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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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FINLAND FIGHTS! was released theatrically as a sound film in 1940 by Emerson Yorke, an independent producer in New York, in cooperation with Castle Films. The footage shown was originally material assembled for an humanitarian reel, made on behalf of the Finnish Relief Fund, so that American audiences could see how Finland was withstanding Russian invasion. The original theatrical release was only five minutes long, but Eugene Castle brought it up to standard one reel length and released it as...
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The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.” This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair, who takes you step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews) extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity. The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria,...
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Made in 1968 as American servicemen fought in Vietnam, LSD: TRIP TO WHERE? highlights the dangers of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Widely shown to U.S. military personnel (including those stationed in Vietnam), the film was supplemented with a brochure for "Operation Janus", a brigade-level amnesty and treatment program aimed at helping soldiers, airmen and sailors with marijuana, heroin and other substance abuse problems. In this film Bill, a sailor on leave, takes acid and is so...
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This 1930s black and white documentary "Real Americans" was produced by Ideal Corp. It opens with a field of teepees. A male Indian wearing a feather headdress kneels outside one (:07-:19). Braves ride horses across a shallow body of water (:20-:33). Indians wearing feather headdresses sit together at a tribal counsel (:34-:40). Tribes of the Southwest wear their traditional tribal outfits. They serpentine as they parade on a field. They are gathered in Albuquerque for a grand pow wow...
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
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In 1938 Theodore Andrica, the Nationalities Editor of the Cleveland Press and author of the "Around the World in Cleveland" column, paid a visit to Nazi Germany. As part of his journey he shot this astonishing film which shows what appears to be the pastoral German state, but was actually a nation on the brink of war. Unlike many of the films from this era which have been colorized, Andrica actually shot this motion picture on Kodachrome stock.   Although the material is silent the...
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This black and white film is in French and highlights Vichy France. The hair and clothing cross 1930s/1940s styles but with no mention of war, it either predates WWII or was propaganda that everything was fine during it. Vichy was and is still a spa and resort city in the Allier department of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in central France. In WWII, it served as the seat of government of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944 as a “Free Zone” while Germany occupied the other zones. It remains a park-garden...
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This U.S. Navy documentary depicts the sea battle at Leyte Gulf during the Allied landings at Mindoro in the Phillipines during World War II. During this battle, a small group of American escort carriers designated Taffy 3 engaged the Japanese fleet's main body, including the super battleship Yamato. That these lightly armed ships and their air crews managed to hold off Admiral Kurita's vanguard and prevent an assault on the vulnerable ships supporting the Allied ground invasion, remains one of...
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This Soviet produced, English language film from 1982 presents the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine with its many factories, industry, and thriving transportation networks. The film starts with images of the bridge over the Dneiper River and the Moskovskyi Bridge. The film shows Karkov, Donetz, Odessa, Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. At  2:40 , the country's supreme Soviet is seen. 1982 represented the 1500th anniversary of the founding of Kiev, and that city is shown at  4:50  and...
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Directed by Dr. Futer, MAN AGAINST MOUNT EVEREST shows the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest expedition led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant.  His team including Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The oxygen sets were barely operable and when the two men continued in the morning, they were...
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Made in the 1980s during the last gasp of the Soviet Union, this English-language promotional film showcases Ukraine, the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Odessa, and the Donetz Basin, with its mining and agricultural based industries. The city is described in the film as being one of the cleanest in the Soviet Union, and many glowing images abound in the movie of content citizenry and pastoral scenes. At  2:20 , a ship is seen on a Young Pioneers cruise from Crimea. At  3:00 , some of the...
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“The Race For Space” is a 1959 made-for-television documentary film directed by David L. Wolper and narrated by famed newsman Mike Wallace. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and originally aired in April 1960.  The film opens with a countdown in Russian and a rocket streaking into the night sky in the opening seconds before Wallace notes “you are the first Americans to see this launching of Sputnik 1.” (Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite,...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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Discusses Operation Portrex, or "Puerto Rico Exercise", a Joint Airborne-Amphibious training exercise on Vieques Island off Puerto Rico on the eve of the Korean War. The exercise involved the U.S. 65th Infantry Regiment (Aggressor Forces), mostly Hispanic soldiers, against the 82nd Airborne Div, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Liberating Forces). The successful military maneuvers during Protrex prompted the Army's leadership to deploy the 65th Infantry to Korea. Paratroopers jump...
