The Big Picture (1953–1967)

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From 1953 to 1963, the U.S. Army produced THE BIG PICTURE television show. Part history lesson, part recruiting tool and part propaganda, the show was widely embraced by the public. The ... See full summary »

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From 1953 to 1963, the U.S. Army produced THE BIG PICTURE television show. Part history lesson, part recruiting tool and part propaganda, the show was widely embraced by the public. The show chronicled nearly every aspect of the U.S. military's history and Cold War capabilities. Written by Pilot TV Network

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Interesting but dated look at the U.S. Army in the 50s.
27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found several DVDs of episodes of this series in the bargain rack at a Meijer store. It apparently ran in syndication during the 1950s, being shown in a manner somewhat like the "Army News" programs that turn up on community access TV. Many episodes play like something out of South Park The Movie, as each one ends by telling the viewer to visit the nearest recruiter and join the Army.

What seems to be a usual episode will consist of stock footage and narration to talk about a military topic - such as tanks, battle, or unit. This will be followed by a piece showing something like "What is in a C ration?" or a piece on weapons used by soldiers. In some ways, this makes it a bit like "Mail Call", though there doesn't appear to have been any viewer interaction at the time. Some of the footage shown is interesting, but it tends to be a mixed bag. A documentary on the 30th Inf division for example showed Russian BT series tanks and Luftwaffe planes from the Battle of Britain amidst the footage! I paid nine dollars for the box set. As a curiosity item or something to cut up into snippets, it's probably worthwhile.


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