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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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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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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....
Topic: Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: 1979, Coronet Films, Middle East Gulf, Oil, Stock Footage
“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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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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...
Topics: Operation Freighter, 1964, SS Hawaiian Farmer, Matson Line Freighter, Stock Footage
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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com 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...
Topics: Opportunity, USA, 1952, Investment Bankers, Banks, Stocks, Bonds, Stock Footage
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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Narrated by actor Alan Caillou, also known as Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe M.B.E., "O Tahiti Tele" was created by the Tahiti Tourist Development Board in 1972.  It shows the natural beauty of French Polynesia with its abundant beaches, fishing, paradisiacal vistas, unspoiled jungles, coconut plantations, and strong and beautiful people.  As the film points out, the arrival of jet aircraft as a means to travel, forever changed Tahiti from a remote dream for most people, to a reality...
Topics: Tahiti, French Polynesia, Mutiny On The Bounty, Papa'ete, James A. Michener, Glass Bottom Boat,...
This short 1938 travelogue, part of Andre de la Varre’s 1930s Screen Traveler film series, takes viewers on a tour of the old towns of Normandy. The film opens with a shot of Normandy’s coast (00:31) and the coastal town of Fecamp. People walk down the streets of Fecamp and enjoy such highlights as the old Benedictine monastery (01:03) and the scenic sea-side promenade (01:34). Nearby is the small village of Yport (02:18). People crowd the beach for the Blessing of the Sea ceremony; ships...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent film "On the Firing Line with the Germans" features original combat footage from World War I shot in Turkey, Germany France and Belgium. This version is not complete and originates from a reduction print made from 35mm to 16mm. The film was presented by the Morrow Film Company and originally released in 1915. While of varying quality, this incredible compilation of German newsreel footage gives a rare glimpse into WWI.   Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This black & white educational film is about the January/February 1944 Operation Flintlock campaign during WW2. This was the US seizure of the southern portion of the Marshall islands group. This film is copyright circa 1944.  Opening: U.S. soldiers on patrol, taking fire, explosions. Smoke and gunfire all around, dead bodies everywhere. A hangar's sheet metal is all that remains after being bombed. Operation Burlesque-Camouflage was the US seizure of the islands of Roi and Namur in the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color ESSO training film "Opportunity Unlimited" is about how to improve business at an Esso service station. It also shows some of the ESSO and ATLAS branded point of sale signage and advertising campaigns. Produced circa the mid 1950s, probably 1957. It was directed by Edward Seward and produced by John Bransby. Note: the film may have been shot at the Jackson Esso Service Station located at 328 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, North Carolina. The plot of the film consists of an...
Topics: 1950s, Opportunity Unlimited, ESSO, Standard Oil, Service Station, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise. This was filmed in September 1976.  Giant steel doors open (:13). Palmdale, CA, space shuttle beginning preparations for a rollout for all to see on September 17, 1976 (:32). A large crowd has gathered for the rollout (:41). Dr. Fletcher speaks (:48). Orbiter 101 christened the Enterprise is asked to roll out (:57). The Orbiter is rolled out (1:18). Space Shuttle Enterprise (1:45). People watch as the Enterprise...
Topic: Stock Footage
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"Our Navy in Wartime" is a multi-segment short mostly filmed aboard the battlecruiser HMS Hood apparently during the first few months of the Second World War. It features several famous Royal Navy ships including HMS Ark Royal, HMS Nelson and HMS Repulse sailing in her company during various patrols and exercises from September to December 1939 along with footage of her crew engaged in various activities such as signaling by lamp and flag, exercising her anti-aircraft guns and playing...
Topic: Stock Footage
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by Council for a Television Course in the Humanities for Secondary Schools; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc
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"Our Town" and Our Universe Search Educational Film Journals at Media History Project for references to this film This film introduces one of John Cheever's favorite themes, the American male's fear of losing his identity. Frustrated at the onset of age, middle-aged executive Cash Bentley attempts to recapture the glories of his college years and his athletic prowess by hurdling the living room furniture. Even a broken leg doesn't serve as a warning ... the moment it is healed hs back...
