Motion Picture MP81-10

Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - Dialogue With the Future, Part II, Episode No. 20

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

Episode 20, Dialogue With the Future, Part 2. This episode continues to explore the decision to drop the atomic bomb.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
1:29   Harry S. Truman speaks - Kamikaze pilots: rules of war.
3:22   Credits.
4:29   Narration on atomic energy - capabilities of destroying men.
4:39   Truman speaks - Pearl Harbor.
4:55   Industry build up.
5:07   June 4, at Chicago, seven scientists meet with "James Franck's Report".
5:32   Truman speaks - listened to scientists - only ones inform me on the situation.
5:55   Harold Urey - did not sign petition.
6:12   Leo Sziland - atomic bomb, "an international crime".
6:50   Sziland petition of protest.
7:16   Wounded soldiers.
7:21   Secretary of State James Byrnes - "atomic age" (Truman quotes).
7:54   Use of atomic weapons - genocide.
8:30   Arthur Compton - Director of Metallurgical Project.
8:50   Truman speaks and shows a chart of poll among scientists; 87% would use bomb in one situation.
9:12   May, 1945 - decoded message - Japanese wanted Russian negotiation for peace between U.S. and Japan.
9:54   Truman speaks - Japan would fight to end, wanted to keep Russia from joining allies against her.
10:01   Cordell Hull - cautioned U.S. against unconditional surrender for Japan.
10:14   Truman asked Henry Stimson to make sure there was no alternative - July 26, asked for surrender again.
11:35   Combat scenes; Senate voted 82-2 against financing study of a possible surrender of U.S.
12:12   General Douglas MacArthur - did not know of atomic bomb (Franklin D. Roosevelt did not tell him) till 5 days before Hiroshima.
12:59   Blockading Japanese harbors.
13:11   Truman speaks - wanted to end the war as soon as possible.
14:11   Winston Churchill - admired Japanese courage - give them excuse to surrender - drop the bomb.
14:49   Truman - 2 bombs left; very careful with their use.
15:16   Herbert Hoover - said there should have been a demonstration of its use.
16:38   Making bombs - war production.
17:19   Wendover Field - 20th Air Force Division.
18:01   Training pilots for atomic bombing mission.
18:45   Admiral William Leahy discusses the bomb "deadly thing".
19:07   Airplane Enola Gay; Colonel Paul W. Tibbits Jr.
20:35   July 30, cruiser, Indianapolis, destroyed. This was ship that delivered atomic bomb.
21:35   Three B29's flying over Japan (to see if Japanese detect).
22:35   Hiroshima (city scene).
23:05   Truman speaks "the people of U.S. not killers."
23:20   2:35 a.m. - Enola Gay - mission to drop atomic bomb.
24:02   Bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
24:17   Mushroom of atomic bomb.
25:49   Truman speaks - in defense of use of bomb - protect the common defense as stated in U.S. Constitution.