Newsreels 1957-1958

1957/02/11 2nd Atom Sub Sea Wolf Undergoes First Sea Trials (1) Sea Wolf sub power plant may need replacement after shakedown cruise (2) coffee fiesta and parade and beauty pageant and comic bullfight in Colombia (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-14, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/02/14 Redstone Missile In production (1) Chrysler plant in Detroit where Redstone missile assembled, launch (2) Tel Aviv Israel protest against UN order to evacuate Gaza and Sinai in Mideast and Suez (3) Photoplay awards in Los Angeles, to Rock Hudson as most popular actor (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-15, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/03/07 A New Nation. Gold Coast becomes Ghana In Ceremony (1) people celebrate new Africa state of Ghana, Nixon visits Nkruma and Adam Clayton Powell, UN rep Ralph Bunch, first beauty queen Miss Ghana (2) ship accident in Delaware river, Navy tanker hit freighter (3) Princess christend in Monaco, daughter of Grace Kelly (4) Mardi Gras in New Orleans (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-21, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/04/04 Kansas (1) Salk vaccine being administered, to babies, twin girls, Indians of Oklahoma (2) Thomas Gates become Secy Navy at Pentagon, Radford replaced by Twining, arrival of Brazil general Vaza to consult defense planners, Ike given medal by Pan-American Society (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-29, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/04/08 New Aerial Work Horse Wears Skiis (1) Hercules plane equipped with skiis in Minnesota, 4 turboprop engines, lands on snow (2) 18th anniversary of end of Spanish revolution in Spain, Franco and daughter watch soldiers, "the caudillo looks on with pride, 18 years of peace and rebuilding" (3) Reno NV - first "midget convention" (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-30, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/05/30 Atom Fallout. New Tests Begin As Safety Debate Rages (1) atomic test series begins over Nevada, blast at night in early dawn (2) Norwegian sailing ship arrives in NY, refloated after sunk by Nazis (3) Vanguard satellite assembled in MD (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-45, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/06/03 British H-Bomb Fired As Debate On Atom Test Ban Rages (1) British test first H-bomb on Christmas Islands, on eve of disarmament talks (2) Algeria village victim of rebel terrorism, village of Beluza in Africa (3) new presidential helicopter lands at White House, poss to use for "evacuation in case of emergency" (4) Israel farmers (5) model plane fair in NY (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-46, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/06/06 French Air Show (1) Western Europe's greatest air show since WWII in Paris" France with 14 nations; twin-jet Tupolev, French jet, 4 jets fly overhead (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-47, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/07/04 'Moon' Is Born. The Story of 'Project Vanguard' (1) story of Project Vanguard as geophysical year opens (IGY). The 3-stage 72-ft rocket will launch from Patrick AFB in Florida, scenes of animation of stages separating, tracked by radar stations and telescopic camers, computers on ground, "man's first stride into space" (2) Sweden Albatross sailing ship in NY "those sails are nylon" (3) "The AF puts on a mighty show of power for its departing chief of staff Gen. Nathan Twining" who is becoming Chief of JCS, planes fly over, Canberra, B-52 (4) portable a-power plant shown at Fort Belvoir (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-55, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/07/08 Dedication. Warren, Hoover, Hail New Truman Library (1) Truman Library dedicated in Independence MO, with Chief Justic Earl Warren, in Masonic ritual, also Eleanor Roosevelt and Sen. Knowland, Hoover and Truman shake hands, Truman with Churchill picture, and 1948 election newspaper photo (2) "U.S. Fires Biggest A-Bomb" - at Yucca Flats NV, balloon carries bomb aloft, cameras ready, explosion, marines in trenches (glitches) (3) Redstone rocket put on display at Grand Central Station (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-56, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/07/18 Jet Record. Coast To Coast In 3 Hours, 23 Minutes (1) Major John Glenn in Crusader jet leaves Alameda CA for coast-to-coast flight, 2460 miles in 3 hrs 23 mins, Glenn taxis in, waves from cockpit (2) Chicago seizure of marijuana, burned by Marines with flame-throwers (3) new landing system on carrier Saratoga guides pilot, new optical system replacing old landing officer (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-59, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/08/12 Red Colonel. Top-Ranking Russian Spy Chief Captured (1) Col. Rudolf Abel is returned to Brooklyn for arraignment, faces charges, after 9 years of spying (2) passenger liner SS President Hoover visited by Hoover on his birthday (3) sideways launching of Dutch freighter in Holland (4) dummy guided missile standing for real Snark in test - then real Snark blastsoff (5) fashions - feathers in hair, and swept-wing hair style of model in car with swept wings (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-66, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/10/07 New Moon. Reds Launch First Space Satellite (1) first report of Sputnik - animations of rocket used same animations as done for earlier report on the Vanguard story (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-82, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/10/10 Ike Denies U.S. Lag In Missiles (1) Ike speaks, that Vanguard is being developed, has never been a race, but part of IGY scientific work (2) Ike decorates Secretary Wilson with medal of Freedom, replaced by Neil McElroy (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-83, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/10/28 Space Race. U.S. In Lead With 4.000-Mile Rocket (1) Operation Farside, test of rocket fired from balloon to carry instruments, 5th attempt successful to launch balloon, rocket blasts off from balloon (2) MacMillan speaks, following visit with Ike (no lip sync) (3) Ike makes Atoms for Peace award to Neils Bohr (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-88, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/11/04 Pennsylvania (1) Santa Claus arrives in Allentown PA fair in space ship and kids with sputnik helmets (2) seven-foot French basketball player, Bing Crosby unveils his library at Gonzaga (3) Korean mother of pilot who defected with MiG (4) Canada family has 17 children (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-90, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/11/07 Ike Reports. First Missile Recovered From Flight In Space (1) Ike speaks, about America recovering its first missile from space, talks about the nose cone in his office [but no cone is shown in the newsreel] (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-91, National Archives, College Park MD

