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Rams of the rimrock ; Brontosaurus ; Trance and dance in Bali

Identifier: Film Collection no. 27

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Rams of the Rimrock. Harold E. Anthony, AMNH mammalogist, introduces the first segment of this program while standing in front of the bighorn sheep diorama in the museum's Hall of North American Mammals and discusses the courtship behavior of the rams. This film, made by naturalist and AMNH lecturer Cleveland Grant, depicts the animals in head-on collisions fighting for mates. These rams have been known to fight for days over one female. SEGMENT 2: Brontosaurus. Shot in the Hall of Early Dinosaurs at the museum, this segment features AMNH paleontologists George Gaylord Simpson and Edwin Harris Colbert giving an informative, yet brief, presentation on evolution and the era of brontosaurus and other dinosaurs. SEGMENT 3: Trance and Dance in Bali. The last segment of the broadcast features Margaret Mead, museum ethnologist, examining the lack of schizophrenia in Balinese society due to the ritual enactment of man versus demon. She and her husband, anthropologist Gregory Bateson, made the fascinating film entitled Trance and Dance in Bali, part of which is presented here. The film depicts devotees going into trance and turning their daggers on themselves. Mead narrates the sequence of events and discusses ethnological findings.


  • 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 May 24, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood, Mike Wallace and Douglas Edwards, 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.

Rams of the rimrock ; Brontosaurus ; Trance and dance in Bali, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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