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With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)

Approved | | 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Byrd ... Himself - Expedition Commander (as Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd)
Clair D. Alexander Clair D. Alexander ... Himself - Supply Officer
Bernt Balchen Bernt Balchen ... Himself - Aviation Pilot
George H. Black George H. Black ... Himself - Seaman and Tractor Man
Quin A. Blackburn Quin A. Blackburn ... Himself - Topographer
Kennard F. Bubier Kennard F. Bubier ... Himself - Aviation Mechanic
Christopher Braathen Christopher Braathen ... Himself - Seaman, Ski Man
Jacob Bursey Jacob Bursey ... Himself - Seaman, Dog Driver
Arnold H. Clark Arnold H. Clark ... Himself - Fireman
Francis D. Coman Francis D. Coman ... Himself - Medical Officer (as Dr. Francis D. Coman)
Frederick E. Crockett Frederick E. Crockett ... Himself - Dog Driver
Victor H. Czegka Victor H. Czegka ... Himself - Machinist
Frank T. Davies Frank T. Davies ... Himself - Physicist
Joe De Ganahl Joe De Ganahl ... Himself - Mate
E.J. Demas E.J. Demas ... Himself - 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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Drama of human daring and courage at the bottom of the world!


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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 »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (music and narration)| Silent

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1.20 : 1
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The first documentary film to win an Academy Award and the only documentary film to win an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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[Played during the shot of the two men with the letter]
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The first Little America
19 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the days of the high living Roaring 20s one of the heroes of the age was Admiral Richard E. Byrd. His two polar flights like Lindbergh's across the Atlantic stirred the adventurous spirit in us all. Unlike Lindbergh he never got the adverse publicity of questionable politics, nor suffered an overwhelming tragedy like the kidnapping of a son.

Byrd, of the one of the oldest of American families, the Byrds of Virginia was in that order a naval officer and a scientist as well. The expedition to the South Pole and the establishment of the first Little America base was for science and exploration and not conquest. After a couple of centuries one of the more hopeful signs about mankind is that the occupation and exploration of Antarctica is being done cooperatively.

Every expedition to the Antarctic had Byrd establishing a base camp that he named Little America. The last he was on established a permanent one. The one you see them constructing was a temporary shelter for the expedition members and was taken down and abandoned after the expedition left as were the others until the fifth and last one.

This was the first documentary to win any kind of Oscar recognition and it was for cinematography. The shots of the men, the sled dogs and the penguins, whales, and seals and all interacting with each other were wonderful. But I suspect that the film got the recognition it did also for the sheer difficulty of filming in such a hostile environment. That usable footage came back at all was itself a miracle.

Admiral Byrd and the men who went with them were some of the best and brightest in America at the time and real heroes. Glad we have this Oscar recognized chronicle of what they did.


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