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Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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Harbor Pilot is a short film from 1967 that gives viewers a brief look at what a harbor pilot is and does. The film opens with footage of a sailboat sailing at sea, followed by a shot of a rocky coastline (01:10) and then an aerial view of a modern harbor — the Port of Los Angeles. A large freight ship, SS Gemstone, is out at sea. A harbor pilot stands on land at the Port of Los Angeles, looking out over the harbor. He walks into the pilot station at the entrance to the harbor to check the...
Topic: Stock Footage
EB Films presents Hawaiian Native Life. Produced by encyclopedia Britannica films, Inc. in collaboration with Margaret Mead, PhD. Assistant Curator in Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. This black and white film produced in 1940 is about native life on the islands of Hawaii. This black and white, 1930’s era film is about local life in the Hawaiian Islands. The film is narrated. Our The movie opens with an aerial view of a fake globe - as it spins the camera zooms...
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Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
Images of Life begins with footage of a variety of daily activities, from cooking to working and tending to animals, carried out by humans across the globe (00:20-01:50). Produced in 1977 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the United States Agency for International Development, the film was written and directed by Gene Starbecker in collaboration with Hearst Metrotone Productions. The informational reel was one of three films and part of a larger space age series intended...
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This 1940 color film production was compiled with footage from the experiences of Lawrence Copley Thaw and his wife, Margaret Thaw, during the wealthy couple’s Trans-Asia expedition and travels through India. Lawrence Thaw earned fame for his exploits with Margaret when both were correspondents for National Geographic. They undertook an expedition in 1938 across central Africa, which became a feature in the magazine. As a sequel, they decided to retrace the Great Silk Route, the ancient...
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This color educational film is about the Industrial Revolution. This is from 1950. Opening: A Coronet Film on the Industrial Revolution (:07-:21). A flag of the USA from the late 18th century. Americans plow the field. A woman visits a shop. She looks at an item. A person uses an old machine to sew. Hand tools are used in a  craftsman's shop. A man hammers. A man carries a big pail and dumps it. A tall furnace in PA. A man shovels into a hole. Slater's Mill in Pawtucket, RI, built in 1793, is...
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This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD Created in 1952 by an unknown filmmaker (apparently named "Williams") this film is titled "Iranian Snapshots".  The film shows an American effort called the "Point Four Program" to create films in Iran, including films about health and agriculture. Point Four also assisted with other modernization and...
Topics: Irianian Snapshots, 1952, Documentary Film, Stock Footage
Iron Curtain lands. Post-Stalin Period. Copyright MCMLIX. Educational Supervision: Michael Boro Petrovich, PhD. Associate Professor of History, The University of Wisconsin. Photographed & directed by filmmaker and author Charles Dee Sharp. This 1959, color movie presents a cross-section of life in the lands considered to be behind the iron curtain after the rule of Joseph Stalin. It is a profile of the communist society. It takes us a step closer to understanding these lands ruled by an...
Topics: Iron Curtains Lands, 1959, Post Stalin Era, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Israel. Copyright is by Geva Films, one of the earliest Israeli film studios, and it dates to circa the early 1950s. It was written and directed by Y. Zaretski with the hope of raising money for the Jewish National Fund.  The film shows views of the young Israeli nation with scenes in the Negev including Elad, Beersheba, ancient Masada and Ein Gedi. Opening titles: Geva Films presents Israel on the March  - The Eternal Struggle...
Topics: Israel, 1950s, Geva Films, Negev, Elad, Beersheba, Ancient Masada, Stock Footage
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This incredible industrial film starring comedian Jonathan Winters was presented by the Glass Sales office of Ford Motor Company (:12) and is directed by Richard Galbreath (:25). It begins with a narrative, about a nephew and his uncle ( 1:43 ). The nephew is telling his uncle of his desire to leave the latter’s corset factory business in pursuit of employment with Ford Motor Company ( 1:43 ). At the Ford Motor Factory, we learn he is to be joining the glass sales office ( 3:38 ). This was...
