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Planets ; Oil well #2

Identifier: Film Collection no. 115

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Planets. The program begins with a presentation of Professor Melies's 1902 film Le Voyage dans la Lune. This classic French film depicted an imaginary voyage to the moon. Joseph M. Chamberlain, chief astronomer at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium, is interviewed about projected space travel and man's concept of the universe. A discussion follows, about what planets really look like and whether any of them are capable of supporting life. A Hayden Planetarium film on a trip through space shows the earth photographed from the Viking 160 miles above the Earth. A replica of a man-made satellite being prepared for space research is inspected. SEGMENT 2: Oil Well #2. At the end of the program, a progress report is given on the oil well construction at Purcell, Oklahoma. Robert Northshield, in the field, shows films of the erection of the derrick that week.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 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 November 27, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; John Cosgrove, director; Robert Northshield, producer; Shelby Gordon, assistant producer; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Frank O'Neill, writer; Grover Cole, production designer; Bernard Birnbaum, film editor.

Planets ; Oil well #2, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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