Newsreels 1933-37 (all silent)

1933/08/21 - (1) Duce Founds City In Swamp "Sabudia, Italy: Striking scenes as premier Mussolini sets the first stone in the foundation of a new model community, to be built on land reclaimed from the Pontine marshes, which have defied the efforts of engineers to make them habitable for the last one thousand years. (2) President Meets Grandchildren - "Highland, NY: Intimate views of Mr. Roosevelt greeting 'Buzzie' and 'Sistie' Dall on his trip from Washington to the summer White House at Hyde Park, where he will forget the problems of State during a brief vacation." (3) Tiny Town Hails Recovery Act - "Nira, Iowa: Exclusive pictures of a hamlet which was the first to feel the effect of President Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act. Since that legislation's recent passage by Congress, Nira, christened fifty-five years ago, has received constantly increasing loads of mail from stamp collectors everywhere, seeking to obtain its post-mark." (4) Navy school (5) Pueblo Colorado diver (6) Blue Eagle parade (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 05-173 National Archives, College Park MD

1933/09/04 - President Sails For Capital (1) Poughkeepsie NY: "Starting on his way to Washington after spending the summer season at his Hyde Park estate, the Chief Executive is seen in unusual pictures boarding Vincent Astor's yacht Nourmahal to begin a leisurely cruise down the coast before resuming his duties at the White House." scenes of FDR sailing on yacht (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 05-177 National Archives, College Park MD

1933/09/06 - (1) U.S. Marines Mobilize As Warships Speed to Revolutionary Cuba - "Quantico VA: Hectic scenes of the concentration of troops ordered ready for transport to Cuba, as a Soldier's and Sailor's Junta takes over the reins of Government in Havana from the new President, Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, who resigns after a 'bloodless' revolution. American forces prepare to act as the opposing factions threaten to plunge the Island Republic into civil War." (2) New York NY: giant NRA parade (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 05-178 National Archives, College Park MD

1933/10/16 - (1) largest winery (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 05-189 National Archives, College Park MD

1933/11/13 - (1) West Point, Nebraska (2) Portland, Oregon (3) Rome, Italy (4) Arlington VA: (5) Langley Field VA: (6) football (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 05-197 National Archives, College Park MD

1934/11/28 - Special! Extra! Nelson Killed (1) (sound of gun being fired under title) Niles Center, Illinois: "The bullet-riddled corpse of America's latest 'Public Enemy Number 1' is found in a wayside ditch a few hours after a terrific battle in which two Government operatives lose their lives. One of the men who participated in the killing of John Dillinger, and a brother officer, clash with Nelson on a lonely road. Machine-gun bullets and 'miniature shrapnel' shells spray trees and electric-light poles. Fatally wounded, the officials pour seventeen slugs into Nelson before the outlaw, a woman and a male companion, dash away. Following a trail of blood-soaked clothing, police find the body of 'Baby Face,' with its outer garments removed, wrapped in a blanket. The man who terrorized the Middle West ends his spectacular career on the marble slab of a morgue." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 06-306 National Archives, College Park MD

1935/01/28 - Storms and Floods Take Heavy Toll (1) scenes of flood and storm damage (2) 45 Lost As Ward Liner is Wrecked - "Sea Girt, NJ: Plunging rapidly to the bottom in zero weather after collision with another vessel, the SS Mohawk ends a pleasure cruise in tragedy. In New York City, relatives identify the bodies of thirty-five persons as Coast Guards search for ten others." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 07-323 National Archives, College Park MD

1935/02/04 - (1) Boulder Dam Now Filling Up (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 07-325 National Archives, College Park MD

1935/02/13 - Hauptmann Guilty (1) Flemington NJ: "Bruno Richard Hauptmann stands convicted of America's most notorious crime as the jury, divided between grimness and tears, brings in its momentous verdict. Huge throngs crowd about Hunterdon County courthouse for eleven chill hours awaiting the word that sends the German carpenter to the electric chair for the murder of the Lindbergh baby." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 07-328 National Archives, College Park MD

