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  • Plow That Broke The Plains (1936)

    The subject of the film is the settling of the Great Plains, 400 million acres of land which stretches from the Texas panhandle to
    Canada, and the subsequent misuse and ravages of nature to which the land finally succumbed in the 1930s. The covered wagon race, the gently rolling fields and the pictures of the desolation after the great droughts are themselves blunt testimony to the harsh
    realities faced by the settlers.

    Map of United States outling Great Plains area.
    CU wheat.
    PAN across grasslands.
    Cows grazing in a field.
    Cloudy sky.
    WS cows grazing in a field.
    MS man on horse.
    WS cows grazing.
    MS man on horse.
    Cows grazing.
    CU cows being herded into barns.
    Covered wagon headed toward CAM.
    WS cows grazing.
    Covered wagons riding across landscape.
    CU sledgehammer driving in stake.
    CU plow cutting into land.
    Man at plow picking up soil – feeing it – dropping it into hat and
    looking off into distance.
    WS fields, farmhouse in BG.
    CU corn stalks – wheat fields.
    Horse drawn plows thru fields & combines.
    Barn w wagon wheel in FG.
    CU horse drawn plow.
    MS woman sweeping steps.
    Man plowing field.
    MS woman standing alone on porch.
    CU man looking discouraged.
    Baby playing by plow.
    CU man bowing his head & kicking, angry.
    Tank appearing on horizon.
    Woman standing on porch w broom.
    CU man.
    Plows being driven thru fields.
    Plows being driven thru fields.
    Cannon explosion.
    Cannon explosion.
    CU wheat pouring into bin.
    Tractors in field.
    Tractors in field.
    Tractors in field.
    Celebration, people waving, soldiers marching to war in parade.
    Tractors in field.
    Celebration, people waving, soldiers marching to war in parade.
    Tractors in field.
    Celebration, people waving, soldiers marching to war in parade.
    Tractors in field at dusk
    Wind blown wheat field.
    Combines in wheat field.
    Printing presses running.
    Combines in wheat field.
    CU wheat pouring from spout.
    Combines in field at dusk.
    Printing presses running.
    Combines working in fields at night.
    CU wheat pouring from spout.
    Smoke pouring out of smokestack.
    MS ticker-tape machine.
    Ticker-tape machine.
    Wheat pouring into bin.
    Ticker-tape machines w tape flying out.
    Black man hitting a cymbal.
    Ticker-tape machines w tape flying out.
    Black man hitting a cymbal.
    Ticker-tape machine crashes to ground.
    CU skulls on parched cracked land.
    Shots of stationery, tractors, plows, combines.
    CU insect crawling across parched cracked land.
    Deserted land.
    CU worn out tires.
    Dying dog.
    Deserted land.
    CU feet walking thru dusty soil – empty fields – inactive combines
    - plows – tractors.
    Weather vane.
    CU man looking skyward.
    Single horse grazing in field.
    Stormy sky.
    Little boy running toward CAM.
    Stormy sky.
    2 boys running thru storm to safety in store.
    Man holding hat & running from storm.
    Dust – wind storm brewing.
    Quiet after the storm, horses buried by dirt & dust, shoveling out,
    moving out shots of deserted dry land.
    A procession of cars going down the road.
    Father playing w child before tent.
    Cars turning into tent city.
    Man brushing dust off coat.
    Woman unloading truck.
    Men whittling.
    Women unloading truck.

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  • Presto Change-O (1939)

    Animated On a dark and stormy night, the Two Curious Puppies wander into an old dark house, and fall victim to the tricks of a mischievous magician’s rabbit.

  • Rain On The Plains (1938)

    Contents. Results of wind erosion on the southwestern Great Plains and steps taken to combat this evil. An animated map shows the area of the Great Plains most affected by wind erosion. Views of grazing and plowing activities are shown as the commentator

  • Redwood Saga (1940)

    Shows the cutting, loading, transportation, mill sawing and finishing operations of the redwood lumber industry of northern California.

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  • Reproduction Among Mammals (1937)


  • River, The (1938)

    This short Depression-era documentary describes the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States. It laments the environmental destruction committed in the name of progress, particularly farming and timber practices which cause massive erosion and result in vast amounts of top soil being washed down the river into the Gulf of Mexico. The film focuses especially on the impact this has had on impoverished farmers. It ends on a very upbeat note, however, with a celebration of the TVA, “modern” farming technology, and the use of dams to control the river and prevent flooding.

  • Roots Of Plants (1931)

    Depicts various forms of roots and the functions of the root cap and hairs. Uses time-lapse and microphotography to show processes of growth and structure.

