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



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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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This incomplete color film with opening and closing titles missing offers an educational look at breast exam procedures in a doctor’s office, as well as instructions for performing a self-exam at home (TRT: 7:56). It likely dates to the late 1950s/early 1960s as it predates the use of mammography. Modern mammography methods were developed late in the 1960s and first officially recommended by the American Cancer Society in 1976.  The first completely dedicated mammography unit was developed...
Topics: 1960s, Physical, Breast Exam, Physician Training, Breast Cancer, Detection, Medical Film, Stock...
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...
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This short 1958 educational film from the American Cancer Society shows how to perform a routine pelvic examination and cytologic test for the detection of cancer of the uterus. The film opens with a woman sitting in an office of a physician. A nurse retrieves the patient from the office and takes her to an exam room. An illustration of the pelvis and cervix is used to show the development of uterine cancer. A chart shows the cure rates for the different stages of the cancer (03:30). A slide is...
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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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This 1974 film is dedicated by the Chlorine Institute to the public interest. It is specifically intended to assist firefighters and other emergency services. The techniques demonstrated are appropriate for emergency use; different circumstances might require modified or additional procedure. The information is drawn from sources believed to be reliable. The Institute, its members any organizations cooperating in the development of this film, jointly or severally, cannot be responsible for how...
Topic: 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 campy black & white educational film from 1953 is about Adolescent Development, aka teen sex education. It was likely made for education students or teachers, and produced to serve as a supplement by McGraw-Hill for the book "Adolescent Development" by Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Ph.D. This text, which attempted to provide a "complete and accurate picture of American adolescents and why they differ from adolescents in other cultures", is considered a classic in its field...
Topics: Adolescent Development, Dating, 1950s, Teenage Social Guidance Film. Sex Education, Stock Footage,...
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Created in 1961 by the Highway Safety Foundation and Safety Enterprises, Inc., MECHANIZED DEATH is a legendary driver's education scare film that underscores the dangers of speeding and reckless driving. Made in an era when automobiles lacked the kind of modern safety features and crash-resistant designs that we take for granted today, and featuring bloody accident footage supplied by the Ohio Highway Patrol, "Mechanized Death" reveals the highways and byways as nightmarish avenues of...
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One of the most infamous "gag" films ever produced under the auspices of the Department of Defense, "Tough Sledding" was apparently created by the staff at Northrop Corporation in the late 1950s. No, we don't know what they were smoking! In this era Northrop was heavily engaged in conducting human factors research, and developing escape systems including ejection seats and parachutes for use in aircraft and spacecraft. This included the work of Dr. John Paul Stapp, who...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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Psychedelic montage from the Summer of Love includes a brief bit of the San Francisco Be In (:24) and a rock concert with lots of wild dancing (1:24) and strobe lights. Check out the Earth ball at 1:10.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting...
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Since 1915, the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina (or simply Parris Island) has trained enlisted personnel. This 1960s Marine Corps “unclassified” film introduces the viewer to Parris Island, and opens at mark  00:32  with a shot of the United States Marine Corps enlisted contract, as the narrator spells out the basic requirements of a Marine. Nervous recruits stand at attention as a Marine captain delivers the oath of enlistment. A smiling master...
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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
Topics: Antarctica, U.S. Navy, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946
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Dating to the late 1960s or early 1970s, this cringeworthy, vintage film for elementary school teachers "Sex Education in the school: Philosophy and Implementation" features a roundtable discussion between educational consultants, a pediatrician, and teacher.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
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Made just after the Korean War and directed by Robert Cashy, this rarely seen film entitled THE ULTIMATE WEAPON presents Ronald Reagan as narrator and host, speaking about the alleged brainwashing of American prisoners of war. Similar in some ways to the plot of "The Manchurian Candidate", the film posits the question, "What can be done in my community to stop the growth of socialism and communism?" The film illustrates how a lack of moral fiber can lead average American...
