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This incomplete color film with opening and closing titles missing offers an educational look at breast exam procedures in a doctor’s office, as well as instructions for performing a self-exam at home (TRT: 7:56). It likely dates to the late 1950s/early 1960s as it predates the use of mammography. Modern mammography methods were developed late in the 1960s and first officially recommended by the American Cancer Society in 1976.  The first completely dedicated mammography unit was developed...
Topics: 1960s, Physical, Breast Exam, Physician Training, Breast Cancer, Detection, Medical Film, Stock...
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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. At :28 a Marine examines a Japanese emplacement or hole and...
Topics: Raw Combat Footage, Saipan, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This color educational/inspirational film, "The Strangest Secret in the World" was produced by Jack Lieb Productions. It features motivational speaker Earl Nightingale sharing his secrets for success. It likely dates to the mid-1960s. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, inspiration, and meaningful existence. He was also the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio...
Topics: Strangest Secret, Earl Nightmare, Motivational Film, Secret Of Success, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This campy black & white educational film from 1953 is about Adolescent Development, aka teen sex education. It was likely made for education students or teachers, and produced to serve as a supplement by McGraw-Hill for the book "Adolescent Development" by Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Ph.D. This text, which attempted to provide a "complete and accurate picture of American adolescents and why they differ from adolescents in other cultures", is considered a classic in its field...
Topics: Adolescent Development, Dating, 1950s, Teenage Social Guidance Film. Sex Education, Stock Footage,...
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This color promotional film "The Small Car Idea" shows the construction of automobiles including the Beetle,  Microbus and Fastback Coupe at the modern Volkswagen Factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The film attempts to showcase the innovative design of these various vehicles while underscoring their safety features, reliability and gas efficiency.. Copyright is circa 1971 or 72. Opening: German cars including Porsches, a VW wagon, and a Karmann Ghia race around a test track. VW workers...
Topics: Volkswagen, Factory Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Wolfsburg, Germany, 1970, Stock Footage,...
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII for the home market in Germany, this silent newsreel shows the battle for Sevastopol. The film begins with a map showing Soviet defenses on the peninsula including fortifications. At :43 German columns of tanks occupy the high ground and mortars and artillery begin lobbing shells into the city.   After the barrage the infantry begins to move forward at 2:00, supported by tanks. At 2:30 Stukas join the fight, bombing Soviet positions. At 3:14 troops break into enemy lines. At...
Topics: German Newsreel, Thor, Heavy Mortar, 1941, 1942
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This reel of silent 16mm film consists of color and b&w American home movies shot in the mid-to-late 1940s and through the 1950s or early 1960s.  It also contains footage shot during or immediately after WWII by the same (unknown) cameraman. The film presents a several decade slice of American life, including life in suburbia. Some of the more interesting segments are from WWII era, including aerial footage and a flight with a 3-star General, and recreation at a guarded beach on a military...
Topics: WWII, Post War, Home Movies, Suburban Living, Picnic, African American Maid, Michigan Famil, Stock...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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One of a series of silent films made for the home market in Germany during WWII, "Europe's Fight Against Bolshevism" shows German activities on the Eastern Front, with a focus on the Battle of Kiev. At :20 Werner Molders is shown, a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot, wing commander, and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. At :25 the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Wilhelm Göring, is seen along with Ernst Udet. At :46 the strategic situation in the Ukraine is...
Topics: 1941, Germany, German Film, Soviet Defeat, German Newsreel
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Shot by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this mid-1960s color home movie captures scenes from the life of a Hollywood husband and wife as they enjoy leisure time golfing, swimming, boating, visiting children at school, and vacationing in Gibraltar. Screen icons Julie Newmar (My Living Doll, Batman), Henry Silva (The Tall T, Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate), and Jamie Farr (F Troop, M*A*S*H) make casual, candid appearances in bathing attire (TRT: 18:24). A woman uses a driver on a Southern...
Topics: 1960s, Hollywood, Home Movies, Julie, Newmar, Henry Silva, TV, Film Stars, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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Shot by an unknown U.S. Army cameraman named Staal, this color film is raw footage of American troops filmed during the Vietnam War in 1967.  At least some of it was shot in Tân Trụ, a rural district of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. At the time Operation Concordia, a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operation to root out the Viet Cong, was underway. Camera slate shows June 1967 (:07). American soldiers walk with some Vietnamese locals (:15). Soldier assists...