Topics: Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975, Our town (Wilder, Thornton)
One of a series of silent 16mm newsreels made for the enjoyment of the German public, "Fight Against Bolshevism #1" shows the German Wehrmacht at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa.  Originally named Operation Fritz, Barbarossa was the code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union, which was launched on June 22, 1941. The failure of German troops to defeat Soviet forces in the campaign signaled a crucial turning point in the war. The film begins with a map showing the...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made for the home market and sold in department stores and by mail order during the war, this 1942 Official Films newsreel features newsreel highlights from 1942 including the Second Battle of Alamein, landings on the Solomon Islands, Dieppe, as well as RAF hedge-hopping missions. It opens with the Second Battle of Alamein (:23). British forces are seen mobilizing in preparation against Marshal Erwin Rommel (:34). Tanks, trucks and troop transports move through a heavily crowded supply line...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This WWII newsreel shows the assault on the Italian island of Pantelleria, followed by the invasion of Sicily (2:42) by British and American, and Canadian troops.  At 8:00, General Patton is seen in Sicily while his troops surge into the interior of the island. Operation Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. There had been an early...
Topic: Stock Footage
This WWII newsreel shows the assault on the Italian island of Pantelleria, followed by the invasion of Sicily ( 2:42 ) by British and American, and Canadian troops. At 8:00 , General Patton is seen in Sicily while his troops surge into the interior of the island. Operation Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. There had been an...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1945, black and white film "Official Films New Thrill" briefly recounts the meeting in the Crimea of Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill at the Yalta Conference. The movie then quickly moves into the final battle scenes of WWII: the crushing defeat of Germany at the hands of Allied forces, resulting in the crossing of the Rhine and the push towards Berlin. The film was edited by Leslie Winik.  Yalta Conference, Feb 4, 1945 – Feb 11, 1945. The Livadia Palace. The palace was a...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent 16mm footage is a home movie shot by an American serviceman in Occupied Japan. Based on research we believe it was filmed during the 1946-47 and possibly as late as 1948. It is a companion of film 31234. The film features men of the "First Team" 1st Cavalry Division -- which was given the honor of leading the Allied Occupational Army into Tokyo. It also provides a fascinating look at Japan in this era, with its infrastructure heavily damaged and population struggling to...
Topic: Stock Footage
Shot by a member of the U.S. military in 1950, this 16mm home movie features views of Japan's Izu islands' Hachijo-jima, and Hong Kong in 1950, featuring the site of future Cordial Mansions, Chunking Arcades, Little India, and Hachijo-jima island harbor. It also shows the christening ceremony of a Norwegian fishing boat "Krill", in Japan. Based on research it seems this footage was likely shot by a member of the U.S. 8th Army before the relocation of the unit from Japan in July 1950....
Topic: Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951 by British Petroleum, RIG 20 (French language version shown here) shows the hazards involved when fire breaks out at an oil well, and the measures taken to extinguish the fire. The oil well in question was in Persia. The fire is fought using water to cool the well head, and explosives placed in the throat of the well to deprive it of oxygen. The detonation (at 7:47) is tremendous but produces the desired result. The well can now be capped.   The film was directed by Ronald H....
Topics: 1951, Oil Well, Fire Fighting, Iran, French, Rig 20, 1951, Stock Footage
Atom Atoll (Report to The Armed Forces, Issue Number 147) is a short film from 1953 documenting Operation Greenhouse, a series of nuclear tests conducted on the islands of Enewetak Atoll by members of Joint Task Force 3. Members of the task force gather around a table (00:44). Aerial footage shows the islands of Enewetak Atoll. Weapon designers work on a plastic balloon that will measure the blast of a nuclear detonation (02:21). Men set up other research instruments. On Zero Island, the tower...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This sepia 1960 film CHALLENGE OF THE OCEANS by the National Academy of Sciences is from a series of reports on Planet Earth. The film begins with brief underwater footage of a woman scuba diving ( 0:06 - 0:10 ). A researcher works with a tide gauge ( 0:11 - 0:27 ). Navy Scientists use nautical equipment to analyze the ocean floor and water samples ( 0:28 -59). A ship navigates in tumultuous waters ( 1:20 - 2:03 ). The camera pans around the 1597 painting “Alexander Is Lowered Into The Sea”...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This black & white educational film from the Vietnam War era is about Southeast Asia and what's going on in those countries looking to stave off Communism. This was made in 1968.   Opening: sky above Southeast Asia, a montage of horrific images: gunshots are fired, a hut burns, a body, a crying child, a fire blazes. Title: Outlook Southeast Asia (:09-:46). A map shows Southeast Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Malayasia, Singapore, Republic of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. Men...
