydrographic Office and barracks were filmed beginning May 9, 1944. Hydrographic Office history records that, “Photo Science Lab photographers aboard to make motion pictures of WAVES for a BuPers (Bureau of Naval Personnel) Procurement “Short” to be released by Warner Brothers.” The main character, the mother, is an actress, but the other WAVES appearing in the film are...
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Note: this film was shot in anamorphic widescreen. We will post an "unsqueezed" version in the near term. This historic film presents “Majestic Island,” a 1960s color film that takes it viewer to Taiwan. “Until the end of World War II these people were headhunters. But now they hunt for tourists,” says the narrator at mark  01:11 . We see tribesmen perform a ritualistic dance (mark  01:33 ) and aerial views of farmland, later getting a ground view of Taiwanese working in...
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This color film is a long advertisement for the Caterpillar No. 14 Series B motor grader and produced by the Caterpillar Tractor Co. The film opens with the grader speedily approaching and passing the camera (:15-25). The grade moves dirt along an edge of a road and shown standing still from multiple angles while its stats are spoken (:26- 1:45 ). Shown grading along a road ( 2:00 - 2:15 ) and spreading earth ( 2:15 - 2:30 ). The blade beam has 5” of clearance,(shown with a tape measure (...
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Hosted by filmmaker Burton Holmes and made by him in 1946, HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND shows many of the fascinating sights of New England the beginnings of the USA. Scenes include the stone tower at Newport, Rhode Island, Plymouth Rock, Boston including downtown and its parks, Lexington and Concord, covered bridges, Vermont farms and dairy products, Maine boat builders and sailors, Longfellow's home, Walden Pond, Salem's Witch House, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, and more. We encourage viewers to...
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This two part film tells the story of Father Augustine Nguyễn Lạc Hóa (c. 1908 – c. 1989), a refugee Chinese Catholic priest in South Vietnam, led a militia called the Sea Swallows that carved out an anticommunist enclave in the Viet Cong's Ca Mau Peninsula stronghold. The "fighting priest" and his "village that refused to die" attracted admiring media stories, and in 1964 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Public Service category. In January 1961, Edward...
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Created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1967, this color film touts the preparation and ultimate success of Apollo 5 — which on January 22, 1968, became the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) as the United States continued its plan to land on the moon. it was the final major piece of Apollo hardware to be tested. The film opens with the module resting atop a Saturn 1B launch vehicle. At mark  01:18 , the viewer is told that this very rocket...
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“If there is one unchanging theme that runs throughout these separate stories, it is that everything changes but change itself. We live in an age of movement and change, both evolutionary and revolutionary, both good and evil--and in such an age a university has a special obligation to hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future.” That statement, delivered by President John F. Kennedy on May 18, 1963, in Nashville at the 90th Anniversary Convocation of...
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Made in the 1940s, this color cartoon showcases the advantages meat packers bring to the livestock producer and the general population. It was produced by the Agricultural Research Department of Swift & Company. This company began in 1904 and was located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Fires destroyed the plant in 1971. The film opens with a scan of meat for sale in a store to a map of the U.S. with meat packaging plants (:08-:59). Before meat packaging plants, a farmer carries a carcass to...
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The Monty Python song "I'm a lumberjack..." might have been inspired by this wonderful film from the 1930s "Treetop Daredevils", shot in the Pacific Northwest. The film shows lumberjacks and axemen working in an era before power tools were brought to bear on the forest, and almost everything was done by muscle. In addition to showing the cutting down of old growth forest logs and their floating down the river, the film includes a lengthy segment (starting at  5:30 ) showing...
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This film made in 1962 shows the Naval Academy Preparatory School or NAPS. NAPS is the preparatory school for the United States Naval Academy and is located on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. The mission of the Naval Academy Preparatory School is "To enhance Midshipman Candidates' moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the United States Naval Academy". The film shows a more or less typical overview of NAPS, from morning assembly through daytime...
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This film, titled “Pieces of a Dream” (:13) is about the Bede BD-5 micro. The company did unfortunately go bankrupt in the 1970’s and just a few kit versions of the aircraft were actually completed. Bede produced a series of small compact aircraft in the 1960’s and the kit version was created in order for a customer to fly a plane that was less expensive than a car (:28). Classified as a bargain based plane (:47), it cost only a little more than $2,000! Construction was only to require...