Topics: North Korea, Brainwashing, Korean War, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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This color educational/inspirational film, "The Strangest Secret in the World" was produced by Jack Lieb Productions. It features motivational speaker Earl Nightingale sharing his secrets for success. It likely dates to the mid-1960s. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, inspiration, and meaningful existence. He was also the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio...
Topics: Strangest Secret, Earl Nightmare, Motivational Film, Secret Of Success, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This late 1940s film pays tribute to Manolete, one of the great Spanish bullfighters and one whose death after being gored in 1947 remains as one of the sport's iconic moments. Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 – 29 August 1947), better known as Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter. He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some[who?] to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the...
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Created for the home market in the year 1940, this silent newsreel film shows the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team in Spring Training mode on Catalina Island.  Most likely this is the 1939 team as it features catchers Gus Mancuso and Gabby Hartnett, Dick Bartell, Phil Cavaretta and pitcher Dizzy Dean.  The 1939 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 84 games, lost 70 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Wrigley Field (Park Factors: 102/101)...
Topics: Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Spring Training, Catalina Island, 1940, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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This 1945 color cartoon “The ABC of Hand Tools” is presented by General Motors and produced by Walt Disney Productions in Technicolor. Hand tools are panned. Primitive Pete is a caveman who misuses each tool depicted (:50-2:13). Proper use of the ball and face sides of a ball-peen (ball-pein) hammer is explained (2:25-3:35). Hammers shown are brass or copper, raw-hide face, plastic tip, and claw (3:49). The claw hammer is used to hammer nails and the claw end to remove them. Shown are how...
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Produced in 1945, "The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa" is documentary film about the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. The film was released shortly after the event as part of the WWII war bond effort. During the campaign for Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) the Sixth Marine Division was assigned to the III Amphibious Corps. This Academy Award nominated documentary film tells the story of the 82 days fighting on the Island of Okinawa. It was shot in Kodachrome color. The...
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This 1934 black and white film reenacts one of the legends of Pele, and was apparently shot in Hawaii. It was produced by Alfred Weller, Alfred Grasso, and Lawrence Barber, copyright Elmer Clifton of The Beverly Hills Exchanges, and narrated by actor Gayne Whitman. The sun rises through palm trees in the South Sea Islands ( 1:06 ). A Polynesian women hand-squeezes liquid into a coconut shell bowl ( 1:16 - 1:25 ). Polynesian men carry bundles of bananas on poles between them ( 1:26 - 1:37 ). A...
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This two part film tells the story of Father Augustine Nguyễn Lạc Hóa (c. 1908 – c. 1989), a refugee Chinese Catholic priest in South Vietnam, led a militia called the Sea Swallows that carved out an anticommunist enclave in the Viet Cong's Ca Mau Peninsula stronghold. The "fighting priest" and his "village that refused to die" attracted admiring media stories, and in 1964 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Public Service category.   In January 1961, Edward...
Topics: Vietnam War, The Village, 1989, 1908, Stock Footage
This is the story of the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center or MASDC. Here at mark  0:42  are USAF planes lying in wait in the Arizona desert. It is an older, priceless air force. Many of this aircraft had been used to fight in battles in World War II and they are worth fortunes to taxpayers and as parts. There’s no air force like it in the world. Until 1965, the military services maintain separate storage facilities and hence there is a private company known as MADC located...
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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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 “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.” This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair, who takes you step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews) extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity. The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria,...
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After his beautiful wife Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while working for the USO, a grieving Clark Gable couldn't face Hollywood anymore, so he joined up with the Army Air Corps. Gable famously requested that he be sent into actual combat. So naturally Hap Arnold decided he should make a movie about his combat group, the 351st Bombardment Group. Gable narrates this complete portrait of his outfit and appears in several short scenes where he interviews his comrades-in-arms. The...
