Silversides the Tarpon

253506
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:30; color; sound; V-43 BA008; S. 828
Description
This film shows tarpon fishing near Islamorada from a small outboard boat. The fish are magnificent. The editing is rough and the narration by the filmmaker is "home movie" style. It has wonderful photography, including a glimpse of a great white shark. Produced by E.W. Dutton.
fishing in the Florida Keys

Florida Fishcapade

232453
Date
ca. 1964
Collection
Video
Description
The film begins with a family in an inboard motorboat leaving a dock on the Homosassa River to go fishing, with the Florida Marine Patrol giving advice and checking safety gear. The family fishes, skies, picnics, goes to Marco Pass and sees college boys fishing. The film also includes footage of Miami; Cape Canaveral, where the family sees a missile tracking ship and a Polaris Submarine; shark fishing; and a diver at Marineland feeding fish. The film's sound is muddy. Produced by Mercury Productions; sponsored by Kiekhaefer Mercury.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-24 CA034; S. 828
River to go fishing

A Very Special Place

232417
Date
ca. 1969
Collection
Video
Description
Anita Bryant and her husband go fishing off Marathon in the Keys. She puts on her makeup while hooks are baited. Throughout the film, they drink Coca-Cola and she pitches Tupperware. She lands a tarpon. The film shows Seven Mile Bridge. Produced by Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
13:10; color; sound; BA091, S. 828
husband go fishing...

Beach Ball Holiday

252890
Date
mid 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film focuses on enjoying the sun and water in Fort Lauderdale . It includes aerials of the coast, hotels and a marlin fishing tournament. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by FDC and City of Fort Lauderdale.
Video Details
13:20; b&w; sound; V-17 CA004; S. 828
, hotels and a marlin fishing

Sailfish City

253423
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film is about fishing for sailfish off Fort Pierce. It shows how to use mullet for bait. There is lots of action as sailfish are caught. Produced by the Florida State Advertising Commission and Russell-Barton Film Co.
Video Details
12:25; b&w; sound; V-67 BA060; S. 828
fishing for sailfish off Fort

You Got to See Florida

232418
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film starts with Florida agriculture, including papaya and sugarcane. Viewers see farming on reclaimed Everglades muck land and imported grass from India is mentioned. The film shows cattle herds on a "man-made Pampas that a few years ago were swamp." Tern rookeries on Bird Island, Marine Studios, purple gallinules, gators, and lots of wild flowers with butterflies are shown. Next are bellowing alligators, white ibis, blue heron, coots, rails, egret, and green heron. Viewers see Seminoles spear fishing, in a village grinding corn, and cooking with a baby in a hammock. Phosphate mining, shelling on Sanibel Island, hermit crab, citrus, tarpon fishing in the mangroves, bass fishing, parrots, the University of Miami, and Bok Tower are shown. This is a beautiful Kodachrome print. Sponsored by Gulf Oil.
Video Details
23:45; color; sound; DA028, S. 828
Seminoles spear fishing, in a

Apalachicola River / Water Marks

232420
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film has beautiful footage of the river and the surrounding land. It shows a clean, undeveloped river. The film introduces Aunt Bell, the beekeeper who lives on the water's edge. There is excellent footage of the honey industry, fishing, and river wildlife. There are views of Apalachicola and the great seafood industry. Viewers see a black family pig farming and fishing upriver. The film addresses the issue of damming the river. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
29:15; color; sound; BA064, S. 828
, fishing, and river wildlife

Million Acre Playground

232446
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film depicts the work of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District in maintaining the Everglades. There are lots of wildlife and recreational scenes. It includes airboats, deer hunting with hounds, duck hunting, frog gigging, fishing, camping and the Okeechobee Waterway Cross State Boat Cruise. Pedal steel guitars provide the film's background music.
Video Details
14:10; color; sound; V-28 CA129; S. 828
gigging, fishing, camping