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
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One of the TravelTalks series of films made by James A. Fitzpatrick, THE GATEWAY TO INDIA showcases the city of Bombay, India. At mark  0:36  is the city of Bombay, a gateway to India. At mark  0:45  is the gate cell. Bombay is the second largest city in India and one of the chief sea port of the area. It has a mixed population of over a million people practically of every race in the world. At mark  1:14 , is the modern metropolis. At mark  1:15  is the Tile Mahara hotel, the most...
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Since 1915, the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina (or simply Parris Island) has trained enlisted personnel. This 1960s Marine Corps “unclassified” film introduces the viewer to Parris Island, and opens at mark  00:32  with a shot of the United States Marine Corps enlisted contract, as the narrator spells out the basic requirements of a Marine. Nervous recruits stand at attention as a Marine captain delivers the oath of enlistment. A smiling master...
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This 1956 education film explains the process of making vinyl records. It is a Jam Handy Picture and presented by RCA Victor. The record process being followed is for Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, recorded by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film opens with a woman wearing a coordinating 1950s skirt, sweater, neck scarf, and pearl bracelet. She places a record in her RCA high fidelity cabinet record player and the music plays (:26- 1:54 ). The history of making that...
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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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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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This 1946 U.S. Navy medical film about Asiatic Schistosomiasis, better known as Schistosomiasis Japonicum, a human blood fluke that occurs in China and Philippines and also in Sri Lanka. The film shows how the disease can be detected, treated, and also prevented. It includes various footage shot in the field in China and Southeast Asia, showing the water and irrigation systems that help breed the parasite. At 4:48 , women who are washing clothes in a river, and children bathing in a jungle...
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Made in the 1970s this film THE DEEP SCATTERING LAYER tells the story of the search for a mysterious "second floor" in the ocean, as recorded by sonar devices. This floor -- consisting of marine animals such as shrimp, whales and dolphins -- moves to different levels at different hours, different days, and different seasons. It is probed by U.S. Navy sonar, deep-trawled nets with hydrophones and instruments, and finally by by ocean going submersibles. While the film presents the...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel (entirely in Russian) attempts to show the progress made in the modern USSR, and the improvement in everyday life, under socialism. The film shows modern buildings, industry, laboratories, schools, power plants and electrification, the oil industry, and more. The film then transitions to speak about exporting socialism to other nations so that they can enjoy similar progress in their societies. If only the on-going threat from the West including the USA, can be...
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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 Cold War era Soviet propaganda film shows a brief history of the Soviet Revolution with images of the Civil War, before launching into a discussion of the long rebuilding efforts that followed the Socialist victory. It then discusses some of the economic development plans that resulted in prosperity in the 1930s in the USSR. Narration: ‘A revolution is only worth something if it can defend itself’, Lenin said those days. The working people of Russia, who had just recently come to...
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This Soviet newsreel, presented in Russian, shows some of the news events of the Khrushchev era. Narrator: Decisions taken at the 22 Congress of Lenin’s Party will always be significant for our history. Military divisions are taking part in the parade on Red Square to commemorate the 44th Anniversary of the Great October. Secretary of Defense of USSR, Marshall Malinowski, congratulated the soldiers, all the Soviet people, and foreign guests on the 44th Anniversary of the Great October...
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This film shows two fights between Joe Louis the "Brown Bomber" and Max Schmeling. The first fight between Louis and Schmeling took place on June 19, 1936, at the famous Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, and was one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. The referee was the legendary Arthur Donovan, and the stadium was sold out. The bout was scheduled for fifteen rounds. By round twelve, Schmeling was far ahead on the judges' scorecards. Finally, he landed a right to Louis' body,...
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This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim.   At :17, Port Sudan (on the Red Sea) is shown where supplies for Lawrence are being loaded. At :40 are shots aboard a transport ship bound for the front, where bearers bathe and eat. At 1:20 the ship is unloaded at the Arabian coast. At 1:52 , a...
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Created in 1944 and presented by Hollywood motion picture studio United Artists, and released by the United States Navy, “The World In Action — Fortress Japan” opens with a flashback to Tokyo on December 7, 1941, and the narrator repeating a statement from Japan’s emperor, the Son of Heaven”: “We declare war on the United States and upon the Commonwealth and Empire of Great Britain. We rely upon the diligence of our subjects to ensure that in the coming struggle, our illustrious...
