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Universal Newsreels 1950's

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Before the advent of televised network news programs and the 24 hour news cycle on cable and the internet, newsreels were one of the main sources people had for news.  One of five major newsreel companies, Universal Studios produced and released newsreels which were shown in movie theaters, twice a week, from 1929 until 1967. 

March 23rd 1951

  April 30th 1951

March 23rd 1951

​Each release usually contained five to seven stories averaging two minutes in length, for a total length of six to ten minutes.

 March 30th 1951

 March 30th 1951

 March 30th 1951

The newsreel stories featured national and international news and events, politicians, celebrities, performing animals, sporting events, the latest fashions, fads, trends, and other “oddities.”  Sometimes a “local” was also included and shown only in the city where the story was filmed. Local stories might show politicians, parades, football games, beauty contests, or other community activities.

Baseball World Series 1957

Baseball World Series 1955

Your Stake in Tomorrow - The New Action Army 1958

Universal Newsreels  4/30/51

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