Newsreels 1954 pt. 1

1952/04/24 - A-bomb test on troops in foxholes at Yucca Flats, Nevada (2) Prison riots end at Rahway NJ (3) Army underwater truck tested at Fort Benning (4) Cypress Garden water ski tournament stars Toribio Durantes of Mexico who skiis on bare feet. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 25-555 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/01/04 - Indochina Cut in Two By Communists (2) News In Brief - Casablanca, Morocco, bombing kills 19; In Canada 51 survive plane crash. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-532 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/01/07 - Ike State of Union Address (2) News In Brief - Theft of 20 dollar bills from Bureau of Printing and Engraving; pro-Red POW Claude Batcheler recants (3) Magsaysay takes office in Philippines in pina shirt in informal ceremony; Royal families united in French wedding of Archduke Robert of Austria and Princess Marguerite of Aosta (4) Sports - Pancho Gonzales defeats Ecuadorian Pancho Segura in Madison Square Garden tennis match; Golden Gloves boxing. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-533 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/01/21 - Realtor Leonard Moskowitz Kidnapped and Saved in San Francisco (2) News In Brief - Nautilus atom sub launched by Mamie Eisenhower; rain and mud in California; Ike given crystal glass cup by Nixon and Cabinet; Women hairdresser contest in Lisbon, Portugal (3) Premier of "The Glenn Miller Story" U_I film in Miami with Jimmy Stuart (4) Britain's 3rd A-bomb test in Australia. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-537 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/01/25 - Big 4 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Berlin (2) Anti-Red POWs freed in Korea (3) News In Brief - Skyray jet fighter takes off from carrier USS Coral Sea; Benjamin Lorher of U_I Pictures urges health insurance; Gen. Spaatz gives citation of honor to Jimmy Stuart, star of "The Glenn Miller Story" U_I film; Foreign Press Association awards to stars in Hollywood, Mamie Van Doren is "Miss International Press"; Italy boxer Milo Malagoli (4) Things To Come - kitchen of the future is housewives dream; new cars at Motor Sports Show in New York. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-538 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/02/04 - Big 4 Deadlock, Move to East Berlin (2) News In Brief - Korea train wreck (3) Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dimaggio (Marilyn Monroe) in Tokyo airport begin their honeymoon. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-541 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/02/11 - French Rush Troops to Meet Indochina Peril, Defense Secretary Charles Wilson explains U.S. aid (2) News In Brief - India Gen. K. S. Thimayya reviews 8th Army in Korea (3) AF takes delivery of 500th Stratofreighter aerial tanker plane used for midair fueling of bombers; Viareggio Carnival in Italy; prate jamboree in Tampa, Florida on the Gasparilla. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-543 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/02/19 - Indochina Crucial Test for France, Defense Minister Rene Plevin arrives (2) Latin American leaders, President Remon, view U.S. jets in Panama (3) News In Brief - Oil fuel fire in Seoul, Korea (4) Col. Frank Schwable was POW, faces inquiry about his confession (5) Crusade for Freedom balloons (6) Auto crash tests with dummies in California. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-545 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/03/04 - Extra! Puerto Rican nationalists open fire in Congress from Visitor's Gallery, 5 wounded (2) News In Brief - Navy test the Tradewind, its newest Flying Boat; Greek hostages returned from Iron Curtain; Sultan Sidi Ben Arafa of Morocco starts tour of the French colony; Army test new Coldbar arctic foam suits (3) Sports - Dodgers spring baseball training in Florida; Charlie Dressen looks at Oakland Oaks of Pacific Coast league; micro-midget auto racing in California. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-548 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/03/08 - Dulles and Guatemala Foreign Minister Toriello speak at Venezuela Inter-American Conference (2) News In Brief - Campos and other terrorists who attacked Congress are seized in Puerto Rico; Oliver Lyttleton in Kenya and Mau Mau leader captured (3) Air force squadron "Wings Over The Americas" visits Cuba (4) Ike gets medal honoring first Jewish settlement in America (5) oil fire in Rotterdam, Holland (6) Baseball spring training for Cleveland Indians and New York Giants (7) Bicycle race in Italy; motorcycle Nationals race in Daytona Beach FL. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-550 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/03/11 - Ike speech to NAACP Freedom Fulfillment Conference (2) News In Brief - Morocco Sultan escapes grenade that wounded the Grand Vizir; surplus wheat stored in mothball fleet after Seattle grain elevators glutted (3) Hair styles at New York International Beauty Show; 4H Cub reps visit Ike at White House (4) New York Toy Fair features mechanical man and huge Teddy Bears (5) Ice-breaker West Wind supplies Air Force Arctic installation (6) Sports - Marines dog show in Korea; downhill snow ski championships in Sweden won by Christian Pravda of Austria. