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Ten Days with a Fleet of U.S. Battleships (1912)

This film depicts the daily routine of sailor life aboard ship. The scenes cover the entire ship from aloft and below and from stem to stern. Certain views showing a physical drill muster ... See full summary »
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This film depicts the daily routine of sailor life aboard ship. The scenes cover the entire ship from aloft and below and from stem to stern. Certain views showing a physical drill muster of marines, inspection of arms, sending a semaphore message and sentencing delinquents to punishment, all play an important part in the attractiveness of this film and are equally as interesting as the wonderful mechanism of the great ship. An imposing scene showing the captain addressing his officers and crew assembled on the quarter deck will give a fair conception of the number aboard ship. A stirring view taken aboard the U.S. Minnesota shows the hoisting of the morning colors and stars and stripes are unfurled on high, to the martial air of the Star Spangled Banner. The scenic end of this picture is superb. One scene in particular, a fragment of beauty stolen from the gigantic Atlantic, pictures the sun shining on the water making a brilliant network over the ocean in dancing shadows of black ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 June 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This reel contents itself with the work-a-day
27 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

A picture to which an audience gave the closest attention. It is a release that can hardly fail to be popular. Nearly every one of these views was chosen to be instructive. Theatrical views, of which we see so many, the firing of guns, etc., are not found. This reel contents itself with the work-a-day and ordinary Sunday life aboard the ships of Uncle Sam. Drilling, scrubbing of clothes, the hoisting of the large, row-boats or the steam launch over the ship's side; the "mast" or daily court for the examining and punishment of the ship's petty delinquents (this a very interesting item). There are several general views, such as of one big ship joining the fleet, the departure of a rear-admiral from a ship, etc. It is surely a fine offering. - The Moving Picture World, June 22, 1912


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