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Who rules the world? Insects ; Bird islands of the Pacific

Identifier: Film Collection no. 36

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Who Rules the World? Insects. In this first segment, Mont Adelbert Cazier hypothesizes that someday insects might dominate the earth. His comments on the earth's insect population are illustrated with films of insect activity. The credits and the first part of this segment are missing. A discussion of insect destruction and close-up views of live beetles brought into the studio are also included. SEGMENT 2: Bird Islands of the Pacific. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, introduces a film he produced entitled Bird Islands of Peru. Camera studies of birds on the guano islands provides valuable information for the audience. One particular scene shows one million cormorants. The third segment, on human perception studies, is missing from the tape. This segment was described and illustrated by J. Rosenblatt, of the museum's Department of Animal Behavior, and William Gittleson, professor of psychology at Princeton University.


  • 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 August 2, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


The credits and first part of Who Rules the World? Insects are missing from this tape. The third segment of this program, on human perception studies, is also missing.


Charles Collingwood and Mike Wallace, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine and Ernest Leiser, writers; Jac Venza, production design.

Who rules the world? Insects ; Bird islands of the Pacific, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
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New York NY 10024 USA
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