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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 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...
Topics: Railroad Builders, Construction, Transcontinental Railroad, Utah, Stock Footage
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...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in 1944 and released in 1945, ‘Return to Guam’ is a WWII propaganda film that tells the story of George Ray Tweed. Tweed was a decorated radioman of the US Navy who evaded capture by the Japanese for two years and seven months after the surrender of the U.S. garrison in Guam in 1941. The film is presented by the US Navy and combat action scenes were filmed by the Marine Corps and Navy photographers (:27). It opens with a map pointing to Guam’s location (:27) and the shelling of...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about how people may experience interruption in their travels as essential people will receive preferential treatment due to wartime. No copyright but this is circa the early 1940s.  Opening: RIGHT OF WAY (:06-:20). An announcement is made to people waiting for a train that it is delayed. On a train, there's nowhere to sit. A woman can't get a ticket. A man can't get a taxi and buses are crowded. A car has a flat tire. A sign reads "No Gas"...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white novelty film features Egyptian actor Alex d'Arcy -- playing the part of a discharged American soldier -- traveling the French Riviera in his 1950's Studebaker convertible. d'Arcy meets up with many other movie stars including Charles Boyer, Sonja Henie, Maurice Chevalier, George Raft, Annie Crombez (ski champion), Elsa Maxwell, Bob Stack, Buddy Rogers, Steve Reeves (Mr. America 1948). Copyright 1950. Opening title: Riviera Dream (:07-1:17). Aerial shot of Nice in the...
Topics: Rivera Drea, 1950s, South, France, Novelty Film, Alex D'arcy, Carnnes And Nice, Stock Footage,...
This circa 1945 War Department film titled “Rolling to the Rhine” details the experience of WWII "Red Ball Express" drivers delivering cargo to Allied troops in the European Theater.   Opening title: (0:06) The War Department Presents Rolling to the Rhine (0:21) produced by Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps (0:29). The Bronze Star is displayed on the screen and shown being placed on the breast pocket of a soldier (0:45). A pilot is seen in the cockpit of an aircraft with...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent Castle Film shows the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and heir to the British throne, was coronated in 1953 following the death of her father.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Royal Wedding, Elizabeth And Phillip, 1947, Wedding, Princess, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage,...
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This 1945 short film details the rescue of C-47 plane crash survivors in remote New Guinea. In 2011 a book about the incident by Mitchell Zuckoff was published: "Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II."  The book and the film detail the story of the U.S. military airplane called "The Gremlin Special", which crashed on May 13, 1945 in Netherlands New Guinea, and the subsequent rescue of the survivors....
Topic: Stock Footage
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Return To Kerry is a 1960 travelogue promoting tourism in Ireland’s County Kerry. The film follows fictitious newlyweds Vincent and Blanche as they arrive in Dublin on an Aer Lingus jet (00:13). Their visit to Kerry begins on the coast at Parknasilla (00:59). The couple travels to picturesque Killarney where wild flowers adorn the coastal hills. They drive their hired car along an old country road (01:55), passing rolling hills and more flowers, such as wild irises (02:12). An Irish cottage...
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Topic: Stock Footage
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,...
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Panama, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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by Armed Forces Information Film
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Produced in 1962 and narrated by actor James Cagney, "The Road to the Wall" explores the steady march of Communism through the years.  It begins with the writings of Karl Marx and tracks milestones up until the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall.  Filled with spectacular footage pulled from historic propaganda and dramatic films, the documentary was produced by U.S. Armed Forces and released as an "Information Film."  It presents the expansion of Communism around the...
Topics: Cold War, Soviet Union, Communist Revolution, USSR, Berlin Wall, Fidel Castro, Chairman Mao, China,...
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This short film from 1948 celebrates the 173rd anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, which was founded in 1775. It shows the 2nd Marine Division being inspected by Gen. Clifton V. Cates, Commandant of the Corps. The location is Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At the time, the 2nd Division had just returned from an amphibious landing exercise. The film goes on to show some of the capabilities of the USMC, and the "first team" which includes new jet aircraft (1:30), cutting edge...
Topics: 173rd Anniversary, United Statess Marine Corps, USMC, 1948, Gen. Clifton B Cates, Commandant, Stock...
