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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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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This particular episode begins with the years 1912 to 1946 and the title is ‘A Military Man’. Douglas MacArthur (:41) was a West Point graduate since 1913. He is then shown on a military expedition to Veracruz, Mexico as a Captain and among comrades including Franz Von Papen ( 1:02 ). General John BlackJack Pershing recognizes MacArthur...
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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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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 film “Easy Out?” is U.S. Navy Training Film MN-7904, produced by The Jam Handy Organization. The film was made to make clear to U.S. Navy personnel the devastating consequences of receiving a Bad Conduct Discharge from the service. Long story short anyone who is dishonorably discharged shames his family, won't be able to impress women, and will be unable to receive any veteran benefits, etc. (A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD) can only be given by a court-martial...
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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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This film is by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation (:08). Its topic will be lysergic acid diethylamide (:53) the natural and synthetic hallucinogen. A bottle containing LSD is shown and one ounce is capable of producing 300,000 hallucinogenic trips (1:23). It has been produced by Concept films (1:48). It begins in 1951, in southern France where citizens had been hit with a strange illness constituted with pain, high fever and hallucinations (2:24). The plague was dubbed ‘St....
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Stopping Power is a film by the World Bestos Company that shows how their brake lining products are manufactured. The film begins with footage of semis and other large trucks driving on highways. A number of early-to-mid twentieth century cars are shown driving down a rural road ( 01:05 ) as the narrator talks about the evolution of braking. The components of a brake system are laid out on a table ( 02:11 ). At the World Bestos lab, engineers test braking parts ( 02:44 ). The film then shows...
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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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Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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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 black and white film, Combat Bombing, was filmed as a restricted film in the mid 1940’s and was an official training film for the War Department (which was dissolved September, 1947). Its number was T.F. 1-3466. The film describes and shows actual footage of the various types of bombs used in World War II and emphasizes how the personal are to hit the targets given to them. The film was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces unit. This unit produced film during...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie about the Grace Line that opens with a married couple speaking on the couch in their home. They are talking about taking a vacation. They discuss going on a cruise. The ships mentioned are the SS Santa Rosa and the SS Santa Paula. The couple visits a travel agent, 2:00 . Sights of NYC are shown, 2:30 . The couple boards the cruise ship, 3:08 . The ship departs, 3:45 . View of ship on the NYC skyline, 4:08 . The couple enters their stateroom, 4:49 . View of NY...
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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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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from 1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Man Made Miracles is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur...
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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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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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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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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Wisconsin is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur Lodge...
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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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Made by Young America Films as part of a series of educational films about citizenship, this 1950s short illustrates how a community can solve problems together. The film shows the importance of civic action and personal responsibility. In the film a local citizen in Elmdale — a fictional town that represents main street USA -- named Bert Henderson discovers that there are no doctors living within 20 miles of his home. He then works with the Kiwanis Club and local leaders to recruit a...
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Andre De La Varre is the ‘Screen Traveler’ (:08) and this film will take viewers on tour through Cebu. This is the oldest island in the Philippines (:21). In 1519, the great explorer Magellan had sailed from Spain in an attempt to make it around the world (:51). In March of 1521 he fell upon the 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines (1:08). While he was killed at the neighboring island of Mactan, his crew completed the trip (1:41) and later Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (1:56) used...
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In this US Navy Combat Bulletin (No. 4), produced in Cooperation with the U.S. Army Pictorial Services, viewers get updates to the Allied war efforts in Europe and the Pacific. The bulletin begins with a segment on air combat support. Footage from cameras on U.S. planes show German planes being shot out of the air and the strafing of German ground targets, including trains. “Piggyback” planes fly toward Allied lines (also known as Mistel, “Piggyback” planes refer to composite aircraft...
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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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This 1963 color film, SFP-1214 “Tactical Weapons Effects Tests” is produced by the United States Air Force. January 1963, the Air Force performed tactical weapons test against difficult air and ground realistic limited war targets while flying at high speed. Each test shows massive explosions and/or targets in flames. Planes shown throughout the film include the F-105, F-104, F-100, F-84F, YC-123H, and C-130. The types of targets created are shown ( 1:30 - 1:54 ). The aircraft camera film...