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Journey. Visit to Venezuela. Produced for Standard Oil Company, New Jersey. By Tangent films Inc. This is a 1950’s era, black and white film about the country of Venezuela and how oil production is changing people’s lives for the better. The film is opened with Cal Thomas, narrator. The movie starts with a discussion on Simón Bolívar who fought for the freedom of Spanish colonies in Latin America. Bolivia is named in honor of him. A small discussion of Simón Bolivar ensues, 1:20. The...
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Dating to 1915, this black & white, silent film promotes General Electric's "King of the Rails" electric locomotives built for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). These locomotives formed two classes designated EP-1 and EF-1. There were eventually forty two such boxcab electric locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) in service, and the remained in operation into the 1950s. Opening titles: King of the Rails presented by...
Topics: King Of The Rails, General Electric, Milwaukee Road, Electric Locomotives, Stock Footage
"Know Your Ally: Britain" is a 1944 black and white propaganda movie narrated by Walter Huston that reviews the British effort in WWII. It is a complimentary examination of America's "ally to the east". The film opens on a screen with the text: “Subsequent films of this series will deal with the other peoples beside whom we fight and with whom we stand or fall”. Football game is played. :33. War zone explosions and soldiers running 1:00. International armies and...
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In this 1968 Armed Forces information film (AFIF 172), viewers see several Viet Cong/COSVN propaganda films (captured by American forces near the Cambodian border) that show military operations, logistics and demolition planning, and non-military activities of the Viet Cong from their point of view. The film begins with a shot of the motion picture trademark of COSVN or the Central Office for South Vietnam, the communist organization and command headquarters that is directing the communist war...
Topic: Stock Footage
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“Labor Comes of Age” is a black and white 1960s short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. that focuses on the history of the United States labor movement during the 1930s and the accomplishments of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Actor Charlton Heston narrates the spoken words of F.D.R. throughout the film, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt served as a consultant. Opening credits (0:18). A political cartoon depicts men on strike, “By Honest Means we Obtain Our Rights” (0:44). Workers at a sewing...
Topics: Labor Comes Of Age, Labor Movement, Great Depression, 1960, School Film. Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Mexico. This was made in 1939, in collaboration with Wallace W. Atwood, an American geographer and geologist who served as president of Clark University. Opening titles: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films presents Land of Mexico (:06-:25). Map shows the land of Mexico, directly south of the United States. Palm trees southern Atlantic Coast. Palm trees near a building. Port of Vera Cruz, harbor. Workers in large sombreros load a ship...
Topics: Land Of Mexico, 1939, Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Adobe, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film is about the introduction of the White Alice Communications Antenna System as well as daily life in Alaska. This was made in 1959. Mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Alaska's new antennas for a long distance telephone system, known as white alice. Snow covered landscapes. Aerial shots of the antennas. Snowy mountains. Map shot of Alaska. The White Alice Communications System was a United States Air Force telecommunication network with 80 radio stations constructed in...
Topics: Alice, Alaska, Radio, Telephone, Dew Line, Stock Footage
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This black & white film "Let My People Go: The Story of Israel" dates to 1965, when it was nominated for the Academy Award.  It was directed by Marshall Flaum and produced by David Wolper, with score by Mark Lavry and narration by Richard Basehart. Opening titles: LET MY PEOPLE GO.  Film begins in the mountains of Israel (:15-:54). People pay respects to those who fell at the hands of the Nazis. Historical imagery: Solomon's temple in flames, the Jews in exile. Late 19th century...
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Switzerland. This is circa 1953. Opening titles: Films of the Nations present Let's Look at Switzerland (:09-:46). A lake looks like a mirror with reflections of pine trees as a woman plays an accordion. Snow capped Alpine Mountain. Mountains in the distance with a town below. Castle on a hill. Lake and trees. The Rhine river flows and creates Lake Constance, a border between Germany and Switzerland. The water flows around rocks. A...
