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Forgotten Treasure (1943)

Approved | | Short | 24 July 1943 (USA)
This short film highlights the film preservation efforts of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, particularly in archiving documentary footage of historical events for future generations.

Director:

Sammy Lee

Writer:

Doane R. Hoag (original story) (as Doane Hoag)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Nesbitt ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdinand ... Himself (archive footage) (as Archduke Ferdinand)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Duke of Windsor ... Himself (archive footage) (as Prince of Wales)
Kaiser Wilhelm II ... Himself (archive footage)
King Albert I ... Himself (archive footage)
King Alfonso XIII ... Himself (archive footage)
King George V ... Himself (archive footage)
King George VI ... Himself (archive footage) (as Duke of York)
King Manoel II King Manoel II ... Himself (archive footage)
William McKinley ... Himself (archive footage)
Theodore Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
William Howard Taft ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

This short highlights the film preservation efforts of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Several scenes from early newsreels are shown, including the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, the funeral of Edward VIII of England (the Duke of Windsor), and U.S. president William McKinley at the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York the day before he was assassinated. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 43: Forgotten Treasure See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: Out of the Passing Parade we take again some of the rarest moving picture film in existence. Moving Pictures with a mighty story to tell.
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Crazy Credits

US presidents and European royalty are identified by the narrator as they are seen in newsreel footage from 1900-1910. See more »

Connections

Follows The Magic Alphabet (1942) See more »

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Film preservation treasures...
7 June 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Here's a short in the John Nesbitt "Passing Parade" series that hardly does justice to its subject matter--film preservation so that in 1999 people can still view historic newsreel footage of important events captured on nitrate film, and how the Mueum of Modern Art decided to salvage much of the historic footage.

It begins with a glimpse of President McKinley only a short time before being shot and footage of Teddy Roosevelt who followed him as the next president; some actual footage of the 1906 San Francisco quake which helped MGM duplicate the historic quake for its film, SAN FRANCISCO; the death of Edward VII in 1910 wherein there was a meeting of various kings from different countries, including the Duke of Austria who would be shot four years later leading to WWI; the Wright Brothers testing their airplane in footage believed to have been shot in 1908; air power becoming essential during WWII, with a scene of the destruction at Pearl Harbor.

All presented in routine fashion. Nothing special, except that it makes the point that students of history can learn a lot if film preservation keeps history alive.


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