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, Fla.)

Ivan Tors Studios in Miami

232437
Date
ca. 1966
Collection
Video
Description
This film is a tour of Ivan Tors Studios, showing behind-the-scenes manufacturing, equipment, wardrobe, stages and special effects. There is great underwater footage, including reefs, animals, camera crew and props from "Thunderball." Viewers see Ivan Tors, actor Lloyd Bridges and Flipper.
Video Details
10:30; color; sound; BA031
Miami (Fla.)

All in Fun

232450
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, viewers learn about the dolphins that performed at the New York World's Fair. It shows crew from the Miami Seaquarium netting and training dolphins, and a sea lion performing. The film includes scenes of performances that were also used in CA071, "Number One at the Fair," in color. Produced by the Florida Department of Commerce.
Video Details
14:00; B&W; sound; V-23 BA054; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

North Miami Beach: Gateway to Interama

232459
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
Governor Claude Kirk introduces this film about North Miami Beach. Viewers see the environment and life in this area, including places of worship, schools, hospitals, banks, the library, and neighborhoods. There are exteriors of Studio City and Capital Film Labs. The film shows horse racing at Gulfstream Park, community swimming pools, marinas, and beaches. There are scenes of the Orange Bowl, Miss USA contest, Miss Universe contest, Monkey Jungle, Parrot Jungle, and Miami Seaquarium. Produced by Don Parisher; sponsored by the North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Video Details
14:55; color; sound; V-76 CA065; S. 828
(Miami, Fla.)

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
(Miami, Fla.)

Window of the Living Sea

253635
Date
ca. 1970
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, the narrator discusses both the entertainment and educational components of Miami Seaquarium programs and suggests that animals in captivity are "safer" than in the wild. There are scenes of Hugo and Lolita (the killer whales), sea lions, sharks and dolphins. We hear from the manager about the conditions in which the dolphins are kept. The staff veterinarian describes the diet and medical care of the animals. He describes the animals' need for companionship and training methods. Hugo, the killer whale, and Marlana, a white sided dolphin, are put in the same tank to keep each other company..."now they are inseparable friends." The film also shows collection of reef specimens. Rare finds are identified with the help of the University of Miami. Habitat areas in the attraction are shown. Produced by Tel-Air Interests.
Video Details
21:25; color; sound; V-81 CA022; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

Musical Moments at Miami's Seaquarium

253342
Date
1970s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, a synthesized musical soundtrack accompanies footage of the dolphin, whale and seal shows at the Miami Seaquarium theme park.
Video Details
7:47; color; sound; V-223 BA434; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

FYI-The Plight of Pepito: Cuba's Lost Generation

245399
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
This film is a WTVJ (Miami) TV program called "For Your Information." It begins with a young Cuban refugee, Pepito, and follows his story. There are sequences of refugees on rafts and small boats arriving on the Havana-Palm Beach ferry, small airplanes and passenger airlines. Viewers see the processing of refugees at Public Health Service, where families are reunited. There are scenes of the Cuban Refugee Center and Miami, including clothes distribution, looking for a home, and Pepito's father pawning his watch. Pepito enrolls in parochial school. Then, there are scenes of fellow refugees in Miami's Cuban colony and their homes. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Abraham Ribicoff, arrives in Miami to survey the refugee problem. Monolo Reyes, WTVJ Latin Correspondent, gives views on the situation. Governor Farris Bryant gives remarks at a press conference and Pepito recites the Pledge of Allegiance. The film has interesting transition graphics. It is kinescope.
Video Details
1960s/27:50; B&W; sound; V-68 DA004; S. 828
(Miami, Fla.)

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
Miami (Fla.)

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
University of Miami (Fla.)

Governor Charley Johns - LeRoy Collins

232388
Date
1954
Collection
Video
Description
This debate between acting Gov. Charley Johns and future governor LeRoy Collins was filmed from a television monitor (kinescope) and simultaneously broadcast throughout Florida on radio. Moderator Ralph Renick tries valiantly to manage a timer and buzzer mechanism as the candidates argue the issues of the day. There are processing marks through most of film, but otherwise the quality is very good.
Video Details
42:18; B&W; sound; V-97; EA010; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

Julio 26

232435
Date
1960
Collection
Video
Description
This film is a documentary that reflects on the first six months and 26 days of Fidel Castro's rule of Cuba. It has press conference footage of Castro resigning as Cuba's prime minister and a brief interview with a WCKT reporter. Other officials in the Cuban government are also interviewed. The film covers various state programs instituted by the new government and ends with footage of the Julio 26 celebration in Havana. Produced by WCKT Television.
Video Details
28:17; B&W; sound; EA024
Miami (Fla.)

