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
Florida Keys (Fla.)

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.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

253276
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Description
This film is adapted from the movie "Twilight World." There is excellent underwater footage, including hard hat diving, two-hose scuba, a re-breather with full-face mask, a two-person sub, a diver propulsion vehicle, divers with an octopus, a moray eel, an underwater photographer, a Spanish wreck and a diver using a magnesium flare to explore a coral cave.
Video Details
20:50; color; sound; V-38 CA040; S. 828
Florida Keys (Fla.)

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
Florida Keys (Fla.)

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
Florida Keys (Fla.)

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
Florida Keys (Fla.)

THE ENCHANTED KEY

253006
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:33; color; sound; V-118 BA196; S. 828 E.W.
Description
Dutton filmed and narrated this look at seabirds in the Keys. This was made when the birds and Kodachrome movie film were plentiful.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

SEABIRDS

253434
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:00; color; sound; V-110 BA174; S. 828
Description
Frigate birds are seen in large flocks. The film also shows herons, spoon bills and egrets in mangrove rookeries in the Keys. This is the way seabird populations used to look in the 1950s. The Kodachrome color is amazing and E.W. Dutton narrates in his own style.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

TARPON THRILLS

253559
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:10; color; sound; V-46 BA132; S. 828
Description
Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Dutton do some tarpon fishing off the Florida Keys. The film shows enormous fish and has wonderful color, showing what tarpon fishing used to be like in the 1950s. Produced by Bay State Film Productions; sponsored by Ashaway Line and Twine Co.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

D-DAY AT MARATHON

252976
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:48; color; sound; V-22 CA035; S. 828
Description
This film shows the construction of an artificial reef with the help of Goodyear and involved citizens of Marathon. It shows how tires are punched, squeezed and loaded with concrete. Navy LSM and private vessels are loaded with tires. All of them converge and begin dumping. There is underwater photography of tires hitting the bottom and sea life beginning to inhabit the tires. The film shows the Goodyear blimp Mayflower. Produced by Sonny Florida Productions.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

THE PARK THAT WENT TO SEA

253378
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:22; color; sound; V-38 CA105; S. 828
Description
This film shows visitors all that is available at Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. There are many good underwater sequences of divers and fish. Viewers also see the statue "Christ of the Deep," which stands in 28 feet of water on a reef. Produced by Goodway Films of Fort Lauderdale; sponsored by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

THEATER OF THE SEA-FRAGMENT

253562
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
6:30; color; sound; V-51 BA024; S. 828
Description
The reel starts part of the way into the film. It shows the Theater of the Sea in Whole Harbor on Islamorada. Filmmaker Julian Bromer is seen filming dolphins with a Kodak Cine special. A young man shooting still photos and wearing a loud flower-print shirt pesters the filmmaker, making him miss the shot. Bromer goes up the platform to feed the dolphins himself and falls in the water. A dolphin brings him a towel. This reel is only part of a film broken off at either end.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

GASPARILLA '54 AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION

253144
Date
Feb-54
Collection
Video
Video Details
11:15; color; silent; V-112 BA026; S. 828
Description
This film begins with shots of the Old Capitol and other state office buildings. Subsequent scenes include floats and marching bands. There are points of view from a car driving down a single lane road. Viewers also see a waterfront scene with a Navy ship coming into view and the exterior of a jai-alai fronton. There are more scenes with car point of view of streets in town, more scenes of the Navy Ship, scenes of road construction including concrete pouring and asphalt laying, more driving point of view, scenes of young orange groves, a bridge in the Keys, and construction using graders and bulldozers. There are street scenes mixed in and two shots of a Model T on a bumpy road.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

TARPON FISHING WITH TED WILLIAMS

253557
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
19:36; color; sound; V-209 CA266; S. 828
Description
This is a film that celebrates tarpon fishing, starring famed Major League Baseball player Ted Williams. The film begins with Williams describing the geography of the Florida Keys, followed by a discussion of the tarpon fish, including shots of their unique jaw structure. The narrator explains how the tarpon "throw" fishing hooks, followed by several examples of this. The film also showcases the tarpon's jumping ability. Williams and his guide, Jim Albright, begin a day of fishing by discussing the different types of fishing lures and techniques. Toward the end, Williams hooks several tarpon, including one dramatized episode complete with exciting narration and suspenseful music. Williams also demonstrates the art of hand tying homemade fishing flies. Williams' signature line of fishing equipment is featured throughout. Produced by the Consumer Education Division of the Sears & Roebuck Company.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

FLORIDA: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

253094
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-9 CA135; S.828
Description
This film shows many forms of transportation through the years. It then shows St. Augustine, Pensacola, Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach, Panama City Beach, Florida Caverns, the Old Capitol, Killearn Gardens, Jacksonville, Fort Clinch in Fernandina, Orlando, Bok Tower, beach buggies on Daytona Beach and car races at the speedway, a launch at Cape Canaveral, fishing for sailfish, Tampa Bay Hotel, the Gasparilla Festival, Sunshine Skyway, Ringling Art Museum, Asolo Theater, Miami and the Keys. It uses old photos throughout. Produced by Leroy Crooks; sponsored by FDC.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

TODAY SHOW: TWO FLORIDA STORIES

253569
Date
Late 1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:10; b&w; silent; V-87 BA108; S. 828
Description
The first story shows life in Florida in the 1950s. Residences, industries, attractions and pastimes are seen. The film is produced as a "Today Show" "feature." Viewers see the Apalachicola River and Woodruff Dam, the Everglades, Seminoles, Jacksonville scenes and Miami scenes. The second story follows a roving reporter around the state. Viewers see the Welcome Station, St. Augustine, Marineland, driving on Daytona Beach, Silver Springs, Cypress Gardens, Sunshine Skyway (one span), Sebring races, recreation and the Keys. Produced by NBC Television, sponsored by FDC.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

UNDER FLORIDA STARS

253589
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-37 CA151; S. 828
Description
This film shows camping in Florida in the 1960s. It shows beaches, Fort Clinch on the St. Mary's River and facilities common to Florida State Parks. Viewers see the Florida Caverns near Marianna. Then, father and son campers leave a tearful little sister behind as they go fishing. Some hunters are seen camping and posing with a dead deer as they joke with a Wildlife Officer. Two Boy Scouts canoe down the Suwannee and we see the paddle wheel replica Suwannee Belle. At one park, a guide feeds marshmallows to a gator to entertain a tour group. Finally, a young couple on their honeymoon camp on an island in the Keys. The film also shows Everglades National Park, Stephen Foster Memorial and Manatee Springs. There is great acoustic guitar music throughout. Produced by Leroy Crooks; sponsored by FDC, Thermos Products, Crosby Aeromarine and Johnson Motors.
Florida Keys (Fla.)

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