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Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - Dialogue With the Future, Part I, Episode No. 19

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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 19, Dialogue With the Future, Part 1. This episode deals with the decision to drop the atomic bomb.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
2:11   "Mr. President, why did you drop the atomic bomb?".
2:29   Credits.
3:11   Atomic bomb; atomic bomb explosions; the future?
3:42   Truman announces the atomic bomb dropped on Japan.
4:22   Truman speaks: atomic energy.
4:58   Destruction and death at Hiroshima.
5:18   Truman speaks - program on atomic energy with Secretary of War.
6:10   Laboratory.
6:16   Albert Einstein quoted "If I had known the Germans would not have succeeded in adopting the atomic bomb, I would have never lifted a finger in its development."
7:30   Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the initial $6,000 for the - 1/2 billion dollar project.
8:02   J. Robert Oppenheimer.
8:26   Program received whole-hearted support (1941) before Pearl Harbor.
8:50   Franklin D. Roosevelt placing wreath on tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
9:10   Enrico Fermi.
9:27   Arthur Compton.
9:58   Workers on the project.
10:21   CBYNT explosives in Germany.
11:05   Truman, 1945, at Potsdam - told Joseph Stalin about bomb.
11:27   Scientists in New Mexico awaiting the test
    Gap in film
11:59   Atomic explosion, New Mexico
12:14   Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin at Potsdam.
12:35   Atomic bomb destruction - Hiroshima.
13:13   Truman speaks - choice - had the bomb, use it or not?
13:39   July 16, 1945, 5:30, testing of atomic bomb - Alamagordo, New Mexico.
14:10   Major General Leslie Groves, Chief, Manhattan Project, describing bomb.
14:52   1937 - Americans shocked at Franco’s bombings.
15:05   1938 - Americans protested Japanese bombing Nanking.
15:24   U.S. failed to sign 1899 Hague agreement against biological warfare.
15:45   Japanese war scenes.
16:12   Okinawa battle.
17:38   Truman speaks - losses at Okinawa gave idea for requirements to defeat Japan.
18:22   Secretary of State Henry Stimson speaks - war death.
18:54   Truman speaks - Stimson questioned bombing of Tokyo.
19:19   Japanese school children - air raid.
19:28   Fire bombs at Tokyo.
20:01   Tokyo destruction.
20:35   Truman speaks - Americans planned big invasion of Japan via island of Kyushu.
21:04   Truman speaks - no such invasion - losses too great.
21:45   American soldiers at hospital.
22:36   Japanese military scenes; training.
23:57   Truman (Japan invasion) "I saw nothing godly about the killing of all the people necessary to make that invasion."
24:45   May, 1945, Truman speaks - Stimson worried about how use of atomic bomb would appear in the future.
25:12   Truman speaks "I could not worry about what history would say about personal morality."
25:23   Mega-Death (million deaths).
25:25   Truman - "I made the only decision I ever knew how to make. I did what I thought was right."