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Made in the 1970s this film THE DEEP SCATTERING LAYER tells the story of the search for a mysterious "second floor" in the ocean, as recorded by sonar devices. This floor -- consisting of marine animals such as shrimp, whales and dolphins -- moves to different levels at different hours, different days, and different seasons. It is probed by U.S. Navy sonar, deep-trawled nets with hydrophones and instruments, and finally by by ocean going submersibles. While the film presents the...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945.  Full of horrifying images that vividly show the atrocious, baseless, inhuman and revoltingly vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.  The idea that anyone would even consider denying the existence of the Holocaust, after viewing images such as these, is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nazi Concentration, Documentary, The Holocaust
Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
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Made for the home market, this silent, German propaganda newsreel from the fascist era shows events of the National Labour Day of 1933 30th of April and 1st of May 1933 – showing a speech of von Schirach at a Walpurgis Night Hitler Youth Rally, the works of preparing the Tempelhof expo grounds for a meeting, which will later be a scene of mass book burning. Seen are Hitler, Goebbels, Werner von Blomberg, Paul von Hindenburg. 0:12 Card:  "Since the Reichstag building was burned by the...
Topics: German, Newsreel, 1933, National Labor, Celebration, Fire, Hitler, Youth Activities, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this mid-1960s color home movie captures scenes from the life of a Hollywood husband and wife as they enjoy leisure time golfing, swimming, boating, visiting children at school, and vacationing in Gibraltar. Screen icons Julie Newmar (My Living Doll, Batman), Henry Silva (The Tall T, Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate), and Jamie Farr (F Troop, M*A*S*H) make casual, candid appearances in bathing attire (TRT: 18:24). A woman uses a driver on a Southern...
Topics: 1960s, Hollywood, Home Movies, Julie, Newmar, Henry Silva, TV, Film Stars, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Shot by an unknown U.S. Army cameraman named Staal, this color film is raw footage of American troops filmed during the Vietnam War in 1967.  At least some of it was shot in Tân Trụ, a rural district of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. At the time Operation Concordia, a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operation to root out the Viet Cong, was underway. Camera slate shows June 1967 (:07). American soldiers walk with some Vietnamese locals (:15). Soldier assists...
Topics: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Raw Footage, 1967, Tan Tru, Mekong, Delta US, Army Hospital, Stock Footage
Produced by Frederic Ullman, Jr., for Pictorial Films in the early 1940s, this relatively short “Sportreel” black-and-white film is titled “Riding the Crest” and takes it viewer to  Honolulu, Hawaii. At mark 02:20, the narrator explains one of the island’s most popular sports: body surfing. (The title itself is a reference to surfing and the ability to successfully ride the crest of a wave.) The narrator explains the “how to” basics of surfing as we see scenes of novice and...
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Ku Klux Klan an American white supremacist hate group, its main targets are minority groups. It dates to 1965.  Carousel Films presents Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire (:07-:21). Narrator: Lowndes County, Alabama, March 1965, a car is off the road, it's black driver is dead. Arrested were three members of the Klan. One was tried, the jury didn't reach a verdict. Neshoba Co., MS, August 1964, three civil rights workers found dead. Six...
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The Secret Land is a 1948 American documentary film about an American expedition code-named "Operation High Jump" to explore Antarctica. It won the Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a large...
Topics: Antarctica, Admiral Richard Byrd, 1946, U.S. Navy, documentary
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This 1959 sponsored documentary directed by Shirley Clarke uses experimental montage techniques to dramatize the construction of the 666 Fifth Avenue Skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City (TRT: 21:11).   Clarke was a member of the Independent Filmmakers of America and was part of a circle of independent filmmakers in Greenwich Village such as Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Lionel Rogosin. Opening titles: “Brandon Films Presents.” The Bellringers Monument in Herald Square...
Topics: Skyscraper, 1959, 666 fth Avenue, New York, 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
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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Made by the Arthur Barr organization in 1960, Stagecoach Westward tells the story of the stagecoach and shows how it helped open the West to settlers and "civilization."  Arthur Barr started his company in 1937 after working as an audio-visual technician for the Pasadena City Schools.  His company was famous for its well-made, if low-budget, educational films.  This one is no exception, showing in detail how the stage was operated and making students familiar with the terminology...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Stagecoach
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This 1970 color film on Morocco and Kenya is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a J.T.E./Intercine Production in association with Film Services, London, Ltd. A Pan American Jetliner lands, the jet bridge is placed, and passengers disembark to awaiting trains to the older parts of Morocco (:59- 1:23 ). Mint tea is served, using metal and sterling silver containers ( 1:40 - 1:55 ). A Moroccan Fantasia performance involves horseback riders and rifles shot in unison ( 1:56 -...