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This 1941 black and white film is part of the Bell and Howell Filmosound Library series and focuses on the plight of the peons in Mexico in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was produced in Mexico by Soviet film director Sergei M. Eisenstein and by “special arrangements with Upton Sinclair.” It opens with views of Mexico’s desert, two smiling caballeros, and castle fortresses (:22- 1:00 ). A Creole cowboy with spurs sits sideways on a horse, two men wrapped in serapes take a siesta under...
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Produced in 1944, the “unclassified” US Navy training film “Radio Operator Training” instructed seaman on how to become an effective radioman. Whether it be a PT boat, landing barge, submarine, or any other vessel, the narrator explains at mark  01:08  that a radioman is onboard and on duty. “He is the mouthpiece of his commanding officer. His right hand. Without him, the ship is crippled. The fleet is paralyzed.” Mark  01:48  takes us to NSS Annapolis (officially known as Naval...
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This film, THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE was shot in late November of 1941, and released in 1942 as part of the burgeoning war effort. It features the voice of Pete Smith and was made by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the U.S. Forest Service. The film is rather interesting in that it features famous Hollywood comics Laurel and Hardy -- appearing here in their only color role! At the time both were over the age of 50, and their careers were on the wane. Still they manage quiet...
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Made in 1988 as the Soviet Union ended its long struggle in Afghanistan, this odd and haunting (and really -- experimental) Soviet era propaganda film "Afghanistan Dreams" traces some of the history of the Soviet invasion and looks at its aftermath. The film seems to be told from the perspective of a Russian soldier who survived the war but is haunted by some of what he saw in country.  The film begins with images of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the United...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel recounts the story of the Soviet Revolution and the subsequent civil war between the Red Army and White Army. It shows crucial events in St. Petersburg and the fight for control of Kiev and Moscow. Narrator: October 25, 1917. The Socialist Revolution won in Petrograd. The triumphant march of the revolution began in the country. Smolny remained the military headquarters of the revolution. The Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party was situated here. Lenin worked...
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This is a collection of seven short black and white segments copyrighted in 1961. Not a formal TV show, these short Ripley’s Believe It or Not segments were shown as interstitials on TV stations, filling up time left in the program schedule. It seems likely the date of their production was actually 1949-1950, an earlier era of television when short form TV shows were more common. These shows were directed by Ray Kellogg, and a Sceptre Production. Thomas Edison’s Secret features Edison’s...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of footage cut from other films in this series. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   A clam bake in Cape Cod is sponsored by the Bass River Rod & Gun Club. Being prepared in baskets are clams, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, hot dogs, and sausages.   Stones are heated in a fire and covered with wet seaweed.   The metal food baskets are placed on top and covered with a sheet. The...
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Released by the short-lived company Mercury Pictures for the home market in the 1950s, SILK STOCKING PARADE is a fun short that shows some mannequins in a department store window coming to life. The attraction of course are the legs on view, which might have excited a 1950s audience with their shapely curves. While there were many risque stag films made in this era -- this one is strictly "clean fun".   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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Released in 1966, this U.S. Air Force produced documentary shows the 1965 William Tell, a biennial aerial gunnery competition with fighter aircraft held by the United States Air Force in every even-numbered year. In the competition, teams representing the various major commands of the USAF compete in live-fire exercises, using towed banner targets for gun engagements, and obsolete fighters converted into unmanned target drones (currently QF-4 Phantoms) for air-to-air missile engagements. The...
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Made in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, this Ukranian propaganda film takes a hard look at nuclear energy and the threat posed to humanity by the atomic bomb and radiation. The film was most likely made by the government of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine in 1987, just three years before the Soviet Union crumbled. The Chernobyl accident severely undermined the Soviet government, and this film may be seen as evidence that within Ukraine, the incident was perceived as the...
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A late 1950s or early 1960s Contempé Production, The Fashionable Figure is a short video report from Harper’s Bazaar and special reporter Elaine Lynn on the importance a woman’s figure and posture play in good fashion. The film centers around a luncheon for women ( 00:58 ; 04:34 ) hosted by Harper’s Bazaar, where the “fashionable figure” is discussed and women model new outfits ranging from cocktail dresses and ball gowns to sportswear and travel dress. The film opens with shots of a...
