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Spiders ; A day in the life of a lion

Identifier: Film Collection no. 28

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Spiders. This segment is concerned with the world of spiders and includes a presentation of a live tarantula and other smaller specimens. John C. Pallister, research associate in the AMNH Department of Insects and Spiders, opens the segment with a discussion on the difference between tarantulas and small spiders. He examines live spiders in the television studio and presents a film about spiders, and their attempts to obtain prey both with and without webs. Different types of webs and their intricacies are depicted. SEGMENT 2: A Day in the Life of a Lion. George Gilbert Goodwin, associate curator of mammals at the museum, is introduced in the second segment. This illustrative film, which was made in the Kruger National Park (in Transvaal, South Africa), deals with a lion's search for prey and his successful capture of an antelope. This segment examines the history and reputation of lions. Unfortunately, the last segment of this show has been lost. It featured Junius Bouton Bird, associate curator of archaeology at AMNH, presenting archaeological treasures from Peru dating as far back as 4,000 B.C.


  • 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 31, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Robert Northshield, Charles Collingwood and Mike Wallace, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine, William Templeton and Robert Northshield, writers.

Spiders ; A day in the life of a lion, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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