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One of Our Aircraft is Missing 1735 views
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
directed by Michael Powell
During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home.
The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler 10381 views
The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler
directed by Westbrook van Voorhis
1950's television documentary special that includes interviews with Hitler's sister Paula Wolf and a fellow prisoner who was incarcerated with Hitler, actual footage shot by the Nazi's and Eva Braun's rare home movies.
Hell in Normandy 2153 views
Hell in Normandy
directed by Alfonso Brescia
The movie is set during World War II in the days just prior to the D-Day invasion. A special parachute unit is sent to destroy a German flame thrower installation on Omaha Beach.
The Battle of Midway 1968 views
The Battle of Midway
directed by John Ford
On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battleThis film is in the Public Domain
The Devil's Cavaliers 833 views
The Devil's Cavaliers
directed by Siro Marcellini
Trouble arises in the French Kingdom when a malicious duke stirs up trouble. It's up to a small cadre of soldiers to set things right.Dashing cavalier Richard Stiller (Frank Latimore) and his possee of token chums return to his childhood home after fighting in the wars against Spain. His prime motivation is seeking out Louise (Emma Danieli), his childhood sweetheart and true love. Unfortunately he finds the court of Valency embroiled in a state of intrigue. The heretic Duke of Varse (Andrea Aureli) and his devious accomplice Elaine (Gianna Maria Canale) have wiled their way into power, and secretly covet the Dukedom. This is currently under the governance of Louise's brother, Henry (Anthony Steffen), who happens to have a residual hatred of Richard (caused primarily by over-protectiveness).This film is in the Public Domain
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flyin... 2967 views
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
directed by William Wyler
Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way they encounterd heavy AA fire and interceptors.The film is in the Public Domain
Warhead 2188 views
directed by John O'Connor
Weapons expert Tony Stevens is reluctantly sent on a mission to a middle-east warzone to locate a lost nuclear warhead and dismantle it before it falls into the wrong hands. But before he can complete his work, he is taken prisoner and thrust into the conflict, and finds himself looking out for more than just the warhead. This film is in the Public Domain.
Escape from Sobibor 1871 views
Escape from Sobibor
directed by Jack Gold
During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape... the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included... logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels or sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and Germain officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors... thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what then happened at that Sobibor prison.
Report from the Aleutians 1378 views
Report from the Aleutians
directed by John Huston
A official documentary movie about the misson of the US forces on an island of the Aleutians, from which US bombers are attacking the Japanese occupied island Kiska. The movie includes footage from a bombing raid over Kiska with B-17 and B-24 bombers.
Combat America 869 views
directed by U.S. Army Air Forces
A documentary recounting the experiences of the 351st Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces, based in England during the Second World War . The group's air and ground crews are followed through a number of bombing missions over Hitler's Germany.
Eagle in a Cage 890 views
Eagle in a Cage
directed by Fielder Cook
War and women were his passions... and no island fortress could cage his lust for power! 1815. A soldier becomes the governor of St. Helena and jailer of Napoleon. High brow. This film is in the Public Domain.
Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Mak... 1141 views
Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders
directed by Ray Enright
Seven weeks after Pearl Harbor, volunteers form the new 2nd Marine Raider Battalion whose purpose is to raid Japanese-held islands. The men selected come from different walks of life but have toughness in common. Under command of Colonel 'Thorwald', they're trained in all imaginable forms of combat. Then, after a perilous submarine journey, they face a daunting first mission: to annihilate the much larger Japanese garrison on Makin Island, in a lengthy battle sequence.This film is in the Public Domain
War Comes to America 1055 views
War Comes to America
directed by Frank Capra
WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #7Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.This Film is in the Public Domain
The True Glory 1747 views
The True Glory
directed by Garson Kanin and Carol Reed
** OSCAR WINNER ** A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen. It opens as the assembled allied forces plan and train for the D-Day invasion at bases in Great Britain and covers all the major events of the war in Europe from the Normandy landings to the fall of Berlin.This Film is in the Public Domain
Black Brigade (Carter's Army) 6171 views
Black Brigade (Carter's Army)
directed by George McCowan
** Richard Pryor in WWII**A redneck officer (Stephen Boyd) is put in charge of an all black troops squad. Their mission, secure a crucial hydro dam in Nazi Germany. Their failure would be detrimental to the Allied advance into Germany, and would prolong the war. Most of the GIs only have cleaning and other non-combat experience, but Captain Beau Carter must accomplish the mission with the rag-tag. The men's heroism surprise him.