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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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Dating to the 1970s, this silent film shows a crash test performed by General Motors during early tests of air bags. This particular test is for a front impact at an angle, and various views show the collision and resultant deployment. In the 1970s, General Motors marketed its first airbag modules under the unwieldy name "Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS)".  G.M.'s history with airbags dates back to the 1972 model year, when the Chevrolet Division built 1,000 1973 Chevrolet Caprice...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. This, the second half of the film begins with footage of tracking radars and microwave communications, and at :38 a ground station with banks of computers and telemetry devices. A video tape recorder is turned on at :39 and a TV set is shown for playback. At :55 the route of the flight is plotted on a moving map. The...
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“Mecca The Forbidden City” is a black-and-white British picture taking its viewer to the Saudi Arabian city. The center of the Islamic religion is shown beginning at mark  01:00 , with a brief narrative of Islam’s origins. The film shows how Muslims travel as part of the Hajj to Mecca from all over the world. At mark  03:53  we see Mecca’s market places, where bartering and trading occurs just as it had for 2,000 years, as well as a look at a solemn moment of prayer (mark  04:46 )....
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“Wheels Across Africa” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Africa in Dodge trucks circa 1936. The black-and-white promotional documentary, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, focuses on Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt Denis (a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt) as they take an 18-month journey through the Belgian Congo and the Sahara Desert on motor driven Dodge vehicles.  It takes the viewer quickly through Belgium, France, and...
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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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Made in 1945, TASK FORCE 58 shows the activities of the Fast Carrier Task Force in WWII, known as "Task Force 58". The Fast Carrier Task Force was the main striking force of the United States Navy in the Pacific War from January 1944 through the end of the war in August 1945. The task force was made up of several separate task groups, each typically built around three to four aircraft carriers and their supporting vessels. The support vessels were screening destroyers, cruisers, and...
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Episode 62 of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” provided viewers “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with a look at Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (mark  00:42 ). We see assorted footage from different periods of his life, including a lengthy speech beginning at mark  01:20 . Detail regarding the sinking of a captured German ship by the US Navy in...
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Presented by Gulf Oil, 12 HOURS OF SEBRING presents the Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance. It was produced by Nathan Zucker and shows the 1963 race. In the field you'll see the Ferrari 250P, 330 TRI/LM, 250 GTO, Jaguar E-type, Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra, Chaparral 1 Corvette, Triumph TR4, Morgan Plus 4, Osca 1600 GT, Alfa Romeo, Abarth-Simca, Porsche, Lotus TVR and Austin MG. The film also shows women participating in the sport, including as pit crew and as drivers. A full...
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Produced by Alfred Higgins Productions with assistance from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Academic Support Center Film Library, Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, Inc., the 1963 short film A Land Betrayed examines the various ways people have spread the “cancer of ugliness” across America and offers call-to-action solutions to combat the nation-wide problem. The film opens with a scenic footage of natural landscapes ( 00:22 ), Yellowstone National...
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One of the outstanding travelogues created by Eugene Castle and his company Castle Films, this travelogue of Mexico begins and ends with a stereotypical image, of a peasant riding atop a donkey. The film presents the "most exotic land in the Western Hemisphere" including shots of charming towns and native villages. At  1:10 , women are seen washing clothes at a town square. At  1:29 , a street barber provides shaves and haircuts, and at  1:50  an oxcart is seen. At  1:59 , a...
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This film begins with a promo for the documentary film "Killers All", a 1945 exploitative documentary about organized crime. Following the promo is a related film, "Dealers in Death", which is a cut-down of a feature-length movie "The Vanishing Gangster". "Dealers in Death" primarily focuses on John Dillinger and Bonnie & Clyde, and contains famous footage of the young lovers' bullet-ridden death car. “Get ready for the SHOCK of your Life!” That...
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The Battle of Midway is a stirring, beautiful, and poignant 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including Johnny Governali, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell. The film begins with a male narrator (Ray Milland) explaining where Midway Island is and its strategic importance, and shows the PBY Catalina seaplane base (previously used by Pan Am for its flying boats)....
