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The March of Time

Time Marches On! Though perhaps most famous today for inspiring the opening of Citizen Kane, The March of Time was a truly trailblazing series.

Arriving in the USA in 1935, March of Time immediately lit a fuse under the formulaic newsreel genre with an intoxicating new formula all its own. This was serious screen journalism, covering social and global issues, delivered with pace, an urgent commentary and generous helpings of dramatic reconstruction.

March of Time soon set up a London office, appointing British documentary giant John Grierson as consultant. He in turn parachuted his protégés Edgar Anstey and Harry Watt into senior production roles. The London unit was tasked both with filming British stories and editing the UK edition of the series for British cinemas.

The London production unit closed just a few years later as the war approached, but March of Time continued to be released here until 1951. It is this British edition of the famous series that we make available here on BFI Player: an exciting account, vividly captured in the urgent present tense, of some of the most dramatic years of the 20th century.

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Inside Nazi Germany 1938

A genuinely historic film, which caused much controversy at the time: the first commercially -released American motion picture to explicitly attack Hitler and Nazism.

20 mins USA

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Presidential Year 1948

‘Crisp and sincere’,‘carefully trained’ or ’resonant and vibrant’? Which voice would appeal to you if you had to pick the Republican candidate for the 1948 Presidential Election?

20 mins USA

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Great Britain Coronation 1937

Weatherproof bunting, fog, clockwork dolls and a Hollywood exodus to London: this sideways look at preparations for the Coronation of George VI provides a wry American take on a very British ceremony.

20 mins USA

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Metropolis 1939

This ode to New York from March of Time shows us how seven and half million people from every race and nationality in the world, live, work and play together in ‘the greatest metropolis of the New World’.

20 mins USA

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Irish Free State 1936

How Ireland turned herself into a self-sufficient powerhouse - plus a study of the "lunatic fringe" in US politics.

20 mins USA

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America Thinks It Over 1939

In a world on the verge of war, will America support the democracies of Europe, or turn inwards and embrace isolationism?

20 mins USA

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Movies March On 1939

Charlie Chaplin relaxes on the tennis court in this potted history of Hollywood, which looks back fondly to the early days of film, in a world on the brink of war.

20 mins USA

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The British Film Industry 1936

A laudatory item on the mid-1930s British film industry makes this issue of the cinemagazine fascinating for film fans.

20 mins USA

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Hollywood U.S.A! 1937

Hollywood has more than just celebrated stars: its industry is respectable and prosperous, says Leslie Howard.

20 mins USA

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Storm Over Britain 1947

After WWII, was Britain a place of peace and prosperity, or disillusionment and destitution?

20 mins USA

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The Defence of the Realm Act 1937

Ending child exploitation, saving theatres, and finding a stiff drink - how to survive the Great Depression.

20 mins USA

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Britain, Peace and Propaganda 1939

The Magna Carta and George Washington’s family tree spearhead a propaganda campaign to win US hearts and minds as Britain prepares for war.

20 mins USA

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Britain and Peace; G-Men of the Sea 1938

An exhortation to Britain to stand up to the Nazi threat is paired with a reconstruction of a US Coastguard operation against gun smugglers.

20 mins USA

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The Refugee Today and Tomorrow 1938

A fierce denunciation of anti-Semitic policies in Nazi Germany seen in the context of the global refugee crisis of 1938.

20 mins USA

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British Shipping Industry 1935

From US colonialism to UK shipbuilding via anti-strikebreaking measures - this issue of the American newsreel has it all.

20 mins USA

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Britain's RAF: The Royal Air Force 1940

Britain's fighter pilots get a bombastic backing in this high-octane spectacle.

20 mins USA

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Coal Industry in Britain 1937

The struggling UK coal industry is under the spotlight, together with the US liquor trade and the rise in trailer living.

20 mins USA

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Crisis in Iran 1951

An intriguing review providing key historical context to the start of the Abadan Crisis (1951-54), a pivotal event that shaped present-day Iran.

