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The Resource December 7th : the Pearl Harbor story, produced by the War Department, Special Service Division, with cooperation of the Signal Corps, in 1943, and Department of the Navy ; directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland

December 7th : the Pearl Harbor story, produced by the War Department, Special Service Division, with cooperation of the Signal Corps, in 1943, and Department of the Navy ; directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland

Label
December 7th : the Pearl Harbor story
Title
December 7th
Title remainder
the Pearl Harbor story
Statement of responsibility
produced by the War Department, Special Service Division, with cooperation of the Signal Corps, in 1943, and Department of the Navy ; directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland
Title variation
  • Pearl Harbor story
  • John Ford's December 7th
  • December seventh
Title variation remainder
  • the Pearl Harbor story
  • the Pearl Harbor story
Contributor
Actor
Director
Issuing body
Producer
Production company
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
December 7th (1943) is a propaganda docudrama film produced by the US Navy about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which sparked the Pacific War and American involvement in World War II. The film begins with a chronological breakdown of the events of December 7, starting with the town of Honolulu gradually waking up and coming to life in the morning. A young private is credited with intercepting some vital information which his superiors dismiss; other sailors play baseball or attend religious services. Then, "like locusts", the Japanese planes start humming over the air above Oahu, and begin the now infamous attack on American military installations on the island, including the sinking of the Arizona, and the bombing of Hickam Field. All the while, back in Washington, Japanese diplomats are still talking with Secretary of State Cordell Hull. An animated sequence is then shown, with a large radio tower over Japan, broadcasting a fictional speech by Prime Minister Hideki Tojo. The narrator contradicts most of the "facts" that the Japanese leader tells his listeners in Tokyo, Kobe, and Okure. After the attack Honolulu isn't quite the same; the island is put under martial law, barbed wire and other protective barriers are set up in case of invasion and even children have to be evacuated and given gas masks. The film is notable for its sympathetic depiction of the Japanese in Hawaii, and the difficulties they now had to go through. The production of the film started within days of the attack, the original film was 82 minutes long and asked some embarrassing questions, such as why there was no long-range reconnaissance and no short range air patrols. Further, the film had a lot of time devoted to the culture of the 160,000 Japanese in Hawaii and their response to the attack. For these reasons the long version of the film was censored for decades and only its shorter 32-minute version was released
Cataloging source
AU@
Characteristic
videorecording
Language note
In English with English subtitles
PerformerNote
Walter Huston, Harry Davenport
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1894-1973
  • 1884-1950
  • 1866-1949
  • 1897-1991
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ford, John
  • Toland, Gregg
  • Huston, Walter
  • Davenport, Harry
  • Capra, Frank
  • United States
  • United States
  • Kit Parker Films
  • VCI Entertainment (Firm)
Runtime
160
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Feature films
  • Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
  • Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • War films
  • Documentary films
Technique
live action
Label
December 7th : the Pearl Harbor story, produced by the War Department, Special Service Division, with cooperation of the Signal Corps, in 1943, and Department of the Navy ; directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland
Link
http://midwesttapes.com/images/movies/000/000/000/010/048/000000000010048944.gif
Instantiates
Publication
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
December 7th (82 minutes) -- Bonus materials: Universal Newsreel: Pearl Harbor first films! ; Movietone News Extra: First actual battle films. Includes comments by Al Brick, the Movietone cameraman who filmed the footage ; Japan's reaction: When this "uncensored" version was first shown in Japan in 1995 it was treated as a major news story. See the actual newscast in both Japanese and English. Full commentary by four actual Pearl Harbor survivors. Learn the inside story on how the un-cut version of December 7th was made and why the U.S. Government kept it classified and away from public view for decades ; Compare the cut and uncensored versions ; Frank Carpa's infamous Know your enemy : Japan (1945) (62 minute documentary), produced for the US Army : a combination of authentic newsreels, capured enemy films, scenes from Japanese feature films, plus re-enactments films in Hollywood
Control code
ocn908131413
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (160 minutes)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
089859050725
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
  • #KFP507
  • KFP 507
  • KPF #507
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)908131413
  • (Sirsi)o46971369
System details
DVD ; NTSC ; region all
Video recording format
laserdisc
Label
December 7th : the Pearl Harbor story, produced by the War Department, Special Service Division, with cooperation of the Signal Corps, in 1943, and Department of the Navy ; directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland
Link
http://midwesttapes.com/images/movies/000/000/000/010/048/000000000010048944.gif
Publication
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
December 7th (82 minutes) -- Bonus materials: Universal Newsreel: Pearl Harbor first films! ; Movietone News Extra: First actual battle films. Includes comments by Al Brick, the Movietone cameraman who filmed the footage ; Japan's reaction: When this "uncensored" version was first shown in Japan in 1995 it was treated as a major news story. See the actual newscast in both Japanese and English. Full commentary by four actual Pearl Harbor survivors. Learn the inside story on how the un-cut version of December 7th was made and why the U.S. Government kept it classified and away from public view for decades ; Compare the cut and uncensored versions ; Frank Carpa's infamous Know your enemy : Japan (1945) (62 minute documentary), produced for the US Army : a combination of authentic newsreels, capured enemy films, scenes from Japanese feature films, plus re-enactments films in Hollywood
Control code
ocn908131413
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (160 minutes)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
089859050725
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
  • #KFP507
  • KFP 507
  • KPF #507
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)908131413
  • (Sirsi)o46971369
System details
DVD ; NTSC ; region all
Video recording format
laserdisc

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