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The 1947 film The Biography of the Motion Picture Camera is an art documentary produced by Les Films du Compas and Roger Leenhardt, and narrated by Tony Kraber. The film traces the history of the development of motion pictures from the first camera to Edison’s kinetoscope and the Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph. The film begins with a brief recap of photographing still simple subjects. The issue of animating still photographs is apparent with the “School of the Successive Pose” ( 01:51...
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This Castle Films News Parade episode from 1954 tells the story of Pope Pius XII. Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, Pope Pius XII ( 00:42 ) served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1939 until his death in 1958. The film opens with an aerial shot of the Vatican ( 00:21 ) and St. Peter’s Basilica ( 00:30 ). Before becoming the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church, he visits the Shrine of Lourdes ( 01:10 ), Budapest ( 01:16 ), and Fordham University ( 01:40 ) in the U.S. In 1939,...
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“Nationalism” is a circa 1957 Encyclopedia Brittanica educational film. We are told at mark  01:15  that since 1946, every new nation in Southeast Asia has annually celebrated its day of independence, such as the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaya, as the countries are highlighted on a map. The narrator defines nationalism (mark  02:07 ) as the belief of a people that they ought to be unified into an independent nation. “A homeland.” We learn...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair also known as the Century of Progress. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its...
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A crawl at the opening seconds of the 1962 film “The Truth About Communism” explains that this film was shown to Alexander Kerensky, a lawyer, politician, Minister of War, and minister-chairman of the Russian Provisional Government overthrown by Communists in the 1917 Russian Revolution. Kerensky introduces the documentary starting at mark  00:35 , explains how he had been leader of the provisional government before being overthrown, and notes that the Russian people are victims of...
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This "confidential" U.S. Navy training film gives an overview of the operation of the air-launched, acoustic homing torpedoes designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship use. The film discusses the difference between active and passive torpedoes, and goes on to describe the operation of the active type torpedoes. At 2:57 the passive Fido acoustic torpedo, also known as the Mine Mark 24, is shown. At 3:18 the Mark 27 Mod 0 acoustic torpedo is shown. USS Chivo (SS-341), a Balao-class...
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One of a series of films entitled "Symphonies in Stone", this look at Chartres cathedral was directed by Horace Shepherd in the late 1930s or early 1940s. (Other films in the series include 1942's St. Paul's and 1937's Westminster Abbey.) Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres is a Roman Catholic church of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Paris. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and...
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FALLEN EAGLE is a 1950s short film produced in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs and the Department of Parks. It was written and directed by Alan Shilin. The film is sponsored by the P. Lorillard Company, makers of Old Gold Cigarettes. A Sioux wearing an eagle-feather headdress sits on a horse (:58). In the 1860s, the Sioux were migratory, following the buffalo as it roamed across Minnesota to the western mountains ( 1:58 ). Belongings were transported by a horse pulling a...
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Made by veteran animated John Sutherland for the General Electric Company, A IS FOR ATOM presents fundamentals of atomic structure, and looks at the potential peaceful uses of the atom. It dates to 1953. The short explains what an atom is, how nuclear energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of nuclear power, and the by-products of nuclear fission. It is Sutherland's most-decorated film, having won numerous honors at film festivals. In 1964, A is for Atom was...
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Produced in 1937 and released in both silent and sound versions for the home market by Castle Films, WAR IN CHINA shows the 1937 Japanese assault on Shanghai. At the time the newsreel was produced the United States was strictly neutral and thus the newsreel tended to look more closely at the civilian victims of the conflict and the horror of war than did later Castle releases. The newsreel highlights some of the many Japanese atrocities including the bombing of the Cathay Hotel ( 8:00 ) and the...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business.   The first episode is titled “Water, Water Everywhere.” This episode discusses the importance of water use, and shows footage of fields in the San Joaquin Valley being irrigated ( 00:42 ), cars being transported on a barge through a loch or canal ( 01:50 ), water used for a...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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This wonderful short featuring Dinah Shore, tells the story of the Hollywood Canteen, a converted Barn located in Hollywood. It operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard between October 3, 1942, and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day), as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. Even though the majority of visitors were U.S servicemen, the canteen was open to servicemen of allied countries as well as women in all branches of service. A...