Topics: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Raw Footage, 1967, Tan Tru, Mekong, Delta US, Army Hospital, Stock Footage
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This incredible 16mm silent film shows images of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California (near today's Santa Monica Pier) including the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Contest. The original Muscle Beach was just south of the SM Pier, and is credited as being the source of the fitness craze in the US.   Based on a bit of detective work we think this is the 1954 contest won by ravishing beauty Barbara Thomason whose victory was headlined in the papers as: “Blonde, 17, Chosen Muscle Beach Queen.”...
Topics: 1954, Santa Monica, California, 166mm, Stock Footage
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One of a series of short subjects made in 1949 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "Let's Go to the Movies" provides a brisk, Hollywood-centric gloss of early narrative film history, coupled with brief glimpses “behind the scenes” of major studio productions. A curtain opens on an Academy Awards Ceremony with an “ Oscar ” statuette on the stage (0:10). Title: “Members of the Motion Picture Industry present Let’s Go to the Movies” (0:13). A movie studio...
Topics: 1949, Hollywood, Feature Film, Movies, Ampas, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white film military training film "How to Get Killed in One Easy Lesson" was shown to infantry recruits during WWII. It is part of a series of "Fighting Men" films, designed to reinforce principles taught in field training. In this case, the film focuses on how careless behavior -- leads to death.  Copyright 1943. Opening: Official Training Film - Fighting Men - How to get killed in one easy lesson (:08-:35). American soldiers advance in a jungle, they...
Topics: Fighting Men, WWII, World War II, 1943, Army Ground Forces, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This rare WWII British film shows the operation of a Sea Fort, a fortified tower equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavy artillery.  These so-called Palmerston Forts were built in the Solent, off Portsmouth. The name comes from their association with Lord Palmerston, who was Prime Minister at the time and promoted the idea.  (There were also Maunsell Forts which were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated...
Topics: WWII, British Film, Sea Fort, Horse Sand Fort, Palmerston Fort, Stock Footage
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Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
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This silent, pre- WWII movie shows the harvesting of bananas at an American Fruit Company plantation in Cameroon, Africa. Unfortunately the name of the production company has been erased from the film (:10) so we don't know who made it but one can imagine from the font that it was made by the national German educational film service UFA. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 (known as Kamerun) but after World War I, the territory was divided between France and the United Kingdom as League of...
Topics: 1930, Fruit, American Fruit Company, Bananas, Banana Plantation Stock footage
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This color silent film footage was shot during the Vietnam War and shows day to day operations of members of the 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables"). All the material was filmed circa Spring, 1967 in and around the Mekong Delta. The footage gives a sense of the monotony of life for many soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. The newly reconstituted 9th ID arrived in South Vietnam on 16 December 1966 from Fort Riley, Kansas. The 9th was deployed in Dinh Tuong and Long An Provinces...
Topics: 1967, Vietnam War Dailies, Vietnam War, Vietnam, 9th infantry Division, Mekong Delta, Stock Footage
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This film from the British Act / Fact series recounts January 1st, 1945 -- New Year's Day -- when Allied aircraft faced a surprise onslaught of German fighters raiding their bases in Belgium and Holland. Anti-aircraft crews raced into action. Many Allied aircraft were hit on the ground before they could scramble into the air. At 2;02, Royal Air Force Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests are sent to intercept the German planes, and fighter support for bombing raids is diverted to staunch the...
Topics: Air Battle, January, 1945, Luftwaffe, Battle Of The Bulge, Operation Bodenplatte, Stock Footage,...
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This silent reel of documentary footage shows The People's Republic of China (PRC) in the 1960s, illustrating the era of Chairman Mao Zedong’s reign of power leading the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through the “Great Leap Forward” and the “Cultural Revolution” of the era, with emphasis on displays of military force, a shift toward industrialization, the Socialist Education Movement, and Mao’s personality cult (TRT: 16:01). The Great Wall of China and the Chinese coast. A musical...
Topics: China, 1960s, Cultural Revolution, Documentary, Mao Zedong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent film -- probably made by Eastman Kodak as part of the company's educational film library --   shows a Ford Model A assembly plant, probably the famed Rouge Ford Plant, and the manufacturing of these vehicles of the late 1920’s. According to a Ford expert, the closed bodies cars are Model As with all steel doors, and the crankshafts depicted are also Model A.   Introduced in 1927, the Model A was Ford's second market success after the Model T which had been in production for 18...
Topics: 1919, Ford, 1920s, Automobile, Model T Plant, Stock Footage
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Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.     00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk,...