Topics: Outlook, Southeast Asia, Asia, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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A Salute to the US Navy circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea.  Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This historic film about Operation Fougasse shows one of England's most secret WWII anti-invasion weapons -- a flame fougasse that used an explosive charge to create a gigantic wall of flame along the British coast.  The flame fougasse was developed by the Petroleum Warfare Department in Britain as an anti-tank weapon during the invasion crisis of 1940. During that period, about 50,000 flame fougasse barrels were deployed in some 7,000 batteries, mostly in southern England and a little later...
Topics: World War II, Fougasse, Weapon, . British Anti-invasion Program, Normandy Landing, Operation...
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O Youth and Beauty A brief look at aspects of daily life on Likiep, a small coral island of the Marshall Islands.
Topics: Cheever, John, Aging
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This WWII film shows an air attack on Naples, a vital Italian city that supports Axis naval and air forces in both Italy and the Balkans.  After a briefing -- in which the target charts have been censored to the public with black-out -- B-24 aircraft of the 15th Air Force are loaded and take off towards Naples.  After action de-briefing accounts for damage to Italian ships including a cruiser, and many other warships in the harbor of Naples.  This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Naples, World War II, Fifteen Air Force, Italian Navy, Consolidated...
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Created by the United States Marine Corps, “Objective … Security” is a 20-minute propaganda film covering U.S. Navy security on the Pacific island of Okinawa during World War II. Filmed by Marine combat photographers, the picture opens with Easter Sunday services in 1945, shown at mark  00:30 , as we’re reminded that while the war in Europe seemed to nearing an end, half a world away, in the Pacific Theater, combat continued. On Okinawa, only 400 miles from Japan, more than 100,000...
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The United States Army presents “The Big Picture Occupation of Japan,” — a Signal Corps Pictorial Center produced weekly television report that highlighted the occupation of Japan at the end of World War II. The film also focused on the United States’ important role in rebuilding and strengthening Japan after the war. The 1953 U.S. Army training film begins with an introduction from Sergeant Stuart Queen (1919–1981), a World War II veteran and Korean War combat broadcaster, who says...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definiton
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Shot just after WWII by an unknown member of the U.S. military, this silent home movie shows Japan during the occupation era. The film begins with title cards indicating that the person who shot the film was living aboard the USS Blackford (APB-45), a Benewah-class self-propelled barracks ship that was in service with the United States Navy during the waning days of World War II and was decommissioned in April 1947. So clearly the film predates that. Blackford is seen at :20 in her berth, and...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent 16mm footage is a home movie shot by an American serviceman in Occupied Japan. Based on research we believe it was filmed during the Chrismas holidays of 1947, and no later than 1948 (due to Gen. Eichelberger retirement). It is a companion to film 31244. The film features the U.S. Eighth Army Headquarters and the "First Team" 1st Cavalry Division -- which was given the honor of leading the Allied Occupational Army into Tokyo.  It also features everyday Yokohama streets...
Topic: Stock Footage
Shot by an unknown American serviceman, these 16mm silent home movies show Japan during the time that it was occupied by U.S. armed forces. The film begins on the Yakoda Air Base, a military base where a Japanese aircraft is prominently displayed (:40). The base has a gymnasium, tennis courts and other amenities including a dry cleaners (1;25) and post office. At 2:10 buses are seen and at 2:17 a sign for the 98th Bomb wing and 343rd Bomb Group.At 2:40 the auditorium is visible. Various shots...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This silent home movie -- or it might be a promotional film -- shows the Greek liner Kentavros arriving in the port of Palermo, Italy in 1968. The ship sailed for the Klavenis Lines, or K-Line, also known as the Kavounides Shipping Co. The movie shows the ship arriving in port, apparently with a load of Israeli passengers (the Israeli flag is visible at 4:27). Another flag is also shown in the film, apparently belonging to a tour company (:26).  M/V Kentavros had a really interesting history,...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1960s color film is narrated by one of the three young brothers traveling together from New York to Genoa, Italy (an eight-day trip) on the SS Leonardo da Vinci, ( 2:59 - 3:16 ). This advanced Italian Line ocean liner was built in 1960. The film was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica as an educational film. Shots of the New York shoreline are seen as the ship leaves the harbor ( 3:39 - 4:20 ). A sculpture of da Vinci is at the entrance to the dining hall ( 4:58 ), where lunch is served (...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This fascinating industrial film advertises Oceaneering International's groundbreaking Underwater Atmospheric Diving Suit (ADS), known as JIM.  An atmospheric diving suit or ADS is a small one-person articulated submersible of anthropomorphic form which resembles a suit of armour, with elaborate pressure joints to allow articulation while maintaining an internal pressure of one atmosphere. The ADS can be used for very deep dives of up to 2,300 feet (700 m) for many hours, and eliminates the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Atmospheric Diving Suit, Diving Suit, Underwater Diving, Scuba...