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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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“The Shuttle Car Operator” is 1960s-era color film taking the viewer deep inside a bituminous coal mine to learn more about the coal-mining industry. The camera takes us into cramped spaces as drills make their way through the earth (mark  01:15 ) and coal hauled away on trolleys called shuttle cars. But the job of a shuttle car operator is one of the most dangerous in the coal mining industry, we’re told at mark  02:10 , with one out of every seven transportation injuries involving...
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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: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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This U.S. Marine Corps film from the Vietnam War in 1968 documents the Chi'u H i Program (loosely translated as "Open Arms"). Chieu-Hoi was a psychological operations initiative by the USMC and South Vietnamese to encourage defection by the Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the Government during the Vietnam War. Defection was urged by means of a propaganda campaign, usually leaflets delivered by artillery shell or dropped over enemy-controlled areas by aircraft, or...
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This 1950 black and white film is one of a series of traffic safety films. It was produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films Inc, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department. The focus of this public safety video is to encourage drivers to control their speed while driving on the then-rarely-used ‘rural’ highways of Los Angeles. The film begins with an Education Unit police officer opening a binder titled “Highway Driving” ( 0:07 - 0:29 ). The...
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This short newsreel recounts the coronation of Pope Saint John XXIII, who reigned as Pope from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014. The film shows the process by which the public sees that a new Pope has been selected -- through the white smoke emitting from the chimney. It then shows the coronation at St. Peter's Square at  3:58 , followed by the Papal blessing at the end of the film. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a...
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"Queens of Beauty" shows the 1955 Miss Universe competition. This was only the 4th Miss Universe pageant, and was held on 22 July 1955 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium with 22 female competitors. Miss Sweden, 21-year-old Hillevi Rombin, won the competition and was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miriam Stevenson from USA. The first runner-up was Maribel Arrieta of El Salvador. Winner Hillevi Rombin Schine (September 14, 1933 – June 19, 1996) was a Swedish actress and beauty...
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This film made by the U.S. Army to educate soldiers about Latin America opens with footage of the lively festivals and stunning landscapes of Central and South America (:30). The host and narrator is Frank McGee ( 1:02 ) and he will depict the American view of Latin American Revolutions and will focus on Fidel Castro. He begins by describing the varying raw materials that can be drawn from the land, including copper, tin, zinc, petroleum and iron ( 1:25 ). Food commodities such as coffee,...
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This film made by General Dynamics shows the cruise of the submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) around the world (underwater) in 1960. Triton was one of the largest submarines of its era and equipped with twin nuclear reactors. The circumnavigation of the world, codenamed Operation Sandblast, was conducted under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President...
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One of a series of films prepared to train pilots, airplane spotters and anti-aircraft gun crews, this Aircraft Identification film is an official War Department Training Film (:07) produced by The Signal Corps in collaboration with the Cheif of Air Corps (:13). The film was intended to provide familiarity with aircraft types so as to avoid friendly fire incidents, and combines animation with shots of models and sometimes real footage of aircraft. The final film in the reel was made by the Walt...
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This black and white film showcasing two Olympic divers and a beauty contest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was produced by Jerry Courneya and Jerry Frankel for Courneya Productions either after 1948 or after 1952, as Dr. Lee is mentioned as winning the Olympic 10-meter platform, which he did at both. The bathing suits also reflect late 1940s and early 1950s styles. The narrator is James Matthews and the sound produced by Cinesound. It opens scanning the crowd surrounding the Beverly Wilshire...
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The sunlit landscapes of “Golden California” is brought to the viewer via this 1930s black-and-white picture. “A land of magic at the rainbow’s end” is how a title card introduces California as Pacific Ocean waves crash upon the rocky shoreline at mark  00:15 . San Diego is the first “port of call” (mark  00:42 ) and we learn how the city was the first settlement on the Pacific Coast. At  1:09 , the steamship SS Pennsylvania is seen in Long Beach harbor. The film quickly takes...
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"Bikini -- The Atom Island" is a 1946 short that chronicles the evacuation of Bikini Atoll prior to the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. The forced re-location of the island inhabitants was just the beginning of an ordeal that continues into the present day, as life was never the same after the tests (which, incidentally, are not shown in this film but took place just after it was shot). Bikini Atoll is an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The atoll consists of 23 islands totaling...
