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Periscope Film LLC's archive is one of the largest military film collections in private hands. It includes rare training, combat, recruiting and history films made by the U.S. Government from 1914 through the mid-1980s. Subjects include the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and civilian aviation, and conflicts from the Spanish-American War through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.



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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 1958 educational film from the American Cancer Society shows how to perform a routine pelvic examination and cytologic test for the detection of cancer of the uterus. The film opens with a woman sitting in an office of a physician. A nurse retrieves the patient from the office and takes her to an exam room. An illustration of the pelvis and cervix is used to show the development of uterine cancer. A chart shows the cure rates for the different stages of the cancer (03:30). A slide is...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie presented by the U.S. Army Recruiting Service and the Lockheed Historical Corporation. It is called Look to Lockheed for Leadership. It was directed by Shirley C. Burden, the story and narration were done by Walter Wise, photography by Floyd Crosby. The film editor is Gene Milford, narrator John Hiestand, unit manager, Herbert E. Dow and the associate producer is Henri Chappellet. It is a Tradefilms, Inc. Production. The movie opens with snow...
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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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This 1960s, era color movie opens at Annapolis, Maryland with a view of the capital building. The purpose of the film is to show all of the wonderful sites and tourist attractions of Maryland. Small homes and colonial architecture are seen. The Hammond-Harwood House. The United States Naval Academy 1:00. Student-soldiers march throughout the grounds 1:15. The statue of Tecumseh during graduation week at Annapolis 1:40. A full dress parade on the football field 1:55. The students graduate 2:10....
Topics: 1960s, Tour, Maryland, Easton, Baltimore, Hagerstown, Annapolis, Ocean City, 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 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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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
Topics: Antarctica, U.S. Navy, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946
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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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‘Computers and Transportation’ is a future-looking, 1976 short educational film which  analyze the rapid technological advances in computer systems, and then examines the potential impact on transportation, animation and graphics as well as space travel and artificial intelligence. It begins with the look inside of a ‘modern’ electronic digital computer (:34). The guts are composed of 50,000 transistors, 125,000 resistors and 500,000 connectors which were all connected by 20 miles of...
Topics: 1976, Computers, TEchnology, Transportation, Stock Footage
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Produced by North American Aviation, this 1960s film FIREPOWER shows the annual Eglin Air Force Base air show, featuring WWI, WWII era and post-Korean War jet aircraft. These include the supersonic North American F-100 Super Sabre, which is featured. Mock air strikes are shown on various ranges to simulate railroad yards, depots, and military installations of varying types.   B-52 bombers are seen at the 6:00 mark, and B-47s make a massed flyby at the 7:15 mark. Rockets are fired and bombs...
Topics: Air Force, Air Force Base, Super Sabre, Aircraft, 1960s, Air Show, Stock Footage
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Produced by the United States Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Public Roads in the 1960s, "Winter Truck Driving" features an International Harvester big rig with Fruenauf trailer making its way through icy and snow conditions.  The film discusses some of the many hazards that a professional truck driver can face in rain, sleet, snow, and icy conditions.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Rain And Snow Mixed, Ice, Drivers Ed, Truck, Teamster, Truck Driver,...
This 1974 film is dedicated by the Chlorine Institute to the public interest. It is specifically intended to assist firefighters and other emergency services. The techniques demonstrated are appropriate for emergency use; different circumstances might require modified or additional procedure. The information is drawn from sources believed to be reliable. The Institute, its members any organizations cooperating in the development of this film, jointly or severally, cannot be responsible for how...
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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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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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Discovering Electronic Music is a short 1983 educational film directed by Bernard Wilets that gives a look at the early use of electronics in music production. The film opens with a shot of a computer and a keyboard. Recording reels run. A monitor shows sound waves of electronic jazz music. A composer talks to the camera about writing electronic jazz music (01:55). Another man talks about why he turned to electronic music for composing (02:38). Viewers see pages that show the new notation of...
Topics: Electronic Music, Early Synthesizers, Computers, Digitzers, Samplers, 1983, 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...
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This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She...
