In 1940 Col. Dufort arrives in Timbuktu with his wife to take over the French garrison. This garrison is threatened by a Tuareg uprising supposedly inspired by Mohamet Adjani -- a holy man ... See full summary »
Yvonne De Carlo,
This short dramatizes how the work of Dutch physician Christiaan Eijkman, who searched for a cure for beri-beri on the island of Java in the 1890's, and led to the discovery of vitamins. At... See full summary »
During the American Civil War, General Ulysses Grant carries out the 'Tennessee Plan,' which involves stopping the Confederate supply line on the Tennessee River. This proved to be a vital ... See full summary »
Carey Wilson narrates this MGM Miniature short in which an average office worker suffers all week-end because his boss, who had a bad case of indigestion, didn't speak to him when he came ... See full summary »
In Chinese culture, live theater performances are attended by all classes of society. This short shows a performance of "The Rainbow Pass," a tale of a wife who challenges her husband's murderer to combat.
In 1905, the cullinan diamond, the largest diamond in the world, was found near Pretoria, South Africa. General speculation was that it was once part of a larger diamond, that remaining portion still undiscovered. This led to a stampede of prospectors to the area, including a young man named Jacobus Jonker. As other prospectors gave up the search over the years, Jonker continued on this single minded search to the detriment of his family's welfare. But as close to two decades went past, his son, now a young man himself, joined his father's search. But as the elder Jonker gave up because of what he saw as the hardship he had caused his family, his son stumbled across a heavier than normal clay stone, which encased that long missing diamond, and what today is known as the 726 carat jonker diamond. As news of the find spread across the world, many interested buyers submitted bids, the winning bid eventually being that of famed New York jeweler Harry Winston, who received his new buy ... Written by
Extremely interesting short has Pete Smith telling us about the title
diamond, which at the time was the biggest stone ever found. After word
of the large diamond got out, thousands of people went searching for it
in Africa but one family finally found the thing after eighteen years
of digging. Once the diamond was sold, a professional cutter had to
decide the best way to get a profit out of the thing that was bought
for one million dollars. I love coming across shorts like this that
tell a very interesting story and that's the reason why I constantly
record them because you never know when you'll get a real gem like
this. I had never heard of this story so perhaps that's why I found it
so interesting but I thought the first half of the film, dealing with
the digging, was made very well but so was the second half when we
learn what it takes to actually cut a diamond. Director Tourneur using
this second half to create a great scene of tension when they go to
make the first cut, which, if done wrong, could destroy the diamond.
Fans of his will certainly like seeing this early example from the
master but even those not familiar with his work should find plenty to
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