20 mins USA

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East of Suez! 1935

A four-story issue of March of Time, the pick of which is not for the faint-hearted; a report on a US motor safety campaign that reduced deaths on the road, but may have also given a generation of children nightmares.

20 mins USA

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Father of the Turks 1937

Three reports from March of Time: Kemal Ataturk relaxes on a Turkish beach, fake cancer cures are exposed and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band reforms to play Tiger Rag.

20 mins USA

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India in Crisis 1942

Special reporting, featuring Gandhi, which looks at how to get India onside in fighting the Axis of Evil.

20 mins USA

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India at War 1942

A compelling case for the involvement of the United States in Britain’s Indian Empire is made, in this comprehensive survey of the war effort in India.

20 mins USA

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Asia's New Voice 1949

Two years after India gained its independence from British rule, was the dream starting to go sour?

20 mins USA

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Dixie USA 1940

Barefoot sharecroppers and ‘No Coloreds’ signs; plantation mansions and Confederate cemeteries: a look at the Deep South which disturbs and informs in equal measure.

20 mins USA

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Uncle Sam - the Good Neighbour 1939

Adolf Hitler glowers from the cover of a Spanish-language version of Mein Kampf in this account of how US diplomats fought the rise of Nazism in South America in 1938.

20 mins USA

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New Schools for old-U.S.A. 1938

A new take on the education system, while Britain's waiters and Alaska's fishermen air some grievances.

20 mins USA

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America Speaks Her Mind 1941

Who'll save those Londoners sheltering in the Tube - that's the question confronting ordinary American moviegoers.

20 mins USA

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Americans All! 1941

Americans all! How immigrants have influenced the American way of life.

20 mins USA

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Inside Fascist Spain 1943

A scathing indictment of fascism in wartime Spain, utilising exclusive footage shot by March of Time cameramen.

20 mins USA

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MacArthur's Japan 1949

In March of Time's report from post-war Japan, the Emperor renounces his divinity to study marine biology, while his subjects put feudalism behind them and tentatively embrace democracy.

20 mins USA

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Mexico's New Crisis, Youth Prepares 1939

What should we make of Mexico's revolutionary new president? Plus, the importance of a good boy scout.

20 mins USA

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Vatican City 1940

The inner-workings of the world’s smallest state were shown to filmgoers for the very first time in this lively and revealing portrait of the Vatican of Pope Pius XII.

20 mins USA

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Men of Washington 1942

March of Time profiles the American home-front through the lens of Washington, providing an insight into the machinery of government in the first months of war.

20 mins USA

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Youth in Camps 1937

March of Time reports on the beginnings of the summer camp movement in the USA, goes behind the scenes at Oxford University and tracks Madrid under attack during the Spanish Civil War.

20 mins USA

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Thumbs Up Texas! 1941

Ten-gallon hats, a rich history, endless oil-fields, vast herds of cattle, and a giant statue of Popeye: in Texas size really does matter.

20 mins USA

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Princeton, N.J! 1936

A look at the younger generation's readiness for war, and a pat on the back for crime fighters.

20 mins USA

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Atlantic City U.S.A. 1936

Diverse cinemagazine looking at the rise of teenage delinquents, dictators… and aeroplanes.

20 mins USA

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Railways Today 1947

Is nationalisation the answer to Britain's post-war railway problems? The Labour government thinks so.

20 mins USA

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Policeman's Holiday 1949

A car chase through London's Soho district makes this post-war dramatised documentary the rival of any detective movie.

20 mins USA

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Tito: a new ally? 1951

New buildings rise up alongside traditional peasant dwellings as Yugoslavia transforms itself into an anti-Soviet Communist state under the controlling eye of Josip Broz Tito.

20 mins USA

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Answer to Stalin 1948

Was there a better way of fighting the Soviet threat than the atomic bomb? The ‘answer to Stalin’ was to rebuild Europe with billions of dollars of aid: the Marshall Plan.