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An excerpt from a longer documentary film about Adolf Hitler, this 7.5 minute segment follows the Fuhrer from the assassination attempt on July 20, 1944 through his suicide on August 30, 1945. The film begins with some of the last footage of Hitler shot before the assassination attempt, and shows him visiting injured staff in the hospital after the incident. At :51, Hitler is seen visiting with Mussolini. At  1:19 , the public trial of the plotters is seen. At  3:00 , footage of the...
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THE MAN FROM LOX, a liquid oxygen safety training film, is one of the most infamous films ever produced by the U.S. Government. Created in the aftermath of a series of accidents involving liquid oxygen, the film uses ironic humor to disarm the skeptical viewer, all the while setting up a very real, deeply disturbing, and quite serious finale.   Liquid oxygen—abbreviated LOx, LOX or Lox in the aerospace, submarine and gas industries—is one of the physical forms of elemental oxygen. In...
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Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
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Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She...
Topics: Kriegsmarine, Graf Spee, River Plate, Uruguay, Montevideo, Royal Navy, Nazi Germany, cruiser,...
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Made during WWII for the home market in Germany, this silent newsreel shows the battle for Sevastopol. The film begins with a map showing Soviet defenses on the peninsula including fortifications. At :43 German columns of tanks occupy the high ground and mortars and artillery begin lobbing shells into the city.   After the barrage the infantry begins to move forward at 2:00, supported by tanks. At 2:30 Stukas join the fight, bombing Soviet positions. At 3:14 troops break into enemy lines. At...
Topics: German Newsreel, Thor, Heavy Mortar, 1941, 1942
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FINLAND FIGHTS! was released theatrically as a sound film in 1940 by Emerson Yorke, an independent producer in New York, in cooperation with Castle Films. The footage shown was originally material assembled for an humanitarian reel, made on behalf of the Finnish Relief Fund, so that American audiences could see how Finland was withstanding Russian invasion. The original theatrical release was only five minutes long, but Eugene Castle brought it up to standard one reel length and released it as...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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This incredible 16mm silent film shows images of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California (near today's Santa Monica Pier) including the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Contest. The original Muscle Beach was just south of the SM Pier, and is credited as being the source of the fitness craze in the US.   Based on a bit of detective work we think this is the 1954 contest won by ravishing beauty Barbara Thomason whose victory was headlined in the papers as: “Blonde, 17, Chosen Muscle Beach Queen.”...
Topics: 1954, Santa Monica, California, 166mm, Stock Footage
In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1963, Nazi Party, Fascism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in 1925 and then re-released in the 1930s for the home market, THE IRON MULE is a 1925 Fatty Arbuckle directed comedy, starring Al St. John.  (This version, with added soundtrack, was re-titled "The 20 Cent Limited".)  The story takes place In 1830, with a train known as the Iron Mule starting off on its trip. Along the way, the train faces numerous farcical obstacles and ridiculous delays. The engineer is prepared for most of them, but the real challenges come when the train...
Topics: Periscope Film,, Stock Footage, Roscoe Arbuckle, The Iron Mule, Silent Film, Film, Buster Keaton,...
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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This rare WWII British film shows the operation of a Sea Fort, a fortified tower equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavy artillery.  These so-called Palmerston Forts were built in the Solent, off Portsmouth. The name comes from their association with Lord Palmerston, who was Prime Minister at the time and promoted the idea.  (There were also Maunsell Forts which were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated...
