Film: 7942

Newsreels + Film Magazines | 1960 | Sound + Silent | B/W

Synopsis:

22.3.61 - Silent - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Gromyko (Soviet minister) and John F. Kennedy (JFK), President of the United States of America, meet (the two do not appear in this footage). Exterior shot of the White House in Washington. Crowds outside the perimeter fence (shot from the lawns of White House). Men entering building. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, on aircraft runway. Medium shot of U.S. Naval officers in white uniform.
21.4.61 - Sound - Location unknown. JFK speaks at ADD Conference. JFK at rostrum. Questioner standing in crowd of seated men asks President how long he will wait before contemplating alternative action in Laos. In reply JFK states that U.S.S.R. are conferring from which a cease fire will hopefully be achieved. An off screen questioner asks something that is unintelligible. JFK states in reply that the U.S. is behind the Soviets in the space race. U.S. government have to gauge value of spending on a program that may be unsuccessful and will ultimately mean that other programs suffer. States that he wants success but may have to accept that in this race, the States will come second.
17.5.61 - Sound - Washington DC, U.S.A.. State Department's Chester Bowles and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Fulbright, sidestep direct questions about potential Summit Meeting between JFK and Khruschev (the leader of the U.S.S.R.). Bowles sitting at a desk. Cameraman. Bowles standing behind microphones with another man. Bowles states that JFK will make any comments on any discussions between U.S. and Soviets. Journalist writing. Fulbright states that meeting between U.S. and Soviets is possible but nothing has been decided. Goes on to say that he is surprised that such a meeting is being considered so soon.
19.5.61 - Silent - Washington DC, U.S.A.. News Secretary Pierre Salinger announces meeting in between Khruschev and JFK that is to occur in Vienna, Austria. Journalists walking in to room and join other journalists. Salinger standing behind a desk. View of packed room through open door. Journalists running out of room. Journalists on telephones ringing their stories through to their newspapers. (Good footage of journalists arriving to report on a story and then delivering the news to their papers.)
19.5.61 - Sound - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Salinger comments on the planned Summit Meeting between Khruschev and JFK. Extreme long shot of White House. Salinger making statement outside White House. Cameraman. Salinger states that JFK will meet the French President, De Gaulle from May 30 to June 2 and then meet with Khruschev in Vienna on 3 and 4 June. Goes on to say that it is understood between the leaders that the meeting will not include the main issues but will facilitate an exchange of views. (For JFK's return to U.S. after the Vienna Summit see Can No 007934.)
23.6.61 - Sound - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Defence Chief, McNamara, gives press conference on Berlin. Long shot of McNamara standing at rostrum. Journalists. McNamara states that U.S. are strong militarily and that its deterrent (nuclear) power is also strong. Disagrees with belief that Soviet Union's power exceeds that of U.S.. Sound man with taping equipment.
26.6.61 - Sound - Berlin, Germany, Europe. U.S. Berlin Commander interviewed. Medium close up of military officer in uniform outside building. States that U.S., British and French are in Berlin by right and obligation; that Berliners see their presence as guarantee of their freedom; they have duty to assist West German police in event of civil disturbance; also, if military operation is necessary the current force in Berlin will join other forces.
16.7.61 - Sound - Washington DC, U.S.A.. U.S. on 'Troika'. Spokesman of the U.S. government comments on 'Troika' proposal. 'Troika' proposal put forward by Khruschev, leader of U.S.S.R., to alter the way in which the United Nations (UN) are administered. U.S. spokesman states that 'Troika' flies in the face of all U.S. knows about effective administration; that the small nations of UN will end up with only one vote leaving UN powerless to act on proposals that did not develop the interests of the Soviet Union. Concludes by stating that the Soviets cannot impose this proposal as this would mean altering the UN Charter.
25.7.61 - Sound - Location unknown. Bomb blast testimony. Committee meeting. Men sitting at long desk on dais (long shot). Medium close up of man sitting at desk giving evidence to prove that detection of a nuclear bomb blast (testing) is possible. States that while this is the case improvements need to be made that would require greater access to the Soviet Union, access that is unacceptable in the current political climate. Underground explosions are easily concealed.


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