20 mins USA

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Czechoslovakia 1947

From the spires of Prague to the furnaces of the Skoda armaments factory, this tumultuous account of a recently reborn Czechoslovakia portrays a country finding its way in a new Europe.

20 mins USA

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New France 1946

English tourists queue for visas and the wine begins to flow again, while German POWs clear minefields, in this sober but optimistic account of France’s post-war recovery.

20 mins USA

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The Mediterranean - Background for War 1939

A classroom full of smock-clad Italian children give the Fascist salute in their Tunisian school: a warning sign of Mussolini’s burgeoning power in the Mediterranean.

20 mins USA

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Battle for Germany 1948

Was Nazism a good idea poorly carried out? Many Germans still thought so in 1948, according to this portrait of a country threatened by Russia but still trying to escape its own past.

20 mins USA

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The Gathering Storm 1950

The possibility that the world could face another global conflict, with the added horror of nuclear weapons, forms the backdrop to this tense warning from the age of anxiety.

20 mins USA

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America Prepares 1941

Anxious young men scan the news for the draft lottery results to see if their number has come up in a film which documents a historic event: the first peacetime draft in US history.

20 mins USA

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America’s New Army 1942

A grinning effigy of Hitler is skewered by the bayonet of a new recruit: one striking image among many from this morale-boosting account of the American army in 1942.

20 mins USA

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The U.S. Navy 1940 1940

1940 was a crucial year for the U.S. Navy. From the Panama Canal to the South Pacific, see how America was preparing its fleet for a war which was drawing closer by the day.

20 mins USA

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Labor & Defense U.S.A
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Labor & Defense U.S.A 1941

In 1941 America’s working men and women were the ‘indispensables’ of the industrial offensive to arm the USA and provide aid for embattled Britain. This film tells their story.

20 mins USA

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Prelude to Victory 1943

Nominated for an Oscar, this film dramatically depicts the carefully plotted invasion which took Hitler by surprise and led to the defeat of Axis powers in Africa.

20 mins USA

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The Argentine Question 1942

From the bustle of Buenos Aires to the estancias of the fertile interior, this film shows the people of Argentina at work and at play in factories, on farms, and at football matches.

20 mins USA

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Japan - Master of the Orient 1939

A Tokyo cabaret dancer twirls a parasol emblazoned with the Swastika and the Rising Sun: one striking image among many in this 1939 film about the dangers of Japanese aggression.

20 mins USA

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Gateways to Panama 1940

Windswept palm trees on Devil’s Island and warships in Guantanamo Bay: this evocative issue vividly captures the fear and uncertainty spreading through the Caribbean in 1940.

20 mins USA

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G-Men At War 1942

Microfilm, fifth columnists and special agents: this dramatic reconstruction of an undercover operation against Nazi spies shows J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI fighting the enemy within.

20 mins USA

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G-Men Combat Saboteurs 1941

Meet the men responsible for protecting America from spies, saboteurs and Fifth Columnists: the agents of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

20 mins USA

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Australia at War 1941

A film full of contrasts captures Australia at a pivotal point in its history: under threat from Japan at home, but pledging to defend the British Empire and the Crown abroad.

20 mins USA

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Nobody’s Children? 1947

From New York’s Foundling Hospital to the US Children’s Bureau in Washington DC, this film introduces us to the orphans of America and the couples who wish to become their parents.

20 mins USA

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The Nation’s Mental Health 1951

A new approach to a national problem. This sensitive look at the National Institute for Mental Health shows America’s changing attitudes to ‘diseases of the mind’ in the post-war years.

20 mins USA

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Marriage and Divorce 1948

A nervous couple tie the knot in front of a stern priest, in a film which is enjoyable for the sheer zest with which it shows the varieties of misery possible in modern marriage.

20 mins USA

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Fashion Means Business 1947

Style never goes out of fashion! From Dior couture to the mass productions of New York’s Garment District, this issue celebrates the pleasure - and business - of being well-dressed.