Topics: 1943, Battle Of Kursk, Eastern Front, Red Army, Tank Battle, Stock Footage
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This documentary from 1961 is part of the ‘Biography’ series created in the 1960’s by David L. Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace. This episode takes a look at Francisco Franco prior to, during and after the Spanish Civil War which took place from 1936 to 1939. Francisco Franco is pictured at (:39). Mike Wallace informs viewers Franco had ruled as a dictator for a quarter of a century (1:27). Spanish army troops are seen moving through the streets (2:11). Franco’s early youth is...
Topics: Biography, Generalissmo Francisco Franco, Spain, Spanish Civil War, 1961, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This beautiful circa Easter 1960 Kodachrome color, silent film, was shot by an amateur filmmaker. It crosses the line between a professional documentary and a home movie, in that it is impressively put together and extremely well shot. It features impressive views of Manhattan. Dating on the film is not 100% certain but the Janet Leigh film "The Vikings" seen advertised at 6:49 was released in 1958. The film "Portrait in Black" with Lana Turner seen advertised at 7:00 was...
Topics: 1960, New York, City Times Square, Radio City, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Vietnam War, The Village, 1989, 1908, Stock Footage
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This early 1950’s color film presents a travelogue view of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), covering major architectural monuments, exports, and traditional folk arts, while advertising TWA and encouraging western tourism (TRT 16:07).  Trans World Airlines began direct commercial air travel service to Colombo, Ceylon in February of 1953. This film was shot by Ed Drews, edited by William Faris, and Produced by Carl Dudley. Opening credits (0:09). A man uses an elephant to haul a large log. Another...
Topics: 1950s, TWA Promo Film, Flight To Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This black & white TV show is an episode of "Flight", a 1950s anthology series that was based on real incidents in aviation history. It is titled "Three Men" and was first broadcast in 1959.  The show presents a dramatic story about an air raid on the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany by American B-17s from the Eighth Air Force. A parallel story is told about Lt. Kirk Muller, a German fighter pilot tasked with stopping the Allied raid. Produced by California...
Topics: Flight, TV Series, Three Men, WWII, Eighth Air Force, B 17 Raid, Anklam, Germany, Stock Footage,...
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This 1956 film about World War I was produced by NBC as part of the "Project Twenty" series. The music was written by Robert Russell Bennett and narrated by Alexander Scourby.   German soldiers parade prior to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm II is greeted by England’s King George and Queen Mary (1:35-3:22). Russian Czar Nicolas II views his troops. Austria-Hungary Emperor Joseph. Belgium King Albert rides with the Kaiser (3:23-4:45). 1914 newspapers declare the assassination of Archduke...
Topics: The Great War, WWI, 1914, World War I, German Soldiers, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color footage from NASA’s Apollo 12 mission depicts the launch of a Saturn V rocket, the second moon walk, an astronaut using a sample collection tool, the Lunar Module’s successful ascent from the moon’s surface, and a solar eclipse (TRT 29:28). Test pattern and label: “Flight Load” (0:09). Though a circular field of vision, the surface of the moon races by, revealing craters and rocky terrain (0:20). A fiery ignition sequence explosion of yellow fire illuminated in...
Topics: NASA, 1969, Apollo 12, Saturn V Launch, Moon Walk, Eclipse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 82) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode opens with George Lewis “Tex” Rickard looking over the fight contract between Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey. He looks at plans for a stadium, and footage shows men building the stands near Toledo, OH, site of the match. Jess Willard climbs into a car, then he is shown...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Tex Rickard, Boxing, Everglades, Highway, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent, German propaganda newsreel from the fascist era shows events of the National Labour Day of 1933 30th of April and 1st of May 1933 – showing a speech of von Schirach at a Walpurgis Night Hitler Youth Rally, the works of preparing the Tempelhof expo grounds for a meeting, which will later be a scene of mass book burning. Seen are Hitler, Goebbels, Werner von Blomberg, Paul von Hindenburg. 0:12 Card:  "Since the Reichstag building was burned by the...
Topics: German, Newsreel, 1933, National Labor, Celebration, Fire, Hitler, Youth Activities, Stock Footage
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
Topics: Vietnam War, Loas, Home Movies, Ravens KRT, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made during WWII by Wilding for Pratt & Whitney, "It's Our Job" was intended to be seen by the foremen of wartime industrial plants, who were vital for the success of home front factory production. Here, the problems foremen must meet and means of solving them and shown, from introducing new workers to job responsibilities, to  cooperating with other foremen, to preventing safety issues on the assembly line. The film features shots of the F4U-1 Corsair, produced by United...
