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Gorillas ; From the neck up

Identifier: Film Collection no. 35

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Gorillas. This segment opens with footage from the 1949 movie Mighty Joe Young (RKO Pictures), which is presented as an example of the traditional portrayal of gorillas as ferocious. At the CBS studio, James Howard McGregor, research associate at the AMNH and a noted expert on gorillas, discusses historical and characteristic aspects of gorillas. At the Baltimore Zoo by remote broadcast, Arthur Watson and host Robert Northshield play with Robert, a rambunctious three-and-a-half-year-old male gorilla. The footage presented in this segment consists of clips taken during the AMNH-Columbia University Expedition to Africa in 1929 (which do not exist elsewhere in the collection) and films of individual gorillas in zoos throughout the world. SEGMENT 2: From the Neck Up. This segment is a presentation of the AMNH exhibition of the same name. The exhibition examines human adornments such as hair styles, make-up or other cosmetics, lip, ear and nose decorations, tattooing, cicatrization, etc. of both "primitive" and "civilized" people. Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, is the special guest interviewed on this portion of the program.


  • 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


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired July 26, 1952 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood and Robert Northshield, Hosts; Allen Reisner and Bob Cochran, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine and Alice Wallace, writers; Jac Venza production design; Gene Milford, supervisor of film.

Gorillas ; From the neck up, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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