1. October 5th 1961 to October 31st 1961 50 minutes
2. October 24th 1957 to November 11th 1957 50 minutes
3. April 21st to May 16th 1966 50 minutes 50 minutes
4. July 25th 1957 to August 23rd 1957 50 minutes
5. January 2nd 1964 to January 27th 1964 50 minutes
6. December 1st 1967 to December 26th 1967 50 minutes
7. September 11th 1958 to October 6th 1958 50 minutes
8. June 16th 1966 to July 11th 1966 50 minutes
9. January 28th 1957 to February 21st 1957 50 minutes
10. December 1960 to January 1961 50 minutes
11. January 27th 1967 to February 21st 1967 50 minutes
UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL NEWS FOR 1956 (Approx 50 minutes)
This is a remarkable look into global happening for the year 1956. These uncut newsreels, originally seen in movie theaters, were narrated by Ed Herlihy. The reels documents the following: the presidential race between Eisenhower and Stevenson; Hungary facing a Red invasion; War in Egypt; an endorsement by Tony Curtis for savings bonds; the atomic-powered submarine Nautilus; Pope Pius XII at age 80; Grace Kelly's Monaco wedding; the sinking of the Andrea Doria; Russian Brutality in Hungary; the opening night of Rock Hudson's film BATTLE HYMN, attended by Sal Mineo; the launching of Russia's Sputnik; a Columbian blast which killed 1200; assorted, detailed highlights of fashion and sports (covering baseball, golf, football, auto racing, horseracing, and the Olympics).
THE GREAT WAR (approx. 50 min)
Beginning at the end of the first decade of the century, narrator Alexander Scourby tells of the belief throughout Europe that war was a thing of the past, based on the fact that all of the kings and queens of Europe were now related to each other, and had been at peace for more than 50 years – only to see those hopes dashed by an assassination in the Balkans and, over the weeks that followed, the outbreak of World War I. Newsreel footage tells of the escalating war and casualties, and the slaughterhouse that Europe became for the British and French. We see images of America trying to stay out of the fighting, dedicated to peace until 1917 – and then the entry of the Americans because of Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare, just at the point when it looked as though civilization in Europe might collapse. The images are grim and startling, but the story ends on a hopeful note as the boys finally come home, following the Armistice in 1918.
THE JAZZ AGE (approx. 50 min)
The 1920’s remembered by narrator Fred Allen. The program begins with the euphoria surrounding the end of World War I, and the desire on the part of the public to forget about the problems of the world. Amazingly for a documentary of the 1950’s – a decade in which television was supposed to be bland and safe – the program goes into the anti-foreigner hysteria that swept the country after the war, and the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan, marching over a million strong on the streets of Washington, D.C.
The birth of prohibition is also profiled, and the hypocrisy surrounding it, as Americans are seen taking to speakeasies by the thousands, and the bootleg liquor industry springs up – and gang warfare in Chicago gets its due as well. On the lighter side, Allen shows us the emancipation of women, and the gradual liberation of American thinking, as more and more of us headed for Paris in the middle- and late-1920’s. We get glimpses of the run-up of the stock market and the encouragement of people to invest – the partying, the dancing (including the “Charleston”), and the seemingly endless opportunities to make money.The market goes higher and higher, and the party goes on, with a few cautionary comments from the sidelines in the summer of 1929, and then, in October of that year comes the stock market crash. The images and graphics telling this 10-year story of success and ultimate ruin are startling and entertaining, and the mix of narration, images, and music make this one of the best documentaries ever made on American history.
BACK IN THE ‘30s (approx. 50 min)
Fred Allen narrated this fast-paced remembrance of life and history during the 1930’s, including the Great Depression, made by NBC during the early 1950’s. What makes this documentary even more effective than most is that it focuses on the actions behind the events usually associated with the decade. We get a good glimpse of the Jazz Age of the 1920’s and its loose, freewheeling morality and money-management, and the depiction of the gradual deterioration of life as the effect of the 1929 stock market crash rippled outward, to drive thousands of businesses into bankruptcy. The human side is also seen, in images of haggard men and hungry children. On the lighter side, we also get a glimpse of the popular culture of the era, including such radio stars as Jack Benny and Fred Allen.