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Directed by Emerson Yorke, this rare industrial film by the United States Rubber Company shows the 1946 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. These races represented the restart of the NAR after they were curtailed by World War II. Present at these races were early jet aircraft and many of aviation's great personalities including Roscoe Turner, Tooey Spaatz, Tony Levier, Paul Mantz and other military leaders including Admiral Bull Halsey. Covergirl Corkey Kelly is also shown at  2:45 , and...
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This footage shows a three rotor German Enigma machine invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Early models were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German military models are the most commonly recognized. German military messages enciphered on the Enigma machine were first...
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Made by Grumman Aerospace to promote their newest high-performance aircraft F-14 ONE OF A KIND celebrates the Navy's F-14 Tomcat, and features comments by Navy pilots and commanders. It gives an impressive overview of this amazing airplane. The opening of the film discusses how a multi-role interceptor is needed that can also "go it alone", with long-range capabilities -- and then states that the only aircraft in the world capable of performing that multi-role today is the F-14. The...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color travelogue film “Honolulu Profile of Democracy” is   Paul Hoefler Productions. It emphasizes the many different assimilated cultures who live peacefully together rather than the ‘native’ approach. A cruise ship is surrounded by sailboats as it approaches Honolulu (:49- 1:18 ). Waikiki Beach is full of sunbathers in the foreground and a view of Diamond Head in the background ( 1:19 ) A motorized outrigger canoe is shown ( 1:33 ). A 1950s Chrysler DeSoto...
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Made by the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev era, this propaganda film showcases the nation's nuclear forces and features what appears to be a full scale missile test complete with warhead detonation. However there is good reason to believe that the missile launches and atomic bomb blast shown were unrelated, as most Soviet nuclear tests were not conducted with ICBMs. The film begins and ends with footage of the annual military parade in Red Square, where it was not uncommon to see missiles on...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show "Success Story" that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39 . Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters...
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As shown in this 1950s film "Project Tinkertoy"was the code-name for a development and proof of concept project undertaken by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to create a process for automated manufacture of electronic equipment and for demonstrating it on a pilot production line. The needs for this program came out of the new Cold War and the Korean War, where certain vital electronic components were in very short supply. The pilot plant created by Tinkertoy had to be...
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Some of the horrors of World War II are brought to the screen in newsreel footage, part of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine. Titled “German Atrocities,” the black-and-white footage was collected during the war and released circa 1945. An opening title card at mark  00:21  explains that “Allied troops, advancing deep inside crumbling Germany, have uncovered evidence of organized German atrocities which seem almost too horrible to be true. Yet they are true … and here is the picture record...
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Ethiopia — Africa’s Ancient Kingdom” is a circa 1961 Paul Hoefler Production that presents a study of Ethiopia — an area that “even today … is little known and little understood. The color film points out that as a nation, Ethiopia remains primarily an undeveloped feudal state with poor transportation and communication systems (mark  01:55 ), as well as powerful traditions rooted the past. It describes the nation’s long line of hereditary monarchs, and also discusses the role of...
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This film NOW IT CAN BE TOLD tells an astonishing story, one of the most interesting U.S. Navy actions of WWII. On June 4, 1944, an American anti-submarine squadron accomplished an incredible feat, capturing the German U-boat U-505 and all hands. This film celebrates the achievement and explains how it happened. It certainly wasn't a fluke. Commander Daniel Gallery, of the USS Guadalcanal, was convinced he could surface and capture an enemy submarine, and he drilled his crews in the art of...
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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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This fascinating short film ETHIOPIA IN THE FREE WORLD examines the role of the Ethiopian Kagnew Battalions, which fought in the Korean War. There were actually three successive battalions drawn from the 1st Division Imperial Bodyguard sent by Emperor Haile Selassie I between June 1951 and April 1954 as part of the United Nations forces in the Korean War. Even after the armistice, a token Ethiopian force remained in the country until 1965. Altogether, 3,158 Ethiopians served in Kagnew...
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Hollywood star Humphrey Bogart expressed his disappointment on multiple occasions about being too old to serve in WWII, but the veteran actor did his part working for the USO and making this film, "Report from the Front". The plot of this 3 minute short is simple: As Humphrey Bogart (clad in his distinctive overcoat and trademark fedora) and his wife Mayo Methot arrive home after a Red Cross tour, they are met by reporters who ask Bogie about the work of the Red Cross overseas. The...
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