Topics: United Aircraft, Vought, Division, Corsair, Factory, Production, Stock Footage
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Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland is a short educational film from the University of Akron based on the story by George Gamow. The film uses Gamow’s story featuring the titular character Mr. C.J.H. Tompkins to explain the basics of space, time, and relativity. The film opens with a banking clerk sitting at his desk. The clerk, Mr. Tompkins, sits at his desk and reads a newspaper. He sees an advertisement for a public lecture on “Space, Time and Relativity” in the paper. Mr. Tompkins takes his...
Topics: Mr Tompkins, Wonderland, Space, Time, Reality, Physics, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color film "The Time of Man" from "The Natural History of Our World" series combines footage of animals, indigenous people, and anthropologists to present a brisk overview of human development, highlighting historic threats to survival (TRT 49:15). It was produced and directed by visionary filmmaker Marshall Flaum, edited by Nicholas Clapp, narrated by Richard Basehart, and has a score by Lyn Murray. It was produced by MPC in association with the Museum of Natural...
Topics: Natural, History, Man, Time. 1969, Anthropology, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about post-WWII Paris, what it offers to you, and how it is coming back after the second World War. It was made in 1946 from A.F. Films. Opening titles: A. F. Films presents "Letter From Paris 1946" (:08-:36). Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, at night. Paris is the city of lights. Neon signs. Cars drive at night. People on bikes during the day. A woman drives a bicycle. A man hangs a bicycle. A woman walks, a horse walks, close on the...
Topics: Paris, France, 1946, Post WWII, World War II, Letter From Paris, Stock footage
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This black and white, silent film is a collection of footage related to the Ford Motor Company from the early 1920’s through the early 1940’s (though not in chronological order: Footage from 00:06 to 01:56 is from the 1920’s, 01:56 to 03:25 appears to be early 1940’s, and the remaining segments are from the early 1930’s.) You’ll see Ford’s River Rouge factory, acres of newly built cars, Model T’s, Model A’s, workers, trains, planes, a fire, and the twenty-millionth car Ford...
Topics: Ford Motor. 1920s, 1940s, Fords, Cars, Assembly Line, Stock Footage
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This 1948 travelogue about New York City is part of Pan American Airways “Wings to…” series, directed and photographed by Charles Beeland. The film opens with a long advertisement for Pan Am. Clipper ships are contrasted to close-ups of these Boeing 377-10-26 Pan Am Jet Clipper: Golden Fleece, Mayflower, Hotspur, and Invincible, with world routes graphically mapped (:28-2:52). The skyline is seen as the airplane approaches and lands at New York Airport. Passengers in 1948 clothing and...
Topics: Pan Am, Airlines, Air, New York, Lockheed, Stock Footage
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This silent 1930s home movie depicts an all-male vacation to Santa Catalina Island, of the coast of Southern California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina, including footage of men at sea, dolphin spotting, fishing, and coastal exploration (TRT 9:31). A distant ocean cruise liner passes along the horizon, trailing smoke (0:08). The wake of a fishing boat; white foam of the Pacific Ocean. A row of barrels is visible. Men labor on deck. The captain at the helm. A friend in a tank top takes over. A...
Topics: Santa Catalina Island, Home Movies, 1930s, Dolphins Spotting, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the signing of the Steel Pact and the role of German troops in Finland as part of the Finnish-Russian War.   The film starts with images of the signing of the Pact of Steel on 22nd of May, 1939. The Pact of Steel known formally as the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, was a military and political alliance between Italy and Germany. The pact was initially drafted as a tripartite military alliance...
Topics: German Film, Germany, Steel Pact, Condor, 1939
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage
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This Soviet film looks back on the bitter fighting in the Eastern Front of World War II.  It features a great deal of footage of the ill-fated German advance into central Russia in 1942, and the Red Army during its Winter offensive in 1943.  Activities by partisans are shown at the 2:30 mark, and some of their work sabotaging rail lines and burning German supply dumps is shown.  At 3:20, Soviet factories are shown churning out tanks and aircraft.  Russian general staff are seen at the 4:00...
Topics: Soviet War, Russia, Memorial Film, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent, color home movie (with title cards) shows a trip to Chimayo, Tesuque, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and Gallup, New Mexico, including the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. The film includes footage of Pat Goodnight dancing a war dance, Joe Whitehoop doing the hoop dance and  This is circa the late 1960s or early 1970s. Title: Chimayo, in the state of New Mexico, the name derives from a Tewa name for a local landmark, the hill of Tsi Mayoh...