TWISTED CROSS (approx. 50 min)
The rise of Nazi Germany is recounted in this documentary, which covers the history of the German nation from 1918, and the end of the German monarchy at the conclusion of World War I, to the collapse of the German economy in the 1920’s. The rising influence of the Nazi Party is shown, from its modest beginnings in the early 1920’s to its takeover of the government in 1933, following the burning of the Reichtag in Berlin. The Nazis’ brutality is documented along with their accompanying racial policies and savage military conquests, from the 1938 annexation of the Czech Sudetenland to the Allied victory in Berlin in the spring of 1945.
NOT SO LONG AGO (approx. 50 min)
Bob Hope is mostly associated with comedy, but this documentary shows off the more serious side of Hope’s personality. As narrator, he takes us from the end of the 1930’s, and the conclusion of the Great Depression, to the end of World War II, and through the years of peace and normalcy that followed. There’s a certain wistful sadness in this glimpse of then-recent American history, as we see images of thousands of soldiers and sailors coming home on the decks of aircraft carriers, and then the scenes of parents watching their children sailing off to serve in Korea a few years later.
THE LATE COMPANY B (approx 30 minutes)
This tape contains an interesting and heart-rending look at a top combat group which was totally wiped out during World War II somewhere in the South Pacific. The Army Pictorial Service of the Signal Corps staged the film to insure that soldiers exercised caution.
THE 1950s TIME CAPSULE (approx 60 min )
Through some strange and insightful industrial films created around such topics as supermarkets, junkyards, Plans for Pleasant Living, and How to Get On School Bus, this collection provides a remarkable retrospective into my favorite era.
CALL TO FREEDOM (approx. 50 min.)
This extraordinary documentary was a product of NBC in the mid-1950’s. In 1956, the Vienna State Opera, which had been destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, reopened with a gala production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. This special, hooked around that event, covers the previous 1000 years of Austrian and Viennese history using Beethoven’s opera as a jumping off point, moving the the Golden Age of Viennese splendor in the late 19th century and then into the Nazi era, when the city and the country were taken over by Hitler’s minions. From there, we see the return of the surviving Austrian soldiers (still in Soviet hands 10 years after the end of the war) and the celebrations surrounding the rebuilding and reopening of the opera house. The history is exciting enough, but it is intercut with priceless footage (about 30 minutes’ worth scattered throughout the program) of the actual opera performance, which includes such legends as Karl Bohm conducting, and Imgaard Seefried and Anton Dermota in its cast.
John F. Kennedy on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 26 minutes
President John F. Kennedy State of the Union 28 minutes
John F. Kennedy addresses the Nation on the Berlin Crisis 31minutes
John F. Kennedy reports on the Cuban Crisis 30 minutes
John F. Kennedy News Conference 32 minutes
KENNEDY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 1963 – 30 min
Kennedy Speech – One of the great successes of the Kennedy Administration was the passage of what was then known as the Medical Care Bill, which became better known in decades to come as Medicare. In a 20 minute address in front of a filled Madison Square Garden that is a model of great speech-making, the president makes a call, dignified, yet passionate case for the bill, citing both anecdotal and philosophical reasons.
VARIOUS NEWSREELS/NEWS COVERAGE
The Wizard of Menlo Park 50 minutes
Newsreel Highlights of 1951 10 minutes
Korean War Newsreel 10 minutes
Newsreel Highlights 1964 10 minutes
King Hussein 10 minutes
Vietnam News Kinescope made by Defense Department to monitor ABC, CBS and NBC Network News 40 min
Chicago (the rock band) Uncut CBS News Footage & Interviews (35 min – 1974 – fair quality)
VERY RARE! Band members discussing Voter Registration and politics for American youth with special concert footage.