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-551 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/03/18 - Vietnam crucial battle of Indochina war fought by French Union garrison at Dienbienphu (2) news In Brief - vertical fighter plane tested, includes animations (3) newest and mightiest atom smasher "Bevatron" at University of California (4) 45th Thunderbird Division leaves Korea, viewed by Polish representatives (5) Queen Elizabeth sees Koala Bears in Australia; Dublin Lord Mayor Butler views Saint Patrick's Day parade in New York down Fifth Avenue (6) British fur fashions (7) Ice skater Mike Kirby trains kids at suburban skating school in Chicago. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-553 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/03/20 - First B-52 jet bombers comes off production line in Seattle (2) News In Brief - Ike and Radford meet with French General Paul Ely regarding Indochina crisis; Flying Boxcar plane explosion in Maryland; Army tests portable Marine Railway with 9.5 foot tires can beach any craft (3) wedding on snow skis; teen age driving tourney (4) French bathing suits fashions (5) Sports - Bowling Congress in Seattle; stock car race in Atlanta. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-554 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/03/25 - Indochina amphibious assault by French with U.S. aid (2) Japan fishermen suffer radioactive burns from fallout after Eniwetok H-bomb test 300 miles away; tuna fish examined in San Francisco with geiger counters; simulated atom bomb explosions in Mass. to train troops (3) News In Brief - First automatic ejector seat tested in NJ at 500 mph by test dummy; Ike given cross by Archbishop Michael of Greek Orthodox Church and a sombrero by Sen. Kuchel and Congressman Moss; refugee center opens in Berlin (4) Iwo Jima battle re-enactment. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-555 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/04/01 - First Films of H-bomb test at Eniwetok (2) Hollywood fashion show with Mamie VanDoren, Ruth Hampton, Myrna Hansen. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-557 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/04/05 - Indochina battle for Dienbienphu with air strikes by Flying Boxcars (2) News In Brief - "Red-inspired student mob riots outside the American University to protest the Turkey-Pakistan defense pact" in Beirut; Japan ambassador Sadao Iguchi presents temple lantern gift at annual Cherry Blossom festival to commemorate first Japan-American treaty (3) College football spring training at Notre Dame; International dog show in Germany (4) Grand National Steeplechase horse race in England. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-558 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/04/08 - NATO air and sea maneuvers in Mediterranean (2) News In Brief - Russia returns Spain prisoners of WWII Blue Brigade that fought under Hitler; Korea farms restocked with animals contributed by U.S. aerial "Noah's Ark" and Gen. Magruder helps farmers (3) Narcotics ring smashed in San Francisco (4) Atomic safety suit at Hanford; Post Office releases first religious stamp in ceremony with Ike and Dulles and PG Summerfield; world's smallest filly horse only 20 inches at birth (5) Sports - Yo-Yo contest in New York; Florida water ski tournament with stars Dick Pope, Jr., and Alfredo Mendoza. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-559 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/04/15 - Red assault on Dienbienphu in Indochina cuts French supply lines (2) News In Brief - Rumanian refugees Constantin and Peter Georgescu arrive in New York; new British Conqueror tank; French firefighters with new aluminum suits (3) "Unsung victims of the Cold War are the families who own and live on almost 200 canal boats" in Berlin; annual departure of the Greek sponge fleet (4) Sports - VP Nixon leads Baltimore parade welcoming back Orioles baseball team; Ronnie Graham and his trick pony Socks perform stunts. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-561 National Archives, College Park MD

1954/04/19 - Indochina crisis mounts as French reinforce Dienbienphu (2) News In Brief - Mystery of pock-marked windshields in Seattle; lilliput village in Holland (3) 45th Thunderbird Division returns to New York from Korea; Prince Charles and Princess Anne leave England on royal yacht Britannia for North Africa to meet Queen on her Commonwealth tour (4) Tulip time fashions in Holland by Jacques Fath (5) Spring fever for animals in England zoo. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 27-562 National Archives, College Park MD

1954 continued on DVD25


This DVD24 includes 2 hours of Universal Newsreels reproduced from reference cassettes at the National Archives, College Park MD, and is available from the University of San Diego Bookstore.
revised 11/27/07 by Steven Schoenherr | Universal Newsreels on DVD