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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Made in 1944 by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), A REPORT ON GERMAN MORALE examines the German war machine and the methods used by the Nazis to control morale, despite huge battlefield reversals.  Designed for armed forces consumption only, this is an unusually interesting film not only for the use of enemy footage throughout, but also for its attitudes. As Theodore Huff pointed out, "It rather gleefully seizes on German civilian misery as a propagandist weapon to be exploited, the...
Topic: Stock Footage
This historic film "Nazi Concentration Camps" was created immediately after WWII by the United States Government (August 1945) in an attempt to document the atrocities committed by the German state. The documentary report created by famed director George Stephens was used as evidence in official war crimes trials. It remains one of the most important works, showing irrefutable evidence of the despicable, brutal and inhumane acts committed by the German government in the name of racial...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made for the home market in the USA, this 16mm newsreel from Official Films begins with footage of the German invasion of Norway. At 1:08, the American Ambassador Mrs. J. Borden Harriman escapes to Sweden in a diplomatic car. At 1:42 Namsos, a North Sea port city, is bombed by the Luftwaffe. At 2:50, Allied Expeditionary Force ships withdraw from Norway. At 4:30, Royal Navy planes arrive to cover the withdrawal and prevent enemy U-boat attacks. At 5:43 the German Blitzkrieg begins as Adolf...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film from 1942 depicts parts of the North Africa Campaign of WW2, as well as from the Allied forces' advance on New Guinea. It is presented by Official Films (:12) and opens with a promotion to buy more war bonds. (The US Treasury Department pushed for citizens to buy more bonds in order to finance WW2.) (:22). US forces are seen heading into Higgins boats for the landing on North Africa (:31) and British and US invasion fleets moved towards Africa from the British Isles (:49). This was...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This film from 1942 depicts parts of the North Africa Campaign of WW2, as well as from the Allied forces' advance on New Guinea. It is presented by Official Films (:12) and opens with a promotion to buy more war bonds. (The US Treasury Department pushed for citizens to buy more bonds in order to finance WW2.) (:22). US forces are seen heading into Higgins boats for the landing on North Africa (:31) and British and US invasion fleets moved towards Africa from the British Isles (:49). This was...
Topics: Official Films, news Thrills, 1942, Operation Torch, North Africa, Stock Footage
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This newsreel, “News Thrills of 1943” by Official Films (volume 4 of 1943) and edited by Leslie Winik ( 00:10 ), recaps two key events in WWII. “Yanks Bomb Ploesti Oil Fields” ( 00:24 ) begins with B-24 Liberator bombers ( 00:28 ) practicing precision skip bombings over the Egyptian desert (possibly Libyan desert) in preparation for the raid on Romania’s Ploesti oil fields. Upon completion of the rehearsal, the bombers take off ( 00:49 ) on their mission to destroy the Ploesti oil...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
“News Thrills: 1941 Vol. 1,” one of Official Films newsreels and edited by Leslie Winik, features Wendell L. Willkie’s visit to England (mark 00:23), Britain’s capture of Tobruk, Libya (mark 01:23), Malta’s 234th air raid (02:21), the sinking of Germany’s Bismarck (03:13), Romania’s King Carol and Madame Lupescu’s arrival in Bermuda after exile (04:23), President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proclamation of Unlimited National Emergency (05:08), the U.S. Army’s 15th Regular...
Topics: Official FIlms, News Reel, 1941, Wendell Wilkie, Battleship, Bismarck, Sunk, King Carol, Stock...