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Shot by an unknown American serviceman, these 16mm silent home movies show Japan during the time that it was occupied by U.S. armed forces. The film begins on the Yakoda Air Base, a military base where a Japanese aircraft is prominently displayed (:40). The base has a gymnasium, tennis courts and other amenities including a dry cleaners (1;25) and post office. At 2:10 buses are seen and at 2:17 a sign for the 98th Bomb wing and 343rd Bomb Group.At 2:40 the auditorium is visible. Various shots...
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This rare Convair promotional film details the testing and development of the Lobber, a surface-to-surface cargo missile developed during the mid 1950s for use by the United States Army. Intended to deliver supplies to troops in combat, it was successfully tested, but for various reasons failed to go into production. The history of this missile is interesting, Inspired by the use of artillery shells to resupply surrounded troops during the Battle of the Bulge (and probably also by air-dropped...
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This McDonnell produced film “The Phantom Joins the Fleet” was made in 1962 when their F4H-1 (later F-4B) Phantom II had just achieved deployment. The film features Fighter Squadron SEVEN FOUR (VF-74) aka Bedevilers flying from the nearly-new aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) along with the rest of Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8).   Some of the other aircraft seen in the film include the Vought F8U-2N Crusaders of VF-103 Sluggers, the Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawks of VA-83 Rampagers and...
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This silent film, likely an unfinished television pilot or promotional movie, shows divers deploying from a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean. They use SCUBA gear to dive on a reef. The divers retrieve lobsters, sea shells and artifacts from the bottom, and use spear guns to capture exotic fish and eels ( 10:25 ). A shark is shown at 6:19 . At 17:50 a shipwreck is seen on the ocean floor. At 23:16 some of the artifacts are shown including what appear to be gems and crucifixes.   We encourage...
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This silent home movie from 1954-1961 show the Hillside New Jersey Little League. 1954 was actually its inaugural year. Sadly, the little league disbanded in 2015 due to a lack of community support. Various teams are shown in the film including one sponsored by Kiwanis ( 1:50 and 8:14 ).   At 6:30 the construction of a new ballpark is shown, right next to a housing development. The finished stadium is seen at 14:00 hosting a game. At 18:30 the Goodfair team is shown. At 21:56 a July 4th or...
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This silent home movie shows early Kodachrome color views of the 1938 and 1939 Rose Parades in Pasadena, California. These were the 49th and 50th Parades, respectively. The 1939 Parade theme was "Playland Fantasies" and features marvelous floats and at 3:43 a 20th Century Fox wagon. At 3:47 the 1939 Parade begins. This one includes a sensational Wizard of Oz float at 6:11 , sponsored by Culver City where MGM Studios was located. Some of the other floats include North Hollywood at 8:20...
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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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Made by the obscure Victor Espee Film Production company, this wonderful color film shows the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, also known as the Great "V' Day Parade. These were British Commonwealth, Empire and Allied victory celebrations held after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan in World War II. Attended by Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family, the celebrations took place in London on 8 June 1946, and consisted mainly of a military parade through the city and a night...
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New Hampshire is the topic of this film from the short travelogue films by Dudley Productions (:10), part of the company's "This Land of Ours" series of educational movies. A part of the New England section of the nation, it is full of history such as the old covered bridges ( 1:00 ) and towns and cities older than the nation itself ( 1:03 ). One of the historical meeting houses is Meeting House Hill ( 1:07 ) and this is the birthplace of Daniel Webster ( 1:11 ). He was an American...
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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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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 Soviet newsreel, presented in Russian, shows some of the news events of the Brezhnev era. Narrator: This is the meeting of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers, Alexey Kosygin, and the President of Algerian People's Democratic Republic, Houari Boumediene, who arrived to USSR on a friendly mission. (01.12) Yerevan, the capital of Soviet Armenia, is welcoming its dear guests from the brotherly Soviet...
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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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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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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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Made prior to the disastrous accident that destroyed one of two prototypes, The XB-70 Story describes the development and flight testing of the Valkyrie supersonic bomber. The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force. In the 1950s, the North American Aviation company designed the Valkyrie bomber as a large, six-engine aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3+ while flying...
