Hands - 1944

A short World War II propaganda documentary examining the uses of hands, and how the united hands of America and her Allies will defeat the Axis.

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The Star Spangled Banner by the 2nd Armored Division Band – 1970’s

This rendition of America’s National Anthem is performed by the 2nd Armored Division Band based in Fort Hood, Texas.  Also known as the “Hell on Wheels Band,” they were originally part of Colonel George S. Patton’s tank command during World War II. 

Our Bill of Rights - 1940

“A sturdy tree of liberty with shade for all.” - Benjamin Franklin

Although artistic license is taken in dramatizing the events, much of the “dialogue originates in the correspondence of the principals.”

Experience a nation being planned and made for the first time in world history.  We join the momentous occasion in New York City on April 30, 1789, in a parlor where George Washington bids farewell to Benjamin Franklin.  Franklin in turn compliments other monumental figures present in the room - John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.  

Washington in Wartime - 1940s

“War is never cheap.  But as I’ve said before, it’s a million times cheaper to win than to lose.” - Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morganthau, Jr.

Washington in Wartime, narrated by Ed Herlihy, examines the daily happenings of Washington, DC at the height of World War II.  From department secretaries down to office secretaries, observe how the citizens of the nation’s capital, center of the Free World, dedicate themselves to the US war effort.

Propaganda: Duck & Cover - 1951

Propaganda: Duck & Cover - 1951

Watching this may save your life in the event of a nuclear holocaust.

Subject: Narcotics - 1951

A declassified vice squad training film, Subject: Narcotics, produced in the 1950's, takes an unflinching look at the lifestyle of heroin users during.  Made in the pre-rock & roll era, the junkie flophouse depicted here  resembles a scenario more out of beatnik novel than the more glamorous goth-punk facade we've become accustomed to today.

This film was produced with the purpose of acquainting law enforcement agencies with some of the problems of narcotics enforcement.  It is not intended as an educational film for the general public.

A Day in the Death of Donny B. - 1969

Poor Donny B. ... forever wandering the streets looking for that fix to end all fixes. Those around him, his family, people in the neighborhood, functionaries in the system, however, know what's in store ... the degradation of junkie-life.

A surprisingly non-sanctimonious anti-smack film, this 1969 cautionary tale uses a docudrama motif underscored by a groovy soundtrack the kids can dig.

'A Day in the Death of Donny B.' makes for a thoroughly entertaining short.

Door to Heaven - 1941

This bizarre, low-budget film was produced to propagate "the gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," at least the one according to the members of this religious sect based in Wheaton, Illinois.  

Setting itself up as an instruction manual on how to get your soul through those pearly gates, the film really stretches the door metaphor thin.

Some quick tips for those who want to get to Heaven

Newsreel: UN takes over Suez - 1957

Newsreel: UN takes over Suez - 1957

Newsreel: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - 1951

Newsreel: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address- 1951

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.


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