Alligator!

232440
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
Describes the alligator as a keystone species. Introduces the symbol of the Flood Control District, a cartoon alligator called Freddy. Brings in the job of the Flood Control District. Says that alligators help the Flood Control District by digging holes that become storage ponds. A natural history film showing most of the Everglades residents while promoting the Flood Control District.
Video Details
14:20; color; sound; CA043
American alligator

Ross Allen Reptile Institute

232386
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Ross Allen wrestles an alligator in the water. Seminoles play and work at Silver Springs. Francis Osceola wrestles an alligator on land. A woman wears a boa constrictor. A boy shops for a snake, and after rejecting an indigo snake, purchases another. Ross and his son Tom wrestle a 20-foot anaconda in the water. A rattle snake is milked. The film then shows the rest of Silver Springs, including Bartlett's Deer Ranch, Carriage Cavalcade and Prince of Peace Memorial, and ends with synchronized swimming. The film features underwater photography. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by Silver Springs.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-86; CA167, S. 828
American Alligator

Dragons of Paradise-Part I

252789
Date
December 5, 1977
Collection
Video
Description
This film is part one of a two-part program on Florida alligators. The film describes how the alligator survived for millennia, only to be hunted to near extinction in the 20th century. Several of Florida's authorities on alligators, including Dr. Archie Carr of the University of Florida, Tommy Himes, David Deets of the Florida Game and Fresh Fish Commission and alligator expert Ross Allen, provide enlightening information on Florida's most famous and least understood native resident. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
28:20; color; sound; V-216 EA039; S.1239
American alligator

Dragons of Paradise-Part II

252790
Date
December 5, 1977
Collection
Video
Description
This film is part two of a two-part program on Florida's most recognized reptile. Part two deals with the results of human encroachment into the alligator's habitat. Concern for alligator population led to the addition of the alligator to the endangered species list. However, complaints of nuisance alligators and population growth caused them to be removed from the list after only few years of federal protection. John and Roland Denise, former poachers turned state-sanctioned "gator hunters," are shown on a hunting trip. Roland proudly displays a large axe he calls a "convincer" because it helps convince alligators to get into his boat. Ecologist Roy MacDiarmid of the University of South Florida and Dr. Archie Carr of the University of Florida scorn the Florida Game Commission's decision to allow the sale of alligator hides gathered by hunters. Produced by WFSU-TV
Video Details
30:15; color; sound; V-216 EA040; S.1239
American alligator

Snowman’s Holiday

253512
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
This might be one of the silliest concepts ever filmed. A snowman and snowwoman visit Miami. They fish, visit the Miami Seaquarium, watch alligator wrestling at Tropical Gardens, see cobra milking at the Miami Serpentarium, monkeys at Monkey Jungle, Vizcaya, the Torch of Friendship, and Parrot Jungle. They go to Hialeah for horse races, dog races, and jai-alai. They also see Bob Hope, Robert Goulet and Ed Sullivan on a golf course, watch football at the Orange Bowl, and attend a powerboat race. At the end of the film, the snow people have melted on the beach. Produced by Miami Metro News Bureau.
Video Details
14:00; b&w; sound; V-65 CA081; S. 828
American alligator

Unusual World of Florida

253592
Date
ca. 1964
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with aerials of a Fort Lauderdale airboat ride, swamp buggies in Naples, Corkscrew Swamp, animals along the Wakulla River and Cypress Gardens. It then shows a chrysanthemum farm, Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine), Bok Tower and Citrus Tower. Stephen Foster Memorial is next with nice scenes of a steamboat replica on the Suwannee River. The Keys are shown, including divers in Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Marineland with a diver feeding dolphins, loggerheads underwater and laying eggs. Divers in Tarpon Springs and gator wrestling follow. A man catches a cobra by hand and milks venom. There is a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral and an open house at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Produced by Beckley Films in cooperation with FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines.
Video Details
12:53; color; sound; V-74 BA019; S. 828
American alligator

ANIMAL KINGDOM: ALLIGATOR ADVENTURE

252877
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
24:10; color; sound; V-245 DA099; S. 828
Description
This episode of the popular television series "Animal Kingdom" focuses on the American Alligator. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish officers Ronald Davis and William King track down two poachers who are illegally hunting and skinning alligators to sell the hides on the black market. Shot in the Wakulla River area, this film also contains extensive footage of Florida wildlife. Produced by Bill Barrud Productions.
on the American Alligator. Florida Game

