Motion Picture MP80-5

Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - At War With the Experts, Episode No. 6

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Motion Picture
907 feet
Running Time
25 minutes
Film Gauge
Black & White
Produced by
Columbia Pictures - Ben Gradus in association with Screen Gems and David Noyes

Episode 6. At War With the Experts. This episode focuses on the founding of the state of Israel.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
2:15   Credits begin.
2:55   Mideast powder keg - 1948.
3:20   Truman speaks - "Midwest Baptist".
3:50   Members of Truman's family displaced in Civil War.
4:50   Jewish Holocaust - needed homeland - refugee scenes.
5:40   Balfour Declaration.
5:55   Israeli's working - made desert bloom.
6:25   Vagueness of Balfour Declaration - Truman comments on thoughts that the Israeli's could show Arabia modern state.
7:20   British White Paper.
7:50   Truman speaks - needs a place for Displaced Persons - misery in camps.
8:35   Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks on plight of Jews in camps.
9:10   Truman speaks - no intention to use U.S. troops.
9:45   Jewish refugees smuggled into Palestine - British blockade.
11:20   Truman comments on Ernest Bevin's statement.
11:40   Clement Atlee speaks.
12:00   Jews incarcerated at Cyprus.
12:40   Truman narrates - Warren Austin at United Nations.
13:38   United Kingdom at UN speaks.
13:55   Austin speaks at UN.
14:20   United Kingdom delegate speaks.
14:40   Terrorism in Palestine - United Kingdom wants to keep friendship with "oil-rich Arabs" - Death and fortification in Palestine.
16:20   Truman narrates - on partition plan.
16:35   United Nations debate.
17:15   Austin at UN.
17:30   Announcement of Jewish State impending.
17:50   Truman narrates - scenes in Palestine - Truman quotes speech - Golden Rule.
18:30   British lower flag and leave.
19:15   Israeli's raise flag.
19:40   Map - war zone and war scenes.
20:15   Truman narrates - "Loneliest Place" - "Buck Stops Here".
20:50   Chaim Weizmann.
21:10   Truman narrates - talks about Eddie Jacobson, "finest man".
21:45   Picture of Truman and Jacobson.
21:55   Truman recalls Jacobson getting Chaim Weizmann into White House "wonderful man" - "You two Jews have put it over on me again" - Mark Twain's quote - "Always do right …."
23:35   U.S. delegate announces U.S. recognition.
23:40   Weizmann speaks of appreciation - Israeli's celebrating.
24:30   Truman speaks
24:45   Israeli's name village after Truman - Truman says "I'm not ready yet to go into piece of marble".