Transferred from original WWII era 16mm prints in excellent condition.
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ARMY-NAVY SCREEN MAGAZINE No. 41
(1944)The Army-Navy Screen Magazine was a biweekly series supervised by Hollywood film director Frank Capra for showing exclusively in military theaters.The series ran from June of 1943 until early 1946 and is said to have reached four million men and women every week.This edition of the Screen Magazine appeared late in 1944.It opens with a newsreel about some American fliers who had recently been liberated by the Russians from a German POW camp in Romania.NOTE:there is brief nudity in this newsreel.The rest of the film is a Screen Magazine “Special,” with Christmas music performed by American contralto Marian Anderson, and Leopold Stokowski conducting the Westminster College Choir.
This video is taken from an original 1944 film print that is in generally excellent condition except for the final few seconds of the film which are missing.(20 minutes)
Photo at left shows Marian Anderson, Leopold Stokowski and the Westminster College Choir.(Photo courtesy of Westminster College)
(1945) Official US war film Number 56 produced by the Army Pictorial Service of the Signal Corps for the War Department, “with the cooperation of combat film units from Signal Corps, Army Air Forces, Navy and Marines.” “Exclusive for the men and women of American Industry.” This film is aimed at defense workers in munitions plants. It explains that the lives of the fighting men and the future of the country depend on their working hard to turn out as much ammunition as possible. The various kinds of big guns, what they sound like, and their ranges are explained. Also explained is the amount of ammunition used each day and how it is transported to the South Pacific theatre of war. Included is lots of fascinating Signal Corps footage. This video is from an original 1945 print in near mint condition. (16 minutes)
Photo at left is a frame capture from "Special Delivery-Japan."
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
REPORT No. 7:
COAST GUARD AT WAR ON FOREIGN SHORES
(1946)The US Coast Guard is seldom mentioned when WWII history is discussed but they were involved around the world.This films gives a fascinating account of the Guard’s activities.Some excellent Signal Corps footage shows the Coast Guard sinking German subs, shooting down German planes and capturing German spies in Greenland, and being under fire in many of the major battles in both Europe and the South Pacific as they assisted other branches of the US military.This video is copied from an excellent condition original issue print from 1946.(26 minutes)