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Weather and storms ; Mouth-breeding fish ; Volcanoes

Identifier: Film Collection no. 33

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Weather and Storms. Frank. H. Forrester, astronomer at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium, and Ernest J. Christie, meteorologist for the U. S. Weather Bureau, give scientific explanations for weather, cloud formations, and storms, including lightning and thunder. They present films illustrating storm patterns through a dramatic view of the eye of the hurricane as seen from an airplane flying directly into the storm and through views from the ground. Also shown are films of lightning. The films were produced by the General Electric Company and the U. S. Weather Bureau. SEGMENT 2: Mouth-breeding Fish. With a tankfull of mouth-breeding fish brought into the studio to demonstrate the unique characteristics of these fish, Eugenie Clark, research associate for the museum's Department of Animal Behavior and author of Lady with a Spear, describes how the male fish incubates eggs by carrying them in its mouth until they hatch. Underwater films show a male seahorse releasing young from its brood pouch. This segment is hosted by Mike Wallace. SEGMENT 3: Volcanoes. Frederick H. Pough, AMNH curator of physical geology and mineralogy, introduces the final segment of the program, which deals with the formation and eruption of volcanoes. Scenes from the films Mountain of Fire (J.F.E. Releasing Corp.), about the eruption of Mt. Etna in Sicily, and Paricutin, made by Pough in Mexico, illustrate the devastating results of volcanoes. The program also includes a commercial for museum membership by Alexander M. White, AMNH President.


  • 1953


Language of Materials



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 July 12, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood and Mike Wallace, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine, Alice Wallace and Stanley Silverman, writers; Jac Venza, production designer; Gene Milford, supervisor of film.

Alternate titles

Adventure (Television program) -- Mountain of fire -- Mouth-breeding fish -- Volcanoes

Weather and storms ; Mouth-breeding fish ; Volcanoes, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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