20 mins USA

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Beauty at Work 1950

Lured by the promise of a career in the big city, Patricia Kugleman leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma to brave the perils of life in New York City as model - and potential cover girl - Patti Cook.

20 mins USA

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Man at the Wheel 1938

By 1937 the American lifestyle promised pleasure at home and adventure on the road: this entertaining film shows how the country was coping with some unforeseen hazards.

20 mins USA

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British South Africa 1943

South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts delivers a stirring speech in London, watched by an approving Winston Churchill, in this affirmative film about South Africa’s contribution to the war.

20 mins USA

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Dutch East Indies 1940

Rich in natural resources but vulnerable to attack, the wealthiest colonies in the world prepare to resist the threat of a Japanese invasion.

20 mins USA

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The Philippines 1940

Will war come to the Philippines? This film shows a nation on the brink of crisis: fearful of Japan, reliant on US protection, and now uncertain of the benefits of independence.

20 mins USA

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Ulster v. Eire: The Unification Question 1938

‘March of Time investigates the bootleg baby racket, visits the vineyards of France and reports on a Loyalist victory in Northern Ireland’s elections.

20 mins USA

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Battle Fleets of Britain 1939

A modern fleet, centuries of tradition - and properly ironed collars - lay the foundations for victory, as the Royal Navy prepares to battle the U-boat threat in September 1939.

20 mins USA

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Britain's Noblemen 1938

Follow a notorious forger from Nebraska to New York, see mutinous sailors stage a sit-down strike, and watch British noblemen find new ways to earn a living - not all of them ethical.

20 mins USA

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Finland Today; Pests of 1938; The Human Heart 1938

Finnish modernity, the threat of the White-Fringed beetle and a gripping item on heart disease make for a riveting film, filled with drama but told with optimism.

20 mins USA

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Old Dixie New Boom 1938

Neighbourhood vigilantes tell an unscrupulous trader to ‘hop it’, as MP Ellen Wilkinson’s bill to protect working class buyers from Hire Purchase swindlers becomes reality.

20 mins USA

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Salt Lake City; Amateur Sleuths; The Land of Cotton 1937

Idle Mormons, angry cotton pickers and a boom in detective fiction: a mix of intriguing and provocative stories set against a turbulent background of unemployment and recession.

20 mins USA

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Amoskeag 1937

A bankrupt mill-town, the evils of political patronage and Hawaii’s struggle for statehood. Three ways of looking at the same question: how to change society for the better?

20 mins USA

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Crime and Prisons
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Crime and Prisons 1938

A strikingly liberal plea for prison reform and a view of the Anschluss seen through the lens of NBC’s news machine.

20 mins USA

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Uncle Sam - The Farmer 1939

A hard day’s work in the fields and rolling hills of Iowa’s fertile farmlands is followed by barn-dancing and cider-drinking in this tribute to the farmers of America’s Corn Belt.

20 mins USA

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Inside the Maginot Line 1938

This issue scooped rival newsreels by venturing deep inside the Maginot Line’s labyrinthine tunnels, to reveal an underground city of French soldiers preparing for war.

20 mins USA

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Peace by Adolf Hitler 1941

A dire warning to isolationists, this graphic retelling of Hitler’s conquest of Europe shows that the only certain fact about Nazi promises of peace was that they would be broken.

20 mins USA

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Crisis in the Atlantic 1941

Praise for the unsung heroes of the Battle of the Atlantic: the merchant seamen who faced the deadly threat of U-boats and Stuka bombers to bring vital supplies to Great Britain.

20 mins USA

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Soldiers with Wings 1939

Released in the USA on the day that Germany invaded Poland - 1st September 1939 - this timely and dramatic issue warns America to prepare for a new kind of warfare.

20 mins USA

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Sailors with Wings 1941

Hair-raising footage of a US Navy dive bomber squadron in action puts the viewer in the cockpit, in this account of the ever-growing importance of the US navy’s air force in 1941.