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
Miami (Fla.)

Governor Haydon Burns--Robert King High Debate 1964 Number 1 (Part 1)

232457
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Haydon Burns of Jacksonville and Robert King High of Miami. Issues of the day are argued in detail. Questions include the propriety of the "Negro Bloc Vote," reapportionment, changing the location of the state Capitol, and whether to make the Florida Department of Commerce Chairman a Cabinet member. The questions are followed by a final volley of accusations about NAACP support as a campaign issue. Kinescope. Part Number 2 is DA040.
Video Details
32:20; B&W; sound; V-34 & 35 EA009; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

Governor Haydon Burns--Robert King High Debate 1964 Number 1 (Part 2)

232458
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows a debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Haydon Burns of Jacksonville and Robert King High of Miami. Issues of the day are argued in detail. Questions include the propriety of the "Negro Bloc Vote," reapportionment, changing the location of the state Capitol, and whether to make the Florida Department of Commerce Chairman a Cabinet member. The questions are followed by a final volley of accusations about NAACP support as a campaign issue. Kinescope. Part Number 2 is DA040.
Video Details
32:20; B&W; sound; V-34 & 35 EA009; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

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
Miami (Fla.)

The Gold Rush

253153
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-16 CA007; S. 828
Description
This film shows the Gold Coast Marathon, a powerboat race from Miami to West Palm Beach and back. Viewers see pit crews at Pelican Harbor Yacht Club and aerial shots of the race. Twelve-year-old Rosemary Bennett, the youngest female racer, and restaurateur/racer Mike Gordon are shown. Richard Steffens Jr. wins both legs of the race. Produced by FDC; sponsored by FDC and Miami Metro News Bureau.
Miami (Fla.)

Japanese Governors Visit Florida

253273
Date
18-May-64
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, Gov. and First Lady Bryant greet 10 Japanese governors and their wives as they arrive at Tallahassee Municipal Airport. There is a large welcome ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. Later, the governors tour the Capitol, Supreme Court and Tallahassee Junior Museum. They are also seen visiting the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, boating in Fort Lauderdale and visiting the Seaquarium. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Video Details
12:52; b&w; silent, V-235 BA343; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

President Kennedy at Democratic Fundraiser

232416
Date
1962
Collection
Video
Video Details
29:00; B&W; sound; DA034, S. 828
Description
This film was shot in Miami. Senator Spessard Holland, Governor Farris Bryant, Senator George Smathers, Representative Dante Fascell, and President John F. Kennedy share the dais at this fundraiser for the National Democratic Party. Governor Bryant welcomes the president and describes the greatness of Democratic presidents who helped Florida. He also describes the qualities that make Florida great. Senator Holland speaks very briefly; then Senator Smathers thanks everyone. Next, President Kennedy speaks. He says that Smathers is his "most valuable counselor," then lists funny examples of wrong advice given to him by Smathers. He then talks about how Smathers raised the alarm about Latin American policy, says that space work is the way of the future for the United States and Florida, and salutes the state of Florida. Bryant presents a floral arrangement to Kennedy. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.
Miami (Fla.)

President Kennedy on the Foreign Burden

232462
Date
1963
Collection
Video
Video Details
25:42; B&W; sound; V-196 DA074; M89-17
Description
President John F. Kennedy speaks at a Democratic fundraiser in Miami. The segment begins with a speech by Florida Representative Dante Fascell. Then, Senator George Smathers embarks on a lengthy speech during which the camera pauses several times. President Kennedy opens his speech with several jocular remarks about the poor quality of Senator Smathers' political advice. Afterward, he quickly focuses on the Space Program and the positive impact it will have on Florida's educational institutions, technological industries, and economy. He mentions the Alliance for Progress program and commends Senator Smathers for his intuitive concern for Latin America in the 1950s. The majority of Kennedy's speech is dedicated to America's role as guardian of freedom and democracy. The film ends with several silent clips of fundraiser attendees and the guests of honor.
Miami (Fla.)