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Made just prior to U.S. entry into World War II, this Official Films newsreel, “News Thrills: 1941, Vol. II,” recaps some of the social, military, and political events of 1941. The newsreel begins with photographers having fun photographing people on the sandy beaches of Venice, California ( 00:19 ). The next segment covers the first test flight of the world’s largest bomber, the Douglas B-19, as it takes off from Santa Monica, California ( 01:34 ) and lands at March Air Base near...
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
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One of a series of newsreels produced by Official Films during WWII, this film features news events of 1942. It begins with coverage of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's departure from the Philippines, Gen. Stillwell and Chiang Kai-shek in Burma, the famous Flying Tigers operating in China, an Allied convoy repelling an Axis attack, British planes bomb Paris, the British occupy Madagascar and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. The Flying Tigers were a mercenary flying force from the USA, active prior...
Topics: Official FIlms, Newsreel, 1942, Vol.2, Douglas Macarthur, Flying Tigers, Battle Of Midway, Stock...
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
Topics: Official Films, Newsreel, D Day, Invasion, Normandy, France, WWII, June 6, 1944, Stock Footage,...
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Made for the home market and sold in department stores and by mail order during the war, this 1942 Official Films newsreel features newsreel highlights from 1942 including the Second Battle of Alamein, landings on the Solomon Islands, Dieppe, as well as RAF hedge-hopping missions. It opens with the Second Battle of Alamein (:23). British forces are seen mobilizing in preparation against Marshal Erwin Rommel (:34). Tanks, trucks and troop transports move through a heavily crowded supply line...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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“The Last Ten Feet” is a circa 1940 black-and-white presentation by oil and gas manufacturer Esso and the Oil Industry Information Committee. “All that the average motorist sees of the American oil industry is the ten feet of hose leading from the service station gasoline pump to his car. This is the story behind those last ten feet,” a card tells us at mark  00:47 . From there the 1940s-era film embarks on telling that tale as friendly gas station attendants filling tanks, checking...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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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,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This film is a color & B&W tinted film, with live action clips of U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. Produced by the Marine Corps Photographic Service. Photographed by three division combat photographers: Third Amphibious Corps, First Marine Division, and Sixth Marine Division. Narrated film shows final operations of the Marines taking the final last remaining areas of Okinawa, to overcome the stalemate with 50,000+ Japanese troops.  0:56 Opening view of Battle Tank traveling in open...
Topic: Stock Footage
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G-B Instructional Limited presents OLIVE GROWING IN THE MIDDLE EAST a short film by the J. Arthur Rank Organization Limited and supervised by G I Cons, M.A. The film concentrates on showing the multiple processes used to make olive oil versus the actual olive growing process. The opening shot is a panoramic view of limestone hills dotted by olive trees. A map showing the heaviest concentrations of olive trees (:40 – 1:12 ) highlights the areas around Spain, the south of France, and Italy. The...
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The Dope Tapes
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Elvis drugs, Pot Clubs, Gay Marriage, Reefer Madness Bush on pot, Miles Davis, Steroids, Angel Raich. See scans of liner notes for detailed content.
Topics: vhs, Drugs, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds (USAF Air Demonstration Squadron) are the topic of this McDonnell Douglas promotional film. Titled “Once a Thunderbird…” the color film dates from the early 1970s and opens with scenic views of the Western United States when we come upon a decorated U.S. Air Force captain, who reminds us: “For a hundred centuries, before the white man set foot on the craggy rocks of New England, these vast reaches were peopled by the Red Man … Like all men they feared...
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Produced by the Marion Power Shovel Company, this fascinating movie looks at copper and copper mining in the 1960s, when the American mines were at peak production and financial troubles loomed. The film looks at the future of mining, including the development of efficiencies to keep mines in business. Open pit mining techniques are shown, with a focus on the Southwest. At 2:00 , Bingham Canyon and the Utah Mining Company pit (also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine) is seen. At 2:40 , various...
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This silent film from 1913 shows the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, a "stupendous undertaking" as a title card describes it. Chief Engineer William Mulholland is shown at 1:38, and again at 3:14 when the gates of the aqueduct are first opened. At 6:40 the San Fernando Reservoir is shown. The aqueduct project began in 1905 when the voters of Los Angeles approved a US$1.5 million bond for the 'purchase of lands and water and the inauguration of work on the aqueduct'. On...