Topics: Kriegsmarine, Graf Spee, River Plate, Uruguay, Montevideo, Royal Navy, Nazi Germany, cruiser,...
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This 1950s color film is apparently a well shot, amateur home movie. It depicts a trip to Indonesia, featuring historic architecture and ancient temples of Bali and surrounding areas in stunning Kodachrome vibrancy. The film culminates in an extended performance featuring a gamelan, Topeng dance, and a drama with masked deities (24:14). Crowded streets filled with bicycles and cycle rickshaws. Pedestrians in a crosswalk (0:08). Urban storefronts advertise their wares with colorful signage. A...
Topics: Trip, Indonesia, 1960s, Bali, Travelogue, Home Movie, Borobuder, Gunung, Kawi, Stock Footage,...
This 1934 black and white film reenacts one of the legends of Pele, and was apparently shot in Hawaii. It was produced by Alfred Weller, Alfred Grasso, and Lawrence Barber, copyright Elmer Clifton of The Beverly Hills Exchanges, and narrated by actor Gayne Whitman. The sun rises through palm trees in the South Sea Islands ( 1:06 ). A Polynesian women hand-squeezes liquid into a coconut shell bowl ( 1:16 - 1:25 ). Polynesian men carry bundles of bananas on poles between them ( 1:26 - 1:37 ). A...
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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 WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
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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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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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This documentary film shows a brief glimpse into the highly influential life of Winston Churchill. It focuses on his burial ceremony and the impact it held over England. It opens with a note from the British Board of Film Censors (:08) certifying that it had been passed for general exhibition. Streets in Britain are seen lined with posters of newspaper headlines featuring Winston Churchill (:20) after his passing in January of 1965. Blenheim Palace in Oxford shire, England stands as a massive...
Topics: 1965, British Documentary, Homage, Winston Churchill, England, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent, historic German film produced during WWII by UFA is titled "U-boats on patrol". It shows U-boats operating in Wolfpacks, hunting Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the start of the film at :25, a Type IX U-boat is seen preparing to go on a mission. A band :39 plays as the submarine comes to port for a deployment ceremony. At :14 multiple U-boats head out to sea and the watch is manned. At 1:28 an Allied convoy is spotted and the boat crash dives (1:42)...
Topics: WWII, German U Boat, Atlantic, German Newsreel, Germany, Stock Footage
This late 1960s/early 1970s color educational film provides graphic depictions of whaling. It was produced by L. Richard Ellison. The film opens with a blood harpooned whale (:02-:27). A sign at a museum reads “Visitors are requested not to touch the skeletons.” On display is a 100’ model of a blue whale. A scientist works in a large storage room filled with whale bones, shown in close-ups (:28-1:35). Killer whales swim at California Sea World. Blow holes and fins are shown up-close...
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, 1944, China Burma,...
In this issue of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine series (No. 85), viewers are treated to a short documentary on the U.S. Navy’s Antarctic expedition Operation Highjump, a 1946-1947 mission to Antarctica to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV, assess the feasibility of maintaining a permanent base, and further American understanding of the continent. The film begins with aerial footage of Antarctica, a map of the continent, and footage of men framing buildings and carving ice...
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This black & white educational film is about the Ku Klux Klan an American white supremacist hate group, its main targets are minority groups. It dates to 1965.  Carousel Films presents Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire (:07-:21). Narrator: Lowndes County, Alabama, March 1965, a car is off the road, it's black driver is dead. Arrested were three members of the Klan. One was tried, the jury didn't reach a verdict. Neshoba Co., MS, August 1964, three civil rights workers found dead. Six...
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One of a series of "Industry on Parade" films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this film is about precise parts, how Lenox China plates are made, and how Renwal toy tow trucks are produced. This is circa the mid 1950s. Opening: Industry on Parade: The Age of Precision (:06-:34). A jumbo jet takes off. A car drives. A washing machine. Machine parts. A packaging machine, printing presses, surgeons needle. A shilling. .040 thickness of worn shilling is explained and...
