Universal Newsreel – First Pictures Atomic Blast! (1946)

“(1) “The dramatic film history of the atom bomb test at Bikini! Pictures of the actual bomb drop! Blasted ships and the terrible destructive force of the world’s fourth atom bomb! Universal Newsreel, in cooperation with the Army and Navy, presents the motion picture drama, ‘Operation Crossroads.’ This film record of the historical event shows in dramatic detail the various phases of the epochal experiment, from takeoff to the awful blast that destroyed or damaged more than half the ships in Bikini Lagoon.” scenes of Admiral William H. Blandy commanding Operation Crossroads at Bikini Lagoon, test animals put on ships, sheep is sheared, Secretary of Navy Forrestal speaks on the deck of the ship (sound distorted), crews leave, Bikini fleet ready, A-bomb loaded on B-29 Dave’s Dream, the plane takes off, bomb doors open, men put on protective goggles; (2) “The bomb’s away! It’s falling . . . ” than an explosion, “motion picture spectacle of all time” and another view of the explosion. (complete newsreel)”

This film is part of the Universal Newsreel Collection.




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