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Slow-motion time ; Genetics

Identifier: Film Collection no. 83

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Slow-Motion Time. Both high-speed and slow-motion photography may be used to show details that are not necessarily seen by the human eye. Film material is presented that shows slowmotion images of a fly, a hummingbird, liquids, and an airplane explosion and demonstrates the diversified uses of this photographic technique. For example, the airline whose plane crashed may be able to determine the cause by viewing slow-motion images of the accident. The films were produced by the Wollensack Optical Company, Henry Lester, Bell Laboratories and Cleveland Aeronautics. SEGMENT 2: Genetics. In this second program in the series on genetics, Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH Department of Anthropology, explains how a knowledge of dominant and recessive hereditary characteristics helps predict the probable make-up of an unborn child. Sweet peas and guinea pigs are used to demonstrate Mendel's laws of genetics (dominant traits). An expecting couple ask questions about hereditary characteristics throughout the segment.


  • 1954


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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 Nov. 14, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Perry Wolff and Shelby Gordon, writers; Grover Cole, production design; Jerry Bender, supervisor of film; Al Mifelow, program assistant; Perry Miller, film research; J. Jack Howerton, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Dean Nelson, lighting; Joan Woodward, associate director.

Slow-motion time ; Genetics, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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