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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
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Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
Topics: Man Into Space, 1960s, Space Race, Satellites, John Glenn, Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, Stock Footage,...
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This documentary "China: Century of Revolution, Part 1 - The Search for National Unity" focuses on Chinese history 1800-1927. It was produced in 1967 by the prolific filmmaker David Wolper. The movie summarizes Chinese history from late Qing, through the foundation of the Republic of China and the ensuing warlord era, strengthening of the Guomindang (KMT), to the beginning of suppression of the Communist party.0:08-0:50 Chinese men performing taichi, followed by a mix of the footage...
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Dating to 1943, THE WAR FOR MEN'S MINDS was produced in 1943 by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and released in the USA by United Artists as part of the wartime The World in Action series. The film was produced by Stuart Legg . The War for Men's Minds describes the impact of propaganda from the Axis powers in 1943, during the Second World War.   The film shows how in 1943, Allied forces are confronting a sophisticated means of war, the propaganda campaign that the Axis powers employ....
Topics: WWII, World War II, Stock Footage, 1943, Propaganda Film, Nazis
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This color tourist promotional film wasproduced in the early 1950s.. The film was produced and copyrighted by American born Andre de la Varre, who became a leading travelogue filmmaker of short films. In the 1930’s, Andre de la Varre created a short film series called “Screen Traveler”, of which this is one. In the 1950’s, his films enjoyed a second life as educational material, being reissued and updated for copyright in 1951. The film was narrated by “The Voice of Air France”. It...
Topics: 1950, Air France, Travelogue, North Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Casablanca, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   This color educational film (with some animation) takes the viewer through history to explain how people developed a need to communicate, and shows us devices that helped to do so along with current day communication devices. It is from 1965 and stars Wright King as Uncle Bill and is presented by Bell System.   Opening titles over a telephone: WE...
Topics: Bell, Telephone, Bell Telephone, 19665
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Rarely seen by the public, "The Fallbrook Story" (1952) is a short subject film that told the story of a water rights battle between the citizens of the Fallbrook, California area and the federal government. It was produced (without credit) by Frank Capra, and uses many of the techniques he utilized in his famous series of WWII-era propaganda films including the "Why We Fight" series. The government wanted to have exclusive rights to the water from the Santa Margarita river...
Topics: Frank Capras, Lost Cold War Movie, Fallbrook Story, Water Rights, Stock Footage
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This short drama film from 1953, produced by Sid Davis and winner of the Trend Publications Award, gives viewers a look at the hot rod or drag racing culture. The film revolves around a teenager, Bill Bower, who moves to California and learns how safety and education have been integrated into the hot rod scene. The film opens with Bill driving his 1928-9 Ford Model A Roadster down a street in what is presumably Inglewood, CA. Cars pull in to park at a high school (01:28). Bill parks his...
Topics: The Cool Hot Rod, 1950, Culture, Southern California, Model A Roaster, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy recruiting film entitled PRESSURE POINT was made in 1974 by John J. Hennessy Motion Pictures, with a script by Michael Ross.   The film's point is that attention to detail, something beat into new recruits by a drill instructor, is absolutely critical for a U.S. Navy pilot.   Teamwork is another aspect highlighted by the film.   The film also shows how training goes on for nearly 12 weeks before anyone gets to even touch an airplane.     The film begins aboard an aircraft...
Topics: US Navy, F- 4 Phantom, Pilot, Phantom, F4, 1974, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1953 and then revised with a new ending in the 1970s, this black and white and color film recounts the beginning of the Ford Motor Company. The movie opens with a horse pulling a cart. The American Road, and MPO Production, New York City. Music composed and conducted by, Alex North. Script by, Joseph March. Re-created scenes directed by, George Stoney. Narrated by Raymond Massey. A wagon wheel rolls through the mud. A couple sit in a horse and buggy 1:15. A man and a...
Topics: Road, Automobile, 1953, American Road, Stock Footage
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This 1968 color tourism film from Cinecrest Motion Pictures, hosted by the voice of singer/actor Bing Crosby takes a travelogue approach to showing historic architecture and natural wonders of the state of Washington and the Northwest (TRT: 28:46). A Washington landscape and a cloudy sky. A jet airliner on a runway, directed by a flight traffic marshaller (0:20). POV: A flight attendant welcomes “Mr. Crosby.” Hands reach into a wallet. A helicopter takes off (0:47). An urban skyline. A...