1935/04/24 - (1) Yukon Pioneers (2) Army Prepares (3) Chute students parachute out of blimp. (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 07-348 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/03/23 - (1) Disease and Want Strike - due to floods (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-443 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/03/25 - (1) Hirota Forms New Japanese Cabinet With Navy's Help (2) Roosevelt Sails (some sound) (3) League of Nations (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-444 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/06/24 - (1) grasshoppers (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-470 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/07/13 - (1) Heat Wave - scenes of elephants, bears, Chicago beaches crowded, New York fire hydrants (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-475 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/08/03 - Military Uprising Against Spanish Government Starts Civil War (poor quality) (1) "Navarre, Spain: Rebellion runs riot in Spanish cities and mountain passes as plotting army officers lead soldiers and Northern peasants in a revolt against the Republican government. In the rebel headquarters troops are cheered as they leave for the battle fields toward Madrid where the heavy fighting is going on. At the border tourists are refused entrance inot the war besieged country and even trains are turned back. Refugees swarm out of Spain by every boat and train. Meanwhile, Republican ships storm rebel strongholds in Spanish Morocco." - Spanish Civil War (2) Camera Catches Twister - "Panama City, Florida: A hundred mile an hour hurricane roars across Northern Florida destroying everything in its path. Storm warnings sent most of the inhabitants to safety, but damage to piers, small boats and property runs into many thousands of dollars." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-481 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/11/07 - Henry Ford Goes To School (1) "Dearborn, Michigan: The motor manufacturer re-visits scenes of his school-days as he pays a call at his boyhood school-house, now moved to his model Greenfield Village, on the occasion of Education Week." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-508 National Archives, College Park MD

