Film: 7943

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

Synopsis:

1.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Dean on the new Soviet 100 megaton nuclear superbomb and their resumption of nuclear testing. In car park Dean, an old man with bow tie, reads statement from behind bank of microphones. Journalists writing in note pads. Dean claims that these two actions, when a nuclear test ban could be in place, proves Russia's commitment to terrorising the human race. States that Soviets underestimate the world if they think that it will capitulate under this 'blackmail and terror'. Television cameraman. A question is asked off-screen (too quiet to make it out). Dean responds by describing the Soviet move as calculated. Long shot of Dean and gathered journalists.
2.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Former Atomic Energy Commission Chairman John McCone on the Soviet superbomb. Medium close up of McCone on an office. McCone in medium shot over head of interviewer. States that he feels there is little that a 100 megaton bomb can do that a 10 megaton bomb cannot. However, does understand that a 100 megaton nuclear bomb would effect those place which have been built to withstand a nearby nuclear explosion (missile bases for example). Interviewer asks if this weapon would be used against missile bases primarily. McCone states that this conclusion could be drawn. Medium close up of interviewer, he asks if world is on verge of destroying itself accidentally. McCone does not think that is, or will ever be, possible.
6.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Democratic Congressional leaders comment about U.S. decision on testing after meeting with President John F. Kennedy. Men gather behind microphones, journalists in front holding pads and pens in a garden. McCormack states that Kennedy has taken a Statesman-like attitude in his message to the Soviets about the cessation of nuclear tests in the atmosphere. Front view of television camera crew. Close up of journalist writing. Mansfield is asked to comment but says that he has nothing to add. However, they go on to talk about the dates for an adjournment of the U.S. testing.
6.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Former Atomic Energy Commission Chairman John McCone after talks with President Kennedy says that Soviet testing of superbomb could endanger U.S.. McCone standing behind microphones in front of a large building (in long shot). Medium close up profile of journalist writing. Journalist standing next to McCone asks if superbomb is threat to U.S.. States that small test so far have not been a threat but the superbomb might be, it has to be studied very carefully.
6.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. U.S. envoy to France, James Gavin, comments on De Gaulle's attitude towards U.S.S.R. nuclear tests after informing President Kennedy of the current problems in France. Surrounded by journalists, Gavin speaks behind microphones outside. Medium close up of him speaking. Talks of the increased tension created by the announcement by the Soviets that they have invented the 100 megaton bomb. Feels that in view of this U.S. should not rush to negotiate. In answer to question about De Gaulle's feelings on the matter he states that the President of France feels that the increased tension does make negotiations difficult.
15.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. News Secretary Pierre Salinger announces that U.S. have tested a nuclear weapon in an underground site in Nevada. Salinger in medium close up with microphones in lower portion of screen states that President Kennedy has announced that low yield nuclear test has been carried out. U.S. forced into this decision reluctantly. Have also initiated tests to detect underground nuclear tests (Valer Programme(?)) and attempt to find peaceful application for nuclear detonations (Plager Programme(?)). States that there was no fall out from the Nevada test unlike the Soviet atmosphere tests.
15.9.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. Senator Jackson gives his view on nuclear testing. Close up of Jackson who states that U.S. are attempting to reduce size but increase yield of the nuclear war head. Soviets, in contrast, have increased boosters so that they can deliver large clumsy war heads. Goes on to say that the U.S. are ahead of the Soviets in certain areas. Concludes that the U.S. underground tests are more expensive than the Soviet's atmosphere test and that therefore they are taking the easy way out.
24.10.61 - Washington DC, U.S.A.. United Nations discuss bomb tests. U.S. delegate at United Nations states that secret bomb testing is great danger.
8.8.66 - Silent - Howard County, Maryland, U.S.A.. U.S. Marines search for classified nuclear information which dropped from navy jet. Marines huddled around map in field. One takes it, places on ground and places compass on it. Troops getting off bus in line of buses. Troops walking into field. In long line walking across the field searching.


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