Weirdo Video Rare & authentic films of cultural, historical, and ironical significance.

Navajo Canyon Country

1950's

Navajo Canyon Country

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Produced in 1954, Navajo Canyon Country takes both a historical and anthropological look in examining the traditional lifestyle of the Navajo community. The film visits contemporary, working homes inhabited by this Southwestern tribe of the US. Not far from the modern world of skyscrapers and motorways, the canyons of northern Arizona and New Mexico, is […]

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Magic In The Air

1950's

Magic In The Air

Magic In The Air - 1950's

Magic in the Air, produced in the 1950’s, takes a deeper look at the process of television transmission including the technique and technology that still informs broadcasting in the 21st century. As the sold out, big game is about to begin, you think to yourself, “If I only had a ticket.” Thanks to the miracle […]

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Trailer: Doomsday is Coming

1950's

Trailer: Doomsday is Coming

Trailer: Doomsday is Coming - 1950s

The Day of Doom is coming. Your blood will turn white. Your face will turn green. Your eyeballs will POP with pressure. Because our Doomsday Show is the living end! Hoard your strength, take a shot. You’re going to need an awful lot when you see our shocker pictures. So terrifying that it is easier […]

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Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

1950's

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie - 1959

Born in 1925, Jimmy Pruett, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, grew up blind. In his youth, he learned both guitar and piano, developing his own unique style by the age of nine. It was around then that country artist Stuart Hamblen discovered Pruett and gave him a spot on his radio show on […]

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Trailer: Marathon of Fright

1950's

Trailer: Marathon of Fright

Trailer-Marathon-of-Fright-1950s

How much can the mind stand? Do you pit your sanity against our – MARATHON OF FRIGHT? Shock follows shock! Your breath comes in gasps. Then, the mind explodes! For the unlucky ones, a straitjacket. And a free trip to the booby hutch. He ha ha ha ha ha ha! See the grisly, macabre – […]

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Willie Shoemaker’s First Victory

1950's

Willie Shoemaker’s First Victory

Willie Shoemaker's First Victory - 1951

In this short newsreel segment, witness legendary horserace jockey Willie Shoemaker win his first of 8,833 victories. It was 1951 at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California, just north of Oakland, that the teenage Shoemaker embarked on a career in which he would dominate the field for 29 years. Born in Fabens, Texas in 1931, […]

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Centuries of Telling Time

1950's

Centuries of Telling Time

Centuries of Telling Time - 1957

In this short newsreel from 1957, we visit San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences as it exhibits the Horological Collection of Dr. William Barclay Stephens. Dr. Stephens incredible collection of clocks is a testament of the true art and history of our never-ending attempt to measure and capture time. A labor of love, for over fifty […]

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Tom Waits: Pasties and a G-String

1930's

Tom Waits: Pasties and a G-String

Tom Waits: Pasties and a G-String (At the Two O’Clock Club) – 1976

And now for something completely different … Enjoy Weirdo Video’s interpretation of Tom Waits’ “Pasties and a G-String (At the Two O’Clock Club)” from his 1976 classic album Small Change. Inspired by Waits’ Bukowski-infused lowlife lyrics, our editors have strung together authentic footage from actual vintage girlie films and real burlesque shows, evoking the whimsically […]

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Let’s Go Bowling

1950's

Let’s Go Bowling

Let's Go Bowling - 1955

FOREWARD This motion picture is dedicated to the millions of Americans who have shown, through their selective patronage, that they appreciate outstanding surroundings in which to enjoy their bowling. The Members of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America aim to promote the high standards of cleanliness and conduct, and all-around excellence of environment, that have […]

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A Word To The Wives

1950's

A Word To The Wives

A Word To The Wives - 1955

Presented by the Woman’s Home Companion, “A Word to the Wives … ” was produced in 1955 to promote the modern dream kitchens that were becoming en vogue in the contemporary American home. Despite the pandering melodramatics, “A Word to the Wives … ” in fact was performed and produced by an impressive cast and crew. […]

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