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
Water Fish Commission

County with a Future

252963
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film gives viewers a look around Putnam County , showing recreation, scenery, residences, festivals, schools, public buildings, downtown, shopping and the courthouse ground-breaking ceremony. Viewers see potatoes, flowers, cattle and poultry. Other scenes include the St. Johns River, trains, the airport, the paper and wood industries, fishing, football, a boat race, Ravine Gardens State Park, Cross Florida Barge Canal and a rodeo. Produced by Hallmark International Releasing Group; sponsored by the Board of Commissioners of Putnam County.
Video Details
13:25;color; sound; V-15 BA080; S. 828
true

Florida's Water Wonderland

253124
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:25; b&w; sound, V-244 CA285; S. 828
Description
This film spotlights the attractions of Panama City, Florida and Bay County with a special emphasis on water, "the unifying thread between industry and recreation." Recreational activities such as boating, fishing and amusement parks precede a brief overview of Panama City's business and manufacturing industries. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
true

Florida Gulf Coast Holiday

253062
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins in Pensacola. Viewers see Fort Pickens, Blue Angels and the Naval Air Station. The film moves to Panama City, where viewers see people frolicking in the surf and teens with a guitar. In Tallahassee, the film shows Apalachee Parkway toward the Old Capitol, FSU and Killearn Gardens State Park (now Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park). Viewers see Rainbow Springs' "submarine boats" and Weeki Wachee. At Tarpon Springs, a diver puts on a suit and jumps in. Also shown are Tampa Bay hotels, fishing party boats, tarpon fishing, horse and dog races, jai-alai, baseball spring training, golf, boating and skiing. The film also shows Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, Sarasota's Horn's Cars of Yesterday and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Viewers see the Ringling Brothers Circus in Venice, the Edison Home in Fort Myers and the Caribbean Gardens in Naples. Produced by Beckley Films and FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines and FDC.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-12 CA028; S.828
true

Florida Seafare

267744
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the many types of commercially harvested seafood in Florida. Scenes include: commercial fishermen; oystermen; crabbing; shrimping; and seine net fishing for mullet. Additional scenes include a folk singing couple at the 6th Annual Apalachicola Seafood Festival. Produced by: Barton Films; U.S. Dept. of Commerce; NOAA; Florida Department of Natural Resources; and National Marine Fisheries.
Video Details
28:00; color; sound; V-252
Fishing

Junior Sailing Regatta

246474
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film is footage of a sailing regatta in the Gulf of Mexico. The Junior Yacht Club (under 18 years of age) is featured in this film. The film shows two boys in the St. Petersburg area on the beach enjoying horseshoe crabs, roasting oysters and boating in a cypress swamp. The film ends with scenes of river wildlife.
Video Details
1950s / 3:00; B&W; sound; V-168 S. 828
true

The Adventures of X-14

232407
Date
ca. 1965
Collection
Video
Description
An alien from space lands in St. Petersburg Beach and assumes the form of a kitten. In its travels the alien sees beaches, homes, water skiers, a marina, Criswell's Money Museum, the London Wax Museum, the Aquatarium, the fishing pier, and fishing party boats. The alien then becomes a pelican, gets a free meal, and flies around to see aerials of the area. The community center and an art show at the Suntan Art Center are shown. Fort DeSoto Park, motels, restaurants, golf, and more boating are next, with the filmmaker, Bill Beckley, driving a powerboat. The alien decides to stay and assumes the form of a porpoise at the Aquatarium. This film was produced by Bill Beckley for the Florida Development Commission and the St. Petersburg Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; CA058, s.828
, the Aquatarium, the fishing pier

Holiday on Wheels

253236
Date
Early 1970s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, singer Gordon MacRae tours Florida in a recreational vehicle. He visits the Keys, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Everglades National Park, Naples, Tarpon Springs, the <em>HMS Bounty</em> replica and Cypress Gardens (where he meets Dick Pope). The film shows the Sunshine Skyway, an airboat ride, a glass-bottom boat, sponge diving, tarpon fishing, boating, scuba, skiing and hang gliding. Produced by Hollywood Newsreel Syndicate Inc.; sponsored by Trailer Life Publishing Co.
Video Details
23:50; color; sound; V-57 DA001; S. 828
true

