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The $2,000,000 J.P. Morgan gem collection ; Lampreys ; Antarctic animals

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 32
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: The $2,000,000 J. P. Morgan Gem Collection. Brian Mason, AMNH curator of physical geology and mineralogy, describes the museum's collection of gems, which consists of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Mason discusses how these gems were cut and polished, using films produced by DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd. and E. J. Mauther. The reasons why the stones are so valuable are also examined. SEGMENT 2: Lampreys. Lampreys and their detrimental effect on the fishing industry in...
Dates: 1953

Afghanistan archaeology ; Chicken egg embryo

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 34
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Afghanistan Archaeology. Walter Ashlin Fairservis, archaeologist at the AMNH, discusses archaeological findings in Afghanistan. While on an archaeological tour in Afghanistan, he and his wife, Jan, discovered considerable evidence of ancient civilization in this region. Films of Afghan desert life include a contemporary analysis of harems. Jan Fairservis is seen in the television studio discussing various pieces of a harem costume. SEGMENT 2: Chicken Egg Embryo. In this segment...
Dates: 1953

Army ants ; Rodeo

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 41
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Army Ants. Under the direction of Robert Brown of the U. S. Public Health Service, a CBS expedition collected a large number of army ants (nomadic and carnivorous ants) at Barro Colorado Island in the Canal Zone and brought them to the CBS television studio for the filming of the first segment of this Adventure broadcast. Theodore C. Schneirla, curator of animal behavior at the AMNH, describes these unusual ants and their habits. Footage produced by Brown includes a huge brood of...
Dates: 1953

Australian fauna ; How to build an igloo

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 40
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Australian Fauna. Armand Denis, noted wildlife photographer and filmmaker and leader of the 1952 New Guinea Expedition for the AMNH, and his wife, Michaela, discuss the origins of the Australian continent and the subsequent evolution of wildlife there. Also shown is an Armand Denis RKO film depicting the Australian bush country, with views of wallaroos, wallabies, and some unusual reptiles. SEGMENT 2: How to Build an Igloo. The second segment presents the film How to Build an...
Dates: 1953

Behavior of bees ; The legend of Colonel P.H. Fawcett

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 29
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Behavior of Bees. Bees are examined in the first segment of this program. Theodore C. Schneirla, AMNH entomologist, discusses their behavior, including the dances bees perform which give food location information to other members of the hive. Dances of the Bees, by Wilner Film and Slides, is shown. SEGMENT 2: The Legend of Colonel P. H. Fawcett. The mysterious disappearance in 1925 of Colonel P. H. Fawcett is the next topic of discussion. Fawcett was searching for a lost city in...
Dates: 1953

Djuka

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 39
Scope and Contents Located in the bush country of Dutch Guiana (now Surinam), the Djuka civilization and its history are examined in this broadcast. Originally African slaves, the Djuka people defeated their Dutch masters in an open rebellion in the early part of the eighteenth century. Charles Collingwood, the host of the program, discusses the art and history of the Djuka civilization with Morton Kahn, professor of public health at Cornell University's Medical School, and leader of the AMNH's expedition into...
Dates: 1953

Gorillas ; From the neck up

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 35
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Gorillas. This segment opens with footage from the 1949 movie Mighty Joe Young (RKO Pictures), which is presented as an example of the traditional portrayal of gorillas as ferocious. At the CBS studio, James Howard McGregor, research associate at the AMNH and a noted expert on gorillas, discusses historical and characteristic aspects of gorillas. At the Baltimore Zoo by remote broadcast, Arthur Watson and host Robert Northshield play with Robert, a rambunctious...
Dates: 1953

Our moon and other moons ; Invertebrates

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 30
Scope and Contents In Our moon and other moons, the earth's moon and other satellites in space are discussed by Joseph M. Chamberlain, Catherine E. Barry and Frank H. Forrester, astronomers at the AMNH-Hayden Planetarium. The instruments used to study the solar system are presented, the short film Moons of Saturn is shown, and Copernican theory is discussed. (The first space probe to the moon was landed by the Soviet Union in September 1959 and the first man stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969.) In...
Dates: 1953

Rams of the rimrock ; Brontosaurus ; Trance and dance in Bali

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 27
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Rams of the Rimrock. Harold E. Anthony, AMNH mammalogist, introduces the first segment of this program while standing in front of the bighorn sheep diorama in the museum's Hall of North American Mammals and discusses the courtship behavior of the rams. This film, made by naturalist and AMNH lecturer Cleveland Grant, depicts the animals in head-on collisions fighting for mates. These rams have been known to fight for days over one female. SEGMENT 2: Brontosaurus. Shot in the Hall...
Dates: 1953

Snake superstitions ; Below the sahara

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Identifier: Film Collection no. 26
Scope and Contents SEGMENT 1: Snake Superstitions. Ancient fears and superstitions held by mankind about snakes are the topics of discussion for the first segment of this Adventure program. Charles M. Bogert, herpetologist and chairman of the Department of Amphibians and Reptiles at the AMNH, presents an experiment with rattlesnakes to determine how sensitive they are to heat. The snakes are blindfolded and balloons filled with hot or cold water are passed above their heads. The snakes strike the hot balloons,...
Dates: 1953

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Murphy, Robert Cushman, 1887-1973 3
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