Topics: Bing, Crosby, Washington State, 1968, Tourism, Travelogue, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s, this Shell Oil film covers two aspects of flight -- "Thrust" and "Forces in Balance". The film features early jet aircraft, as well as propeller-driven aircraft.  the film shows an Avro Anson (6 minutes),  a Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep (8:45), and what might be a Lockheed Ventura (2:45) although it might be another aircraft. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See...
Topics: Airplane, 1950s, Jet Aircraft, Shell, Flies, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Celebrating the building spirit of the American citizen, past and present in an incredibly patriotic way, AMERICAN MAKER is a Chevolet promotional film unlike any other. Made by the famed Jam Handy organization and released in October of 1960, this movie is an extravaganza that shows everything from an American kitchen (3:00) and garages to the space program, this movie shows how Americans make everything from dolls to colored telephones to clothes and musical instruments like pianos and...
Topics: 1960, Chevrolet, 1960, Jam Handy, American Maker, Stock Footage
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This 1929 movie, produced by Gavin studios (possibly later a division of Paramount pictures) shows the major sightseeing spots of Japan, starting with the usual point of landing at Kobe, where the travelers would be brought by the newest President ships of the Dollar Line, continuing on to Kyoto and a festival at Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (one of the Twenty-Two Major Shrine circuit), to the Biwa lake, and the scenic boat drive down the Hozû river to Kyoto, on to Nara and its Japanese deer at the...
Topics: Far East, 1929, Japan, 1920s, Kyoto, Tokyo, MT. Fuji, President Liner, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Hosted by Walter Cronkite, this fragmentary 1950s documentary is about the Chinese Civil War, between the Chinese Nationalist party – the Guomingdang (KMT) and the Chinese Communists (CCP), following the conclusion of WWII, and the war against the Japanese invasion of China, when the two sides were allied against a common enemy. It follows the Chinese Civil War to its conclusion in 1949 with the establishment of the People's Republic of China (the PRC ), and the evacuation of the KMT/ROC to...
Topics: 1950s, Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai Shek, KMT, CCP Army, Stock Footage
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The Why Of Army Missiles is a short film that provides an overview on the types of missiles, guidance systems, and launch capabilities being used and developed by the U.S. Army. The film opens with an animation of Sir Isaac Newton reading under a tree. The film then reviews the basic concepts of motion using a man hitting a golf ball as an example. It returns to the use of animation to explain the basic principles of rocket propulsion, showing the functions of a rocket motor and fuel. The film...
Topics: Army Missiles, 60s US Army, Missile Guidance, Propulsion System, Stock Footage
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This 1944 documentary directed by Stuart Heisler and produced by Frank Capra as part of the United States Army’s First Motion Picture Unit for The Department of War uses techniques of Hollywood filmmaking and propaganda to stir enthusiasm for the World War II Allied effort, making a case for African Americans enlistment at a time when the armed forces were still officially segregated.   Opening titles. “The War Department Presents, The Negro Soldier, with the cooperatioon of the Signal...
Topics: The Negro Soldier, African Americans, WWII, World War II
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.”  “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark 01:25. Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting 01:40, from the Wright...
Topics: Lufthansa, Airlines, History, Promotional Film. Germany, Time Flies, Stock Footage
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Made in 1958 and partially sponsored by Pan Am Airlines to promote their service to Central America, "Land of the Maya" presents the nation of Guatemala and Guatemala City. The film ostensibly follows a horticulturalist on her trip cross country, examining flowers. The movie shows a nearly forgotten era in Guatemalan history, before earthquakes devastated the capitol. At 1:20 the central office is seen, before its modernization, and the capitol buildings and downtown at 2:00. At 2:29,...
Topics: Land of The Maya, Guatemala, Travelogue, Antigua, Stock footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: At This Moment, Trains, Highway, 1954, Railroad, Industry, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie begins with a segment photographed in the St. Paul / Minneapolis, Mn. Twin cities area in the 1930s. It shows activity at Minneapolis Junction and the area down the Mississippi River, showing trains from Soo, Milwaukee Road, Chicago & Northwestern and Great Northern.The second portion of the film dates up to fifteen years later and starts at around 13 minutes. It focuses on 1st generation streamliner trains. This is a silent film. Shots include: 00:06 Train passing...