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The sinking of the Titanic created a news sensation that crowded the front pages of papers in the USA, the U.K. and abroad. Although there were no formal newsreel companies in 1912, some specialized film production companies did exist. An unknown producer created the film you will see here, partly out of footage apparently shot aboard the Titanic's sister ship Olympic or Brittanic, and partially from material shot aboard the Titanic itself. Some areas of the film that would have shown the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Vintage footage of the Rose Bowl Parade from 1931! The 1931 parade featured Gen. Charles S. Farnsworth as Grand Marshall. The game featured the Alabama Crimson Tide against Washington State. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
Topic: Stock Footage
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An excerpt from the British Movietone News which was sold by Kodak for home use, this film shows the 1937 Royal Navy Fleet Review at Spithead. This took place on May 20, 1937 as part of the Coronation. After the small beginnings of naval airpower at the 1912 review, five carriers were present this time. The sole U.S. Navy representative was USS New York, which had brought Admiral Hugh Rodman, the President's personal representative for the coronation, across the Atlantic. Germany was...
Topic: STock Footage
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This brief drama film created during WW2 depicts the Arctic Sea Lanes and shows the Canadian conquest of the northern frozen tundra section of the country through air power. It features the northern route to Europe and Asia, isolated weather stations, outposts in the northern tundra, as well as bombers being fortified to Europe. It is presented by Official Films (:07) and is dedicated to the pioneer flyers whom had originally blazed the air routes of the northern route (:23). Pilots are seen...
Topics: 1942, Canadian Air Force, Arctic Air Routes, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie was shot in December 1945.  World War II had just ended and the Tournament of Roses celebrated in grand style. Many Victory floats are seen in the parade, and WWII themes including an Iwo Jima float seen at the 9:18 mark. The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946 is seen briefly at the 11:30 mark.  This was the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the...
Topics: 1946, Rose Parade, California, WWII, World War II, Victory Celebration, Stock Footage
This silent film made by NBC shows the 1948 Rose Parade with General Omar Bradley serving as Grand Marshall, and part of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the U.S.C. Trojans.   1948 represented the first local telecast of a college football game in the nation's history.   The reason the film is silent, we're not sure.  Possibly this was made to be shown on TV while a commentator spoke over it... The 1947 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, Michigan Wolverines Football,...
This short film takes viewers to the 62nd Annual Tournament of Roses parade (Rose Parade) held on 1 January 1951 in Pasadena, CA. The film shows the floats, bands, and horses featured in the annual parade with its 1951 theme “Joyful Living.” The film opens with shots of a swan on a pond, roses in bloom, and Eleanor Payne being crowned Rose Queen. The football coaches from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan speak to people sitting in the stands prior to the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1951, "Wing to Wing" showcases the Royal Air Force as it transitioned to the jet age. Scenes include a throwback to show how WWII was fought in the sky, modern day combat in Korea (including the Royal Australian Air Force jets), and scenes showing the capabilities and versatility of a whole series of first generation British jet powered aircraft. As the commentator says:   Strength in the air today decides the fate of nations. Air power must be ours where the cause of peace...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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This film, REPORT OF THE NAVY tracks two years of the Navy’s progress ( 1:03 ) in the post-WWII era. In October 1952, a fleet from Norfolk, Virginia heads for Scotland ( 1:16 ) for operation Mainbrace ( 1:30 ). It will test NATO’s ability to operate under a common command for a common purpose. The fleet of 160 consisted of carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, tankers and supply ships ( 1:52 ). After preparations the first part commences ( 2:30 ). This will be air support...
