• Short Summary

    Tests are carried out as an atom bomb is dropped on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

  • Description

    Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material. 18/07/1946?

    Title reads: "Experiment With Death". American voiceovered newsreel material.

    Bikini, Marshall Islands.

    C/U as a metronome ticks away the last few seconds on board the battleship "Pennsylvania", before the exploding of the atom bomb (number 4). A map shows the Bikini Atoll where the experiment is taking place. The aeroplane "Dave's Dream" starts up and takes off. M.P. Raymond Blackburn narrates the events as we see C/U's of the crew looking tense. M/S elevated shot of U.S. sailors on board a ship, sitting on deck, shielding their eyes against the rays of the atom. C/U sailors adjust antiglare glasses over their eyes. VS onboard plane. A map shows an animation of the explosion. M/S of sailors onboard ship, they turn their backs to the glare as the bomb explodes. L/S of sailors lining the rails of the ship and watching the smoke as it rises. Various good shots of the explosion and mushroom cloud. More shots of the plane and the mushroom cloud.

    Various shots of fire fighting ships, they play hoses onto the burning ships in the Bikini lagoon. C/U of the American submarine "Skate", totally wrecked. M/S of the explosion again.

    Possibly connected with 46/57 - MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unknown sel originals
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:21:00 / 01:27:47:00
    UNSO Reel 086 E

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