Topics: Railway, 1930, Minneapolis, Mississippi River, Stock Footage
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This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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With a blast of dramatic music to gain a viewer’s attention, waves crash over rocks as the narrator remarks in the opening seconds of this circa 1964 US Department of the Navy color film, “This world of ours is largely water … since earliest explorers first dispelled the darkness out across the ocean seas, mankind has sought the sea as an avenue of communication and commerce. A lifeline so vital that its preservation means also the preservation of a way of life.” There is only one way...
Topics: US Navy, Seapower, 1964, Glenn Ford
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Made by Chrysler Corporation / Dodge to promote their automobiles, "The Hell Driver Formula" features Jack Kochman's famous stunt car team. It dates to about 1981 and is narrated by Lindsey Nelson.   Opening: people in the grand stands watch and wait. A man wraps straps around himself and tugs on another strap. Wearing a helmet, the man stands on the back of a car and the car speeds towards a fire that was set, the man lowers himself in the flames at a fast speed and the title...
Topics: Jack Kochmans, Hells Drivers, 1980s, Chrysler, Dodge, Auto Stunt, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1941, "Life in Old Louisiana" was created by Erpi Classroom Films, Inc. in collaboration with James Fortier, the archivist of New Orleans. The film purports to show the history of 1830-1950, and starts with images of a steam boat traveling on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. A northerner interacts with a creole man name Dornier on board the ship who describes life in the deep South. At 1:40, an above-ground plantation home is shown and at 1:52 the fields, which are...
Topics: Old Louisiana, Louisiana, 1941, New Orleans, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1947 as "Jitterumba" and then subsequently re-released by Castle Films in 1949 as "Melody Masters #5",   this short features Desi Arnaz (misspelled in the credits as "Arnez"!) explaining all about the rhumba. Arnaz is joined by Judy Clark and an obscure songstress named Dulcina, presenting "Taboo", "El Cumbanchero", "Boteando", "Managua Nicaragua" and "I'll Take the Rhumba." The film gives a...
Topics: Melody Masters, Castle Film, 1950s Music Videos, Judy Clark, Desi Arnaz, The Rhumba, Stock Footage,...
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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 eight segments of historic highlights.  Capitol of Glamour 1905-1950 Hollywood Henry Ford and Thomas Edison demonstrate the 1888 movie camera (:43-1:00). The 1910 hills and orchards of Hollywood are panned. Workers pick fruit from trees (1:01-1:07). Producer Al Christie sets up a stage in 1911 for his Nestor Studios, first in...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, 1950s, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about the new generation of U.S. Army missiles and rockets . This features reporter Chet Huntley and was made in 1962 -- just five years after Sputnik shocked the world and left the U.S. struggling to develop viable rockets and missiles of its own. The film's confident tone, and presentation of a wide array of systems, shows part of the nation's response to the Soviet challenge. Opening: Commanders review maps and paperwork in a war room. The decision is...
Topics: Solid Punch, 1962, Army Missile Systems, Guided Missiles, Rockets, Nike Zeus, Stock Footage,...
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Made just after the Korean War and directed by Robert Cashy, this rarely seen film entitled THE ULTIMATE WEAPON presents Ronald Reagan as narrator and host, speaking about the alleged brainwashing of American prisoners of war. Similar in some ways to the plot of "The Manchurian Candidate", the film posits the question, "What can be done in my community to stop the growth of socialism and communism?" The film illustrates how a lack of moral fiber can lead average American...
Topics: North Korea, Brainwashing, Korean War, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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This black and white vocational training film (with opening titles missing) aims to prepare beginner welders for safe and efficient handling of oxyacetylene torches with an educational tour of oxy-fuel welding techniques (TRT: 18:06). A man dons goggles and tests an ignited oxyacetylene torch. Narration: “Engineers are placing more and more confidence in this method of joining metals together” (0:06). A torch welder repairs a piece of damaged metal. A blowtorch and filler rod in closeup. A...
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Directed by Albert Mahuzier and filmed by Gaston Madru, "Reseau X"   is a documentary that shows the French "secret service" trying to rescue Allied pilots who were shot down over Occupied France.   The film also shows the French underground and its support of the liberation of France. The airmen shown in the film are U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Alfred Richter, Sgt. Robert Peterson, and First Officer James Stewart of the RAF. The film was primarily shot on 12 June, 1944,...
Topics: 1944, French Resistance, Espionage, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
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This 1967 color educational film produced by Coronet, which credits educational collaborator Dr. John E. Kempf, professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center of Chicago, takes a look at the subject of viruses (TRT: 13:38). A biological scientist in a laboratory pours a liquid from one beaker to another. “A Coronet Film” (0:09). The doctor reviews a chart in the lab, next to a microscope, and beakers of colorful liquid (0:35). An electron micrograph of a virus shows...
