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Edward L. Cahn
Raymond Gram Swing,
This Pete Smith Specialty tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine. The difficulty of obtaining the element is also demonstrated. Several tons of ore yield only minute amounts of the element. At the time of filming, the entire world's supply of radium was 1-3/4 pounds. Written by
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This Pete Smith Specialty, nominated for an Academy Award, was not the standard Pete Smith effort. Serious in tone and subject matter, this tells the story of the discovery of the diagnostic and curative powers of radium. The more subdued, less humorous, narration is a departure for Smith and is not entirely successful, but it's still a fascinating work nonetheless. Worth seeking out. Turner Classic Movies runs this between movies periodically. The best chance to catch this is probably in March, as part of the "31 Days of Oscar" festival. Recommended.
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