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Running Time: 31 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

Bus travel at its finest! Centered around a flimsy love story between a cowboy and a travelling teacher, this movie has it all. Overt sexism, double entendres, bad process shots... Apparently Greyhound is the only availible transport in the whole universe (they're the only ones on the road) and much much more! It's perfectly obvious that the actors didn't step out of the soundstage for this one, and to top it all off, we get the happy bus passengers singing at the end! A screwball classic of the highest order.

 

Running Time: 10 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

The importance of electricity for the motion picture industry. Begins with the construction of Boulder Dam and the electricity it generates. We see how this power is converted for industry. Next we are off to the MGM studios, with behind the scenes footage of various productions including The Wizard of Oz that shows a deleted scene filmed with Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. The movie concludes with previews from Fast Company, Idiot's Delight, Tarzan in Exile, Four Girls in White, Return of the Thin Man, Broadway Serenade, Burn 'Em up O'Conner and Honolulu.

 

Running Time: 9 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

Insider's view of a 1930s radio studio showing the production of dramatic sound effects. As a radio drama is played out, a little boy listens, we see what the boy imagines -- what visuals are taking place as the boy listens. Next we see the actual "man behind the curtain" radio show in progress, with a full team of actora and sound effects men. A gem!

 

Running Time: 14 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

The world of the 21st Century! A "gee whiz" teen boy and girl visit the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Many good views of various pavilions and exhibits at the Fair, including the Bell Telephone exhibit showcasing 1960's "cutting edge" telephones and communications. Excellent shots of the SPACE NEEDLE (panning up, day and night shots, and filmed at night atop the Needle looking out over Seattle. Also, view from Space Needle elevator as it rises to the top, at night.) The future is now.

 

Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

This rare holiday newsreel from 1945 includes Christmas trees from state of Washington, shoppers in cities, children looking at dolls and hobby horses, puppets, model trains and of course, Santa Claus.

 

Cast: Milton Cross (narrator)
Running Time: 19 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

Account of how records used to be made. From the beginning, where the music is recorded onto wax discs to make the metal plated master discs, to the mixture of the ingredients necessary to make the consumer product, to the actual production of the records, you will see how difficult it was to make a record that only held a precious few minutes of music. Even today, there are many "music purists" that still swear hands-down that phonograph records are superior to the Compact Discs of today.

 

Running Time: 10 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

The great amusement zone in its heyday. This newsreel featurette is a real slice of life from the heyday of the amusement park. You'll visit the sideshows, complete with freaks (check out the wonderful advertising posters for these shows), ride common and bizarre rides, eat traditional Coney Island food such as hot dogs and frozen custard (prices start at 10 cents!) and even get a souvenir picture postcard taken of you and your friends. The place is packed and everybody has a great time.

 

Running Time: 5 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

Features results of the $1000 dance contest at the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, Gala Orpheum Theater stage show with Abbott and Costello and Billy Barty, Bill Elliott and Maxwell DeMille clown around, Star Trek Voyager's Jeri Ryan arrives from the 23rd century with the help of Maxwell DeMille's Time Machine, Leonard Reed, plus a sneak peek at "Sinister Flesh", the classic horror movie.

 

Running Time: 11 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

Rare footage from Maxwell DeMille's Famous Sunset Strip Night Club. Celebrity guests Robert Picardo, Bobby Millette, Hugh Hefner. Plus Dita Von Teese and Ramon Raquello dance the tango. Failed comeback by Torch Singer Gayle Tempest. Talent show with Snake Charmer, Opera Singer, Flemenco Dancer and Snappy Tom. Special footage of Maxwell DeMille's shocking scandal at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles!

 

Cast: Mary Martin, Wendell Niles (narrator)
Running Time: 19 mins.
Vault: SHORT SUBJECTS

Southwestern U.S. travelogue flies the skies in a modern 1930's Super Sky Chief Stratoliner, stopping off at Albuquerque, New Mexico and an Arizona dude ranch, all the time focusing on the latest '30s fashions worn by its cargo of aspiring Paramount starlets. Excellent pre-World War II fashion footage in Kodachrome, plus documentation of affluent tourist destinations. Produced and directed by Harry D. Donahue.

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