20 mins USA

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General ƒDouglas Macarthur; Geneva; The Invasion Of ƒEthiopia 1936

A sinister, bearded figure walks the streets of Paris at dawn. Follow French public executioner Pierre Deibler, as he travels with his guillotine, to perform his deadly trade.

20 mins USA

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On Stage 1949

Drama on-stage and behind the scenes, from auditions to first night reviews, as The March of Time raises the curtain on the 1948 Broadway production of ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’.

20 mins USA

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It’s in the Groove 1949

Witness the rise of the record industry, from its primitive beginnings to the unveiling of the formats that would revolutionise the world of popular music: the LP and the single.

20 mins USA

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Wish You Were Here 1949

Round-the-clock fun is the order of the day in this whirlwind survey of the tourist industry in 1949: from a mass Hokey Cokey at Butlin’s Pwllheli, to stand-up comedy in the Catskills.

20 mins USA

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Male Look 1950

This sardonic appraisal of the fashion choices available to men in 1950, reveals how to carry off a variety of unflattering looks, from terry cloth beach coats to platform shoes.

20 mins USA

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Men of Medicine 1938

Should Uncle Sam pay for public medical care? This absorbing film champions the work of the American medical profession, while highlighting the lack of aid for the underprivileged.

20 mins USA

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Life With Junior 1948

Saved by the timely advice of a child expert! A jealous sister is poised to smash a bottle over her baby brother’s head, until the wise words of a counsellor avert disaster.

20 mins USA

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The Russia Nobody Knows 1947

Eager science students, devout peasants, tough farm workers and hungry families: this film offered a rare chance for viewers to see the human face of Russia in the aftermath of war.

20 mins USA

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Holland’s Colonial Problem 1948

From the thriving streets of Amsterdam to the troubled shores of the East Indies: Dutch postwar prosperity is in jeopardy as the Netherlands become embroiled in a colonial conflict.

20 mins USA

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Czechoslovakia; Brain Trust Island 1938

Key West is transformed into a thriving resort - and becomes a victim of its own success. Fearful of a German invasion, Czech president Benes calls upon his army to mobilise.

20 mins USA

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China Fights Back 1941

ABCD stands for America, Britain, China and Democracy: a young Chinese boy learns to write English in one of the striking images in this dispatch from the Sino-Japanese War.

20 mins USA

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Men of Norway 1941

A shipment of dried cod bound for Germany is sprayed with kerosene by a young Norwegian in one of the more inventive acts of anti-Nazi sabotage from this gripping film.

20 mins USA

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Germany - Handle With Care 1947

A group of young Nazis meet in a clandestine ‘Werwolf’ gathering as they plot resistance against the occupying Allied forces, in this frontline report from postwar Germany.

20 mins USA

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Atoms at Work 1952

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Harwell's nuclear research establishment and the peaceful applications of atomic energy.

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Halfway to Where? 1950

From an explosive Gene Krupa drum solo to the power of colliding atoms, this 1950 film finds expressions of change, uncertainty and tension in the worlds of art, politics & science.

20 mins USA

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Mr and Mrs America 1943

Rumour clinics, female garage attendants, scrap metal drives and zoot suits: American society was changing in unexpected ways as the country entered its second year of war.

20 mins USA

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Stakhanovism 1935

A New York dentist discovers an anaesthetic formula for pain-free dentistry, and superstar Soviet miner Alexei Stakhanov celebrates his Man of the Year award in style.

20 mins USA

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New York City Police 1947

A New York City cop goes undercover to solve a double-murder case, in a report which shows ordinary American policemen fighting America’s post-war crime wave.

20 mins USA

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Men of the US Navy 1942

Your navy needs you! This film was made to appeal to young Americans’ sense of duty and patriotism, while promising an exciting life at sea at a critical point in the Second World War.

20 mins USA

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Newsfronts of War 1939

The humming banks of teletype machines in the New York offices of the Associated Press bring news of the world-changing events of 1939, from Shanghai, Madrid, London and Moscow.