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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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Released by Pathe for the home market, this silent 1928 newsreel shows the "Cruise of the Graf Zeppelin" to America. The film begins in Freiderichshafen, Germany with the mighty dirigible preparing to make its first trans-Atlantic flight. This was the zeppelin's first intercontinental trip, a 9,926 km (6,168 mi), 111-hour crossing from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst with Dr. Eckener in command. Capt. Ernst Lehmann, who would be killed in the crash of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst eight...
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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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This historic film from the former USSR shows the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. This event was held from 25 February to 6 March 1986 in Moscow. This was the first congress presided over by Mikhail Gorbachev as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU. In accordance with the pattern set 20 years earlier by Leonid Brezhnev, the congress occurred five years after the previous CPSU Congress. Much had changed in those five years. Key figures of Soviet...
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Pan American World Airways presents “World Marketing in the Jet Age” is a 1961 color film promoting Pan Am cargo and freight operations. Produced by Henry Strauss Productions, a New York-based educational and corporate production company, the film reminds the viewer marketing involves more than taking a “come and get it” approach (mark  02:52 ). Rather, modern marketing strategies often involve dealing with situations beyond your control ( 05:10 ) including pilferage. Although...
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This episode of "Navy Log" entitled “Nightmare off Brooklyn” first aired on May 1st, 1957. A classic Cold War plot is the focus here, centered around saboteurs and security. The episode starts out in a nondescript bar in Brooklyn, NY. Center of focus is a big mouth sailor shooting his big mouth off. A fellow sailor decides to escort him back to his ship to keep him out of trouble. At this point one would ask where could this story be taking us? Next we see a bar customer moving to...
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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 is the United States Army T.F. 9 2510 black and white 1957 training film for renovating ammunition. Soldiers unload boxes of ammunition from a USAX 24668 train car (:37- 1:10 ). Ammo boxes are inspected for deterioration ( 1:11 - 1:25 ). A 90-millimeter projectile is shown ( 1:32 ). Renovation is done by the ordinance renovation units, shown riding in a military jeep ( 2:03 - 2:21 ). A job description and flow chart documents are shown ( 2:27 - 2:57 ). Detailed diagrams of how to set up...
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“A City, Gone to Sea,” is a circa 1972 film discussing the cruise ship Spirit of London. (At the time the vessel was being operated by P&O Cruises). At mark  00:24 , Pulitzer Prize-winning travel writer Stanton Delaplane (who is credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States) is introduced as the narrator with an explanation that he would be sharing some of the things he saw and wrote about while on a cruise. British cruise ships, Delaplane explains, are all about service,...
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The New York Telephone Company presents “Hidden Gold,” a color film that opens to the strains of “Oh! Susanna” before the narrator explains how man has long been driven by the desire to find hidden gold. Such efforts have often changed then course of history, with the discovery of California gold in 1849 altering the West. Wealth is not only hidden in the ground, explains the narrator, but also in unused potions of material in the workplace. “Unfortunately we do not always think of...
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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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The 1979 short film Victory at Yorktown, narrated by William Conrad, features the reenactment of British troops surrendering to American and French forces on 19 October 1781 at Yorktown, Virginia’s Surrender Field, an event that spurred negotiations to end hostilities and end the American Revolutionary War. The film only depicts the surrender of British forces, as British troops march to Surrender Field ( 00:10 ), American and French soldiers lining the road. Hessian mercenaries march with...
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Made in 1942, RING OF STEEL is a U.S. Army recruiting film narrated by Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy. The film was produced at the Long Island studio of the Army Signal Corps by Warner Brothers for the U.S. Office for Emergency Management. The film uses stock footage -- much of it pastoral images of old battlefields and monuments -- coupled with Tracy's stirring voice-over narrating the story of America's military history from the perspective of the personification of the American soldier. The...
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This film shows the 1964 Tournament of Roses Parade and features former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie touring the floats ( 1:00 ) and serving as Grand Marshals for the event. At 2:30 the Eisenhowers are seen at the Tournament House on January 1, 1964. KTTV TV cameras record the event as it begins at 3:10 . Eisenhower is seen again at 4:30 in the parade. The Rose Parade Queen Nancy Kneeland, age 19 and hailing from San Gabriel, is seen at 6:00 . The 1964 Rose Bowl was between...