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This film documents 1963's Operation Blowdown, an incredible test undertaken by Australia to determine what the effects of a nuclear detonation would be in a rainforest.   For various reasons a nuclear device was not used, so the test (in the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland) relied on conventional explosives -- 50 tons of TNT.   Although today the test seems quite peculiar, at the time the "Atoms for Peace" initiative was being advanced by both sides in the Cold War and the idea...
Topics: 1963, Nuclear, Nuclear Blast, Australian Civil Defense, Stock Footage
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Created by the Strategic Air Command, this film documents Operation Blue Nose in April of 1960.  On April 20, a 4135th Strategic Wing B-52G crew at Eglin AFB, Fla., launched a Hound Dog missile at the end of a 20-hour, 30-minute flight to the North Pole and back. This test verified the ability of the B-52 and missile to operate in temperatures as low as 75 degrees below zero.  The North American Aviation Corporation AGM-28 Hound Dog was a supersonic, jet propelled, air-launched cruise...
Topics: Boeing B-52 Stratospheres, Strategic Air Command, Hound Dog Missile, AGM-28 Hound Dog, Cold War,...
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Made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the 1976 film, “Operation Breakthrough Equal Opportunity Housing,” profiles the United States’ first large-scale, unprecedented industrialized housing program. The opening sequence opens with an up-tempo theme, and we’re shown several images of tall residential and business buildings, crowded sidewalks, and streets jam-packed with cars. At mark 02:00 the commentator lists the various factors that limited housing production...
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This color educational film is about the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. These were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July 1945, and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.   The film was made in 1949.   Opening titles: opening disclaimer about the tests of the atomic bomb, credits, OPERATION CROSSROADS (Able and Baker Day Tests) (:13-2:26). Aerial shots...
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This reel of footage contains various segments. First at :08:00, is raw aerial footage of the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. This includes both the Able and Baker tests. Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July 1945, and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The purpose of the...
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Dating to 1946, this silent, raw footage shows preparations underway to document the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests using drone B-17 aircraft. The Enewetak Atoll, home base for the drone operations, is seen at  1:35  from the air, with various views of the area that would be used for the later Operation Sandstone tests. At  6:30 , drone B-17 aircraft are seen. These were equipped with radio controls and television cameras so that they could be flown remotely through the atomic cloud...
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Created by the Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1955 and then revised in 1964, "Operation Cue" is one of the most famous films to emerge from the atomic era.  Perhaps this is because of the film's disturbing subject and odd pairing of domestic life -- here shown in a "typical American house" stocked with typical foods and appliances and mannequins dressed like Mom, Dad, Sister and Brother -- with an atomic explosion.  The blast shown was the Civil Defense Apple-2...
Topics: nuclear blast, nuclear test, Nevada atomic test site, Cold War, Operation Teapot, Civil defense,...
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This U.S. Marine Corps film chronicles Operation Dewey Canyon, which was the last major offensive by the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. It took place from January 22 through March 18, 1969 and involved a sweep of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA)-dominated A Shau Valley by the 9th Marine Regiment reinforced by elements of the 3rd Marine Regiment. The 56 days of combat were a tactical success but did not stop the overall flow of North Vietnamese men and matériel into South...
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Made in 1965, this film report documents the "civic action program" adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. This "hearts and minds" type of warfare (which also included Operation County Fair and the Combined Action Program -- see our Youtube channel) was adopted in hopes of reversing gains by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam, but unfortunately its success was limited. The idea behind Full Blade was fairly simple: because the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army could...
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This late 1950s color film opens with the Columbus Film Festival The ‘Chris’ Award, received for this documentary on heartbeat research by Dr. Paul Dudley White, a leading cardiologist. It was presented by the Douglas Aircraft Company as a scientific venture. A California grey whale swims, emerges and blows water (:43- 1:20 ). The Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea are ice covered ( 1:20 - 1:40 ). A vintage globe shows the migration path to warmer waters off Baha, California for breeding ( 1:41 -...
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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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“Operation Ivy” cold opens with an address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower discussing the rapid advancement of the Atomic Age. A scroll at mark  00:45  then details how the Federal Civil Defense Administration “firmly believes it is necessary for the American public to know the facts about the destructiveness of nuclear weapons” and leading to the “public issuance … a non-secret portion of a secret film” that takes the viewer to the Pacific Proving Ground “to witness an...
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