Universal Newsreels Including President Roosevelt,
School Explosition, Howard Hughes, Orson Welles War of the World
Radio Broadcast, Civil War Anniversary and Much More
Before the TV was commonplace, people saw the news at their local
movie theaters. Newsreels were shown before feature films and at
dedicated newsreel movie theaters in larger cities.These vintage
Universal Newsreel collections are a way to glimpse special events
of the past.
A note on quality: Newsreels were not preserved with the same care
as much other old film footage. Although most of the footage is
of very good quality, this collection may have portions that are
silent or have degraded audio or video.
This collection includes the years of 1937 and 1938 and has a run
time of 1 hour 5 minutes.
Some of the news items covered in this collection include: President
Roosevelt warns of a steadily-increasing danger of armed conflict
menacing the United States; Special Release - Zeppelin Explodes
Scores Dead; Remarkable New Aid To Navigation; Special Release -
425 Children Die As Gas Explosion Shatters School; Howard Hughes,
wealthy aviator, takes off for New York in his 'round the world'
plane; Thousands of radio listeners throughout the U. S. are frightened
into mass hysteria by a dramatization of H. G. Wells' old thriller,
'The War of the Worlds,' as staged by Orson Welles; Mayor La Guardia
opens Red Cross drive; FDR Leads Nation In Protest Against Nazi
Persecutions; Light Tanks Show Their Prowess In Battle Maneuvers;
Blue and Gray At 75th Anniversary Of Great Battle; and much more
Here are some sample clips from the DVD