Beach Hotel

252891
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a beach hotel shot from the water with colorful cabanas on the sand. The cars in the background indicate that it was made in the 1950s. The film container identifies Fort Lauderdale as the location.
Video Details
1:25; color; silent; V-92 AA063; S. 828
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Ghost Hotel of Longboat Key

253150
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Description
Two young travelers explore the ruins of a hotel that was never completed. Begun by John Ringling, it was to have been called the Ritz-Carlton. The pair look over the ruins and see other parts of Longboat Key. The male is Tony Swain, son of producer Hack Swain. Hack Swain is also the narrator of the film. The hotel was torn down shortly after the film was made and now is the site of Arvida's Longboat Key Club. Produced by Hack Swain Productions.
Video Details
8:00; color; sound; V-5 BA105; S. 828
explore the ruins of a hotel...

The Torch of Friendship

232404
Date
Early 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This is a film promoting the Hampton House Hotel in Miami, a business oriented to an African-American clientele. It describes how notable black men and women of the 1960s gathered there, such as Ralph Metcalf (gold medalist, 1932 & 1936 Olympics), Althea Gibson (Wimbledon Champ), Martin Luther King Jr., singer Jackie Wilson, and baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. The film follows a formula similar to other promotional films, except almost everyone in it is black. The complete footage shows entertainment, the owners, a fashion show, dog and horse racing, the Miami Seaquarium, the Torch of Friendship, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, the Baltimore Orioles, and the FAMU Track team. Produced by Don Parisher.
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; CA133, s.828
true

Florida Sunnymoon

253119
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, a young couple arrives at the Carillon Hotel in Miami for their honeymoon. They check in, stroll the beach; play miniature golf, shuffleboard and Ping-Pong; do some tanning; and jump in the pool. He has a scuba lesson in the pool and they both learn the "latest dances" from an instructor. They take in dinner and a floor show that includes flamenco and cancan. Produced by FDC.
Video Details
5:20; b&w; sound; V-13 AA033; S.828
Hotels

All Us Kids Love Florida

252870
Date
7/23/1962
Collection
Video
Video Details
6:20; b&w; sound; V-92 BA191; S. 828
Description
This film shows the Diplomat Hotel and Country Club, featuring the supervised children's activities available there. The kids play in the pool, have swimming lessons, play Ping-Pong and learn some dance steps. They participate in other activities, including a field trip to a Seminole Village, allowing their parents to enjoy themselves.
the Diplomat Hotel and Country Club

Hotel Beach Party

253257
Date
1967
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:30; color; sound; V-124 BA007; S. 828
Description
Katherine Spaak, Kevin McCarthy, Gypsy Rose Lee, Henny Youngman, Richard Conte, Merle Oberon, columnist Virginia Graham, producer Wendel Mays, author Arthur Hailey, director Richard Kline and costume designer Edith Head all attend the press premiere of the film "Hotel." Everyone meets the reporters and photographers, eats and has a good time. A helicopter films from above. The location is Hotel Row, Miami Beach. Produced by Peter Barton Productions; sponsored by FDC in cooperation with Warner Bros.
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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

Governor Claude Kirk Wedding Pageantry

243141
Date
March 17, 1967
Collection
Video
Description
Shimmering lounge music accompanies scenes from Governor Claude Kirk’s wedding celebration. There is footage of Governor Kirk and his wife Erika Mattfeld Kirk at their pre-wedding dinner party, arriving at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea for the ceremony, and their wedding reception at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. President Richard Nixon is among those in attendance. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
9:55; color; sound; V-206 RW#17
Breakers Hotel (Palm

Wakulla Springs Hotel Fire

253608
Date
early 1940s
Collection
Video
Description
As the roof of the Wakulla Springs Lodge burns, firefighters arrive and go to work. There is furniture scattered along the grounds and more being lowered from the roof of the patio room. Soldiers assist in the efforts. Viewers see a fire truck at the water’s edge and sailors with fire hoses. There are views of the damage done after the fire was put out.
Video Details
4:15; b&w; silent; V-159 WV-12
true

World's Largest Sundae

232425
Date
August 8, 1963
Collection
Video
Description
Contestants in the Little Miss Universe contest voraciously devour the World's Largest Sundae floating atop a small raft in the pool of the Carillon Hotel in Miami Beach. In the process, they end up coating themselves in chocolate and digging into the dessert with their bare hands. When they have finished, Chef Casey Sinkeldam woefully inspects the remnants of his creation. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
0:44; B&W; silent; AA504
true

Scenes of Daily Life and Leisure in 1920s Sebring, Florida

322151
Date
1920s
Collection
Video
Description
This 1920s film footage begins with the highlights of the Highlands County Fair before transitioning into scattered scenes of daily domestic and public life in Sebring, Florida. Footage of downtown Sebring captures images of residents milling about near identifiable businesses like Hotel Roanoke, Highland Bank and Trust Co., “The Sebring” hotel, and the First National Bank of Sebring. Additionally, Bok Tower, a National Historic Landmark, is shown under construction before its completion in 1929. Scenes of men at work in an unidentified Florida oil derrick, possibly located in Venus or Oldsmar, Fl underscore industrial development in 1920s central Florida. Additionally, children and adults are featured lining up outside of an unidentified church in Sebring as well as the daily activities of a woman living in a large lakefront home (likely Lake Jackson).
Video Details
26:15; B&W; silent
true

