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Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)

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Film of the famous airship explosion.
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Credited cast:
Herbert Morrison ...
Himself - News Reporter (voice)
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The airship Hindenburg, arriving from Europe, was being led to its mooring at Lakehurst, New Jersey when suddenly disaster struck. The hydrogen-filled zeppelin ignited, and was almost instantly transformed into an enormous fireball. In less than a minute, the entire ship had been consumed by flames. The Hindenburg explosion marked the end of the budding airship travel industry. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Of all five newsreels filmed from the disaster, none show the moment the fire first broke out. Most of the cameramen had their cameras aimed at the ground crew and only started rolling seconds after the fire first appeared. The Pathe Cameraman, William Deeke, did have his camera focused on the airship as it caught fire, but his camera malfunctioned. He had to set up a hand crank and by the time he started filming the ship was already burning and its tail was already on the ground. The footage shown in the Hearst and Universal Newsreels (filmed by Hearst's James Seeley) is the most complete of the four reels filmed. See more »

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Herbert Morrison: It's practically standing still now. They've dropped ropes out of the nose of the ship, and it's been taken ahold of down on the field by a number of men. It's starting to rain again; the rain had slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it, just enough to keep it from...
[the Hindenberg suddenly explodes]
Herbert Morrison: It burst into flames! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! ...
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The Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage with Herbert Morrison commentary can still pack a wallop today
18 August 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched the famous footage of the airship Hindenburg bursting into flames with audio commentary from Herbert Morrison of radio station WLS-Chicago, Ill. (which is where I was born) Mr. Morrison is understandably breaking down uncontrollably as he sees the terrible tragedy before his eyes. It should be noted that the remote from Lakehurst, N.J. didn't air live on the air but was transcribed via disc recording for later broadcast. That recording would years later be dubbed in newsreel footage shot by cameramen from Fox, Pathe, Hearst, and Paramount. Another one from Universal was also supposed to be involved but ending up seeing a Broadway play when the Hindenburg arrived much later-due to bad weather-than scheduled. Perhaps the most fascinating documentary footage ever shot up to that time of a disaster concerning a man-made dirigible and fire. I watched this on Internet Archive.


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