1936/11/09 - (1) Siege of Oviedo - "Oviedo, Spain: Convoys of food break through the iron ring of Asturian miners surrounding the long-besieged city, bringing needed supplies to the insurgents within who have been standing off dynamiting by the Loyalists for many weeks." (2) Mollison Gets Great Welcome - "Croydon, England: Jimmy Mollison lands at the London airport with all records for the Atlantic crossing broken in his speedy flight from Newfoundland. The English flier covers 2,300 miles in a little over thirteen hours." (3) Sec. Hull Sees Off Peace Mission To Argentina - "New York City: Secretary of State Cordell Hull and the American delegation sail for Buenos Aires, Argentina, to participate in the forthcoming conference which will seek to insure peace in all the Americas. Striking seamen hold up the departure." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 08-509 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/05/12 - 10,000 At Services (1) "New York City: Flags hang limply at half mast as a huge crowd gathers for funeral ceremonies in memory of the persons who lost their lives in the explosion of the giant Hindenburg. The caskets are placed aboard the SS Hamburg for shipment home." (2) FDR Ends Fishing Jaunt - "Galveston, Texas: The President lands from the Potomac, putting a happy ending to his short vacation. At College Station, Texas, the Chief Executive reviews ROTC cadets at Texas A&M College." Pres. Roosevelt does not speak (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-562 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/09/16 - First Pictures - War-Torn Shanghai - Modern War Uncensored (Photographed by George Krainukov and Howard Winner) First Actual Pictures of Chinese Civilian Areas Show Battle's Devastation - "Shanghai, China: The historic Chapei quarter is a deserted shambles of crumbled brick and stone as the tide of battle in the Undeclared War sweeps back and forth. Its teeming Chinese population has fled. Universal Newsreel's daring cameramen follow the invading Japanese into their front-line trenches, photographing the horrors of war only a few scant yards from Chinese defense positions. The Bloodiest page of Oriental history is brought vividly to the screen in motion pictures showing the Chinese bombardment of Nipponese warships, smoke drifting from the roof of the burning Japanese Consulate, and foreign wharfs along the Whangpoo set ablaze by the desperate defenders. Nipponese naval detachments run up the Rising Sun flag on a big, modern building that becomes headquarters for the hordes of invaders operating as a landing party at Yangtzepoo. A big tank forms the centre of a pile of war materials captured by Japanese sailors in a sudden shift of the battle lines." (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-599 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/10/04 - Personalities In The News (1) Black Talks On Klan Tie-Up- "Washington, DC: The Supreme Court's youngest member gives his side of the controversy raging throughout the country over his former membership in the Ku Klux Klan. Ex-Senator Black talks on the radio just before he joins the high Tribunal for its new session." people listening to radios about Justice Black and KKK; launch of USS Nashville; parade; monkey on cow; college football. (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-603 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/10/11 - (1) Personalities In The News (2) Missing Cup yacht (3) British Speed King (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-605 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/10/13 - First Pictures The Bombing of Nanking (1) "(Photographed by George Krainukov) Nanking, China: Huge Japanese bombers drone over the National Capital, dropping a hail of high-explosive missiles as Tokio acts to execute its threat to destroy the city. Chinese civilians suffer in horrible darkness punctuated by the flash and roar of gigantic steel bombs. A blast wrecks the power plant and others find their mark on the Central Hospital. Mme. Chiang Kai-shek braves the ruin of death, visiting the wounded while the raid splashes the capital's streets with blood. The Whole Gruesome Story Is Brought To The Screen Uncensored! Universal First Again! Cameraman Krainukov ships his record of moder war UNCENSORED. The daring Universal Newsreel cameraman cheats death by inches as Japanese raiders fall in front of his camera, and bombs destroy his automobile. But Krainukov stands by his camera, recording the most ruthless air raid in the history of the world. Chinese anti-aircraft guns shoot true, and Japanese bombers crash, their pilots captured. Nanking's troops rush to defense lines as civilian throngs seek shelter in bomb-proof dugouts." (2) parade (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-606 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/10/18 - (1) Japanese Air Raid (2) Troops Called Out in Narragansett (3) World's Largest Bombing Plane - "Seattle, Wash.: A 'big brother' to the Boeing Flying Fortresses takes the air in its first test flight before being turned over to the United States Army. The tremendous craft is 90 feet long, weighs more than 30 tons, and has a wing-spread of 150 feet." (4) Mussolini (5) auto design (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-607 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/11/15 - First Pictures Shanghai Captured (1) "(Photographed by George Krainukov and Norman Alley) Shanghai: The mighty Japanese military machine finally forces gallant Chinese defenders to abandon their war-torn metropolis. But for days, 300 Chinese soldiers, sworn to death, hold a warehouse in Chapei, keeping their National flag waving above the building while they beat off the fury of 10,000 Nipponese attackers. In the end, the defenders are safely evacuated by British Tommies. Enthusiastic Chinese and foreigners, eager to acclaim the heroism of the men who stood fast in the face of certain death, mob the trucks that carry the men into neutral territory. Desolation and smoldering." (2) President Leads Nation Armistice Day (3) Monster Pageant Armistice Day (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-615 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/12/08 - (1) Japanese Take Over Shanghai (2) Russia Anniversary parade (3) dome for telescope (4) French Air Corps (5) holly harvest (6) Batista in Cuba (7) Beach Beauties (8) ski rope (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-622 National Archives, College Park MD

1937/12/13 - "Japan Regrets" Again (no sound) (1) Norman Alley, Ace Universal Newsreel Cameraman, Among Those Missing After Deliberate Bombing and Sinking of U. S. Gunboat Panay Near Nanking. - pictures of Alley (2) Washington, DC (3) The U.S. Army Carries On ( with long scrolling title card ) "The following pictures of U.S. Army activity were taken from Universal newsreels" (4) record blizzard (5) Santa Claus in Miami (6) Spectacular Fire (7) Weird Gadget (8) dog racing (9) crash at air meet (partial silent newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 09-623 National Archives, College Park MD


This DVD44 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 7/26/07 by Steven Schoenherr | Universal Newsreels on DVD