Topics: Viruses, Threshold Of Life, 1967, Disease Health, Educational, Stock Footage
Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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Created by famed photographer Tex Helm and his wife Grace, "A Pictorial Voyage Through The Straits of Magellan" shows a trip through the treacherous waters of Cape Horn. The film likely dates to 1940 when Helm served aboard the schooner Bear, which was Admiral Richard E. Byrd's flagship during his Antarctic expedition. Byrd is seen at 1:35 on deck with his dog. At 2:15 the Straights of Magellan are seen. At 9:12 a "nomad Indian" visits the ship at anchor. At 10:57 the ship...
Topics: 1940, Voyage, Straights Of Magellan, Cape Horn, Admiral Richard Byrd, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
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This 1940s silent travelogue-style provides a tour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, featuring natural landmarks and scenes of urban life  (TRT 0:08). The company that produced it, probably from newsreel type footage, was originally known as Excel Projector Corp. and based in Chicago, Illinois. Excel is remembered primarily as a manufacturer of economical, consumer-grade home movie projectors and cameras. In the 1940’s, they marketed silent 8mm and 16mm edited prints of “News of the World”...
Topics: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1930s, Travel Film, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, Stock Footage
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An African Adventure with Attilio Gatti is a short film on the Gatti-Hallicrafters Expedition to British East Africa in 1947 that is presented by International Harvester of Chicago. The film opens with a shot of members of the expedition on deck of a ship as it sails to South Africa. A man holds a cobra at the Port Elizabeth Snake Gardens to extract its venom. At Kilindini Harbor (01:44), the ship docks and the expedition’s trucks are unloaded from the cargo bay; trucks and trailers hoisted...
Topics: 1947, East Africa, Attilio Gatti, Adventure, Stock Footage
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Released in 1937, PERILOUS PARADISE is a fascinating documentary filmed in the southern Philippines in the early 1930's and re-released by Official Films in the 1940s. The director of much of the material in the film may be Marvin Gardner aka Eduardo de Castro, who made a feature silent film with similar content called "Zamboanga".   This was one of the earliest movies filmed in the Philippines and probably the earliest Philippine-made "talkie" in existence especially with...
Topics: Perilous Parade, Southern Philippines, Travelogue, 1930s, Stock Footage
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This unusual silent film shows the Soviet Union in the summer of 1937. It depicts the annual summer Athletes Parade, usually conducted on June 24th on the Moscow's Red Square,  and the events preceding and following, both it in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, (then Leningrad). In a typical display of the era's celebrations, one can see the portraits of the Politburo members – Chubar and Kosior - which were purged in 1938 and therefore do not appear after 1938. There's some pictures of the Saint...
Topics: Soviet Union, Travelogue, 1937, Moscow, Leningrad, Stock Footage
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Made in 1957, as the U.S. entered a decade of civil unrest, this U.S. Army film is about RIOT CONTROL FORMATIONS.   As the narrator explains: "A crowd becomes a mob when it is given direction and purpose by its leaders and when it is psychologically conditioned to carry out its purpose with wilds.   A mob is a responsibility of local law enforcement agencies. If they can’t maintain the order here, the military can be called upon by higher authorities to come take charge."   Here...
Topics: US Army, Riot, Control, Formation, 1957, Military, Stock Footage
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This silent German film from the 1930s "The Mountain Stream" shows expansive views of the Alps and the people who live in the alpine region. The bucolic film starts with images of melting ice before showing a rushing mountain stream, herds of goats, and a rustic cabin (1:40). At 2:00 a farmer in lederhosen attends to his dairy cows and at (2:22) churns milk into butter using water power. At 3:00 the stream supports flowers, bees and butterflies. At 3:45 children drink from the stream....
Topics: 1930, German Hydropower, German Film, Silent Film, Mountain Stream, Stock Footage
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The 1952 Civil Defense and Fire Service training film The Atomic Bomb: Its Effects And How To Meet Them (Parts 1-3) aims help the public visualize “the effects of the Atomic Bomb in true perspective.” The film begins with “Part One: Introduction,” which uses the scenario of a nominal bomb blast detonated one-thousand feet above a small city. Graphics are used to show how energy is released from an atomic bomb. The film uses diagrams and a model to discuss the three primary effects of...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, British Civil Defense, 1952, Stock Footage