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Romance of Radium (1937)

This Oscar-nominated short film tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine.

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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 David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Narrator: Curie's fears for his friend's life were shared by the physicians who were unable to help Becquerel. Then, one day, the Curies witnessed a miracle. The patient suddenly began to get well! Soon they were to learn that while radium was dangerously destructive, it also had great curative power.
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Medical Milestone
30 September 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM Pete Smith Specialty.

This unusually sober Pete Smith Short, directed by Jacques Tourneur, gives the history behind the discovery of the marvelous substance, radium, and discusses a few of its potential applications, as understood in the 1930's.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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