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All things flow ; Japanese monkeys ; Genetics

Identifier: Film Collection no. 79

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: All Things Flow. This segment takes its name from a film it presents that shows the constant motion in nature, through time-lapse photography. Lester R. Aronson, of the museum's Department of Animal Behavior, discusses the cat experiments in progress at that time. SEGMENT 2: Japanese Monkeys. Aronson narrates a film on the social life of an isolated group of Japanese monkeys. The film was made by the Japanese Anthropological Society and won an award at the Venice Film Festival. SEGMENT 3: Genetics. The final segment is the initial broadcast of a projected series on genetics and traces the birth cycle backwards from the moment of birth to the initial fertilization. The program analyzes the almost infinite number of combinations of heredity factors. The John Butler dancers pantomime the story of the formation of the human embryo, including the pairing of the 48 chromosomes. A film of a newborn baby is presented. Harry L. Shapiro, chairman of the AMNH Department of Anthropology, appears in this 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 (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 Oct. 3, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Tom Donovan and Mel Ferber, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Shelby Gordon, Milton Gelman and Perry Wolff, writers; Grover Cole, production design; Jerome Bender, supervisor of film; John Butler Dancers, performers.

All things flow ; Japanese monkeys ; 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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