20 mins USA

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On Foreign Newsfronts 1940

Featuring dramatic footage of the Battle of Britain, this film looks at the war in Europe from the point of view of American foreign correspondents and their mission to tell the truth.

20 mins USA

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T-Men in Action 1947

See a gang of back country bootleggers, a tax-evading meat dealer and a small-time jewellery smuggler brought to justice by the enforcement agencies of the US Treasury Department.

20 mins USA

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Is Everybody Listening? 1948

Enjoy the sounds - and sights - of American public radio in 1948. From soap operas and game shows to political debates and classical music concerts, all human life is here.

20 mins USA

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Farming Pays Off 1949

Bumper crops, shiny new cars and enormous kitchen appliances. America’s farmers enjoy their new prosperity in a film which hints at the worries beneath the confident exterior.

20 mins USA

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The Navy and the Nation 1943

An impressive overview of the work of the men and women responsible for organising, planning and producing equipment for the US Navy in 1943, from riveters to radar manufacturers.

20 mins USA

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Life With Grandpa 1948

Watch America’s ‘oldsters’ dance, get married, play baseball and work more efficiently than their younger counterparts in this spirited challenge to prejudices about old age.

20 mins USA

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Your Doctors Today 1947

A man breaks down in tears while undergoing psychoanalysis in a powerful scene from this survey of the groundbreaking changes in medicine since the end of World War II.

20 mins USA

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Teachers Crisis 1947

Forced to work in a tavern to supplement his poor wages, a teacher pours a customer’s beer then marks homework at the bar, in this hard-hitting look at the US education crisis in 1947

20 mins USA

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The Fight for Better Schools 1949

‘We’ve got a week to get a bill written!’ Shocked at the poor standard of their children’s schools, a local PTA group campaigns to change educational policy in the state of Virginia.

20 mins USA

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Chance to Live 1949

Italian children, left homeless after the war, get a chance to rebuild their lives in a miniature republic where they make their own laws. But adjusting to the new life is not easy...

20 mins USA

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Main Street U.S.A. 1942

If fifth columnists took over what would Main Street USA look like? This issue imagines life in an American town controlled by the goose-stepping members of a Nazi ‘New Order’.

20 mins USA

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King Zog
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King Zog 1936

When does reading a Betty Boop comic count as a political act? Possibly when it’s done by an unemployed protester amusing his child during a daring sit-in in Trenton, New Jersey.

20 mins USA

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Crisis in Italy
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Crisis in Italy 1948

The Italian Communist Party in 1948 : a force for progress and reform or the last refuge of a desperate population and a threat to the rest of Europe?

20 mins USA

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Belgium’s Neutrality
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Belgium’s Neutrality 1936

The ethics of American college football; a controversial plan to build a seaway to the Atlantic, and a proto-Nazi political party’s influence over King Leopold III of Belgium.

20 mins USA

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Formosa Island of Promise
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Formosa Island of Promise 1951

How did Taiwan cope with the huge influx of Chinese refugees from the mainland after the war? This report explains why the island is a symbol of hope for all developing countries.

20 mins USA

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Canada 1943

From a London pub to the Alaska Highway, Canada’s influence extends far beyond its border, as shown in this celebration of America’s unique ties with its northern neighbour.

20 mins USA

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Battle for Greece 1948

Gunfire echoes around the mountains as Greek government forces pursue the Communist rebels fighting their guerilla campaign in the isolated villages near the Yugoslav border.

20 mins USA Director. Peter Hopkinson

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America at War 1942

As President Roosevelt addresses the House of Congress following the attack on Pearl Harbour, this gripping film shows how America prevailed in a previous time of crisis.

20 mins USA

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America’s New Air Power 1948

‘Where are the propellers?’ This report from the early years of the jet age takes us to Selfridge Field, Detroit, where the turbine engine was changing the nature of war in the air.

20 mins USA

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Strategy for Victory
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Strategy for Victory 1951

Amid the tightening tensions of the Cold War, all that stands between Europe and the threat of Communism are American ingenuity and resources, according to this 1951 report.