Topics: Imdustry On Parade, Lenox China, Renwal Toys, Lever Bros, Soap Manufacture, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
Topics: 1929, Kreutzer, Trimotor, Airplane, Santa Monica, Clover Field, California, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and the National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau, "The House in the Middle" is a bizarre civil defense film that attempts to show that a clean, freshly painted house (the middle house) is more likely to survive a nuclear attack than its poorly maintained counterparts (the right and left houses). Yes, good housekeeping and clean yards are the best deterrents to fires ignited by an atomic bomb! In 2001, the Library of Congress deemed...
Topics: Film, Nuclear Weapons, Radiation, Cold War, Radioactivity, Atomic Age, Shockwave, The House In The...
This black & white educational film is about Rome, the Eternal City. Copyright is either 1947. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The World Parade - Rome The Eternal City (:06-:21). Aerial shots of Rome. Age old relics in Rome. Cars drive around. A traffic cop directs traffic. Clock Towers. Fruits and vegetables for sale. The Capital is high on one of the city's seven hills. A statue of Antoninus Marcus Aurelius guards the city (:22-2:01). Colosseum. Arch of Constantine. The Colosseum...
Topics: Rome, Eternal City, 1947, Castle Films, Travelogue, Rome, Italy, Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon,...
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945.  Full of horrifying images that vividly show the atrocious, baseless, inhuman and revoltingly vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.  The idea that anyone would even consider denying the existence of the Holocaust, after viewing images such as these, is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nazi Concentration, Documentary, The Holocaust
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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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Produced in 1965 as part of the "Twentieth Century" TV series with Walter Cronkite, THE PRIDE AND THE SHAME tells the story of the Japanese internment, and the brave actions of patriotic Japanese-Americans such as Daniel Inouye who bravely served in the U.S. Army as part of the 442nd during WWII. Also contains footage of the aftermath of a Japanese submarine shelling the United States -- at about the 4:09 mark you'll see footage of the Santa Barbara refinery hit by the Japanese. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Internment Of The Japanese, Nisei, Japanese,...
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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.  This film contains images of war atrocities and may not be suitable for viewers of all ages. This 1944 film, RETURN TO GUAM,  was produced by the U.S. Navy about the taking and recapture of the island of Guam.  The film also shows the history of U.S. involvement in Guam, including the participation of native Chamorros in the Navy and in defense of the island.  Aside from showing the invasion and recapture of Guam, the film shows the horrific massacre of the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Guam, Japanese War Crimes, United States Navy, World War II, Guam,...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. 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...
Topics: German Newsreel, U-Boat, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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Created in 1961 by the Highway Safety Foundation and Safety Enterprises, Inc., MECHANIZED DEATH is a legendary driver's education scare film that underscores the dangers of speeding and reckless driving. Made in an era when automobiles lacked the kind of modern safety features and crash-resistant designs that we take for granted today, and featuring bloody accident footage supplied by the Ohio Highway Patrol, "Mechanized Death" reveals the highways and byways as nightmarish avenues of...
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Produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics, this color film presents the Atlas Missile, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family, as well as one of the first large liquid-fueled rockets. The first successful flight of a highly instrumented Atlas missile to full range occurred 28 November 1958, and the film probably dates from that time period. Atlas ICBMs were deployed operationally...
Topics: Atlas, Factor Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Fastback, Wolfsgurg, Germany, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Released by "Films of the Nations", this black & white educational film "Denmark Fairytale Land" was photographed by Esther Cooke and narrated by Peter Allen. It was produced by Maurice T. Groen of D.P.M. Productions. Copyright 1954.Opening titles: Films of the Nations presents DENMARK - FAIRYTALE LAND (:07-:39). A windmill spins. A bird. A butterfly. Ducks in a pond. A fairytale tour of Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral (Danish: Roskilde Domkirke), in the city of Roskilde. A...
Topics: Denmark, Fairytale Land, 1954, Travelogue, Educational Film, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1936, this wonderful old film shows a voyage aboard a schooner named Wanderbird around South America.  The captain of this vessel is Warwick M. Tompkins of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who later wrote a book about the journey entitled "50 South to 50 South".  For decades, the book has inspired many to seek out their own nautical adventures.    The film is rich in imagery of the age of sail, including shots of sailors at work, Gloucester harbor, a woman at the helm of the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Sea, Clipper, South America, Cape Of Good hope, Schooner, Cape Horn,...