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This travelogue film shows Finland the 1930’s. It was presented by Joseph Harris and Martin Ross.  Finland is in northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. The capitol city of Helsinki as well as the Arctic Ocean Highway running to the port of Liinakhamari which once touched the Arctic Ocean will be shown. It refers to Helsinki as Helsingfors which is the former Swedish name of the capitol. The Arctic Ocean Highway was rerouted after WW2.  Finland had long been a battle ground due...
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This black & white educational film is about what occurred in the United States in the 1930s. It was released in 1959. This film is part 1 of 2.  Opening titles: McGraw-Hill Films presents "Life in the Thirties" (:08-1:22). A man puts up a closing sign. The 1930s are upon us and it is the Great Depression. The Great Depression began with the Wall Street Crash in October 1929 and marked a time of high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation, plunging farm incomes and...
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This black & white educational film is about what occurred in the United States (and overseas) in the 1930s. It was released in 1959. This film is part 2 of 2.  Opening titles:  "Life in the Thirties" (:08-:27). A boy rides a bike, a dog yawns, a man chops ice, a cat walks, milk is delivered. A man leaves for work. Men walk towards a factory. Stores open. Fear of economic collapse is gone. Men get shaves and haircuts at a barber shop. Newspaper headline: Lindbergh Trial Opens....
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Made in the 1950s, this U.S. Navy produced documentary is about the history of "lighter than air" flight in the 19th Century. It opens with Thaddeus Lowe, the father of U.S. military aerial reconnaissance. During the Civil War, Lowe staged a balloon ascent near the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (:16) and convinced US leaders of aerial observations’ advantages (:22). Lowe organized a Union Balloon Corps (:51). James Allen (1:51) serving for the Northern Army, first ascended on...
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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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Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
In the 1950s, plastics truly represented the future. "Look into Polyethylene" is an advertising film made by Bemis Bags for the produce industry, promoting the use of plastic bags for retail. The film made by Marshall C Barnes. It opens with a woman donning a white pair of gloves to go shopping at The Red Owl Supermarket (a Minnesota chain). Produce is shown wrapped in Bemis plastic bags 1:06. Studies show that produce that is poly-packed sells faster and at higher profit. Chart shows...
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This 1944 U.S. War Department training film (T.F. 8-1288) briefly discusses the devastation that can be caused by louse-borne diseases and shows how lice get into clothes and skin and the various ways soldiers can treat any lice infestations while at a base or in the field. The film opens with soldiers walking in a European city during World War II; other shots show troops moving through the rubble of a war-torn city. Viewers see a microscopic view of a louse (01:01). A nurse tends to a sick...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Personal Hygiene, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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This is the extended version of the 1968 16mm color film "LSD: Insight or Insanity?" It was directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. This print represents the “revised” edition of the film. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 28:29). Opening title (0:17). Students near Hollywood High School, the Hollywood...
Topics: LSD, Insight, Insanity, Stock Footage, Anti Drug Film
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The condensed classroom edition of a 1967 color film directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 19:23). This print starts with an ominous ad for a corporate sponsor -- the Barnes Funeral Chapel of Washington which paid for this print to be placed in schools (0:07). High school students near...
Topics: LSD, 1967, Drugs, Stock Footage
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This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
This 1944 War Department official training film (T.F. 1-3343) shows the importance of combating malaria during World War II. The film opens with footage of U.S. soldiers at Corregidor surrendering to Japanese forces in May 1942. Footage shows soldiers on ships in the Pacific prior to the battle—where they are already battling malaria. The film shows General Bernard Montgomery and fighting during the Alamein offensive. Sick pilots lie in beds at a hospital. The malaria-carrying Anopheles...
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This color educational film is about the early attempts at launching a rocket into space hosted by Jet Propulsion Lab scientist Albert Hibbs. This is circa 1968.  Opening titles: "Man Into Space The Story Of Rockets And Space Science Part II: Pioneers and Modern Rockets" (:06-:23). Saturn V rocket takes off from launch pad. Dr. Albert Hibbs is the host. The rocket slowly goes into the sky. Flames shoot out of the back.(:24-2:13). Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian and Soviet rocket...