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In 1957, William and Daisy Myers, who were both college graduates, moved their family into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. The Myers were black, and the suburb was all-white. The result was somewhat predictable given the era, and the fact that many of the whites had left the inner city for the suburbs to escape racial integration. The Myers were harassed, openly threatened, and snubbed. Molotov cocktails were thrown at a protest which escalated to a riot in the summer,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
These television commercials date to 1960, when Vice President Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge ran against the Senator John F. Kennedy / Lyndon B. Johnson ticket. The commercials deal with various issues including the economy and the cause of peace, which Nixon's campaign summed up with the tagline "They understand what peace demands".  The 1960 United States presidential election was the 44th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 1960. In a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This 1960s era home movie is a true rarity because it was shot with sync'd sound track. It shows the Rose Parade, including Vice President Richard Nixon as Grand Marshall.   This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This is a collection of seven short black and white segments copyrighted in 1961. Not a formal TV show, these short Ripley’s Believe It or Not segments were shown as interstitials on TV stations, filling up time left in the program schedule. It seems likely the date of their production was actually 1949-1950, an earlier era of television when short form TV shows were more common. These shows were directed by Ray Kellogg, and a Sceptre Production. Thomas Edison’s Secret features Edison’s...
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U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Harold Krier is just one of the pilots introduced in this 20-minute color film on the National Championship Air Races held in Reno, Nevada, and aerobatic flying. Made in 1965, it opens with the camaraderie and competitiveness shared by pilots, The camera eavesdrops on conversations as pilots and their teams discuss horizontal rolls and potential problems as Krier is introduced at mark 02:00 and shown performing his airborne acrobatics. As aerobatics pilot...
Topics: 1965, Reno, National Championship, Air Races, Stock Footage
“Successful Secretary” is a film presented by Royal Office Typewriters (:22). Royal, aka Royal Litton, was one of the most popular producers of the typewriter. Founded in 1904 by Edward B Hess, by the year 1957 the company announced it had produced its 10 millionth typewriter. This film is based in the sixties and is centered on the Royal 660 which is a 1966 model designed specifically to compete with IBM's Selectric. It was lower priced than the Selectric, but apparently less durable and...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The rally competition now known as Rally Finland, an annual race held in the Finnish Lakeland in Central Finland, is the focus of this 1968 color documentary produced by Castrol. Titled “The Flying Finns,” it features the 1968 1000 Lakes Rally and is concentrated on documenting the duel between Timo Makinen and Hannu Mikkola. The film opens with race crews, including those for rally driver Timo Salonen, expecting their vehicles and interviews with drivers describing the wide and smooth...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This is a 1960s era, color movie. The movie is narrated. This movie is about the Black Clawson Company and what they are doing about recycling trash and reducing land pollution. The movie opens on a street in a suburb as men collect the trash. About half (50%) of the trash collected in America is paper :36. The trash arrives at the municipal, sanitary landfill :47. This trash rots, blows away and can cause a serious health threat 1:00. Black Clawson has developed a wet system which provides a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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“Railroadin’” is a 1941 documentary on the development of railroads in the United States. The color educational film, produced in conjunction with the US Departments of War and Interior and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), gives an overview of the history and operation of railroads in the United States. (The AAR is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America that works to improve the efficiency, safety and service of the railroad...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
After the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman issued a directive to Army and Navy officials for the joint testing of nuclear weapons "to determine the effect of atomic bombs on American warships." Bikini Atoll was chosen as the new nuclear proving ground for the U.S. government because of its location away from regular air and sea routes. The natives needed to be relocated in order for operation Crossroads to get underway. This raw footage from 1946 shows members of the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This promotional film by North American Rockwell shows R.A. "Bob" Hoover performing maneuvers in the Shrike Commander. The Shrike was a twin piston-engined business aircraft which developed a rather staid reputation, one that Rockwell hired Hoover to debunk. As this film documents, Hoover more than did that -- showing how an aircraft not designed for stunt flying could perform incredibly well.   The Aero Commander 500 family is a series of light-twin piston-engined and turboprop...
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This short silent newsreel shows various aircraft flying for the R.A.F. including Armstrong Whitworth bombers, Bristol Blenheim pursuit bombers, and Fairey Battle attack bombers. These aircraft were all developed in the inter-war period.   The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War. It was adapted as an interim long-range and night fighter, pending the...
Topics: Aircraft, Royal Air Force, Bomber, Armstrong Witworth Whiteley, Bristol Blenheim, Fairey Battle,...
