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Young wild animals ; Antibiotics ; Whaling industry

Identifier: Film Collection no. 75

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Young Wild Animals. In a take-off on Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person" program, Charles Collingwood, narrator of the Adventure series, "interviews" a young bear and shows films of bears interacting with a fox, skunk, raccoon, porcupine, otters, and other animals in upstate New York. SEGMENT 2: Antibiotics. In a remote broadcast from the largest manufacturer of antibiotics in the world, Pfizer and Company in Brooklyn, Jasper King, vice-president in charge of research, allows viewers to see how antibiotics are made, researched and discovered by his company. Back in the studio, the story of antibiotics and the discovery of penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming is retold. Film material for this segment includes time-lapse photography of various bacteria and viruses, as well as a recorded interview with Fleming. SEGMENT 3: Whaling Industry. Curator Edouard Stackpole of the Mystic Seaport Museum of Whaling in Connecticut presents models of whaling ships and explains the procedures required to harpoon a whale. Films of whaling ships at sea and the killing of a blue whale with an explosive harpoon are shown as part of the discussion on whaling.


  • 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 June 13, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, Robert Northshield, and Howard K. Smith, hosts; Mel Ferber and Perry Wolff, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon and Marianna Norris, script editors; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Grover Cole, production design.

Young wild animals ; Antibiotics ; Whaling industry, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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