Fifteen Years with 4-WTVJ

245398
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
Host Ralph Rennick shows footage and stories that Miami TV station WTVJ collected in its first 15 years on the air. Mitchell Wolfson, co-host, founded the station, as well as Wometco Enterprises. There are scenes of the 1951 Orange Bowl Parade, the 1951 Senate Crime Hearings in Dade County on gambling, the 1954 LeRoy Collins - Charlie Johns debate, the 1957 Cape Canaveral Satellite launching, the death of an Italian boat racer at the Orange Bowl Regatta, Castro's arrival in Havana after taking power, Hurricane Donna in 1961, Orange Bowl football, return of soldiers from the Bay of Pigs, and President John F. Kennedy's visit to Miami in 1963.
Video Details
1964/29:25; B&W; sound; V-95 DA044; S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

To Reach For Tomorrow

253576
Date
1968
Collection
Video
Description
This is a promotional film put together for Governor LeRoy Collins' 1968 U.S. Senate campaign. It begins with footage of the Vietnam War, and Governor Collins pleading to end it. From there it moves to the race wars going on in the United States, with footage of black slums in Miami, Florida. Collins speaks out against racism. There is testimony from supporters, such as Senator Spessard Holland, Governor Collins' mother and Ted Kennedy. There are shots of Senator John Kennedy and Governor Collins at the 1960 National Democratic Convention. The film shows a short segment on the 1964 Selma, Alabama demonstration, and Governor Collins' role as "peacekeeper." It shows family shots, with live footage of Governor Collins and his daughter, Darby, at Egmont Key.
Video Details
30:00; b&w; Sound; V-139 S. 828
Miami (Fla.)

Compass Points South

252956
Date
ca. 1960s
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, Wayne Ferris talks to Senator George Smathers about his trip to Latin America. Most of the program deals with the communist threat to the Latin American region. The show is comprised primarily of footage shot during Smathers' trip to various locations in the Caribbean and South America. Scenes include: riots in Panama over control of the Canal Zone, and footage of Fidel Castro shaking his fist and meeting with Russian leader, Anastas Mikoyan. Later, there is footage of an interview by Miami reporter, Dick Lobo, with Generalissimo, Raphael Trujillo, of the Dominican Republic. The segment on Venezuela includes 1958 footage of Vice President Richard Nixon's motorcade being stoned by angry protesters. There are a few brief scenes of Smathers meeting with Venezuelan President Bettencourt. There are brief shots of Haiti and Puerto Rico, including Smathers' meeting with the Haitian President. Senator Smathers comments that student exchange programs may improve relations with Latin America. Mr. Ferris closes the program with recommendations, such as: price stabilization measures; mineral quotas; market subsidies; and improved foreign aid. Produced by WCKT of Miami.
Video Details
28:07; b&w; sound; V-195 DA073; M89-17
Miami (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
Miami (Fla.)

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
Pier 5 (Miami, Fla.)

Porpoises Train for World's Fair

267716
Collection
Video
Description
This films shows the capture of porpoises by "scientist-fishermen" for the purpose of studying and training. Animal trainers are shown training porpoises to do tricks for the Florida Exhibit at the New York World's Fair. Viewers are encouraged to go see the porpoise show, produced by, "the fabulous Miami Seaquarium," at the Fair.
Video Details
03:20; B&W; sound; AA176; V-251
Type
Image
Miami (Fla.)

Killer is a Softie

267774
Collection
Video
Video Details
06:27; color; sound; BA123; V-255
Description
This promotional film by the Miami Seaquarium tells the history of Hugo, a killer whale at the Seaquarium. It documents: his capture and journey to the Seaquarium; his training; his loneliness; and the additions of Luanna and Lolita, a dolphin and a female killer whale, respectively, to his tank. Brief silent footage of the exterior of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is attached to the end of this film.
Type
Image
Miami (Fla.)

ANODYNE

252879
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:15; b&w; sound; V-125 AA210; S. 828
Description
This film shows the process of making metal nameplates using chemicals instead of normal printing processes.
Miami (Fla.)

FLORIDA CONVENTION LAND

253043
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:20; b&w; sound; V-55 CA124; S. 828
Description
The American Society of Travel Agents meets in Miami, hosted by FDC. They party and sightsee at Monkey Jungle and Miami Seaquarium. Viewers see hospitality suites, awards, beach fun and business meetings. Produced by Peter Barton Productions; sponsored by FDC.
Miami (Fla.)

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.
(Miami, Fla.)

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