Educational Films
by Laing, R. D. (Ronald David), 1927-1989; John McGreevy Productions; Nielsen-Ferns Ltd; Learning Corporation of America
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Topics: Laing, R. D. (Ronald David), 1927-1989, Travel
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by Laing, R. D. (Ronald David), 1927-1989; Harper & Row, Publishers
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Producer, director, writer, Newton E. Meltzer; camera, Ivan Strasburg; editor, Hans R. Dudelheim
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Topics: Laing, R. D. (Ronald David), 1927-1989, Antipsychiatry
This silent footage shot aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61) shows RA-5C Vigilante aircraft operating off Vietnam. The RA-5C was a reconnaissance variant of the Vigilante. 69 of the aircraft were built by North American, plus 20 were redesignated and 61 converted from earlier variants. Based on a slate (8:08), we believe this film dates to the week of May 6, 1968 and features Carrier Air Wing 2 (CARAIRWING TWO) CVW-2. It's unclear why the film was shot, but it might represent an operational test of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made in 1957-58 by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization and the University of Michigan, "The Invisible Enemy" attempts to discuss the dangers of radioactive fallout and the need for fallout shelters. The film features a professor making a scientific lecture about radiation, its unseen powers, and lethal effects. The film features images of geiger counters, atomic bomb blasts ( 3:56 ), research nuclear reactors ( 6:35 ), medical use of nuclear radiation ( 8:15 ) and more. At...
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This 1950s Civil Defense film describes the fallout produced by a fission atomic bomb from a surface burst. Nuclear fallout, or simply fallout, is the residual radioactive material propelled into the upper atmosphere following a nuclear blast or a nuclear reaction conducted in an unshielded facility, so called because it "falls out" of the sky after the explosion and shock wave have passed. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating from 1946, this film shows some of the planning that went into the Operation Crossroads nuclear test series, to ensure that personnel were not exposed to dangerous levels of radiation and radioactive fallout resulting from the bomb explosions.  This included the use of drone aircraft to fly through the atomic cloud, and extensively monitoring throughout the target area.  Unfortunately the measures taken proved insufficient and in reality, many personnel may have suffered exposure as a...
Topics: Radiation, Operation Crossroads, Radioactivity, Civil Defense, Nuclear Radiation, Hiroshima, Bikini...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1951 Castle Films sound short shows a boy playing with a model railroad and his dreams of operating a fast locomotive on the Pennsylvania main line. There are wonderful scenes of real trains, and about three and one half minutes show toy trains. Much of this footage was shot in the actual Lionel Showroom with salesman Myles Walsh demonstrating the layout to a young boy. The film ends with the boy dreaming that he is a locomotive engineer -- so charming and wonderful didn't we all? Lionel...
Topic: Stock Footage
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"Railroading in the East" is a collection of silent, short films depicting fast moving trains filmed between 1897-1906. This is among some of the earliest extant footage of trains moving, as audiences in small theaters had the illusion that they were seeing the real thing. (The famous story is that audiences seeing a train headed straight for them panicked and bolted from the theater!) These short films were photographed by the Edison and Biograph Companies. In order to register a...
Topics: Railroads, Eastern USA, 1897, 1906, Trains, Stock Footage
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This 1930s German educational film features life on a large cattle ranch in northern Mexico, possibly Sonora or Chihuahua -- although at the 10 minute mark a large mountain peak is shown so perhaps this ranch was located in the South. Irrigation ditches are shown being dug and crops planted and harvested using primitive implements and ox-drawn plows. Mexican cowboys are also shown. At the end of the movie are images of a "Deutsche Schule", a German school possibly the Guadalajara...
Topic: Stock Footage
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You're watching something few people got to see during WWII -- a special African American newsreel made by and for African Americans. The story behind this begins in November 1942 when producer E.M. Glucksman founded All American News of Chicago, Illinois. The company began releasing newsreels showcasing the lives of America's African Americans, including showing their contributions to the WWII war effort. The newsreels were shown only in African American movie theaters (and did not get shown...