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This color educational film is about farmers who work on the land and was made in 1946. It was directed by Ernest Reid. This is a silent print, possibly made to be shown on a silent projector while a script was read to accompany it. The film follows a small, rural Canadian family as they problem solve how to keep a hardworking, recently married farmhand employed on their land during the winter months. The film gives pragmatic information that would have been highly valuable to the rural farmers...
Topics: 1946, Rural Canada, Farmers, Ernest Raid, National Film Board, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced during WWII for the U.S. Army-Navy Screen Magazine, this historic film consists of two segments -- "By Request" and "Strictly G.I."  The "By Request" segment was a popular feature, in which an attractive woman answered letters sent by overseas G.I.s who missed their homes and lifestyle. The second "Strictly G.I." is a filmed version of an Army radio program featuring Lucille Ball and bandleader Kay Kyser. "By Request." Opening: A...
Topics: US Army, Screen Magazine, Lucille Ball, Mel Blanc, New York, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of the episodes of the Paul Devlin / Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler", this film is about Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The film dates to 1936. Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.In the 1920s, the restoration and re-creation of colonial Williamsburg was championed as a way to celebrate rebel patriots and the early history of the United States....
Topics: 1936, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Travelogue, Paul Devlin, Amdre De Le Va, 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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One of the many episodes of the 1960s TV show "True Adventure" produced and hosted by Bill Burrud, this episode presents a documentary profile of Sylvan Ambrose "Buckskin Bill" Hart (1906-1980), a mountain man who resided in Salmon River, Idaho. Hart was among the last of the mountain men in the Western United States. The film offers glimpses of his mode of life and the many products of his own manufacture, including his house, utensils, canoe, and several weapons. The film...
Topics: 1960s, True Adventure, Man, Mountain, TV Show, Bill Burrud, Salmon River, Idaho, Stock Footage,...
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
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The Sea: Mysteries of the Deep is a short 1977 educational film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, narrated by John Bartholomew Tucker, that looks at current research efforts to better understand undersea life and resources and how to protect it from manmade pollution. The film features great footage of undersea life, contrasted with footage of harmful industrial waste being pumped into the oceans. The film opens with shots of sea creatures, include ling a hammerhead shark, sea lions, and an...
Topics: 1970, Oceanography, SS Kaimalino, The Sea
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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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Psychedelic montage from the Summer of Love includes a brief bit of the San Francisco Be In (:24) and a rock concert with lots of wild dancing (1:24) and strobe lights. Check out the Earth ball at 1:10.   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...
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Dating to early 1944 and prior to the D-Day invasion, this WWII newsreel prepared by the Office of Strategic Services assesses enemy strength, and looks at grand strategy, production and logistics, showing what has been accomplished so far -- and what sacrifices will need to be made to ensure victory. Opening titles:(:07-1:20). September 12, 1943, German paratroopers free Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the Gran Sasso Raid. The German Fallschirmjäger led by Major Harald Mors and Waffen-SS...
Topics: 1944, War Department, Gran Sasso Raid, Axis Military Strength, WWII, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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Created by filmmaker, photographer and explorer Frank Hurley, and narrated by him, "Isle of Many Waters" is a documentary travelogue of the island of Tasmania, Australia. The film, like many made in this era, focuses on the region's natural resources. It also shows the attractions of the garden island including apple orchards and groves (1:30), New Norfolk, port of Hobart (2:00) and Mt. Wellington, the Huon Valley, Queenstown (5:20) and its mining industry at Mount Lyell, Port Arthur...
Topics: Isle, Many Waters, 1939, Tasmania, Australia, Travelogue, Frank Hurley, Stock Footage
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THE MAN FROM LOX, a liquid oxygen safety training film, is one of the most infamous films ever produced by the U.S. Government. Created in the aftermath of a series of accidents involving liquid oxygen, the film uses ironic humor to disarm the skeptical viewer, all the while setting up a very real, deeply disturbing, and quite serious finale.   Liquid oxygen—abbreviated LOx, LOX or Lox in the aerospace, submarine and gas industries—is one of the physical forms of elemental oxygen. In...