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Dating to the immediate post-WWII period, this black & white educational film is about Poland and was produced by Julien Bryan. The film is told from the perspective of a schoolgirl named Mary, who tells her class about her trip to Poland in 1939. Copyright is 1946, but all of the footage shown dates from before WWII. Opening titles: Mary Visits Poland (:06-:31). At school, students are learning about Poland. Mary gets up and tells the class about what she learned when, in 1939, she visited...
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This 1950s era, black and white recruiting film is about three Navy reservists on patrol in the Mediterranean visiting Morocco and Italy. It is a catalog of their touring these great countries, the sites they see in the adventures they have. The film opens with a Navy aircraft selling overhead. Mediterranean Patrol. US Naval Air Station, Anacostia D.C. Plane takes off from the tarmac; it is a Navy Neptune P2V Anti-Submarine aircraft. The African continent is seen from an aerial view 1:16. The...
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Cars drive down a street in Moscow. A woman looks at mannequins in a window. A U.S. film crew carries a movie camera (:12-:33). Boys in white tank tops and shorts and girls in white blouses and shorts march around the gym to the commands of their teacher. They are split into two groups and compete against each other in a race ( 1:00 - 2:50 ). The...
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films, and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Female and male schoolchildren sing while they hoe the ground to learn manual labor. Others fix a fence (:10-:44). A technical training class teaches how to use machine equipment. Another teaches technical drawing (:45-1:35). A technical teacher instructs the class on electrical engineering. Students work at machines. Top students have their photos on...
Topics: Soviet School System, 1962, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1947 as "Jitterumba" and then subsequently re-released by Castle Films in 1949 as "Melody Masters #5",   this short features Desi Arnaz (misspelled in the credits as "Arnez"!) explaining all about the rhumba. Arnaz is joined by Judy Clark and an obscure songstress named Dulcina, presenting "Taboo", "El Cumbanchero", "Boteando", "Managua Nicaragua" and "I'll Take the Rhumba." The film gives a...
Topics: Melody Masters, Castle Film, 1950s Music Videos, Judy Clark, Desi Arnaz, The Rhumba, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1961, this U.S. Navy film "Meteorology: The Warm Front" teaches pilots and navigators basic information about warm front weather systems. The film appears to be aimed particularly at crews operating in northern climates such as Alaska and the arctic.  The film was made by Audio Productions. 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...
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This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1959 color film "Mission: Sonic Boom" was made at a time when the U.S. Air Force was experiencing criticism for its pilots exceeding Mach 1.0 in training exercises -- producing sonic booms as they raced through the sound barrier that disrupted civilian life and caused property damage. The film represents a public relations effort by Koppers Co., which made sound deadening equipment, attempting to equate the sound of a sonic boom with freedom. Producer Koppers Co. is a global...
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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This 1970s Charles Cahill and Associates film discusses safe driving for motorcyclists, and it features shots of a number of different bikes riding on freeways, dirt roads, and along residential streets, as well as footage of crash tests conducted by the UCLA’s Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. The film opens with shots of people driving cars, motorcycles, and trucks on Southern California’s freeways, highways, and streets. Footage of traffic is spliced with shots of a...
Topics: Motorcycle, Driving, Tactics, 1970, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational driver safety film is about how to drive on America's new, post-war highways / freeways and on multi lane roads. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Multiple Lane Traffic, produced by Progressive Pictures (:09-:27). The old days, a car drives 25mph on a country road. Faster automobiles on a highway. Narrow 2 lane roads are going by the wayside and now turnpikes, freeways, highways and parkways that have multiple lanes are becoming...
Topics: 1950, Lane Traffic, Traffic, Driving, Los Angeles, Freeways, Stock Footage
This color, amateur made, silent film shows what appears to be a performance -- put on for Western tourists -- that may shows some of the rituals affiliated with the Tamil Festival of Thaipusam. These include mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers, or piercings tongues or cheeks, all the way through, with a small spear. It's not exactly clear where the film was shot or if it indeed shows Thaipusam rituals however, as the title of the film "Mystery of...