20 mins USA

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Promise of Pakistan
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Promise of Pakistan 1950

Sword-dancing Patans, burqa-clad women, modern irrigation methods, a free press and a new airport: this film portrays the Pakistan of 1950 as a vibrant blend of ancient and modern.

20 mins USA

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Moroccan Outpost
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Moroccan Outpost 1951

Craving autonomy but caught in the Cold War manoeuvres of France and America, campaigners for Moroccan independence bide their time while other Muslim nations gain their freedom.

20 mins USA

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Canada at War
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Canada at War 1940

In 1940 the war still seemed distant to US citizens. But what it was like for the 11 million ‘other Americans’ who were already at war? The March of Time cameras go north of the border to Canada to find out.

20 mins USA

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Safety at Sea 1935

The March of Time’s first British edition features an explosive selection of stories which caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic and set the tone for the series as a whole.

20 mins USA

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Controversial Priest; Striking Miners; New Camera
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Controversial Priest; Striking Miners; New Camera 1935

A controversial priest preaches his message to an audience of millions; desperate miners make a living from bootlegging coal; and a new camera reveals a world of slow motion wonder.

20 mins USA

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Pensions; Duck Hunters; Japan
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Pensions; Duck Hunters; Japan 1935

Can a cartoonist save the ducks of America? Will a new pension scheme solve the problems of elderly Americans? And how far do Japan’s ambitions extend beyond the Great Wall of China?

20 mins USA

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Backdoor to Toyko
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Backdoor to Toyko 1944

Linking India and China in World War II meant taking on tricky terrain, and an even trickier enemy.

20 mins USA

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Crisis in the Pacific 1940

Two years before the attack on Pearl Harbour, the March of Time warns of the dangers of Japanese aggression in the Pacific: ‘as far east as Hawaii, as far west as Singapore’.

20 mins USA

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Far East Command
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Far East Command 1942

From jungle warfare in the East Indies to butter mountains in New Zealand: this film unearths some surprising facts as the countries of the United Nations fight back against Japan.

20 mins USA

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Mexico, Good Neighbor’s Dilemma
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Mexico, Good Neighbor’s Dilemma 1941

Violence and controversy surround the Mexican presidential elections as the people’s cry of ‘Land for the landless’ upsets the old order and causes concern north of the Rio Grande.

20 mins USA

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Preparation for Invasion 1943

The invasion of ‘Fortress Europe’ gathers pace in this survey of the Army Service Forces, which explains the plan to send soldiers, materiel and supplies across the Atlantic.

20 mins USA

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Union Struggles; Texan Rivals; Chinese Success 1937

Rivalry is the theme of this issue, from the bitter struggles of union bosses to the increasingly fractious competition between Fort Worth and Dallas to celebrate Texas’s centenary.

20 mins USA

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Britain and Her Empire 1944

They didn't know it at the time, but this was the end of empire - so what was Britain's legacy in the world?

20 mins USA

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Justice Comes to Germany
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Justice Comes to Germany 1945

The March of Time cameras capture the drama and tension of a war crimes tribunal in this gripping film of the trial of a Nazi official accused of the murder of a young American airman.

20 mins USA

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Hapsburgs; Hunting Dogs; French Peasants 1936

From the lonely life of the last of the Habsburgs to the political power of the ultimate Frenchman, this issue features obedient dogs, angry peasants and factory workers on strike.

20 mins USA

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Yankees 1942

From Boston to Cape Cod, the stoical, proud people of New England prepare for war - but still find time for a leisurely ice cream sundae at the drugstore.

20 mins USA

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America’s Youth 1940

Growing up in the depression and now facing war, this film shows America’s young people at work and play, from the privileged upper classes to the desperate unemployed.

20 mins USA

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Life with Baby 1946

From tiny infants to curious four-year-olds, the children of the postwar baby boom take centre stage in this engaging look at the pioneering work of psychologist Arnold Gesell.