  • Santa Paula (1929) Part 2

    Santa Paula (1929) Part 2
    A silent promotional film for Santa Paula, California
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  • Science And Agriculture (1939)

    The cultivation and use of the soybean as an illustration of the relation of science to agriculture and the interrelation of science, agriculture, and industry. Opens with a view of an Oriental farmer beginning to harvest his crop of soybeans. Contents. The cultivation and use of the soybean as an illustration of the relation of science to agriculture and the interrelation of science, agriculture, and industry. Opens with a view of an Oriental farmer beginning to harvest his crop of soybeans. The commentator explains that the soybean has been cultivated for centuries in the Orient. A map showing first China and then the United States is accompanied by the explanation that the soybean has been grown extensively in the United States since 1918. An agronomist is shown examining experimental fields of the soybean as the commentator explains that agriculture experiment stations have played an important part in the development of the use of the soybean in the United States. The agronomist pulls up a plant for examination as the commentator explains that he is interested in the soybean as a means of conserving soil fertility. In the laboratory the agronomist examines the nodules which have formed on the roots of the soybean plant. The commentator explains the function of the bacteria-filled nodules in building the nitrogen content of the soil. The agronomist removes some soybean bacteria from a culture cabinet. The bacteria are mixed with charcoal. Later, the bacteria-charcoal mixture is diluted with water and sprinkled on some soybean seed, thus inoculating the seed and making nodule growth possible on new plants. The agronomist decides to visit a nearby farm where soybeans are being grown. On his way he passes two fields of corn. One field is poor because of improper rotation practice. The other field is good because of the use of the soybean in a good plan of crop rotation. The agronomist stops at the roadside to talk to the farmer’s wife, who is gathering edible soybeans. When the agronomist arrives at the soybean field, the farmer is mowing soybean hay. They discuss the proper time for cutting soybeans for this purpose. The farmer says that he has another field of beans which he expects to harvest in about a month. A combine is shown in operation in a field of soybeans. Particular attention is called to the fact that the combine returns to the ground the straw containing much nitrogen. A truck receives the beans from the combine hopper and they are started on their way to the processing plant. At the processing plant the beans are dumped out of the truck, cracked, and fed into expellers. Soybean oil is shown trickling out of the compression chambers where, the commentator explains, the beans have been subjected to intense heat and great pressure. Soybean oil is also filtered. Brief views indicate that the oil is used in paint, linoleum, shortening, and salad dressing. Meal, which is fed to dairy and beef cattle, is shown coming out of the press and being loaded into bags. An industrial chemist is shown at work in his laboratory as the commentator explains that such men are working to find new uses for soybean oil and meal. This particular chemist is striving to improve the process by which soybean meal is converted into a plastic. Some soybean meal is mixed with formaldehyde, placed on calender rolls which mix it with other ingredients, then tested on a flow tester which records plasticity. The mixture is placed in a mold which, in turn, is placed in a hydraulic press, where it is subjected to great pressure. The chemist removes a small plastic article from the mold. Many articles made from soybean plastics are displayed on a revolving wheel. One finished piece of plastic material is tested on a flexural testing machine. The agronomists and the industrial chemist are shown at work in their laboratories. Appraisal. Reported very good for showing (1) the procedure in producing and processing soybeans, (2) the contribution of science to industry and agriculture, (3) the interdependence of agriculture and industry, (4) the use of legumes in soil building, and (5) the role of government experimentation in agriculture. Should be useful in showing the work of the agronomist and the research chemist and indicating the adjustment of agriculture to new conditions. The film was reported to be well organized to show the interrelation of science, industry, and agriculture. Photography and sound are excellent.

  • Snapping Turtle (1940)

    Snapping Turtle (1940)
    Reveals the life cycle of the snapping turtle, including its birth, its growth and its struggle for Continue reading →

  • Thermodynamics (1938)

    Explains how heat engines function by developing the concepts that molecular action is affected by heat, that heat is energy and that heat energy can do work. Demonstrates energy transformation in the steam engine, steam turbine, gasoline engine and diese B W 1938 Educational film about the harnessing of heat energy in machine engines. Consists mostly of animated diagrams of various kinds of engines, with white dots representing molecules moving around in them some of these could work as generic images of power, energy. (NOTE: on DN-S-52, the film begins at t c 15:33:31:27). 00:05:34:00 B W 1938 ws 1930s car pulls into gas station attendant walks over ECU hands open hood to reveal engine later, car drives away from gas station. 00:07:40:00 B W 1938 ws Tractor plows field, shot through trees brief. 00:09:06:00 B W 1938 ws, ms Tractor at work, several shots CU plow turning earth

  • Told By A Tooth (1939)

    An animated tooth lectures about the four points of a balanced dental hygiene program. Stresses proper nutrition, exercise of the teeth and gums, correct use of the tooth brush, and periodic visits to the dentist. Features a wonderful xylophone soundtrack too!

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