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With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)

Passed | | Documentary, Adventure | 28 June 1930 (USA)
Account of Admiral Byrd's 1928 expedition to the South Pole. Academy award winning cinematography.

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Julian Johnson (titles)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Byrd ... Self - Expedition Commander (as Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd)
Clair D. Alexander Clair D. Alexander ... Self - Supply Officer
Bernt Balchen Bernt Balchen ... Self - Aviation Pilot
George H. Black George H. Black ... Self - Seaman and Tractor Man
Quin A. Blackburn Quin A. Blackburn ... Self - Topographer
Kennard F. Bubier Kennard F. Bubier ... Self - Aviation Mechanic
Christopher Braathen Christopher Braathen ... Self - Seaman, Ski Man
Jacob Bursey Jacob Bursey ... Self - Seaman, Dog Driver
Arnold H. Clark Arnold H. Clark ... Self - Fireman
Francis D. Coman Francis D. Coman ... Self - Medical Officer (as Dr. Francis D. Coman)
Frederick E. Crockett Frederick E. Crockett ... Self - Dog Driver
Victor H. Czegka Victor H. Czegka ... Self - Machinist
Frank T. Davies Frank T. Davies ... Self - Physicist
Joe De Ganahl Joe De Ganahl ... Self - Mate
E.J. Demas E.J. Demas ... Self - Aviation Mechanic
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Account of Admiral Byrd's 1928 expedition to the South Pole. Academy award winning cinematography.

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The most exciting adventure ever seen on the screen! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lyric Theatre -Lubbock, Texas - December 17, 1930) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The first documentary film to win an Academy Award and the only documentary film to win an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. See more »

Soundtracks

Paramount on Parade
(uncredited)
Music by Jack King
First played when the men begin assembling the huts
Also played after the first blizzard passes
Also played when the hangar is constructed
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User Reviews

Classic documentary depiction of Byrd's 1928 expedition and flight over the South Pole
14 January 2004 | by tournierSee all my reviews

A classic documentary in glorious black and white, the film is mostly silent, with a musical score added. There is a sound introduction by Byrd himself and a narrator describes the section showing the actual flight over the South Pole (though his narration is hurried). The film is beautifully photographed and won the Academy Award for cinematography in 1930. Helpfully, the print that I watched on Canadian TV was clear and crisp, making the film a visual treat to watch. I highly recommend this film over any newer versions of Byrd's story which would intercut the vintage film clips with modern material. This version gives a great feel for the immensity of the original expedition, with tidbits both momentous and minor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

With Byrd at the South Pole: The Story of Little America See more »

Filming Locations:

Antarctica See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (music and narration)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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