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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

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

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

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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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In the Good Old Summer Time
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Music by George Evans
Played when the men are looking at the temperature in New York
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Really neat story of surviving for a year at the bottom of the world
6 May 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Oscar winning documentary on Byrd at the Antarctic and his attempt to be the first to fly over it.

This beautifully shot record of what Byrd had to do to be the first man to fly over the South Pole is the type of film that sucks you in and hold you for its entire running time. If you want to know what it was like to be one of the first people to explore the bottom of the world this is for you. To be certain others were there first Roald Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton were all there first, but Byrd was still there when there were no permanent facilities and a trip to the ice was a years long adventure. This is amazing stuff (even if some of it seems staged). If there is any real flaw its that the flight to the Pole is almost anti-climatic when compared with just trying to survive.

It should noted that the film is mostly silent. Sound film was really just taking off when the expedition was taking off, and even so the sound equipment would never have passed the weight restrictions. What sound there is comes from an introduction by Byrd, sound effects, and some narration during the actual flight.

Recommended. (More so if you've seen the footage of Ernest Shackleton and his ill fated trip since this adds to your knowledge of what it must have been like for them as well)


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