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This 1967 color film dramatizes the dangers of casual drug use by telling the story of a young student who tries marijuana at a party and later becomes addicted to heroin. It was directed and produced by Mel Marshall, narrated by Patrick Miller, and stars Gerald LeRoy, Kevin Tighe (debut), Patrick Miller, and Julie Conners. It was written by Edward Brennan. A cobra snake stands erect, turning its head to show its spotted hood, it is mesmerizing and deadly (0:08). Title card: “Narcotics, Pit...
Topics: narcotics, Pit Of Despair, 1967, Anti Drugs, Scare Film, Heroin Addict, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen 1968, black and white film made for the United Jewish Appeal recounts the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israel in 1967 and how it affected the lives of Israelis. The film opens on the ancient site of Masada. Close-up of a man’s eyes. Bombings in Israel. "Never Again to Be Denied" 1:10. Narrated by actor Michael Tolan. Written by Harold Mayer and his wife and collaborator Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Edited by Walter Katz. Associate producer, Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Song, “How...
Topics: Never Again, To Be Denied, Arab, Israeli, 1967, Six Day War, Aftermath, Stock Footage
Made in late 1946 or early 1947, this industrial film "New Automobiles" was produced by ABC and broadcast on that company's television network. At the time it was made, the  industry was falling well short of its goals in terms of auto production, and the film seeks to explain that crisis. The film begins with a look at the wartime contribution of America's automobile industry, and then examines fitful transition back to making civilian vehicles. The film includes footage of the...
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This color travel film by Esso is about what New England has to offer the tourist. Copyright is 1949. Opening: An Esso Picture - Esso Marketers present NEW ENGLAND CALLING (:06-:33). Map of the United States. New England, 6 states in the Northeast Corner of the country. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Rushing rivers, busy harbors, great universities, and a vacation land (:34-1:39). Cars on a highway. Plymouth, MA. Plymouth Rock. Tourists look at the...
Topics: New England Calling, New England, 1949, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut,...
This color educational film is a motorcycle safety film. From 1973, this film was directed by Cliff Vaughs, starring Peter Fonda, Evel Knievel, Bill Smith, and Cliff Vaughs. Opening credits: NOT SO EASY (:07-:34). Peter Fonda drives his motorcycle up a hill and through  tunnel. Out of the tunnel and around a few sharp turns. He continues until he stops near some palm trees. He speaks about safety to the viewer. Evel Knievel's trailer and then he speaks, on his bike, to the viewer. He puts on...
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This color educational film is about nuclear weapons in the world, what countries have them, and the possibilities of them being used. Copyright is 1966. Opening titles: Nuclear Power in World Politics (:06-:18). NORAD in the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado. A screen has a portion of the United States circled. Chet Huntley, an NBC news correspondent, talks from inside NORAD. A man on the phone, computer buttons are pressed. 830 missiles are at the ready. 600 B-52 long range jet...
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This color promotional film is about taking a cruise on the S.S. Olympia. Copyright is 1955.  Opening: Two boys sit near the stern of the boat. Title: OCEAN VOYAGE (:08-:36). A man looks at the model of an ocean liner, S.S. Olympia. The model sits in the window of a Travel Bureau. The man wanders New York City. He heads down to the pier and he looks at the S.S. Olympia anchored on the water. The boy is named Niko. A man pulls on a wire and a car is lifted by wires/ropes to be placed into the...
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This late 1940s black and white travel film highlights 25 years of coast-to-coast flights and events by the year. It is narrated by radio announcer Del Sharbutt and produced by B.K. Blake.   1918, President   Wilson joins a crowd to celebrate the first day of airmail. Mail lis oaded into a JN-4H (:50- 1:50 ). 1920, suffragettes march. President Harding rides in a carriage ( 1:52 - 2:05 ). Mail is flown coast-to-coast. Indians dance around the plane ( 2:07 - 2:40 ). 1924, a bi-plane marked...