Women in the Night 776 views
Women in the Night
directed by William Rowland
The war in Europe is over, the Japanese are about to surrender after the Nagasaki bombing, but a group of die-hard German Nazis are holding on in Shanghai, protecting an ingenious invention of mass destruction - a cosmic ray generator that is 1000 times more deadly than the A-bomb. Col. Von Meyer is about to pass the secret of the weapon to Col. Noyoma, as Japan is still at war, and will use it to revenge their recent losses. However, Field Marshal Von Runzel arrives with precise orders to the contrary: the Japanese shall not have the secret weapon, for an underground Nazi ring is to use it later in another attempt to destroy all the Allied Nations, and conquer the world in a third Worl War. Von Meyer decides to create a diversion, and to offer the Japanese scientist and officers some "evening entertainment" at the German Officers' Club. Thaler, the female German Officer, is to bring in a number of women - arrested on trumped up charges at the Shanghai University - dress them up, and force them to service thelusty Japanese officers. First, he asks for volunteers, but only the French entertainer Yvette comes forward. The other five women (American, English, Austalian, Russian and Mexican) stubbornly refuse. Then he shouts at them: "I say, naturally you'll all volunteer!" The 16-year-old Australian girl finds her mother as a hard-laborer at the club, they rejoice for a while, but knowing that her pure catholic girl will be ravished that night, Mrs. James kills her daughter instead. Her absence will not be missed much, as two other young women arrive, a Chinese and a Japanese. Soon, the Germans are about to betray the Japanese, but the American is in cahoots with an infiltrated German officer who's really her husband (an OSS spy), the Chinese is trying to make the others believe that Maya is an infiltrated Japanese agent, while Lili herself is seeing a Chinese servant of the Germans in secret, and the women are justly suspicious of Yvette - who is getting fond of the bald-head Colonel Von Meyer... In the end, the American plot is uncovered, the Germans and the Japanese start killing each others, and the fugitive American and Chinese spies.
Stilwell Road 999 views
directed by U.S. Army
Narrated by Ronald Reagan, a documentary about the construction of the Stilwell Road--originally called The Ledo Road--a 478-mile passage from Assam, India, to Ledo, Burma, during World War II. The road, which was built by 63,000 workers and cost $150 million, was used by the British, Chinese and Indian armies to transport supplies, troops and other essentials from India to Burma in order to keep the Japanese from overrunning the entire theater. Included is footage of the construction of the road itself and of Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell, the American general in charge of forces in the China-Burma-India area of operations and for whom the road was named.
Tunisian Victory 973 views
directed by Frank Capra and Hugh Stewart and John Huston
Tunisian Victory is an Anglo-American propaganda film about the victories in the North Africa Campaign.The film follows both armies from the planning of Operation Torch / Operation Acrobat to the liberation of Tunis. Interspersed in the pure documentary format are the narrative voices of an American and a British soldier (voiced by Burgess Meredith and Bernard Miles respectively), recounting their experience in the campaign. The British and American talk separately until the end of the film when they have a dialogue, agree to co-operate after the end of the war, with the other Allied nations to create a more just and peaceful post-war order.The film was intended as a follow-up to the successful 1943 British documentary film Desert Victory. Frederic Kromes article from The Historian Tunisian Victory and Anglo-American Film Propaganda in World War II details the acrimony between the British and US film makers on the project. Most of the actual American combat footage taken during Operation Torch was destroyed when the ship carrying it was sunk, requiring many battle scenes to be reshot in America by director John Huston.
The Last Chance 916 views
The Last Chance
directed by Leopold Lindtberg
Winner Golden Globe - 1945 - Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.
The Big Lift 1490 views
The Big Lift
directed by George Seaton
In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin.
Three Came Home 788 views
Three Came Home
directed by Jean Negulesco
The story of one woman's confinement in a WW II Japanese prison camp.The true story of Agnes Newton Keith's imprisonment in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of WWII. Separated from her husband and with a young son to care for she has many difficulties to face.
The General 7580 views
directed by Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton
Johnnie loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves
The Bushwhackers 1060 views
directed by Rod Amateau
Confederate veteran Jeff Waring (John Ireland) arriving in Independence, Missouri shortly after the Civil War, and intending never again to use a gun. He finds that rancher Artemus Taylor, an arthritic despot, and his henchies, Sam Tobin (Lawrence Tierney) and Cree (Jack Elam), are forcing out the settlers in order to claim their land for the incoming railroad. The plot nearly predates "The Great Train Robbery" in age but the gritty execution and well-acted performances take it out of the norm...way out, in a couple of instances. Brassy Myrna Dell is on hand as Taylor's independent daughter, only slightly less meaner than her father, and the always welcome Dorothy Malone is the pretty school marm on the side of good. Needless to say, Ireland's passive outlook on life changes before the end.
The Battle of China 1217 views
The Battle of China
directed by Frank Capra
WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #6In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end.
The Battle Of Britain 1285 views
The Battle Of Britain
directed by Frank Capra
WHY WE FIGHT SERIES: FILM #4In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda film series, we have the account of Great Britain's last stand against the forces of Nazi Germany. This mainly focuses on the desperate, but successful, battle to maintain their vital air superiority over the British Isles and the morale of the people to prevent invasion.