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Motion Picture MP81-12

Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - The Reluctant Ally, Episode No. 22

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 Gem and David Noyes
Restrictions
Restricted
Description

Episode 22. The Reluctant Ally. This episode deals with America's relationship with Japan during and after World War II.

Date(s)
1964

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Moving Image Type
Motion Picture

Shot List

  • Reel 1
0:00   Japanese militarism and World War II scenes.
0:54   Admiral William Halsey speaks; Kamikazes.
1:33   Harry S. Truman speaks - unconditional surrender, May 8, 1945.
1:40   Credits.
2:25   World War II scenes in Pacific.
2:47   Truman comments on final stages of war with Japan.
4:30   U.S. Naval bombardment - Iwo Jima.
5:25   Truman comments.
5:40   Japanese economy geared for war.
7:15   Why Japanese fought - history and culture; unquestioning obedience to higher authority; Shinto - Emperor veneration - Samurai.
9:00   gap in film.
9:45   Japanese soldiers on move - yelling Banzai.
11:40   Pearl Harbor and World War II scenes.
12:17   Victory in Europe Day.
12:24   President Truman speaks on VE Day and calls for unconditional surrender of Japan; Kamikaze and severe losses for U.S.
14:10   Admiral Halsey speaks - emphasizing unconditional surrender.
14:25   Truman comments - 4 million Japanese still under arms - fanatical.
15:15   gap in film.
16:00   Potsdam conference, USSR stalling on intervention.
16:25   Truman comments on Joseph Stalin - Stalin wanted outer Mongolia and Manchuria.
17:00   U.S. fight bloody island battles. Few Japanese surrender; "Save face and die." Japanese cities bombed.
18:45   Atomic bomb.
19:00   Truman comments on success of A-bomb - Stalin stubborn at Potsdam - on free port in China, but U.S. still wanted Russian assistance; Stalin's reaction to new weapons.
21:17   President Truman announces dropping of A-bomb.
21:40   USSR declares war on Japan.
21:58   Truman comments on USSR intervention.
22:19   Secretary of State James Byrnes speaks.
22:30   U.S. waits.
22:30   Japanese reply - Truman comments on retaining Japanese emperor.
23:25   Truman and Byrnes - Emperor subject to Supreme Commander.
23:40   Japanese surrender.
24:10   President Truman announces Japanese surrender.
24:43   Truman comments - Russian's to be dealt with - Tokyo did not become divided like Berlin; Japan became free and a friend of U.S.