Governor Haydon Burns Walt Disney Press Conference

232405
Date
November 15, 1965
Collection
Video
Description
This film starts with the arrival by limousine of Gov. Burns and Walt Disney at the Cherry Plaza Hotel (no sound). Gov. Burns introduces Walt and Roy Disney and Walt tells of their enthusiasm toward the new Disney facility in Florida. They indicate that the initial investment will top California, saying that the facility is in the planning stage and will take three years to open. Gov. Burns mentions working out tax questions. Disney will not reveal plans, but mentions market surveys that played a part in the choice of Florida as the location. More aspects are discussed, including the number of tourists, vehicle traffic and roads, and Disney's impact on Florida.
Video Details
18:45; B&W; sound; CA181, s.828
at the Cherry Plaza Hotel (no sound

Vice President Johnson at National Governor's Conference

232434
Date
July 1963
Collection
Video
Description
Starts with a military honor guard carrying an enormous cake into the gala dinner. Governor Bryant cuts the cake and the speeches begin. Johnson's remarks include comments on the unity of the U.S., "omens of change in the climate between the East and West," a reference to the Cuban missile crisis ("a turning point in the entire Cold War"), winning the space race, doubling the nuclear warhead stockpile and a litany of recent military build-up, and the upswing in the economy. He then mentions social programs, the environment, tax rates, etc. Then he makes a plea to face the problems of human rights, the "inequality of our Negro citizens." A very strong speech for civil rights.
Video Details
25:55; B&W; sound; DA033
Deauville Hotel (Miami

City With A New Look

252950
Date
1960
Collection
Video
Description
This film gives a look at Orlando in the days before Disney. Viewers see downtown, citrus groves, a cattle farm, the Central Florida Fair and aircraft at nearby air bases. Hotels, motels, apartments, residential areas, schools, churches, community buildings, civic club buildings and recreation (including the city-owned harness racing track) are also shown. Viewers also see the Martin Aerospace plant and other space-oriented companies. The film shows senior citizens working, banks, newspapers, highway construction and the airport. Produced by Wurtele Film Productions; sponsored by Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
19:50; color; sound; V-82 CA174; S. 828
true

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
Hotels

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

Earl LeRoy Saffer Miami Beach Home Movies

295838
Date
1926
Collection
Video
Description
Earl LeRoy Saffer was an entrepreneur and amateur pilot who, according to his granddaughter, "lived high" during the 1920s. In 1932, Saffer and his family moved from Miami to New York. The family narrowly escaped the 1926 hurricane, running from one building to another just before the first building crumbled. Saffer’s home movies show a happy time in the family’s life, with ocean cruises, golf outings, beach excursions and trips to bathing casinos. Often, the women strike "still" poses in the movies, when according to his granddaughter, Mr. Saffer would yell, "It's a movie – move!" Throughout the film, the family dresses up and wears various costumes. Footage of Pier 5 in Miami shows fishing boats at the dock, a masted ship and a large private yacht. The camera also pans across the Miami skyline. Women and men play golf at the Miami Beach Golf Club, formerly Bayshore. The footage includes an airship hanger along with the Goodyear blimp Defender landing and taking off again. The family spends time at what appears to be the Venetian pool in Coral Gables and then strikes poses and plays leap frog on the beach. The footage shows a Curtiss Wright airplane at the airport as well as aerial views of the Breakers Hotel and Miami Beach. Of particular interest are shots of Curtiss Wright aircraft mechanics working on the plane and shots of the Eastern Transport Inc. sign on a building. The S.S. Seminole of the Clyde Mallory Line docks with the help of tugboats, and later the family swims at the Roman pools. Scenes include diving and swimming competitions and a group parading around at Miami's Spanish Village. Additional scenes include a sunrise Easter service on the beach and canoe “jousting” at the Deauville Casino. Footage shows a man wrestling with a chained bear, and the film ends with bears going down a slide and swimming in the ocean.
Video Details
22:00; B&W; silent; V-256; BA438
true

National Governors' Conference

232454
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows scenes from the 1963 National Governors' Conference, held July 21-24 at the Hotel Deauville in Miami Beach, Florida. The film begins with scenes of a pressroom with reporters hard at work. It then shifts to shots of George Wallace, Alabama; Farris Bryant, Florida; and Nelson Rockefeller, New York, interspersed with shots of the entire meeting table, reporters, photographers, cameramen and Florida Highway Patrol officers directing traffic. There is no sound up to this point. Next, the film shows a press conference with California Governor Pat Brown. This section has poor sound. In the next segment, George Wallace mentions “so-called civil rights” in a press conference. Nelson Rockefeller speaks next, followed by several shots of a televised conference, a dinner with everyone wearing Panama hats, and a dinner with Governor and Mrs. Bryant. During this segment, Governor Bryant shows Miss Universe, Iêda Maria Vargas of Brazil, a model of the Florida Pavilion to be built at the World's Fair and gives her a set of water skis. The film ends with shots of a nighttime gala where Vice President Lyndon Johnson enjoys some dancing.
Video Details
26:10; B&W; sound; V-62 DA032; S. 828
21-24 at the Hotel

