Two classic Bell Science Series Our Mr. Sun and Thread of Life that aren’t available, but are just as entertaining and inspirational as they were when they were first made.
I remember OUR MR. SUN but for the life of me I can’t place THREAD OF LIFE.
Actually, here’s all the films in the Bell Science Series:
About Time (1962)
1 film reel (55 min.), optical sound, 16 mm.
Discusses the evolution of the calendar, the development of clocks and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Explains the reconstruction of geological time.
The Alphabet Conspiracy (1959)
The story of the science of language and linguistics centered around plot to destroy the alphabet and all language. Cartoon animation and special documentary sequences.
Gateways to the Mind (1958)
The story of what science has learned about the human senses and how they function. Includes documentary sequences.
Hemo the Magnificent (1957)
Tells the story of the blood, the heart and circulation. Shows scenes of the human heart and capillaries in action.
Our Mr Sun (1956)
Discusses the sun and its effect upon life on earth. Shows the sun in eclipse with its corona, sun spots and explosions on the sun’s face. Discusses attempts to use the sun’s energy to perform work now done by wood, coal, gas and oil. Animated sequences present information about the size, weight, heat, energy and and radiation of the sun.
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957)
Uses live action, animation and documentary film excerpts to probe the mysteries of cosmic rays, their character and behavior, pointing up the work of scientists in their constant search for more knowledge of matter and energy.
The Thread of Life (1960)
Shows the development of the science of genetics, beginning with the cross-pollination experiments by Gregor Mendel in the middle of the nineteenth century through recent findings on genes, chromosomes and the chemical substance DNA.
The Unchained Goddess (1958)
Discusses weather, explaining what it is, what causes it, and what scientists are doing to predict and control it. Includes scenes of hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning.
I’ve seen all of those except for ABOUT TIME, and THREAD OF LIFE. My favorite of the Bell Science films is THE STRANGE CASE OF COSMIC RAYS, in part because it was the first one I saw in school. But mostly because it had a drunken Russian puppet in it. Puppets always make for great film, but drunken puppets put this one over the top.
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