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Motion Picture MP81-10

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

Administrative Information

Original Format(s)
Motion Picture
Footage
907 feet
Running Time
26 minutes
Film Gauge
16mm
Sound
sound
Color
Black & White
Produced by
Columbia Pictures - Ben Gradus in association with Screen Gems and David Noyes
Restrictions
Restricted
Description

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

Date(s)
1964

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Moving Image Type
Motion Picture

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.