1930s

Birds of Prey - 1938

In this documentary from 1938, examined are the various types of owls, vultures and hawks that inhabit North America.

With footage in the field that any Audubon Society member would admire, observe birds of prey in their natural habitat as they hunt for food and feed their young.  

Often nesting in high places like trees or cliffs, their strong talons capture mice, fish and birds while their hooked beaks tear flesh into bitesize morsels.

Newsreel: 'Frisco in Grip of Strike! - 1934

In this newsreel, presented is a look at the historic 1934 West Coast Longshoremen's Strike which lasted nearly three months and led to the establishment of unions for port workers on the West Coast.  

On Bloody Thursday, after fights broke out near San Francisco’s Embarcadero between police, strikebreakers and waterfront workers, the situation took a turn for the worse when police fired shotguns into a crowd of protesters.  This led to a general strike which shut down the city of San Francisco.

Poultry on the Farm - 1937

Welcome to Farmer Brown’s poultry farm, where he raises chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys.  

Visit the chicken coop where the head rooster rouses his harem of hens for breakfast.  White leghorn chickens lay an abundance of eggs which need to be incubated for healthy chicks to be born.

Take a look within the shell as the chick develops over time, pecks its way through and grows from a downy baby chicken to a full-size adult within 2 months.   

Farmer Brown has some Plymouth Rock chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, as well.

Minnie the Moocher: Cab Calloway & Betty Boop - 1930's

Starting with a phenomenal live moment where Cab Calloway free-form dances to his orchestra swinging slow & sweet to St. James Infirmary.  Then things get rolling.

Home life is tough for Betty, so she hits the road with her friend Bimbo.  They venture into a haunted forest and seek refuge in a dark cave.  Within, they encounter the alter-ego of Cab and his band, the ghost of a walrus backed by a symphony of skeletons, monsters, and condemned ghouls.  

The ending is quite spectacular.

California the Golden - 1930

If you were taking a sea cruise from the Eastern Seaboard to the West Coast via the Panama Canal, this might be the film you'd see before disembarking in San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

An exquisite travel film documenting the magnificent landscape and locales of pre-WWII California, this film showcases classic old school California, from the Spanish-styled haciendas overlooking the swelling Pacific to the vast interior of bountiful valleys and awesome peaks.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you California of the early 1930's.

Trailer: Child Bride - 1938

"A Jazz Etude" danced by Billy Burt -1930's

In this serendipitously surreal short "A Jazz Etude," tap dance extraordinaire Billy Burt dances up a storm in top hat, tuxedo tail and cane.

Is he floating?

And that screwy soundtrack ... a mishmash of 'Flight of the Bumblebee,' ragtime fills, and 1930's jazz cliches, is reminiscent of Carl Stalling or Raymond Scott.

Still, I doubt they ever arranged any composition to include a single piano accompanied by 4 double-basses and tap dancer.

Mills Brothers: I Ain't Got Nobody - 1930's

An authentic, rare classic version of the standard "I Ain't Got Nobody," sung by the Mills Brothers, shot in the early 1930's.

Sing along by following the bouncing ball!

The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed as The Four Mills Brothers, were an American jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th century who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen gold records. The Mills Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

Thanksgiving Day Parade -1935

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, often shortened to Macy's Day Parade, is an annual parade presented by the U.S. chain store business Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, with both parades four years younger than the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day.

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