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This 1970s era, color film explains how the U.S. Navy not only protects us militarily but also protects our way of life by protecting our merchant ships and valuable importing and exporting industries which affect every American citizen in everyday life. The movie opens with a man holding an American flag on top of the submarine. Military dock with warships. A tugboat pushes a carrier out to sea. A submarine heads out to sea. The Navy ships head out to see 1:00. A tugboat returns to port 1:10....
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This 1979 documentary from Coronet Films looks at the development of the Middle East’s Gulf countries due to the sudden wealth the oil industry created for these nations. The film begins with aerial footage of the Gulf (Arabian/Persian Gulf). Viewers see oil wells burning at night (00:54), men moving through an open-air market, and fishermen pulling their nets onto a beach. A man herds camels; he is shown milking one of the animals (02:22). A woman and her son ride a donkey as the daughter...
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“Once Upon A Time” is an animated film made by Audio Productions. It was created to show the importance of being a careful and safe driver on streets and highways (:15). It is presented by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (:30) which has been in operation for over 145 years and is now known as MetLife. Title screen (:30). The first scene shows cartoon trains, buses and cars on a road (:58).   This unique driver safety cartoon, told through a clever song, created as part of an insurance...
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OPERATION ABOLITION is an infamous 1960 documentary produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (a.k.a House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC). The film focuses on an incident on May 13, 1960 when the Committee convened in San Francisco’s City Hall. While the committee met, students protested in the hallways and outside the building, leading to clashes with the police and the arrest of 64 students. "Operation Abolition"shows footage of the incident taken from...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   Created by producer Paul Hoefler and photographed by Willard C. Hahn, this early 1960s educational film "Operation Freighter" provides a look at the SS Hawaiian Farmer. At the time the "Farmer" was working the sea lane between San Francisco and Hawaii as part of the Matson Navigation Company aka the Matson Line (and now more well...
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This color educational film is about a motorcycle safety film, presented by the American Honda Motorcycle Co. and featuring Honda CB350 and the Honda Trail 90 (aka CT90) motorcycles. It appears to have been filmed in the Los Angeles vicinity. Copyright is 1966. The film was made by Murray D'Atley Productions of California.  Opening titles: Operation of the Motorcycle (:06-:14). Two people ride motorcycles down the street. A lone man rides a motorcycle down a street. Cars drive down a street. A...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com Made in 1952 by the Investment Bankers Association, this black & white film takes a look at the power of the banking industry and the opportunities it presents for individual and collective success. Some of the topics examined include a look at capitalism and finance, and investing money in securities such as stocks or bonds. Opening: a mother...
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Made as an episode of the "March of Time" TV show in 1953, "Our Stake in Troubled Morocco" was produced and written by Louis de Rochemont and his brother, the film begins with a news anchor-style narrator, Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcing that the editors of Time will bring the audience’s attention to the French protectorate of Morocco and events happening there in relation to the United States Air Force defenses (00:29). At 01:30, the United States Air Force is depicted...
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This WWII film "Pacific Menace" was produced as part of the industrial incentive program by the War Department. Intended to be shown to workers at naval aircraft, munitions and supply factories and shipyards, it was "Dedicated to the Workers Who Supply the Navy’s Fighting Needs."  This black and white film recounts the US involvement in the war effort against Japan and specifically the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, and then tells the story of how an American airbase...
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This is a 1970s era, color movie made by Boeing, describing the use of the 747 aircraft to carry cargo using the baggage area below the main deck. As the narrator states, the 747 is essentially an aerial train, airlifting people and goods and mail across an entire continent between breakfast and lunch. The 747 prototype aircraft is shown at :30. The future is here - now. Boeing 747. Packaged Profits. Lower Compartment Cargo System. The purpose of the film is the highlighted technology that went...
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Made by the Central Office of Information, Foreign and Commonwealth Office — the UK government's marketing and communications agency -- "People in the Sky" shows the state of UK passenger air travel in the late 1970s and demonstrates its advance since 1914. Initially viewed as a daredevil adventure for the wealthy, plane flights were now available to all walks of life. The film opens with a shot of passengers asleep on a British Airways Flight creating an image of trust and...