FORT LAUDERDALE RODEO

253130
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:30; b&w; silent; V-13 AA049; S. 828
Description
In this film, children play, an "Indian Princess" is crowned, a man wrestles an alligator, and men ride horses and bulls.
American alligator

11-Mar-57

253314
Date
11-Mar-57
Collection
Video
Video Details
2:40; color; silent; V-203 P99-10 (Reel 9)
Description
This is home movie footage of spoonbill birds in flight and on the beach. There are also a few shots of alligators.
American alligator

PRIMEVAL PARADISE

253407
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
10:55; color; sound; V-158 WV-11
Description
Same as film #620.
American alligators

EVERGLADES WILDLIFE

253010
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:06; color; silent; V-100 BA128; S. 828
Description
This film shows scenes of otters, opossums, raccoons, deer, rattlesnakes, turtles and gators in the Everglades. There are shots of Glades islands that are rookeries, including storks, eggs in a nest, chicks in a nest, cormorant chicks in a nest, limpkins, roseate spoonbills, herons, skimmers, an owl, and an osprey and its young.
American alligator

NATURE'S OWN ATTRACTION - HOMOSASSA

253348
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:48; color; sound; V-116 BA058; S. 828
Description
This film shows a jungle cruise and nature trails featuring gators, sea lions and an underwater viewing room. The viewing room puts the visitors at eye level with thousands of fish. In the gator lagoon, the gators leap up at bits of fish hanging from a string. There is an orchid green house.
American alligator

FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS

253034
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:25; color; sound; V-102 BA145; S. 828
Description
This film shows the wildlife that abounds at Silver Springs, skiers at Cypress Gardens, Rainbow Springs, Homosassa Springs and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. This is a chopped-up print that was reassembled. The Homosassa sequence has a model dressed as an "Indian" who feeds the alligators fish and marshmallows.
American alligator

FLORIDA GIANT REPTILES

253059
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
10:30; color; sound; V-12 BA004; S. 828
Description
This film has a few shots of the Florida crocodile, scenes of gators in the wild and shots of a man with a gator skull. There is a great sequence of a game warden handling a nuisance gator in which the warden's thumb is bitten and the gator's jaws are pried apart to free the thumb. The gator is hog-tied, muzzled with thick rope, strapped to the hood of a jeep and released into a river. Loggerhead turtles are shown swimming and laying eggs. Viewers also see their eggs hatching and their young heading for the water.
American alligator

A FLORIDA RIVER, ITS WILDLIFE

253087
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:00; color; sound; V-62 BA098; S.828
Description
This film shows a trip down the St. Lucie River with E.W. Dutton. Viewers see gators, blue herons, and many plants and flowers. The film also shows a red-shoulder hawk, sandhill crane, armadillo, black bear and cub, rattlesnake, land crab, and a gator being fed by hand. Viewers see pelicans, mullet, cormorant, deer and a Florida panther. The film is incomplete.
American alligator

HOMOSASSA SPRINGS

253255
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:50; color; sound; V-36 CA082; S. 828
Description
Goat Island, a colony of monkeys and aquatic birds, is seen on the jungle boat ride at Homosassa Springs. The nature trail has otters, deer, goats and a hippo. There is an orchid greenhouse. Gators in a lagoon are fed by a woman dressed as an "Indian maiden" who dangles fish from a string. Also see BA058, "Nature's Own Attraction - Homosassa." Produced by Studio Productions Inc.
American alligator

MIAMI PREVIEW

253323
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:05; color; sound; V-51 BA059; S. 828
Description
This film shows all sporting activities available in the Miami area. It also shows some nightlife, a Cuban Festival, the Orange Bowl, Vizcaya, cultural offerings, dining, shopping, the Miami Seaquarium and frolicking on the beach. Viewers also see Cape Florida State Park with the lighthouse, the Everglades and alligator wrestling.
American alligator

PRIMEVAL PARADISE

253406
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
10:00; color; sound; V-40 BA061; WV-11
Description
Ed Ball, owner of Wakulla Springs, produced this film. It starts with a trio of conquistadors bathing in the spring and then shows animals (aquatic birds, freshwater fish, snapping turtles and alligators) above and below the surface of the river. It has good underwater photography.
American alligators

ST. AUGUSTINE: THE OLDEST CITY

253428
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film gives the history of St. Augustine in Kodachrome. Wonderful costumes are seen during the annual fiesta. The film shows the blessing of the shrimp fleet. Viewers see Lightner Museum, its doll collection and various churches. This film shows people frolicking in the surf, fishing and at a speedboat race. A man and woman lounge among dozens of alligators at an alligator farm. There are many scenes of streets and buildings. Produced by Leroy Crooks.
Video Details
14:15; color; sound; V-67 BA099; S. 828
American alligator