John Lennon Murder coverage 30 minutes
The World Trade Center (part one) 2 hours
The World Trade Center (part two) 2 hours
The O. J. System Trial – Court TV Coverage 154 hrs (9,240 minutes) estimated on DVD -- dubbed from VHS tapes
DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION 1956 by CBS
Dem# 1- Walter Cronkite, JFK Speech 1956 -- 38 minutes
Dem#1 Nominations for President -- 30 minutes
Dem#4: Walter Cronkite, Civil Rights bill, Harmon defeat, Edward R Morrow, Eric Sevareid -- 30 minutes
Dem#5 Civil Rights debate, Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, Edward R. Murrow -- 50 minutes
Dem#6 On convention floor, Cronkite, Betty Furness commercial -- 45 minutes
Dem#7 Cronkite, Sam Rayburn Civil Rights, Bill, Betty
Furness Westinghouse commercials -- 45 minutes
Dem#8 Truman speaks, GE Commercials, Betty Furnes -- 45 minutes
Dem #17: Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid speeches -- 46 minutes
DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION 1960
Dem #9 Adali Stevenson enters to crowds, speaks at convention, show film -- 60 minutes
Dem#10 Cronkite, civil rights, remotes on the floor -- 60 minutes
Dem#11 Cronkite talks about Humphrey, Westinghouse,
Eric Sevareid, Edward R. Murrow, Steven Speech -- 28 minutes
Dem #12 Civil Rights, speeches, Westinghouse, Edward R. Murrow -- 53 minutes
Dem#14 Stevenson vs Harriman vote, Harry Truman -- 32 minutes
Dem # 15 Nomination votes, Cronkite, speeches -- 32minutes
Dem#16: Presidential Inauguration of Kennedy,
Saving and Loan Reserve commercials, other presidents swearing -- 30 minutes
SPACE NEWS REELS
Project Mercury color & B&W – special films, raw footage covering the story
of the original 7 astronauts, rockets, capsule and more -- 4 hours
Space Ship Takeoff - a technical Fantasy, 1928 – 10 min
NEWS TV SHOWS
Mike Wallace on Night Beat Dumont -- B&W 1957 -- 35 minutes
Interview complete with Hugh Hefner, Jotto game commercial
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshal and various pieces
WDSU TV New Orleans 1961 B&W race relations – rare segment -- 15 minutes
Newsreels 1959 Movietone News -- 25 minutes
News Cavalcade of 1959 Movietone News -- 25minutues
CBS Newark Riots -- hosted by Jim Jenson 1967 B&W -- 29 minutes
President Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Gerald Ford ("Pool" news footage -- 1980s) – 5 min
DATELINE HOLLYWOOD (Approx. 30 min)
Before Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and E!, television had DATELINE HOLLYWOOD, a mid-1960's schmooze-fest featuring Joanna Barnes as host and Rona Barrett as the resident gossip columnist (all introduced to the strains of "A Man and a Woman"). This installment features film of a Hollywood party celebrating the opening of the Los Angeles production of Wait Until Dark, starring Shirley Jones and Jack Cassady, with glimpses of Carl Reiner, Edward G. Robinson, Louis Nye, Lisa Kirk, Craig Stevens, and the two stars; an interview with Addams Family star Carolyn Jones, in which she discusses her former marriage to and continuing friendship with producer Aaron Spelling (famous more recently for Beverly Hills 90210);
THE WALTER WINCHEL SHOW (25 min) "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea...let's go to press" That was syndicated newspaper columnist Walter Winchell's catchphrase. This is rare 16mm footage of Winchell as he reports on the news headlines he deemed important in his highly opinionated style. Wearing his trademark felt hat, he personally ran the telegraph key on his desk in order to punctuate each news bit. In this particularly classic episode, Winchell responds to reports that cigarettes can cause cancer by saying that "cigarettes is now in a battle for its life." The irony lies in that Winchell himself was a smoker and would eventually die of cancer.
PLYMOUTH NEWS CARAVAN with John Cameron Swatyz (30 min)