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
ship and Miami hotels

Newsreel 2nd Section

267786
Collection
Video
Video Details
20:04; B&W; silent; V-255
Description
Type
Image
Lakeview Hotel (Clermont

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL II

253147
Date
1929, 1947
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:40; b&w; silent; V-176
Description
This is another home movie with Gasparilla Festival footage. The focus is on Tampa Bay and the boats. Scenes include the Tampa Yacht and Country Club; Houton Wall's schooner, Halagonian; the schooner Rambler; and scenes of the Tampa shoreline, including the Tampa Bay Hotel.
the Tampa Bay Hotel.

GOV. FARRIS BRYANT AT TAMPA'S FLORIDAN HOTEL

253184
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Video Details
27:00; b&w; sound; V-224 DA106; S. 828
Description
Gov. Bryant speaks at Tampa's Floridian Hotel, bolstering a bond initiative to cover the costs of expanding, renovating and constructing Florida colleges. After his speech, the potential investors ask the governor and others at the head table questions about the program. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
AT TAMPA'S FLORIDAN HOTEL

FLORIDA: GOLF CAPITAL

253060
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:20; color; sound; V-12 BA101; S. 828
Description
This film focuses on golf. It shows Doral Country Club, which includes pool, tennis and horseback riding. It also shows the Diplomat Hotel & Country Club, Hollywood Beach Hotel, and the Rolling Hills Lodge and Country Club. Various pros, including Sam Snead, are shown. On the west coast, viewers see the DeSoto Country Club. Produced by Beckley Films and FDC; sponsored by Eastern Airlines.
Hotel & Country Club

US HIGHWAY 27

253593
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:25; color; sound; V-72 BA126; S. 828
Description
This film starts in Havana, Florida, showing tobacco growing. Then, it moves on to Tallahassee with the Capitol and FSU, the Grove (next to the Governor's Mansion), Killearn Gardens and beautiful flowers, the Floridian Hotel, the Cherokee Hotel and Wakulla Springs. Then, viewers see Perry, Suwannee, Stuckey's, Dogland, Williston and Castro Farms. Produced by Guided Tours.
, the Floridian Hotel, the Cherokee

DISNEY WORLD

252988
Date
1972
Collection
Video
Video Details
28:30; color; sound; V-8 DA011; S. 828
Description
In this film, Disney World is described as "your complete vacation destination." A mariachi band greets a monorail in the hotel lobby and then heads off to the Magic Kingdom. Produced by Walt Disney Productions. Copyright Walt Disney Productions.
monorail in the hotel lobby

MISSING PERSON

253330
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:30; color; sound; V-61 CA172; S. 828
Description
This film shows the good life in Pompano Beach. It includes hotels, beaches, boating, residences, schools, churches, banks, sports (including polo), Washington Senators spring training, businesses and the airport. There are also scenes of airboats, restaurants and nightlife with floor shows. Produced by Don Parisher.
. It includes hotels, beaches

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.
Seaquarium. At the hotel, a man

MIAMI BEACH STORY

253321
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
18:16; b&w; silent; V-247 CA038; S. 828
Description
This film has aerial shots of Hotel Row, street scenes, houses and vegetation. The scenes of Miami Beach are contrasted with a couple of snow scenes from up north. Winston Churchill and HRH The Duke of Windsor arrive. The film shows horse and dog racing and a montage of neon signs. Viewers see schools, churches, boating, fishing, skiing (with kissing), springboard diving, including a great belly flop, and cavorting around the pool. The film also shows beauties on the beach, synchronized swimming and ice skating next to the hotel pool. Viewers see children playing and a parrot opening a can. The film ends with scenes of people dancing on a patio next to the beach. This is a silent copy of a sound film. Produced by Rainbow Pictures.
shots of Hotel Row, street

CHALLENGE OF THE '70s

252939
Date
5-Nov-66
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:15; color; sound; V-70 BA131; S. 828
Description
Various foreign ministers of tourism meet in Miami to discuss tourism promotion. They have breakfast in the Carillon Hotel, meet Miss Florida and confer. Translators, "just like at the UN," give simultaneous translations over headphones. They break for lunch and go by bus to the Miami Herald's new building. Then there are speeches and the presentation of cigars to each delegate by FDC Chairman Charles Campbell. Produced by FDC.
in the Carillon Hotel, meet Miss

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS

253015
Date
1-Jul-66
Collection
Video
Video Details
7:15; color; sound; V-55 BA166; S. 828
Description
This film is footage of an International Stewardess Contest. The girls pose, frolic and visit Miami Seaquarium, home of television star Flipper. They go to a beauty shop. The contest begins later that evening. The winner is from Guatemala. The film also shows Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and Miami Beach Mayor Elliot Roosevelt.
Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach

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