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This late 1960s documentary recaps the 1966 solar eclipse expedition off the coast of Brazil and Argentina by members of the Atomic Energy Commission and scientists of the University of California’s Los Alamos, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. The mission also featured a new innovative hydraulic tracking system used on several of the telescopes. The film opens with telescope footage of the Sun, including the solar corona, and photographs of the...
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Fortuna Films Corp. Productions presents a 1950’s era, black and white movie called, Pin-Up Girl, by Russell Patterson. Va-va-voom!  Pin-up girls in the movie are Leona Fredericks, Ruth Sitarr, Dorothy Partington (who was featured in Life Magazine during the war posing with clothes made out of stamps) and Hollywood actress Carol Ohmart, 00:46. Directed by Hudson Faussett, photographed by Charles Beeland and narrated by Alan Prescott. The movie was produced by J. Caswell Martin. The movie...
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This color educational film from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is about the construction of a coal burning plant in Paradise, KY. Known as the Paradise Fossil Plant, it operated from 1963 through 2017. The film was copyright in 1964. Opening: Fire, water, they make steam. Title: Tennessee Valley Authority presents "Power From Paradise" (:08-:51). Power lines. A woman plus in a device. A cow is being milked, aerial factory shot. Aerial field. Western Kentucky, the Green River....
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
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This rare, silent film made by the 6571st Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico shows some of the pioneering medical research work done with primates. Some of the research at the USAF Missile Development Center was  part of the space program and intended to establish whether monkeys or chimps were suited for spaceflight, and where "Chimponauts" Enos and Ham were examined after their historic flights. Films of this type were not widely disseminated...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "Problem Drinkers" is a 1950s era, black and white movie that reviews the problem of alcoholism and examines possible solutions to this enduring social ill, including Alcoholics Anonymous. The film opens with the bartender pouring alcohol into a glass next to a bucket of ice. Crowded bar scene 1:00. A drunk woman cries 1:12....
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This is a 1960s era, color movie about the Procurement process and the pitfalls one may face if procedures and schedules are not followed including espionage and spying. The movie opens with a man trying to separate to nails that are bent and intertwined. It’s a Chinese puzzle. Understanding classification. Procurement and the Chinese puzzle. Presented by the division Of Classification. US Atomic Energy Commission. The purpose of the movie is to show how when schedules aren’t followed,...
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This Royal Army training film "Provision and Replenishment of Petrol in the Field" examines the logistics, movement and delivery of gasoline. The film is part two of a two part film, but unfortunately we have been unable to locate the first half of the film.  At 1:03 a fuel tank is shown full, which is how all vehicles should be in the morning. At 1:24, the division's petrol unit is shown bivouacked. At 1:43, canisters of oil and petrol / gas are shown in a lorry or truck. The trucks...
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This color educational film from the Crown Film Unit is about Hawick, Scotland and the sweaters made there. Hawick is the largest of the border towns and internationally and famous for its quality knitwear. Copyright 1948. Opening titles: Queen O The Border (:09). Map of Scotland (:31). Hawick, Scotland. A statue of a man holding a flag on a horse (:41). Hawick buildings (1:05). Countryside of Hawick (1:14). Horses on a hillside (1:37). Captured flag from an old war versus the English is...
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This film about the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United Staes opens with images of the 1,500 miles of desert and plain which separated California Territory from the United States in the 1850s (:11). The continuous railroad line that ended up being built would cover 1,912 miles and was built between 1863 and 1869. Surveyors were sent out on fact finding missions in order to discover what the best route would be (:32). In 1853, a survey of five possible routes were...
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This 1966/67 documentary "Report from China Part 3",  originally titled "Country of Dawn", was distributed by Radim Films in the USA and originally produced by a Iwanami Film Productions, of Japan.   The film records many of the events which took place during the Cultural Revolution. Many aspects of Chinese life are covered: the People's Communes, the industrial cities and their workers, and scenes of the young Red Guards journeying on foot to bring their knowledge to the...
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