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5 January 1955 (Japan) See more »
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Lowell Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
Kathy Darlyn ... Cypress Gardens Water Skiier (uncredited)

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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Also Known As:
Argentina:115 min | USA:123 min (2012 restoration)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.59 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Original director Robert J. Flaherty became ill and died shortly after filming Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Chicago on April 26, 1951, a wet and windy day. The sequence was not included.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:
Edited into How the West Was Won (1962)See more »
America the BeautifulSee more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
They way all movies should be shown!, 10 March 2003
Author: Josh ( from Bellevue, WA

I am one of the lucky ones and certainly one of the very few of my generation to actually experience Cinerama in it's truest form. Here in Seattle there is a terrific philanthropist by the name of Paul Allen (maybe you've heard of him?). Lucky for us, he purchased the dilapidated old Cinerama theater downtown. Lucky for us he restored the old Cinerama projection system and screen as well as wiring for digital presentation (besides adding a sound system with no equal among public movie houses). Lucky for me they decided to show a Cinerama film festival with four of the original seven Cinerama movies. Although this was not the first to be shown it was the first restored print I saw after two originals. What a spectacle this must have been back in 1952. No wonder it was the box office king that year. I would certainly have sent all my neighbors and coworkers to see it if I could. First half was a little slow and meandering but it would have kept a '52 audience' attention. What was really special were the aerial views of our beautiful country to "America the Beautiful", et al. How patriotic! Way to go to all involved with the festival, the theater and Vulcan Enterprises (Allen's Co). Now I know why I would like to make movies. If only I could get Paul to bankroll a Cinerama feature for the 21st Century!

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