Region with a Record

253416
Date
Early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film provides a look at Polk County, showing citrus groves and processing, Bok Tower, the Great Masterpiece and Cypress Gardens. Next, the tourist "family" the film is following visits a phosphate mine and they back their convertible into a dragline bucket to convey the size. Viewers see mining underway and the family hunts fossils in debris piles. An "unusual scenic attraction" is Sand Mountain, a phosphate debris pile. Next is a cattle farm, Florida Southern College, and its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Recreation includes skiing, boating and fishing. Produced by Sanborn Film Productions; sponsored by Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
13:18; b&w; sound; V-84 BA130; S. 828
true

Florida's Land of Gracious Living

253078
Date
Oct-65
Collection
Video
Description
The script starts by asking, "What is land?" A long philosophical answer is given over scenes of life in Putnam County. The film shows farming, cattle, rodeo, sailing and bass fishing, including underwater photography. Viewers also see gladiolus farms, residences in Palatka, a utility plant, the Hudson Pulp and Paper Corp., and furniture manufacturing. The film shows schools, public facilities and President Lyndon B. Johnson at the ground breaking of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. There are good shots of a huge "walking" drag line. Produced by Guided Tours; sponsored by Putnam County Board of County Commissioners.
Video Details
13:20; b&w; sound; V-18 BA048; S.828
true

Florida's East Coast Holiday

232448
Date
1960
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows cities, attractions and things to do on the east coast of Florida. Producer Bill Beckley appears in a convertible leaving the airport at the start of the film. Viewers see the Daytona Speedway, Cape Canaveral, commercial growing, fishing for sailfish, a cruise ship and Miami hotels. The film also contains footage of parrots and flamingos at Parrot Jungle, the Miami Seaquarium, the Miami Serpentarium and William Haast milking a cobra. Also shown is footage of a large grouper; Whitehall, Henry Flagler's home; and the Florida Keys. Produced by Beckley Films and FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines.
Video Details
14:20; color; sound; V-24 CA143; S. 828
, fishing for sailfish, a cruise

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
Miami. They fish, visit

Wakulla Springs Promotional Comedy

296315
Date
1940
Collection
Video
Description
This film appears to show the making of a short promotional comedy for Wakulla Springs. The film begins with shots of a motion picture cameraman along with two young men in bathing suits on one of the Wakulla Springs swimming platforms with swimmers on the beach behind them. The cameraman switches lenses and begins filming a comical fisherman in a small row boat. The fisherman reels in a fish and takes a drink from a beer or whiskey bottle. The cameraman appears onscreen again before the film cuts back to the fisherman, who is frustrated after reeling in a banana. The film cuts to a group of young men and women having an underwater picnic, complete with picnic basket, blanket, umbrella and campfire. One young man chops firewood. The film cuts to the fisherman, who turns in his boat to see smoke coming from the top of the water. Frightened, the fisherman quickly rows away. The film ends with title cards that read “Good-bye – see you in Florida” and “When in Florida don’t forget to go to Wakulla Springs and see ‘HENRY’ the famous pole vaulting fish.”
Video Details
2:14; color; silent; V-259; BA436a
true

Florida's Emerald Isle, Marco Island

232443
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with people enjoying the surf, a visit to a shell mound, and a visit to the only modern home in the island's interior. The film also examines the coco plum fruit, French mulberry plant, wild coffee plants and other plants. Viewers see locations such as Snook Haven Marina, Snook Hole, and scenes of snook fishing. An architectural model and renderings show how the island will be changed by developers. Produced by Hack Swain Productions.
Video Details
13:20; color; sound; CA023
fishing. An architectural model

Water Hyacinth: The Silent Aggressor

232451
Date
1977
Collection
Video
Description
This is an educational film about water hyacinth, the invasive aquatic plant that has become a nuisance to Florida waterways. The film discusses the plant's South American origin and its introduction to the United States. Florida hyacinth expert Al Burkhalter of the Florida Department of Natural Resources, along with researchers from the University of Florida, describe the plant's reproductive and adaptive characteristics. The film shows researchers in South America looking for natural predators of hyacinth to import to the United States as a method of control. The film also touches upon the threat the waterborne weed poses to the Florida citrus and fishing industries. Produced by the US Department of Agriculture.
Video Details
29:18; color; sound; V-205 RG500; S1187 Number 2
and fishing industries. Produced