THE SPORTING SUWANNEE

253522
Date
1950
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:20; b&w; sound; V-99 BA170; S. 828
Description
This film was produced by Paramount as part of a series of Grantland Rice films. It starts in the Okefenokee and flows with the Suwannee River through rapids and past "the old faithful Negroes" who live on the banks. They have no pension plan, no social security and "no ulcers," according to the narrator. Sportsmen fish along the way and see gators, raccoons and a bobcat. They reach the river's mouth and fish some more, then shoot ducks at the end.
American alligator

THE UNCONQUERED

253588
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:40; color; sound; V-90 CA118; S. 828
Description
This film shows contemporary American Indian life after a brief historical introduction. It shows a medicine man picking herbs and another man wrestling a gator in water. A powwow is held at Silver Springs and viewers see Ross Allen (herpetologist) and Will Rogers Jr. Produced by Silver Springs.
American alligator

BROWARD: THE GOLDEN COUNTY

252916
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-21 CA106; S. 828
Description
This film shows a little of Port Everglades and then other features in Broward County such as the airport, Pioneer City ("old west" attraction), crowds on the beach and fishing. It also shows hospitals, churches, condos, Nova University, some industry, pari-mutuel wagering, sports and nightlife. It also has Seminoles gator wrestling, the Everglades and Birch State Park. Produced by David W. Hunter & Associates; sponsored by Broward County Commission.
American alligator

GUIDED TOUR OF MIAMI BEACH

253223
Date
1956
Collection
Video
Video Details
15:30; color; sound; V-40 CA158; S. 828
Description
Two young ladies arrive from the Midwest on a DC-6 to vacation in Miami Beach. They rent a 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible from Hertz. They tan and visit Parrot Jungle to see trained parrots and a flock of flamingoes. They visit the Miami Seaquarium. At the hotel, a man skis in the pool and there is a jousting match on inner tubes and a diving expedition. Viewers see gator wrestling, snake milking at the Miami Serpentarium, trained monkeys at Monkey Jungle and a big dinner at the hotel. The film includes Tropical Hobbyland Indian Village. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by Hertz.
American alligator

HOME MOVIE

253251
Date
ca. 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:47; color; silent; V-149
Description
This film has scenes from central and south Florida. There are shots of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Miami and St. Augustine. There are scenes of peacocks, sailing, shuffleboard, children's baseball, Boy Scouts walking in a downtown area, Webb's department store in St. Petersburg, the beach, alligator wrestling, Cypress Gardens and Fort San Marcos in St. Augustine. It is very difficult to tell where one city leaves off and another one starts. Very few of the places and people are easily identified.
American alligator

POLLUTION

253388
Date
1970
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:00; b&w; silent; V-188 BA260; S.1239
Description
Swimmers frolic in the water at Wakulla Springs outside of Tallahassee. Alligators, birds and other wildlife from the springs also make an appearance. The camera follows a car on a narrow road, then slowly pans to a ditch filled with litter. Gentle waves roll over the sand at an anonymous beach location before the camera pulls back to reveal heaps of rusted beer cans and broken bottles piled in the dunes. Several young men gather the trash, filling over a dozen grocery bags with rubbish. Next, sewer runoff fills a calm water body with sludge. Then, factory smokestacks cough enormous black plumes of soot. The segment ends with a few shots of flowers and the reflecting pool at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens. Produced by WFSU-TV.
American alligator

SUNSHINE HIGHLIGHTS AT THE WORLD'S FAIR

253540
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:40; b&w; sound; V-109 AA034; S. 828
Description
This film has scenes of the New York World's Fair grounds. It shows water skiers skiing from St. Petersburg to the fair. A model in a bathing suit visits the Alaska pavilion. Hawaiians are served orange juice at the Florida Pavilion and leave in an outrigger canoe. Viewers see flamingoes and gators. Comedian Eddie Bracken goes to the show. Johnny Carson shows up and scuba dives with the porpoises.
American alligator

WONDERFUL WORLD OF FLORIDA

253645
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:10; b&w; sound; V-214 CA318; S. 828
Description
This is a film by Eastern Airlines promoting the sites and scenery of Florida. Many Florida tourist spots are featured, including St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Silver Springs, the Ringling Museum, Circus Hall of Fame, Seminole Indians and alligator wrestling. Presented by Eastern Airlines, produced by Beckley Films in conjunction with the Florida Development Commission.
American alligator

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