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This film, MAKAI DEEP OCEAN DIVE was produced by the United States Navy in 1973. The film begins with remarks by astronaut and diver Scott Carpenter about Capt. George Bond, a U.S. Navy researcher who laid the groundwork for saturation diving with helium. Bond, who died in 1983, was an American physician who was known as a leader in the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine and the "Father of Saturation Diving". The film then shows some of the steps taken in the wake of Bond's...
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Paul Hoefler Productions presents “Cotton Picking and Ginning.” The black-and-white educational film, made in cooperation with the National Cotton Council of America, provides the viewer with “the story of cotton from harvest to mill” and was the first film in a series of five subjects on cotton. There are a few strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” before we’re told how cotton is the most important crop grown in the United States (mark  00:40 ) and the most widely used fiber in the...
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This circa 1938 black-and-white Pictoreel sports film takes its viewer to Pinehurst, North Carolina — the cradle of American golf. The film shows several luxurious homes and street scenes as the narrator explains how golf is the life blood of the city, so much so that many businesses close during the course of the day so that owners may take time to head to the links. Even “gentlemen of the cloth … mingle with their flocks” as at mark  01:50  two clergymen walk to the greens toting...
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Made during the Cold War and long before 9-11, this U.S. Air Force film was made to instruct American personnel based in Europe about the threat of terrorism. The film includes footage from various incidents in the 1970s and 80s, including the bombing of Harrod's Department Store by the I.R.A. ( 1:00 ), an assault on the Queen's horseguard and an Army band by the I.R.A. ( 1:30 - 3:00 ), attacks in Paris ( 4:00 ), the attack on the U.S. Army barracks in Lebanon (5:238) and the killing of the...
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Made as part of the Chicago "Century of Progress" campaign, affiliated with the Chicago World's Fair, this silent promotional movie for the Chicago school system focuses on truancy and "problem kids" for whom attendance in school is of paramount importance. The film shows how Chicago is working to craft special schools and curriculums to deal with problem kids.  It begins with images of gangs of kids roving the streets, hitching rides on the back of cars, fighting, gambling...
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This black and white educational film about gold was produced by Academic Film Company Inc. and adapted from a John Hix “Strange As It Seems” that was originally segment shown in theatres. It was narrated by Robert Sherwood. The film begins with a re-enactment of Louis XVI’s financial woes. Marie Antoinette and Cardinal de Roahn visit an alchemist to make gold to save France but it is a scam (:37- 3:30 ). December 3, 1848, a soldier arrives at a telegraph office in New Orleans with a...
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Released in 1945 by General Electric to promote the adoption of fluorescent lamps, "The Magic of Fluoresence" presents a short historical background of man's conquest over darkness, from the first time prehistoric man brought the flaming fagot into his cave, through the development of the taper, the candle, the kerosene lamp, gas, the incandescent bulb and finally the development of the fluorescent tube. The film shows how fluorescent lights (first introduced in 1938) are...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This...
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POLARIS BLUE AND GOLD (MN-9756) is a 1962 Navy recruiting film showing the responsibilities aboard the USS George Washington, the nation’s first ballistic missile (FBM) submarine, featuring the newest naval weapon, the Polaris fleet ballistic missile. The film begins with an underwater launch of a Polaris missile ( 00:38 ). The crew aboard the FBM submarine engages in a dive maneuver ( 01:35 ). These submarines have a crew of 100 men and 12 officers. Every officer has the technical and...
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This short film by the United States Navy OPERATION SUNSHINE is narrated by Edward R. Murrow. It covers the successful secret mission of Operation Sunshine, code name for the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the North Pole. It opens with footage of the canopy of ice that covers the Arctic Ocean (:13). A dog sled team crosses the frozen tundra (:36) and an ice breaker ship tries unsuccessfully to plow through the mass (:43). The USS Nautilus crosses...
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Produced in 1945 by Jam Handy, "The Naval Gun At Iwo Jima" is a sister film to "The Naval Gun at Okinawa". This film details the important role Navy guns played in assaulting Japanese forces that were dug into caves on the island. It also shows the close support of Marines during the long assault. Naval gunfire at Iwo Jima was critical, the film explains, due to the fact that low visibility limited air operations. The film details the role played by battleships, cruisers,...