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This rarely seen U.S. Navy film BATTLE FATIGUE DEALING WITH FEAR was produced during or just after WWII, and attempts to explain the condition known as "Battle Fatigue" or what we now describe as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.   It was intended to be shown to those suffering from battle fatigue, including those who were hospitalized.   As the psychiatrist host of the film explains, fear is a fighting man’s friend, but it can overrun you. A case study named Corporal Edwards...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Battle Fatigue, US Navy, 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 silent footage, with periodic title cards, was created after the Japanese attack on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin. Although somewhat edited, it appears to be a "rough cut" or hastily assembled compilation of film, possibly shown at briefings to U.S. Navy staff. Some of the shots seen in this film appear in other films on our channel including "Saga of the Franklin." Others did not end up in that film. The USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big...
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent, raw footage shows the December 10th, 1954 human factors experiment involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as "Fastest Man on Earth". The film starts with footage of Stapp being strapped into the sled and telemetry belts being affixed to his helmet and person. At 4:00, the Northrop Aircraft crew in the blockhouse...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1975 color film is about the Triple Crown of car racing. It was presented by Raybestos and narrated by Tom Carnegie. It opens with landing a glider, skydiving, a rainy track meet, a hot-air balloon, and a race car. The driver’s face is seen through his helmet. Johnny Rutherford adjusts his steering wheel (:08- 1:35 ). 1975, the race cars are towed into place in Ontario, California. Many famous drivers participate as race highlights are shown. The Foyt, Unser, and Rutherford pit crews...
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Dating from the early era of the Hawk Missile system, this promotional film details the capabilities of the surface-to-air missile, showing it destroying a series of target drones including targets flying at low level. At  1:00 , the narrator describes the components of the Hawk system which include an Acquisition Group, a Guidance Group, and three launchers and nine missiles. The Raytheon MIM-23 Hawk (standing for Homing All the Way Killer) is a U.S. medium-range surface-to-air missile. It...
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"Everything You Ever Wanted in a 16mm Projector" is an RCA promotional film made for the RCA 1600, probably in the mid-1960s.   Yes, everything . . . brilliant pictures, superb sound, simple operation, smooth, safe film handling, instant performance, good looks, light weight, ruggedness — even an automatic threader that never touches the film ! (And if you Ve never wanted an automatic threader the 1600 provides for that as well, because its uniquely safe threader is uniquely...
Topics: RCA, 16mm, 16mm Projector, Pomotion Film
This 1956 education film explains the process of making vinyl records. It is a Jam Handy Picture and presented by RCA Victor. The record process being followed is for Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, recorded by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film opens with a woman wearing a coordinating 1950s skirt, sweater, neck scarf, and pearl bracelet. She places a record in her RCA high fidelity cabinet record player and the music plays (:26- 1:54 ). The history of making that...
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Made in 1966, READY ON ARRIVAL shows the activities of the United States Navy's aircraft carriers & the crews who man them. The USS Independence CV-62 is the carrier featured.   Carrier aircraft making attack runs over Vietnam are shown at the start of the film, landing on carrier decks at mark 1:00. At mark2:55, 4500 men are on the ship, they make it run; engineers, doctors, pilot, aircraft mechanics, fire men. They all help in running the ship. They work 14hours a day. They handle tons...
Topics: Vietnam War, US Navy, Marine Corps, USS Independence, Stock Footage
One of the more famous U.S. Air Force promotional films ever made, EYES OF THE EAGLE WINGS OF THE DOVE is a Ronald Reagan era production. The film was directed by Bruce Seth Green and cinematography by Rick Robertson and features the song "Children of Freedom" by Chip Davis, who co-founded the group Manheim Steamroller The F-15 Eagle is shown in what might have been the first real Air Force "music video". Chip Davis (founder and leader of the Manheim Steamroller). The film...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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One of a series of films made by the Royal Air Force during WWII, this silent film about the Blenheim bomber and Blenheim fighter/bomber uses models to present the aircraft in profile. (At 1:56 you can clearly see the filament used to suspend the model.) Recognition films of this type were extremely important, as a mis-identified British aircraft could be shot down by trigger-happy anti-aircraft gunners. Since the Blenheim had characteristics similar to the German He-111 bomber, this film was...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
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Made to educate anti-aircraft gunnery crews, aircraft spotters and airplane pilots and crews, this WWII identification film shows the features of the P-61 airplane.   The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test...