1957/12/09 Satellite A Bust. Rocket Blows Up In First U.S. Try (1) Vanguard explodes during launch of Explorer satellite (2) British train accident due to London fog (3) Amsterdam aquarium has sea horse, coral fish, lobster, eel (4) town in Georgia is leveled by gas explosion, town of Villarica (5) new Dutch ramjet helicopter demonstrated, rotor tips flame at night, looking like flying saucer (6) "Air Force Gets A New Theme Song" - men's chorus sings U.S. Air Force Blue song under pictures of jets [provided by DOD] (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 30-100, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/01/30 Baghdad Pact. Unified Military Command Seen (1) Dulles arrives in Ankara for Baghdad alliance meeting, bombs set off, scenes of meeting as "US pledges $10 million for new communications system" - mideast (2) Cape Canaveral - new tracking camera 15 miles away tracks launching of Thor rocket, "a far-seeing eye to match the power of our rockets" (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-9, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/02/03 First U.S. Satellite Launched! (1) Cape Canaveral launch of 30-pound Explorer satellite by 3-stage Redstone missile, press conference with von Braun and Van Allen with model, night time launch showing spinning satellite on top of rocket (2) "Egypt, Syria Merge In New Arab Republic" - Nasser and Kawakli? of Syria meet in Cairo to form UAR with 30 million population, sign at table - mideast (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-10, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/02/06 Navy's Satellite. Vanguard Fails in Second Launching (1) (poor sound) Navy Vanguard Satellite Fails in Second Launching at night at Cape Canaveral, "cameras record a pinwheel of fire" (2) "Ike Still Has Hope For New Summit Talks" - Ike 2nd press conference of the year, has voice problem (3) Atomic weapons come (4) The End to Korea - Honest John missile and 280mm atomic cannon (5) 10th anniversary of Gandhi assassination in India - Nehru at shrine, at spinning wheel (6) "Austria Wins World Ski Contest" (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-11, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/02/10 Britain Mourns. Soccer Champs Die In Plane Crash. (1) British plane on takeoff near Munich causes death of 25, including Manchester United soccer team. (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-11, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/03/10 Reds Back Down Release 26 From Hijacked Airlines (1) Panmunjon Korea hostages Hijacked Airlines from released, and another crisis due to shooting down of an American patrol jet (2) California USS Grayback sub equipped with Regulus missiles ("Regalus") (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-20, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/03/13 'Dead' A-Bomb Hits U.S. Town (1) B-47 a-bomb fell on house in SC, first such accident (2) Los Angeles - automatic control of machine tool production line, using punched tape, developed by Hughes Aircraft Company (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-21, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/03/17 3rd Vanguard Successful - Moon Launcher (1) Navy launched successful Vanguard satellite on 3-stage rocket after 2 recent failures, launch tiny 6-inch "moon" (2) Brussels World's Fair nearly completed, U.S. building is circular, vast diorama of Belgium countryside showing transformation from today to future (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-22, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/06/09 Brooklyn, N.Y. (1) Brooklyn Navy Yard commissioning of USS Independence carrier (2) Russian exhibit of Sputnik 3 (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-46, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/07/07 De Gaulle And Dulles Meet (1) Premier Charles De Gaulle visits Algeria, Dulles arrives in Paris, meets with De Gaulle of France (2) East Germany - hostages being held (3) Nasser arrives in Yuguslavia to meet with Tito (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-54, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/07/24 Mid East Crisis. Area Quiet Pending U.N.-Summit Talk (1) Nasser in Cairo celebrates anniversary overthrow of Farouk; Robert Murphy meets Shaboul? in Lebanon; Americans evacuated from Iraq since revolution killed King Feisal; King Hussein of Jordan, cousin of Feisal; US aid airlifted by Globemasters to Jordan to help young King Hussein; Khru wants summit meeting at UN about Mideast (2) New York harbor arrival of Copenhagen speedboat that made 1st transatlantic crossing with outboard motor "by latter-day Vikings" (3) Akron Ohio - world's largest blimp by Navy launched, carries radar antenna " a valuable addition for America's early warning system" (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-59, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/08/11 A-Sub Epic. Nautilus Pioneers North Pole Seaway (1) White House ceremonies award medal to Nautilus Capt. Anderson who points to map, scenes of Nautilus sub, interior views of crew "ranks with man's first strides into space in 20th century achievements" (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-64, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/08/14 Ike Tells U.N. Direct U.N. Action Is Key To Mid-East Peace (1) Ike appears before UN General Assembly for first time since 1955, speaks for independence of Lebanon, danger of aggression in Jordan in Mideast (2) Marines go on board ships at beach in Lebanon (3) U.S. wheat unloaded at Aqaba for Jordan (4) "Britain Hails Arrival Of Polar A-Sub" - Nautilus sails into Portland England from under north Pole, skipper William Anderson returns from Washington DC (5) Domenico Modugno arrives in NY, wrote song Volare, gets Decca gold record (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-65, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/08/21 Triton Launched. Giant Sub First With Twin Nuclear Engines (1) Groton CT launch of USS Triton sub, 8th nuclear sub, with electronic gear and radar, not missiles or torpedoes (2) USS Enterprise old carrier was Halsey's WWII flagship, heads for scrap pile (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-67, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/08/23 (no title) (1) Nautilus sub returns to New York harbor, after North Pole transit and transatlantic crossing, 60 Navy wives missed husbands since April, Admiral Rickover greets Capt Anderson (2) new helicopter carrying topedo takes off from destroyer to hunt subs, rather than using depth charges. (3) 1st Boeing jet transport with noise suppresoor arries from Puerto Rico (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-68, National Archives, College Park MD

