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5 January 1955 (Japan) See more »
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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lowell Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
Kathy Darlyn ... Cypress Gardens Water Skiier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Merian C. Cooper 
Gunther von Fritsch (director: Vienna)
Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited) (prologue only)
Michael Todd Jr. (European sequence supervisor) (uncredited)
Produced by
Robert L. Bendick .... producer
Merian C. Cooper .... producer
Lowell Thomas .... executive producer
Michael Todd .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sidney Cutner (uncredited)
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Leo Shuken (uncredited)
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Squire 
Film Editing by
William Henry 
Milton Shifman 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Steckler .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Leo Kerz .... set designer
Mario Larrinaga .... paintings
Willis H. O'Brien .... paintings contribution (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred Bosch .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Priestley .... assistant camera
Joseph W. Spiezio .... gaffer
Marty Philbin .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Philip Hodgetts .... post production consultant (2011 restoration)
Steve Kaufler .... colorist (2011 restoration)
Greg Kimble .... image restoration and color grading (2011 restoration)
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... musical director
Other crew
Richard Babish .... technical assistant
Robert Dresser .... technical assistant
Wentworth D. Fling .... technical assistant
Walter R. Hicks .... technical assistant
William R. Latady .... technical assistant
Paul Mantz .... pilot (segment "America the Beautiful")
Hazard E. Reeves .... technical development
Frank Richmond .... technical assistant
Fred Rickey .... supervisor (segment "America the Beautiful")
Walter Thompson .... prologue supervisor
Fred Waller .... creator of cinerama process
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... prologue contribution (uncredited)
David Coles .... special thanks (2011 restoration)
John Harvey .... special thanks (2011 restoration)
Gunther Jung .... special thanks (2011 restoration)
John Mitchell .... special thanks (2011 restoration)
Roger Pietschmann .... special thanks (2011 restoration)
Larry Smith .... special thanks (2011 restoration)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Argentina:115 min | USA:123 min (2012 restoration)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

His uncredited direction of the prologue became the final film project for Ernest B. Schoedsack.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the closing credits, the shadow of an arm reaching to remove a lamp on a stand.See more »
Movie Connections:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Milestone Film in My Life, 26 June 2007
Author: larrywhitson from United States

I know that in this day and age of CG spectaculars, "This is Cinerama" may appear dated. I know in this day of anti-patriotism "This is Cinerama" appears too patriotic. I only know that when I first saw it in 1953 I was totally blown away. When Lowell Thomas uttered that famous line "Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Cinerama" and that screen opened up, it was just mind boggling. The last time I saw it in its full three-panel glory I was boggled all over again. Except for a few scenes that do seem to go on too long (such as the "Hallelujah Chorus" and the bullfight to name just two), the total effect is just one of total wonder. The comments I heard at that screening a couple of years ago to the effect that it was perhaps too patriotic made me say to myself, perhaps it's time for us to return to those patriotic times and perhaps we'd all be happier as a country. But to return to the film: even in the early 2000s, this just was a wonderful two hours of amazement and thrills. The highlights, of course, are the "YOU are in the picture" parts, such as the flight across the country (too patriotic? I don't think so!), the Cypress Gardens segments, and far from being boring, the two operatic highlights, which are great. I do hope the people who run the very few theaters equipped to show this great film will continue to do so periodically or (better) on a regular basis.

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