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Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.: CU Sign 'U.S. ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, NEVADA PROVING GROUND, CAMP MERCURY, NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC' Pan to buses arriving into camp. SV Bus & photogs. past sign 'IF YOU WOULDN'T TELL STALIN, DON'T TELL ANYONE." CU Sign Ditto. Shot From Inside of bus sign. CU Sign 'SECRECY IS THE WORD TO REMEMBER." CU Sign 'NEWS NOB, NEVADA' with soldier above. SV Newsreel man fixing his magazine. SV Photogs. focussing. SBV Soldiers operating tele-type machines. CU Columbia broadcasting tap recorders. CU K.N.X. Radio announcer. GV B. 50 on tarmac with people around. CU Sign 'DROP AIRCRAFT' CU Sign 'DANGER, RADIATION' SV Pan Spraying B. 50 with de-contamination fuel. GV Soldiers walking towards troop location. GV Pan Troops into slit trench. SV More troops into slit trench. CU Newsman putting on dark goggles. GV Observers and Newsmen in position. GBV Ditto - looking across desert at A-bomb target. Air V Target. CU Soldiers in slit trench with heads bowed. CU Soldier looking at wrist watch. CU Watch approaching zero hour. Shot Rocket trails in stramer pattern for (5ft) than Atom bomb explodes. (This scene is 30ft long) GV Pan Heat wave over plane and men on ground. CU Atom bomb expression head changing from white to black. GV Observers remove goggles. CU A-bomb explosion, head. GV Observers showing effects of blast. CU Explosion forms into mushroom. GBV Newsmen & observers Pan up to white mushroom. Angle Shot Photog. filming mushroom. GV White mushroom. GV Soldiers thru dust. CU VB Soldiers looking at mushroom. SV Other soldier look up. Shot Ditto. BV Ditto, Pan up to white mushroom. SV Soldiers march towards. BV Ditto. Angle Shot Paratroops drop from plane. CU Paratroops landing. CU Black, white, mushroom. GV White mushroom.
GOOD SCENES. GV The town of Las Vegas, showing modern traffic & U.S. flag in f-g. SV Las Vegas town with traffic & shops etc., SCU 'The golden Nugget Gambling Hall.' SV 'The Boulder Club' SV 'The Pioneer Club' LV Las Vegas town, showing traffic & U.S. flag in f-g. GB Pan Atomic bomb sight, Las Vegas, Nevada. CU Sign 'U.S. ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, NEVADA PROVING GROUND, CAMP MERCURY." SCU Sign ATTENTION, ENTRANCE BEYOND THIS POINT, CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO SEARCH OF VEHICLES ENTERING, LEAVING AND WHILE WITHIN." NEVADA PROVING GROUND & DOGS, ALL PETS OF ANY KIND OR PERSONAL FIREARMS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE NEVADA PROVING GROUND. CU Sign 'SECRECY IS THE WORD TO REMEMBER' Pan down to Guards at entrance to Proving Ground. CU Sign 'OF YOU WOULDN'T TELL STALIN, DON'T TELL ANYONE' SV 2 Officials showing parcels at Security Gate, Guard quickly closes gate when un-official Newsman tries to pass. GV Officials etc., standing around control tower, showing various types of masts. GV People waiting about on Proving ground. LV People arriving on Proving Ground in buses etc., LV Officials receiving instruction on the explosion. SV Officer pointing to board 'DESERT ROCKET IV, PARTICIPATING TROOPS' GV PAN Cameramen etc., & officials taking up positions on 'News Nob' SV Commentator with mike. GV Part of 'News Nob' SV Track away from plane containing atom bomb. CU Sign 'DROP AIRCRAFT' SV Men spraying aircraft with de-contamination fuel. CU Man wearing special mask while spraying. SCU Photog. with television screen by side. CU Picture on screen of troops participating. SV Troops into trenches. SV Guards handing out dark glasses. 2 CU's of Men receiving glasses. SV Reporters etc., around Lieut. General Joseph M. Swing, 6th Army Commander. SCU Ditto.
CU General Swing speaks:- (Nat. sd.) GV Rocket vapour trails appearing in sky to indicate explosion point. GV A-bomb exploding with brilliant light. SV Officials seated wearing dark glasses are seen during blinding flash of explosion. CU Smoke from bomb in sky. GV Whitish smoke from bomb appearing to push aside Rocket vapour trails. GV Black smoke from bomb, turning into mushroom & turning white. (This is a very long scene) GV Smoke from bomb & officials in f-g. GV White mushroom from bomb. LV Mushroom from bomb. (This is also a long scene) GV White mushroom from bomb. LV Mushroom from bomb. (This is a very long scene) LV Mushroom in sky. SV Officials making noted. GV Small mushroom in sky. CU Smoke mushrooming. GV Pan Up From officials to mushroom in sky. Angle Shot Cameraman filming white mushroom. CU Mushroom. LV Mushroom, scene fades out on end.
GOOD SCENES. SOUND EFFECTS. CU General Swing talks;)- "I have just returned from the trenches where the troops participating in this exercise had jumped off and started for 'Ground Zero'. Before they left I talked to about 40 or 50 of the youngsters who were laughing & cracking jokes in great relief, I suppose in part, but also they indicate a desire to go ahead at any time, go into an attack."
Atomic Energy; Munitions and Armaments; United States of America; Media; Military - Active; Self-Reference
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