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Mutiny on the Bounty ; Otters ; The story of oil

Identifier: Film Collection no. 31

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Mutiny on the Bounty. On April 28, 1789, a mutiny occured on the H.M.S. Bounty, resulting in a unique intermingling of Tahitian and English culture on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, explains the ethnological characteristics of the Pitcairn Islanders, the descendants of English crewmen and Tahitian women. This segment is hosted by Charles Collingwood. SEGMENT 2: Otters. This segment provides the audience with live and filmed views of otters. The film footage of otters playing and swimming was produced by Roy Wilcox. SEGMENT 3: The Story of Oil. Oil, and how it came to accumulate under the earth's surface, is a subject of this segment. Brooks F. Ellis, chairman of the museum's Department of Micropaleontology, Angelina R. Messina, AMNH curator of micropaleontology, and Walter Link of the Standard Oil Company, explain the nature of oil. Our Planet, the Earth, by Jean Painlev̌, and another film sequence produced by Shell Oil Company are used to illustrate the discussion.


  • 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 June 28, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.


Charles Collingwood and Robert Northshield, hosts; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Charles Romine and William Templeton, writers; Richard Bernstein, production design; Gene Milford, supervisor of film; Hank Silvern, music.

Mutiny on the Bounty ; Otters ; The story of oil, 1953
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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