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Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

1950's

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil - 1959

In this clip, Charlie Williams, backed up by Joe Maphis, performs a solid rendition of Long Black Veil, made famous by Lefty Frizzell and Johnny Cash, on Town Hall Party in 1959. Born in Texas in 1929, and the underrated Williams got his start in radio, taking up residencies in Tupelo, Fort Worth, Pasadena, Los Angeles, San […]

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Dr. Heard’s Fire Magic

1950's

Dr. Heard’s Fire Magic

Newsreel: Dr. Heard's Fire Magic - 1953

The story of fire told through magic – Fire Magic – that’s entertaining and educational, too. The magician is Dr. Llewellyn Heard who likes to play with fire. A research chemist, he studies oil processes and products. Some of the products, this rubbery grease for instance are most unusual. But the principle subject of his […]

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Achievement U.S.A.

1950's

Achievement U.S.A.

Achievement U.S.A. - 1955

Produced for the auto industry in 1955, Achievement U.S.A. portrays an optimistic look at Flint, Michigan as GM celebrates the production of their 50 millionth automobile.

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Skeets McDonald & Joe Maphis: Mona Lisa

1950's

Skeets McDonald & Joe Maphis: Mona Lisa

Skeets McDonald & Joe Maphis: Mona Lisa - 1959

From a live broadcast in 1959 on KTTV in Los Angeles, Skeets McDonald and Joe Maphis perform a countrified version of Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa. Performing on Town Hall Party, a show broadcast over radio and television during the 1950s, became something of a hometown Grand Ol’ Opry for the large community of Okies […]

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Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco

1950's

Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco

Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco - 1956

Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco, produced in 1956, is a guided tour of mid-1950s San Francisco through the eyes of an authentic Brooklynite. Narrated by Phil Foster, best know for playing Laverne’s father Frank DeFazio on 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, wisecracks and a classic New York drawl counterpoint panoramas of the Golden Gate City’s […]

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Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere

1950's

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere - 1959

Anatomy of a Murder, directed by Otto Preminger in 1959, was based on a novel by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker writing under the pseudonym Robert Traver. Starring James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, and Duke Ellington, who wrote the soundtrack,Anatomy of a Murder was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best […]

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Reno Rodeo

1950

Reno Rodeo

Newsreel: Reno Rodeo - 1950

NEVADA A parade sets the stage for the greatest show in the Biggest Little City in the World, Reno, Nevada. And as a valued and loyal friend of Reno, our cameraman, Jimmy Lederer, gets in front of a cameraman to receive a testimonial. But there’s action in the offing and that’s when Jimmy gets behind the […]

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Trailer: High School Hellcats

1950's

Trailer: High School Hellcats

Trailer: High School Hellcats - 1958

Teenage girls … Tantalizing … AND Terrorizing! Gang Leader:  There’s a gang … And I’m the boss! Schoolgirl:  Oh. I see. HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS Teacher:  Biologically speaking, it’s a primary importance that men should want to mate. Class:  Hey, that’s cool!  Yeah!  Woo hoo! Schoolgirl:  What should a girl do?  Join up with a gang, […]

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Grand Coulee Dam

1950's

Grand Coulee Dam

Newsreel: Grand Coulee Dam - 1953

With America’s infrastructure crumbling, it’s time we took a look back at our past achievements, their purpose, and why we need to rebuild and maintain them. The Grand Coulee Dam was built upon the Columbia River during the Roosevelt Administration between 1933 and 1942. To this day, The Grand Coulee is the largest electric power […]

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Arctic Ice Cap Adventure

1950's

Arctic Ice Cap Adventure

Newsreel: Arctic Ice Cap Adventure - 1957

ARCTIC ICE CAP ADVENTURE From the forbidding frontier of the arctic icecap at the top of the world, come rare films made by a task force of army engineers. Amid eternal snow and cold, military and civilian personnel are finding out how to erect settlements on the icecap. How to conquer an area vital to […]

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