1958/12/22 Atlas In Orbit. Radios Ike's Message Of Peace To World (1) Atlas missile launched from Cape Canaveral on secret mission at night, goes into orbit by its own guidance system, carries new communications system, broadcasts Ike's message from satellite in space, actual sound of Ike's voice heard (partial newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 31-68, National Archives, College Park MD

1956/04/05 New Missile May Replace Navy's Guns (1) USS Boston, first guided missile cruiser (2) tornadoes cause damage in midwest, worst in 36 years (3) robot weather station tested at Naval Research Lab for use in Antarctic, data recorded on tape recorder (4) Olympic equestrian team prepare for Stockholm, horses loaded on plane for 15 hour flight (5) Grace Kelly press conference (6) Exercise Arctic Night at Thule AFB, parachutes land (7) circus opens at Madison Square Garden. (complete newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 29-29, National Archives, College Park MD

1956/04/16 In Commission. Saratoga, Mightiest in World Joins the Navy (1) Saratoga aircraft carrier commissioned at Brooklyn navy yard (2) Grace Kelly arrives at Monaco (3) Mt. Etna volcano erupts in Sicily (4) Vienna fire consumes stock exchange (5) F-104 Starfighter jet tested by Lockheed (6) "Give Blood to Jim" campaign in San Francisco, for Jim Garner with hemophilia (7) OAS unveils bust for Cordell Hull (8) table tennis in Japan (complete newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 29-32, National Archives, College Park MD

This DVD62 includes 1.5 hours of Universal Newsreels reproduced from reference cassettes at the National Archives, College Park MD, and is available from the University of San Diego Bookstore.
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