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Behavior of bees ; The legend of Colonel P.H. Fawcett

Identifier: Film Collection no. 29

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Behavior of Bees. Bees are examined in the first segment of this program. Theodore C. Schneirla, AMNH entomologist, discusses their behavior, including the dances bees perform which give food location information to other members of the hive. Dances of the Bees, by Wilner Film and Slides, is shown. SEGMENT 2: The Legend of Colonel P. H. Fawcett. The mysterious disappearance in 1925 of Colonel P. H. Fawcett is the next topic of discussion. Fawcett was searching for a lost city in the Mato Grosso region in the interior of Brazil, when he and his party disappeared. In 1928, the North American Newspaper Alliance, which sponsored his expedition, sent out another party to find them. That expedition was led by Commander George M. Dyott, who was also a cinematographer for the AMNH. The program includes interviews with Harry B. Wright, a close friend of Fawcett's and a member of the Explorers' Club, and Brian Fawcett, son of the colonel, and closes with a film, Story of Colonel Fawcett, produced by Wright, Everett Sloane, and Jim Boles.


  • 1953


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1 Film Reel (60 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (60 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired June 7, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood, Robert Northshield, Bill Downs, Howard K. Smith and Dave Wilson, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., assistant producer; Charles Romine and William Templeton, writers; Jac Venza, production design; Gene Milford, supervisor of film.

Behavior of bees ; The legend of Colonel P.H. Fawcett, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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