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Wild birds and man ; Male fish incubation ; Bullfighting

Identifier: Film Collection no. 73

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Wild Birds and Man. Robert Cushman Murphy, AMNH ornithologist, discusses the useful relationships between wild birds and men, as illustrated by the honeyguide bird used by the Wandorobo (i.e. Dorobo) to track down wild beehives in the east African forest. Portions of Edgar Monsanto Queeny's film, Wandorobo, are shown, in which the birds are seen locating and guiding hunters to the hive. They are rewarded with the honey, wax, and grubs left behind after the Wandorobo have opened the hive and taken what they want. SEGMENT 2: Male Fish Incubation. Lester R. Aronson, chairman of the Department of Animal Behavior at the museum, describes the role of the male fish in incubating the young after the eggs have been laid, in a remote broadcast from the American Museum of Natural History's roof laboratories. The film footage shows examples of fathers incubating eggs: the seahorse, tilapia, and Siamese fighting fish. SEGMENT 3: Bullfighting. The history and art of bullfighting are discussed by Barnaby Conrad, author of the best-seller Matador. The mythology, art, aristocracy, and romance of bullfighting is discussed and films of amateur and professional bullfighting are graphically depicted. Barnaby Conrad demonstrates the use of the bullfighter's cape in the studio.


  • 1954


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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 May 30, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Kirk Alexander and Mel Ferber, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Loring Mandel, Douglas Stone, and Marianna Morris, writers; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Grover Cole, production design.

Wild birds and man ; Male fish incubation ; Bullfighting, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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