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The Beginning or the End (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 19 February 1947 (USA)
The research, development, and deployment of the first atomic bomb, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima, are detailed in this docudrama.

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Docudrama on the development of the first atomic bomb. Told from the perspective of a film recovered from a time capsule several hundred years into the future, the story is narrated by Robert Oppenheimer (Hume Cronyn) and Major General Leslie Groves (Brian Donlevy) beginning with the Nazis stated goal of developing an atomic bomb. Along with Britain and Canada, the U.S. reacts by beginning its own atomic program. The major developments are all presented: Fermi's successful atomic chain reaction; building the huge complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn.; the production of the first supply of plutonium; the testing in the Nevada desert; and finally the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Written by garykmcd

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Alku vai loppu  »

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 1 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Wednesday 1 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Saturday 19 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 12 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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The three bombers of the Hiroshima strike group are shown taking off in broad daylight when they actually took off in the middle of the night - around 03:00 local time. See more »

Connections

Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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Will Someone put this on DVD
10 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie years ago and hope that it still exists somewhere. I am not optimistic about this as it has never appeared on the History Channel or some other likely place.

This was the first of several films about the Manhattan Project and was perhaps the best one. It is the only one that shows the full scope of the project. The others are either about Los Alamos or the 509th Composite Group that dropped it.

This was also the only one that had some of the real people as advisers. General Groves was a technical adviser and Leo Szilard may also have been one (althought I'm not sure about Leo).

This is an important historical film and deserves preservation and re-publication.


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