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Produced for Richfield Oil Corp. (now part of ARCO) by Alfred Higgins Productions, "Baja Holiday" is a color travelogue film about the marlin fishing opportunities offered in Baja, Mexico. It was filmed by Alfred Higgins and William Clark with a script by Eric Strutt. This film was released in 1961. Opening: Richfield presents Baja Holiday (:08-:48). A marlin jumps up from the water. Airplanes on the tarmac at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Two men, in suits, point at planes...
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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 color educational film, "Denmark The Fairy Tale Land" is about the country of Denmark. Copyright 1964 and released by Castle Films. Opening: Castle Films presents DENMARK: THE FAIRY TALE LAND (:07-:13). Denmark. Buildings and cathedrals. Cows graze. Castles and cottages. Aerial village shot. Men fish. Fields. Cattle cross the street as a car slows. A windmill. Men grab eels from the water. Churches. Funen, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Danish village (:14-2:04)....
Topics: Castle Film, Denmark, Fairy Tale Land, 1964, Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens, Stock Footage
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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
This biography of Indian leader Mahatma Ghandi dates to the 1950s. 00:38 Graphic: Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi over India map. Title: "Gandhi". 00:58 Gandhi sits among followers. 01:07 Girl puts floral necklace on Gandhi. 01:29 House drawn carriage followed by horseback riders. 01:38 Crowd on bridge watch military procession. 01:48 A British couple guided by Indian man. 02:03 Gandhi scraps food onto a woman's plate. 02:07 Gandhi talks with woman. 02:17 Gandhi smiles at camera....
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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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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...
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
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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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"Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford.   In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led what became a small team of editors and writers. During a frenzied 4-month period, the Schulberg brothers and their...
Topics: Nuremberg, 1947, John Ford, Berlin, Stock Footage, Germany
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This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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"Kingdom of the Sea"  was a syndicated, documentary TV show that ran from 1954-1959, and was hosted by Col. John D. Craig and the actor Bob Stevenson. Each episode was 25–30 minutes long. This episode "Ports of Call" examines various world ports from Panama to Hawaii, the Philippines to Singapore, Hong Kong, Singapore and Zanzibar. This black and white episode of the syndicated 1957-1958 television documentary program, “Kingdom of the Sea” (TRT 24:19). Opening titles:...
Topics: 1950s, Kingdom Of The Sea, TV Show, Panama Canal, Hong Kong, Stock Footage
This black and white 1955 travelogue documents seaside towns along the Adriatic Coast in the aftermath of World War II, showing natural landmarks, historic architecture, European tourists, and local peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds from Croatia and former Yugoslavia (TRT: 14:01).Opening titles: “Adriatic Splendor” and credits (0:08). Sunbathers at Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps region of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on...
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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...
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This black & white educational film from Cadbury Brothers Limited is about harvesting cocoa in Ghana, West Africa, where the Cadbury company maintained (and still maintains) plantations. It was directed by A.R. Taylor and photographed by famed cinematographer Skeets Kelly, and copyright 1948. Cadbury, formerly Cadbury's and Cadbury Schweppes, is a British confectionery company now owned by Mondelez International. It was established in Birmingham, England in 1824, by John Cadbury, a Quaker...
Topics: Cocoa Harvest, Cocoa Harvest, 1948, Cadbury Bros, Ghana West Africa, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made for the home market, this 16mm silent film by Avalon Daggett shows the 66th Annual Rose Parade in 1955. Earl Warren was the Grand Marshal that year (:41). The 1955 theme was "Familiar Sayings in Flowers". At :49 the Rose Queen is seen. At 1:13 the Mexico float. Other highlights include the L.A. County Float at 1:30 , Ohio State's float,   USC's Tommy Trojan ( 2:04 ), Minute Maid float, and more. At 3:00 a wonderful Disneyland float is seen. At 4;12 the Post Cereal float comes...
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