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Egypt ; Fish genetics ; Geology of the far north

Identifier: Film Collection no. 103

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Egypt. In a remote broadcast from the Brooklyn Museum, the first segment attempts to reconstruct life in Egypt during the time of the Pharoahs, as seen through Egyptian art. John Cooney, curator of egyptology at the Brooklyn Museum, narrates. Film sequences of ruins, pyramids, the Nile, wells, and Thebes were produced by Ancient World Film Series and the Archaeological Institute of America with Ray Gardner. SEGMENT 2: Fish Genetics. The second segment is concerned with fish genetic experiments performed in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to determine if there is a hereditary factor in cancer. Myron Gordon, research associate in the AMNH Department of Animal Behavior, discusses his successful breeding of cancerous fish; the offspring exhibit similar afflictions. An animated film showing how cancer grows includes demonstrations of cancer research and treatment. SEGMENT 3: Geology of the Far North. Father Bernard Hubbard, dean of science at the University of Santa Clara, California, discusses his adventures in Alaska as the glacier priest for the past 27 years. He is a recognized authority on the geology and anthropology of Alaska. His stories, which deal with the history of the Jesuit explorers, and with predictions of glaciers and volcanoes, are enhanced by films he made depicting glaciers, icebergs, volcanoes, and Eskimos.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through inter-library 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 Apr. 17, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Ned Calmer and Charles Romine, hosts; Mel Ferber and Kenneth Whelan, directors; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza and Shelby Gordon, assistant producers; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Richard McCracken, John Toohey and Phyllis Kremer, writers; Grover Cole, production design; Bruce Gordon, narrator; Carl Schutzman and Vern Cheesman, technical directors; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director.

Egypt ; Fish genetics ; Geology of the far north, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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