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Made during WWII, AS THE WORLD SPINS details the work of Dodge Brothers, a division of Chrysler, in WWII war production. The film focuses on electric gyro-compasses designed by Sperry, which needed to be mass produced for the wartime Liberty Ship and Victory Ship effort, as well as for the fleet. With Sperry overwhelmed by demand, Dodge picked up the slack and pulled off one of the engineering miracles of the war, producing the extremely complex device in large numbers and in record time. The...
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This black and white silent film “The World of Oil” was presented by Esso and is in segments. Tanker Fleet Grows (:24). Esso began its post-war fleet rebuilding program in 1940, which was the first year the Esso name was used as the first word in the ship’s name. Shown are one of the tankers being christened and released (:26- 1:15 ). The Maracaibo tanker Esso San Joaquin was built in 1943 but sank in January of 1960 ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). Sailors clean the ship ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The radar turns...
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Made by the Soviet government, this newsreel is typical of those shown to audiences throughout the Eastern Bloc. Like the newsreels of the West, it contains various segments about sports, politics, and entertainment, but all through a Soviet lens. Notable segments include support of Vietnam in its fight against the USA and its allies, and support of the Arabs against the Israelis and USA. Narration: "Soccer. European championship qualifier, the first for our team, took place in the Central...
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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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Made in the 1930s by the U.S. Navy, "Crossing the Line" shows the life of sailors in the era between the wars. The film starts with images of the fleet on its way across the Pacific as part of a large scale exercise. At 1:08 the decks are scrubbed and at 1:40 a baseball game is played on the deck of a battleship. At 1:56 boxing and other exercises are shown on deck. At 2:00 a rugby game is shown. At 2:17 some dancing and playing of music is shown, again aboard a battleship. At 2:39 ,...
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
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This classic instructional film made by McGraw Hill, a leading educational publisher, attempts to explain to teachers how to select and use instructional materials including 16mm films, film strips, records, reel-to-reel tapes, microfilm, and other materials. Hosted by a professional A/V co-ordinator, the film visits various classroom scenarios in an attempt to demonstrate some of the ways a teacher can use A/V materials to help students learn. The film dates to 1963. We encourage viewers to...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade A Paradise That Pays is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by...
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Made by contractor North American Rockwell, APOLLO XII VOYAGE TO THE OCEAN OF STORMS provides a detailed overview at mission goals. It relies on NASA still and moving images. Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon (an H type mission). It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean...
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What you're looking at here is a 16mm film shot off of an aircraft carrier's on-board closed circuit television system. The film shows an F-8 Crusader making a landing pass at about :20 seconds, but the plane fails to catch the cable with its hook. The aircraft makes a go-around but apparently there is a problem. The crew then deploys the barrier system so that the aircraft can make an arrested landing, around  3:11  you can see them beginning to set it up. At  5:00  the entire deck crew is...
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This silent footage shows the University of Arizona in Tucson as it appeared in 1953. It's possible this footage was used, lecture style, to promote the U of A in this period, or that it was part of a much longer film with sound, or that it was intended for something else. We simply don't know! What we do know is that in the early 2000s, this print was sold as part of a UofA auction. One of the owners of Periscope Film is a Wildcat, and he managed to secure it from the auction winner -- and...
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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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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 circa 1976 film opens with a montage of world leaders including President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev as the narrator explains how “peace often seems a respite between wars.” As a result the US must work at being prepared for conflict as “strength is the best deterrent to war.” As a result, the US remains ever vigilant with military bases established around the globe, as well as ships at sea, including aircraft carriers....
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Made by the Church World Service and the great filmmaker Julien Bryan, DAYBREAK shows the refugee crisis that gripped Central Europe in the aftermath of WWII. The film follows a single refugee named Roland Venner who is searching for his mother in Linz, Austria. Roland, who had been a divinity student in the pre-war era but ended up in a Russian prisoner camp, now lives as a man without a country. The film shows Roland's story while containing as a backdrop war-torn Austria. As a Church World...
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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 black and white documentary film from 1949 was produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, Inc., distributed by United World Films, Inc, directed by John Ferno, and photographed by filmmaker Richard Leacock. It follows the lives of a group of Arab nomads who live with their flocks and herds near the Atlas Mountains in the Sahara Desert in French Morocco. The film opens with the rocky limestone portion of the Sahara and the men around the campfire in the morning (:27- 1:15 ). A man’s...
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
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