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17 Days: The Story of Newspaper History In The Making  (1945)

How a New York City newspaper delivery drivers strike in 1945 failed to divert readers interest in their favorite newspapers. Shows the newspapers of the day and huge lines of people outside newspaper offices waiting to purchase updated editions.

Big News of 1941  (1941)

This newsreel compilation details the most significant news stories of the previous year.

A Journey  (1944)

A Journey presents the cooperative efforts of the home front to solve war time problems in four cities across the United States. Scenes include citizens working to create temporary housing and schools in war production cities like Mobile, Alabama and volunteers from Cache Valley, Utah unloading train cars transporting military supplies.

Always Tomorrow  (1941)

Dramatized history of the Coca-Cola company and some of the people who participated in its origin and growth. Made in the style of a feature film.

Battle of Russia  (1944)

Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War. Part 5 of the Why We Fight series.

The Battle of China  (1944)

The Battle of China (1944) was the sixth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series. It follows an introduction to Chinese culture and history with the modern history of China and the founding of the Republic of China by Sun Yat-sen, leading on to the Japanese invasion. The invasion of China is explained in terms of the four-step plan for Japanese conquest, mentioned in the Tanaka Memorial.

The Battle of Britain  (1943)

The Battle of Britain was the fourth of Frank Capra's Why We Fight series of seven propaganda films, which made the case for fighting and winning the Second World War. It was released in 1943 and concentrated on the German bombardment of the United Kingdom in anticipation of Operation Sea Lion, the planned Nazi invasion of Great Britain.

Behind Your Radio Dial  (1948)

Behind the scenes tour of NBC's radio and television broadcasting facilities at Rockefeller Center, New York City.

The Columbia  (1949)

Historic look at the Columbia River and its development. Woody Guthrie was hired by BPA in 1941 to write the songs for this movie, but its production was delayed by World War II. Produced in 1949 in black and white, this film contains rare footage of Grand Coulee Dam construction, Indian fishing at Celilo Falls and the 1948 Vanport flood.

Coney Island  (1940)

Newsreel footage of Coney Island, one of the most popular entertainment sites in the early 20th century.

A Challenge to Democracy  (1944)

Government-produced film attempting to defend the massive internment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.

Dial Comes to Town  (1940)

Gramps does not like much. He especially does not fancy the idea of the new dial phones that are soon to replace the old phones in town. Indignant he calls up his friend and we see the way phones worked before the dial telephone replaced them. Gramps' questioning of the new phones falls along the lines of, 'why change something that is not broken?' He learns the answer to this question, and many more, when forced to a town meeting held to explain how to use the new dial phones and what they mean for the community.

Divide and Conquer  (1943)

Divide and Conquer (1943) is the third film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, dealing with the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940. The film begins immediately after the fall of Poland. Of the two major Western Allies of 1940, the United Kingdom is first to be mentioned. The role of the Royal Navy in blockading Germany is highlighted, in that it means that Germany must overcome British resistance in order to clear the way for its world conquest.

Ducktators  (1942)

The Ducktators is a Looney Tunes black and white cartoon that was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and was released in 1942 by Warner Brothers. Directed by Norman McCabe, the cartoon satirizes various events of World War II.

Easy Does It  (1940)

Measuring the effort involved in women's work around the home.

Food and Magic  (1943)

A sideshow barker uses magic and visual aids to alert the public that proper food management is both a resource and a weapon that could be to America's advantage if conserved properly in winning the then current World War.

The March of Time: The French Campaign  (1945)

The episode follows the French campaign in 1944 from the beaches in Normandy to the liberation of Paris.

A Rural Community: Holtville, Alabama  (1945)

This film documents daily life in the small, rural community of Holtville, Alabama.Made possible by a donation from John and Paige Curran.

It's Everybody's War  (1942)

This is a government film, narrated by Henry Fonda, that was produced to help mobilize and motivate Americans to participate in the war effort.

Mr Bell  (1947)

As this presentation shows, Alexander Graham Bell was committed to the deaf community. His research lead him to create the telephone in 1876.

The Nazis Strike  (1943)

The Nazis Strike was the second film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series. It introduces Germany as a nation whose aggressive ambitions began in 1863 with Otto von Bismarck and with the Nazis as their latest incarnation.

No Exceptions  (1943)

Short subject intended to promote unified action and sacrifice by Americans on the home front during the war.

News Parade 1940  (1940)

A newsreel compilation showing several events of the year, most human interest stuff.

News Parade Pearl Harbor  (1942)

Newsreel coverage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the fire that gutted the SS Normandie while it was being converted to a troopship in 1942.

Our Enemy The Japanese  (1943)

Our Enemy The Japanese was a 1943 short film produced by the US Navy and Office of War Information to provide background knowledge about the wartime foe.

Pearl Harbor  (1942)

This short film, produced by the US Government without narration, includes intense and touching scenes of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

Prelude to War  (1942)

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Office of War Information (OWI) and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. The film was based on the idea that those in the service would be more willing and able fighters if they knew the background and reason for their participation in the war. It was later released to the general American public as a rallying cry for support of the war.

Television: An RCA Presentation  (1949)

Film promoting television sets and the broadcast of New York's first regularly scheduled programs. The short shows RCA's production studios in Rockefeller Center, television demonstrations at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair, RCA's Empire State Building transmitter, and remote mobile broadcast units.

Since Pearl Harbor  (1943)

Since Pearl Harbor is a 1943 short documentary film commissioned by the United States Government during World War II. It is a report to the American People regarding the wartime activities of the American Red Cross since the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

Surrender in the Pacific  (1945)

A documentary detailing the events following the Japanese surrender in 1945.

Tomorrow Television  (1945)

A U.S. Army production that speculates about the future of television after World War II.

Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith  (1943)

Tom Smith, an American pilot, is shot down and captured by the Japanese. While imprisoned and awaiting execution, he recalls his life at home in the USA.

The Town  (1945)

The Town presents an idealized vision of American life, shown in microcosm by Madison, Indiana. The diversity of the town's ethnic origins is highlighted, noting the Czech, Dutch, German, and Italian communities, some of whom were immigrants or children of immigrants. Schools are shown to be free and open to all, as are libraries and swimming pools. The press is depicted as free. Some people are shown who don't like the current administration in Washington, and don't like the newspaper's policy, but the newspaper prints their complaint. Trials are conducted in front of a jury, for all the world to see. The prosecutor serves as the judge's opponent in the last election, and even said he was unfit for office, but they work together anyway. Everyone had the right to vote, from the store keeper, to the attorney himself. In a democracy, the only thing that is secret is the ballot.

Tuesday in November  (1945)

Tuesday in November was a propaganda short about the 1944 United States presidential election produced by the Office of War information for overseas distribution. It is meant to explain how the democratic process in America works.

US News Review 3  (1942)

This news digest includes stories about the Mosquito, a wooden bomber, the Japanese attempt to invade New Guinea and the shortage of household goods due to wartime restrictions and the need to repair old products.

US News Review 5  (1942)

A news digest from late 1942 that shows several facets of wartime life in America including weapons manufacturing, daycare issues for working women and the effects of absenteeism.

Valley Town  (1940)

A documentary examining the effects of industrial automation on a small American town.

VJ Day  (1945)

Newsreel coverage of the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II on 14 August 1945.

War Comes to America  (1945)

Part VII of the Why We Fight series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.

Women on the Warpath  (1943)

Ford Motor Company tribute to the women workers who heard the call and volunteered with the military or industry to contribute to the allied war effort, especially in the Detroit area.