Universal Newsreels Including President Roosevelt Preparing the Country for War and Supporting Our Allies, Hitler's Invasion of Poland, Holland, Belgium and Attack on Russia, King George and Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, Santo Tomas Prisoner Liberation 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 1939, 1940 and 1941 and has a run time of 1 hour 28 minutes.
Some of the news items covered in this collection include: Prime Minister Chamberlain declares a state of war exists; Hitler's war machine rolls into Poland; King George and Queen Elizabeth leave London on the start of their trip to Canada and the U.S.; Strongly condemning the Nazi invasion of Holland and Belgium, President Roosevelt tells the 8th American Scientific Congress that the Americas are shocked and angered by Hitler's newest attack; Queen Elizabeth is an interested spectator at a colorful parade of 'Wats,' Women Auxiliary Territorial Service units; Historic scenes as the first peace-time draft in the U.S. gets underway; Gen. John J. Pershing, says the 'Allies are fighting a war for civilization' and urges the country to send them unlimited supplies of planes, arms and ammunition; Pres. Roosevelt tells the United States that it must be on guard against enemy agents and spies; Pres.Roosevelt requests an additional Billion Dollars for defense; President Roosevelt purchases the first 'defense' bond from Treasury Secretary Morgenthau; Prime Minister Churchill gets warm welcome from hardy Icelanders as he arrives on 'Prince of Wales.' ; Nazi Germany and Red Russia, are engaged in a life-and-death struggle along 2,000 miles of frontier; Santo Tomas Prisoners Liberated; and much more
Here are some sample clips from the DVD