20 mins USA

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Report on Greece 1946

Children scrabble for bread amidst piles of worthless banknotes in this film which casts a critical eye over Britain’s role in the government of Greece after the war.

20 mins USA

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Report on Italy 1945

Italy takes its first tentative steps towards a postwar future. While Mussolini sits brooding in exile, Italians begin to come to terms with the toll taken by twenty years of Fascism.

20 mins USA

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The Fighting French 1942

A stirring call to arms: from the resistance in France to the jungles of New Caledonia, the Fighting French movement strikes back against the Axis powers and the Vichy regime.

20 mins USA

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Battle for Beauty 1945

America’s billion dollar beauty industry is the subject of this eye-opening, face-cleansing report which captures the post-war optimism of America’s women

20 mins USA

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Show Business at War
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Show Business at War 1943

The show must go on! Stars serve their country by motivating and inspiring their captivated audiences to continue pursuing the war effort.

20 mins USA

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Challenge to Hollywood
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Challenge to Hollywood 1945

A look behind the scenes at the British film studios.

20 mins USA

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Palestine Problem 1945

From the World Zionist Conference in London to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, this issue argues that Europe’s surviving Jews should be given the chance to settle in Palestine.

20 mins USA

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What to Do With Germany?
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What to Do With Germany? 1944

Justice or revenge? As Allied tanks rolled across Europe in October 1944, this film demands punishment for Germany as well as hoping for a lasting peace settlement.

20 mins USA

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Irish Question
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Irish Question 1944

In 1944, as America puts pressure on Ireland to suspend diplomatic relations with the Axis powers, this film offers a nuanced and heartfelt defence of Irish neutrality.

20 mins USA

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New York's Night Club Boom
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New York's Night Club Boom 1946

From the Bowery to Greenwich Village, this whirlwind tour through the glitz and glamour of New York’s night clubs shows a city enjoying its newfound leisure time.

20 mins USA

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Up Beat in Music
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Up Beat in Music 1944

From V-Discs and New Hit Kits to Benny Goodman and Aaron Copland: the sounds of America in 1943 lend an upbeat feeling to this survey of a country marching to a wartime tempo.

20 mins USA

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Problem Drinkers
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Problem Drinkers 1946

Slick-haired vultures and hopeless drunkards - or people suffering from a disease and in need of treatment? This film shows a new way to treat alcoholism in 1940s America.

20 mins USA

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Inside China Today
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Inside China Today 1945

From the crowded streets of Chungking to the Communist controlled north, the March of Time cameras show the lives of China’s peasants, soldiers and politicians.

20 mins USA

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And then Japan
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And then Japan 1943

A reconstruction showing the execution of an American airman by Japanese soldiers sets the tone for this 1943 film: a frightening and emotive account of the dangers posed by Japan.

20 mins USA

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Philippines 1945

Full of striking images, this film captures the Philippines at a crucial moment in its history, poised between the devastation of war and a long-awaited independence.

20 mins USA

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Uncle Sam, Mariner 1945

A salute to the men of the US Merchant Marine service and a warning that the country’s future prosperity may depend upon maintaining the merchant fleet after the war has been won.

20 mins USA

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Bill Jack vs Adolf Hitler
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Bill Jack vs Adolf Hitler 1943

Free doughnuts, vitamin pills and jazz on the factory floor: this portrait of an Ohio manufacturing company shows how an unorthodox approach to business helped the war effort in 1943.

20 mins USA

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Food and War
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Food and War 1943

From British Restaurants to American victory gardens, this survey of food rationing in 1943 shows the effect of the war on the eating habits of civilians and soldiers alike.

20 mins USA

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Mexico
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Mexico 1946

After the war Mexico became a popular tourist destination for many Americans. This film shows the real Mexico, tracing the country’s troubled history since the revolution of 1910

20 mins USA

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Pacific Frontiers
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Pacific Frontiers 1945

A demonstration of America’s power to destroy and rebuild: aerial photographs of a devastated Hiroshima are juxtaposed with images showing the reconstruction of Guam.

20 mins USA

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