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This 1970s travelogue of Red Square, Moscow shows Lenin's tomb, St. Basil's Cathedral and other prominent landmarks in the heart of the Soviet Union's capitol. The film includes a changing of the guard at the tomb at  1:15 , with crowds of people seen observing the somber ceremony. At  1:58 , some of the long lines of people paying respects to Lenin and those who died defending the Soviet Union are seen including Young Pioneers. At  2:40 , a military parade is seen featuring rocket...
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Produced and directed by Arthur Hoyle, this 1980 film was presented by The Southern California Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects. It tells the story of the Pan Pacific Auditorium, which was then derelict, and looks at various plans to create a public park on the site. Unfortunately, the structure was destroyed in a fire in 1989. The film is narrated by actor Judson Morgan.  Early original Indian settlers of Los Angeles, from when it was an outpost of the Spanish.1:00...
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These 1950s newsreels show the U.S. Navy's JATO-launched Regulus cruise missile. The early part of the film shows the missile being launched from the carrier USS Princeton. The missile is then guided to a landing -- it has a tricycle style landing gear allowing it to be recovered and used again. At :48, the missile is shown launched from an aircraft catapult. At 1:02 , the missile is once again launched by JATO from the cruiser USS Helena. REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES...
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Made in 1945, REMEMBER THESE FACES is a poignant, agonizing tribute to the men who became casualties of World War II. Produced by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, the film was originally intended to serve as a promotion for the 7th War Bond Drive. Unlike the dozens of idealized, grand propaganda films that preceded it, "Remember These Faces" feels real and authentic. It is graphic, almost hard to take in terms of its content, and at the time reminded the American public that...
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Made in 1945, REMEMBER THESE FACES is a poignant, agonizing tribute to the men who became casualties of World War II.  Produced by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, the film was originally intended to serve as a promotion for the 7th War Bond Drive. Unlike the dozens of idealized, grand propaganda films that preceded it, "Remember These Faces" feels real and authentic. It is graphic, almost hard to take in terms of its content, and at the time reminded the American public that...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie presented by Remington Rand and Univac, a division of Sperry Rand Corporation. It is a presentation called “An Introduction to Digital Computers”. It opens with a man sitting in front of a very large computer terminal, :50.  Cartoon animation of caveman counting on his fingers, 1:00. Cartoon of ancient Japan, man counting on abacus. Cartoon continues with the recollection of mathematicians through history and their counting machines, 1:24. Rocket on a...
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Journey. Report from Libya. Produced for Standard Oil Company, New Jersey. By Tangent Films, Inc. The movie opens with a view over the water at Tripoli, the capital city of Libya. The purpose of the movie is to show the progress of oil drilling and collaboration between American oil companies and the Libyan people. Historically the area of Libya was considered as three provinces (or states), Tripolitania in the northwest, Cyrenaica in the east, and Fezzan in the southwest. Tripoli has wide...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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This promotional film for the F-105 Thunderchief fighter bomber was made by Republic Aviation to showcase the aircraft's utility for Tactical Air Command (TAC) under a wide variety of conditions. It likely dates to about 1960. ( The first F-105Bs entered USAF service with the Tactical Air Command's 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing in August 1958, although the squadron did not become fully operational until 1959.) The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a supersonic...
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Robert Rietty, known as “the king of dubbers” and “the man of 1,000 voices,” narrates this short film about the Republic of San Marino. It is directed and photographed by cinematographer Cedric Williams. Baggage and passengers board an Alitalia DC-6B plane at London’s airport before taking off for Italy (:26- 1:00 ). Views of farm fields ( 1:03 ), are seen through a car window as it heads from the Adriatic coast inland to San Marino, a Republic inside the Republic of Italy. Cars and a...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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War Film #10, titled LIFE LINE, tells the story of the invasion of Rendova and Munda, and the suffering of Marines who fought against this Japanese outpost.   After a terrible Japanese counter-attack by aircraft, wounded Americans are seen at the 7:00 mark, and many are killed in action. This horrifying footage shows Marines lying in the mud, as their comrades try to give them proper burial on the battlefield.   At 8:30, field medical care is seen with plasma, quinine and sulfa being...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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