Topics: WWII, British Film, Sea Fort, Horse Sand Fort, Palmerston Fort, Stock Footage
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A Chronicle of America's Jazz Age is a 1950 American documentary film produced by Richard de Rochemont. The film is narrated by Frederick Lewis Allen, Robert Q. Lewis, Allen Prescott, Red Barber, and Elmer Davis. The film opens with shots of city streets lined with cars and sidewalks full of people, before cutting to the front of the New York Public Library ( 01:21 ), where a young man browses the American History section before coming across the book that leads into the footage of the 1920s....
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This black and white documentary, Wright Builds for Supremacy, is a film on how to create and build Curtiss-Wright aircraft engines, and was probably produced around 1941 to 1942. The documentary was presented by Wright Aeronautical Corporation which was in business from 1919-1929 and then merged with Curtiss to form Curtiss-Wright, remaining one of the divisions of that corporation. This film was narrated by Lowell Thomas, an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, and was produced by...
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Made in 1968 as American servicemen fought in Vietnam, LSD: TRIP TO WHERE? highlights the dangers of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Widely shown to U.S. military personnel (including those stationed in Vietnam), the film was supplemented with a brochure for "Operation Janus", a brigade-level amnesty and treatment program aimed at helping soldiers, airmen and sailors with marijuana, heroin and other substance abuse problems. In this film Bill, a sailor on leave, takes acid and is so...
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Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.     00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk,...
Topics: 1943, Battle Of Kursk, Eastern Front, Red Army, Tank Battle, Stock Footage
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Produced as part of Sterling Films' "Celluloid College" in 1947, Basic Motion Picture Technique is an educational film on the basics of filming a motion picture. It was made by Roy Creveling and Emil Brodbeck as edutainment. The film “has been carefully designed to teach exactly what it is that makes a movie interesting and enjoyable to an audience. It teaches technique, the ‘art’ of using the camera.” The first lesson deals with panning ( 01:21 ). A camera operator in front...
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The Big Apple and the Empire State are the focus of the 1950s travel film, “New York.” It opens with scenes of skyscrapers and bustling streets as the narrator explains how they are symbols of a great metropolis. Some of them famous around the world — such as the Waldorf-Astoria (mark 01:03) or Grand Central Station (mark 01:20). The film proclaims NYC as a mix of new and old, and we see scenes from an art show in Greenwich Village (mark 01:55) and St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in the...
Topics: The Big Apple, Empire State, 1950, New York, Stock Footage
This rare German silent educational film, released during the 1930s by Hitler's Third Reich, shows the World War I career of Field Marshall von Hindenburg as well as the elaborate funeral (presided over by Hitler) following his death in 1934.  The production of the film likely served two purposes for the Nazi state, in that #1 it celebrated the nation's military past and #2 it lionized the very person who aided Hitler in his 1933 consolidation of power known as the Machtergreifung. Paul Ludwig...
Topics: Paul Von hindenburg, Field Marshall, World War I, World War, Gremany
Distributed by McGraw – Hill. Text – Films and Young America Films. This educational film was released on February 19, 1961 and was produced by CBS. Walter Cronkite is our host and immediately introduces us to a clip of Nazi propaganda. Swastika banners and flags are shown in great stadiums. The movie is about Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Hate, Joseph Goebbels. Historian, H. R. Trevor Roper speaks :39. Hitler greets the masses riding in a car 1:05. Minister of Hate. Goebbels becomes the...
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This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
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This black and white film, one of the Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler" series, recounts the history of the Philippines and shows the island nation as it appeared in the 1930s. Opening sequence: :01-:21. Narrator: March 1521, Magellan discovers the Philippine Islands, :55. Philippine Islands over 7,000 islands, become subject to King of Spain 1:18 . Magellan is killed 19 days after declaring this, 1:26 . Spain returns to their homeland through Cape of Good Hope and first around the...
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Made by the University of Chicago during the Scarlet Fever epidemic, this silent film shows the diagnosis of the disease, and the use of anti-toxin in fighting the disease. The discovery of penicillin and its subsequent widespread use has significantly reduced the mortality of this once feared disease. Scarlet fever can occur as a result of a group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infection. The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic...
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