Seminoles of The Everglades

253438
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, Old Gold Cigarette Company pays tribute to the people (Native Americans) that gave tobacco to this land. There are Everglade and wildlife scenes throughout the film. A Seminole is also shown in his dugout canoe spear fishing and poling through the swamp. There are scenes of a village with women working and children playing. The narrator discusses the importance of tobacco in the American Indian culture and two Native Americans share an Old Gold cigarette. There are Miami scenes, and the narrator talks about how confined and trapped American Indians feel in the city. "The development of the Everglades into agricultural land is gold for the white man, and the symbol of the end of the Indian." There are quick overviews of tourist sites, the US Indian Affairs Office and Brighton Reservation in Dania.
Video Details
20:00; sound; color; V-170 S. 828
canoe spear fishing

Mullet Country

253339
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
This film uses a folk song as musical introduction and then shows mullet fisherman setting nets at night. It shows scenes around Florida and a sequence of Seminoles in the Everglades. The script says, "The mullet has a long and distinguished history." Viewers see large scale net setting near a beach, processing and canning, point-of purchase and serving at home. Some young people have a cookout with mullet and we see it served at a cocktail party in a restaurant.
Video Details
13:50; color; sound; V-116 CA212; S. 828
Fishing

Wakulla Spring Scenes and Inauguration

253609
Date
1945
Collection
Video
Description
This film has quick shots of a glass house on the dock, followed by pans of the dock, beach, lodge and bathhouse. There are scenes along the river, scenes of birds, and a scene with a plane flying overhead. There are scenes of outgoing Gov. Spessard Holland at Gov. Millard Caldwell's inauguration. There is a parade with soldiers and WACS.
Video Details
5:03; color; silent; V-158 WV-3
Fish

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
true

Florida Attractions

246473
Date
1948
Collection
Video
Description
This early movie begins with a series of shots of St. Augustine, including the Fountain of Youth and the oldest house. Next, people are shown catching turtles at Silver Springs. The film continues with brief scenes of: Marineland; Palm Beach; Bok Tower; water skiing at Cypress Gardens; aerial and street scenes in St. Petersburg; Miami; Tin Can camping; Bayfront Park; fishing; Biscayne Bay; horse racing in Hialeah; flamingos; wildlife scenes; Seminoles in the Everglades (aerial of a village and children); sailboat races; and water skiing at night. The color is faded and the film is a little jumpy. Produced by Castle Films.
Video Details
1948 / 6:48; B&W; silent; V-173 S. 828
true

The Great Adventure

253218
Date
Early 1950s
Collection
Video
Description
A young man decides on a college by watching a film (within this film) called, "Universities Throughout Florida." He sees: girls practicing archery and fishing at FSU; FAMU, "for the Negro youth of Florida"; UF; Bethune-Cookman College, the "center of interracial goodwill"; Stetson University; Rollins College; Florida Southern College and its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings; University of Tampa, "working for Americanism in practice"; and University of Miami. Then, it is the young man's first day on campus, and he is given a tour by the, "big man on campus." The projection print is a black and white copy. BA077 is the same film with slightly different scenes at the head and tail. Produced by Florida State Advertising Commission and Ball Productions of Miami.
Video Details
11:30; color; sound; V-41 BA076; S. 828
archery and fishing at FSU

Wakulla Springs Scuba Diving

296301
Date
1977
Collection
Video
Description
This film includes beautiful color footage of divers descending into the Wakulla Springs cavern. Divers swim through deep, dark areas of the caves with their diving lights. Glass bottom boat tours pass overhead. Divers swim through eel grass and a hollowed out log on the bottom of the spring. Various fish species, including largemouth bass, Florida gar, mullet, bluegill, American shad and brown bullhead, swim through the water. Two divers examine what appears to be a large mammoth bone, and another diver shoots pictures using an underwater camera.
Video Details
24:10; color; silent; V-258; DA148
of the spring. Various fish species

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