Kennedy's broadcast to the nation announces US blockade and calls for UN emergency meeting
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
American newsreel item. Title reads: "President Proclaims US Naval Blockade Against Cuba".
Washington DC, United States of America / USA. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
LS White House exterior. Various shots of press men gathered outside the White House. MSs of administration chiefs and congressional leaders arriving at the White House including Vice President Lyndon B Johnson. Air to air shot of small fighter plane over Cuba. CU Communist Cuban President, Fidel Castro, making a speech, waving his arm around and shouting. Aerial views of the US Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay. High shot, Various shots of large number of marine reinforcements boarding troop ships in America. Aerial shot of nuclear powered aircraft carrier "Enterprise" at sea. Aerial shot of the "Enterprise" from low level. Jet plane takes off from the carrier. View of White House at night with fountain in foreground.
MS US President John F. Kennedy seated behind desk making a broadcast to the nation. LS Kennedy, newsreel camera in foreground. CU President Kennedy as he makes a dramatic speech about the build up of Soviet missile bases in Cuba and the potential danger to American cities. He tells of his intended blockade on all Russian ships carrying arms to Cuba, and the need for an immediate emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. He quotes extensively from recent meetings with Soviet leaders and calls their statements false. He calls for Premier Khrushchev to cease his provocative threat to world peace and to end the arms race. He sums up America's attitude to the crisis with these words: "Our aim is not the victory of might but the vindication of right. Not peace at the expense of freedom but both peace and freedom!" Various shots are cut into Kennedy making this speech: MS and CU Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Kennedy talking informally in the White House study. (Flashback). CU of United Nations flag from low angle, various shots of UN meeting in progress, CU of sign for Department of Health Education and Welfare and the Voice of America US Information Agency. Interior of the Voice of America agency - equipment used to record and relay President Kennedy's speech. C/Us of reel to reel machines. LS of flags flying outside the UN building. Low angle shot of the row of flags - nice image. CU of engraved stone at the UN which reads: "They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more." Panning shot of the UN buildings.
Note: Date on original record: 22/10/1962.