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Scientific hoaxes of the past century are the subject of this broadcast hosted by Charles Collingwood. Paul Curtis's American Mime Theatre perform a shadow play on the discovery of the Cardiff Giant, the wolf-boys, Piltdown Man and other hoaxes. The celebrated case of the Cardiff giant proved to be a mass of gypsum that had been secretly buried near Cardiff, N.Y., and was discovered in 1869. Bergen Evans, professor of English at Northwestern University and author of The Natural History of Nonsense, is the guest on this program. The known hoaxes and their discoveries are discussed in both a natural history and an historical context.
- American Museum of Natural History (Organization)
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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
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3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired Jan. 10, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; Tom Donovan, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield, assistant producer; Alden Stevens, writer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; Paul Curtis and the American Mime Theatre, performers.
- Scientific hoaxes, 1954
- Iris Lee
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Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository
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