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With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)

Approved | | Documentary, Adventure | 28 June 1930 (USA)
Account of Admiral Byrd's 1928 expedition to the South Pole. Academy award winning cinematography.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Expedition Commander (as Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd)
Clair D. Alexander ...
Himself - Supply Officer
Bernt Balchen ...
Himself - Aviation Pilot
George H. Black ...
Himself - Seaman and Tractor Man
Quin A. Blackburn ...
Himself - Topographer
Kennard F. Bubier ...
Himself - Aviation Mechanic
Christopher Braathen ...
Himself - Seaman, Ski Man
Jacob Bursey ...
Himself - Seaman, Dog Driver
Arnold H. Clark ...
Himself - Fireman
Francis D. Coman ...
Himself - Medical Officer (as Dr. Francis D. Coman)
Frederick E. Crockett ...
Himself - Dog Driver
Victor H. Czegka ...
Himself - Machinist
Frank T. Davies ...
Himself - Physicist
Joe De Ganahl ...
Himself - Mate
E.J. Demas ...
Himself - Aviation Mechanic


Account of Admiral Byrd's 1928 expedition to the South Pole. Academy award winning cinematography.

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Drama of human daring and courage at the bottom of the world!


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28 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

With Byrd at the South Pole: The Story of Little America  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (music and narration)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The first documentary film to win an Academy Award and the only documentary film to win an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. See more »


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Classic documentary depiction of Byrd's 1928 expedition and flight over the South Pole
14 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A classic documentary in glorious black and white, the film is mostly silent, with a musical score added. There is a sound introduction by Byrd himself and a narrator describes the section showing the actual flight over the South Pole (though his narration is hurried). The film is beautifully photographed and won the Academy Award for cinematography in 1930. Helpfully, the print that I watched on Canadian TV was clear and crisp, making the film a visual treat to watch. I highly recommend this film over any newer versions of Byrd's story which would intercut the vintage film clips with modern material. This version gives a great feel for the immensity of the original expedition, with tidbits both momentous and minor.

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