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Dating to 1965 and produced by Communications Satellite Corp., or COMSAT, "Live Via Early Bird" is a fascinating film about the assembly and launch by NASA of the Early Bird communications satellite. Intelsat I (nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb "The early bird catches the worm") was the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, on April 6, 1965. It was built by the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company (later...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this silent Official Films newsreel was sold to the home market at stores like Sears and Macy's. The film begins with footage of FDR visiting a military training camp at :38, and at 1:40 visiting a war production plant.At 3:00 he is shown at the Casablanca Conference with Gen. Giraud and Gen. DeGaulle of the Free French forces. At 3:29 he is shown at the Cairo Conference with Gen. Chiang Kai Shek of the...
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This sepia 1960 film CHALLENGE OF THE OCEANS by the National Academy of Sciences is from a series of reports on Planet Earth. The film begins with brief underwater footage of a woman scuba diving ( 0:06 - 0:10 ). A researcher works with a tide gauge ( 0:11 - 0:27 ). Navy Scientists use nautical equipment to analyze the ocean floor and water samples ( 0:28 -59). A ship navigates in tumultuous waters ( 1:20 - 2:03 ). The camera pans around the 1597 painting “Alexander Is Lowered Into The Sea”...
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This declassified U.S. Navy film shows some of the steps used in preparation of the Poseidon Missile launcher tube aboard submarines. The Poseidon missile was one generation of the FBM, or Fleet Ballistic Missile, system. This film covers the installation of the missile in a submarine launch tube including placing the umbilical connectors and testing the firing circuit, and closing and sealing the launch tube. The Poseidon missile was the second US Navy ballistic missile system, powered by a...
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The short U.S. Navy training film Submarine Salvage shows the process Navy salvage crews use to retrieve sunken submarines. USS Hoist ARS-40 is shown in operation in the film. The submarine shown being salvaged appears to be a WWII boat; the techniques shown probably would not work with a modern submarine due to the size of these vessels. The film begins with a submarine sinking and the rescue of the ship’s survivors. Rescuing survivors is the only goal immediately following the sinking of a...
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Published on Jun 14, 2017 This film made by General Dynamics shows the cruise of the submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) around the world in 1960. Triton was one of the largest submarines of its era and equipped with twin nuclear reactors. The circumnavigation of the world was conducted under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower....
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Made by General Electric just after WWII and directed by Ray Culley, "The World's Largest Electrical Workshop" examines G.E.'s research and manufacturing facilities including at Bridgeport and Providence, where electrical generation and distribution equipment is manufactured, and where new technologies including better lighting, advancements in radio and television, and a myriad of other electronic and electric devices are developed.  As the narrator says: The march is on, the steady...
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Distributed by Young America Films, the Canada’s National Film Board presents “Canadian Work and Wealth Series No. 8 Story of Oil” — a 1940s black-and-white film on the benefits of oil and natural gas and the migratory lifestyle of oilmen. Mark  01:00  shows us a view of the foothills of Alberta province, home of the largest supplies of oil in Canada, and Turner Valley in Calgary, where tiny towns are home to many of the workers who rely on the oil wells for income. The oilmen and...
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“The Real Caribbean” is a 1942 Bell & Howell Company black-and-white travel film that begins with a narrator pointing to the location of the Caribbean (southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America) on a map before touting the area as a tourist paradise. Palm trees sway in the island breezes beginning at mark  00:44  and the viewer is given a brief history lesson on the region, beginning with Spanish rule and the...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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The ancient kingdom of Nepal is the focus of the short black-and-white film, “Gateway to the Himalayas.” Dubbed “the last of the forbidden lands” by the narrator, the camera pans across numerous temples and shrines as we are told at mark  00:30  how it marks a meeting place of Buddhism and Hinduism. The narrator marvels at the intricate architecture of the structures and at mark  01:37  the familiar pagoda-style buildings of Tibet as we then watch children spinning a temple’s...
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Released in 1961, SECONDS FOR SURVIVAL was produced by AT&T / The Bell System and presented around the country by representatives of the phone company. The film tells how the North American Air Defense Command links NORAD, Sage, SAC, the DEW Line (Distant Early Warning), BMEWS, White Alice System, picket ships, Texas Towers blimps and air ships and air patrols into a single giant warning system to protect Americans from Soviet attack. The film begins with an overview of civilian...
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Produced in 1965 with backing by Sears Roebuck (which apparently hoped to sell camping equipment) and the co-operation of Sir Edmund Hillary and his first wife Louise Mary Rose, "I Always Come Back to the Himalayas" is a rarely-seen documentary about the famed climber. The film takes the viewer on a journey with Hillary across several continents and shows a rarely-seen part of his life as a father and husband who brought his whole clan along on his incredible adventures. Tragically,...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
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