Primeval Paradise

253406
Date
1951
Collection
Video
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.
Video Details
10:04; color; sound; V-40 BA061; WV-11

Care and Feeding of a Mermaid

232381
Date
December 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows how a young woman learns to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. Viewers see lessons in breath control, synchronized swimming, diet, modeling, announcing, and how to eat and drink underwater. Parts of a performance are shown. The film uses underwater photography.
Video Details
8:50; B&W; sound; V-8 BA009; S. 828

Silent Sirens: Manatees in Peril

253505
Date
1980
Collection
Video
Video Details
22:15; color; sound; V-109 CA229; S. 828
Description
This is an excellent film about the plight of the endangered manatee. It is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and is full of beautiful underwater photography. It shows tracking by radio collar, injured manatees and manatee interaction with people.

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 Hud...
Video Details
13:20; b&w; sound; V-18 BA048; S.828

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 i...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-86; CA167, S. 828

Mermaid Who Couldn't Swim

253319
Date
ca. 1964.
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:40; color; sound; V-103 BA070; S. 828
Description
This film tells the story of a girl applying to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. It shows behind-the-scenes situations. This particular girl supposedly cannot swim (except underwater). She learns to perform and reveals that she "can't swim," but it is okay and the film ends.

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 an...
Video Details
20:50; color; sound; V-38 CA040; S. 828

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

WAKULLA SPRINGS/FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

253611
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-36 WV-13
Description
This film begins by giving a brief history of Wakulla Springs. There are scenes at the spring of tourists, wildlife, archery, beauty contests, synchronized swimming and underwater photography. Produced by Florida Department of Natural Resources.

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 photo...

SOMETHING FISHY

253514
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:00; color; sound; V-66 CA073; S. 828
Description
"Narrated" by Big John Bass, this film has good underwater photography at Silver Springs. Viewers see ducks, turtles, mullet, snakes, alligators, scuba divers, jack fish and saltwater bass from underwater. The film also shows anhinga and monkeys. A diver uses a wet sub, and there are scenes of a fil...

DELAND/WEST VOLUSIA AREA

252983
Date
Late 1970s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:25; color; sound; V-22 CA149; S. 828
Description
This film shows DeLand, Orange City, the Pioneer Art Settlement, bass fishing, water skiing and canoeing. Viewers see manatees in Blue Springs State Park, Hontoon Island State Park, DeLeon Springs, Old Methuselah Cypress Tree, Dunlawton Sugar Mill and Stetson University. The film has underwater phot...

WAKULLA UNDERWATER

253610
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:45; color; silent; V-159 WV-7
Description
Two divers swim under the ledge. The film shows vegetation, large catfish on the bottom, turtles, suckerfish, divers in the bowl, flounder, anhinga, schools of small fish and gar.

WAKULLA SPRINGS/WALLY AND WINSTON

253612
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:40; color; sound; V-36 WV-17
Description
Two divers identified as Wally and Winston explore Wakulla Springs. There are views of fossils and artifacts that were found in the spring and scenes of wildlife in and around the spring. Produced by Florida Department of Natural Resources.

GUIDED TOURS OUTTAKES

253224
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
17:00; color; silent; V-108 CA189; S. 828
Description
This film has outtakes from several Guided Tours productions and includes shots of Silver Springs, the Circus Hall of Fame and a wax museum. Some footage at Silver Springs is underwater and is slightly underexposed. The best underwater shots are a "love scene." This is all Kodachrome. Produced by Gu...

GULFSTREAM CAPTAIN

253225
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
29:05; color; sound; V-77 DA037; S. 828
Description
This film starts with underwater footage of reef life, then shows sport fishing and the work of a boat captain. He fishes for bait and uses a depth recorder to find the right spot to fish. Viewers see underwater shots of amberjack hitting the bait. The film also shows fishing for sailfish and how to...

LIGHTS CAMERA AND UNDERWATER ADVENTURE

253297
Date
1969
Collection
Video
Description
This film is a "Discovery 69" special produced by Jules Power Production. Program hosts Bill Owen and Virginia Gibson introduce Don Wren and his son Bobby. There are underwater scenes of the two handling and filming sharks, along with scenes of John Pennekamp State Park.
Video Details
23:15; color; sound; V-152 CA264; S. 828

TED MACK SHOW IN FLORIDA

253303
Date
2-Jan-64
Collection
Video
Video Details
1:28; b&w; silent, V-234 AA530; S. 828
Description
In this film, Al Fisher, a talent scout for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, auditions the porpoises at Marineland. Fisher interviews the animals in their native environment-underwater. Splash, the musical porpoise, performs a special number for the cameras. Produced by the Florida Development Commission.

WATER SKI FUN!

253615
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-118 CA160; S. 828
Description
Television personality Tommy Bartlett introduces this film about water skiing. The action takes place at Sunshine Springs and Gardens where there is a ski show including a clown on a chair on a disc. Viewers also see speedboats that jump a ramp and end their performance by running up on land. A fami...

WAKULLA SPRINGS HOTEL

253607
Date
16-Jan-73
Collection
Video
Description
This film features scenes of wildlife along the river. Two men in a small outboard chew up the bottom and get stuck while towing the boat with the camera. The film shows a flock of ducks on the water near the beach, a man picking up trash along the shoreline at the bridge spanning the river, and mor...
Video Details
18:30; color; silent; V-159 WV-2

FLORIDA'S KINGDOM OF THE SUN

253077
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:40; b&w; sound; V-18 CAl53; S.828
Description
This is a long version of AA046. Viewers see Marion County with Silver Springs (including Deer Ranch and Ross Allen Reptile Institute), which contains the Prince of Peace Memorial with its hand-carved dioramas. The film also shows Six-Gun Territory and Juniper Springs, with underwater photography of...

GLASS BOTTOM BOATS AT SILVER SPRINGS

253151
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
12:50; color; sound; V-5 CA050; S. 828
Description
This film shows the features of Silver Springs. It includes "actors" who are supposed to be filming an old-time slapstick comedy with pie-in-the-face scenes. It shows the glass-bottom boats on the river, the view through the boat glass and scenes of underwater filming. A "symphony" tune is played du...

WAKULLA SPRINGS

253606
Date
11-Oct-71
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:45; color; silent; V-160 WV-6
Description
Two divers descend to the cave entrance. There is a view from inside the cave as divers swim in with lights. The divers measure a mastodon tusk and bone on the cave floor and swim out. The divers swim to a ledge near pipes, a view of the cliff face (eastern lip), fish and vegetation. Then, the film ...

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