With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)

84 mins | Documentary | 28 June 1930

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HISTORY

The film's subtitle was The Story of Little Amerca . According to reviews, With Byrd at the South Pole was the only released film that was the official cinematic record of Admiral Byrd's expedition to Antarctica. An unrelated 1929 film entitled At the South Pole , which was exhibited in New York City on 30 Dec 1928 and reviewed by Var on 27 Feb 1929, concerned the expedition of British explored Robert Scott.
       Joseph T. Rucker and Willard Van Der Veer won Academy Awards in the Cinematography category for their work on this film. The 1935 film Little America (See Entry) concerned Byrd's second antarctic exhibit. ... More Less

The film's subtitle was The Story of Little Amerca . According to reviews, With Byrd at the South Pole was the only released film that was the official cinematic record of Admiral Byrd's expedition to Antarctica. An unrelated 1929 film entitled At the South Pole , which was exhibited in New York City on 30 Dec 1928 and reviewed by Var on 27 Feb 1929, concerned the expedition of British explored Robert Scott.
       Joseph T. Rucker and Willard Van Der Veer won Academy Awards in the Cinematography category for their work on this film. The 1935 film Little America (See Entry) concerned Byrd's second antarctic exhibit. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Jun 1930.
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New York Times
20 Jun 1930
p. 6.
Variety
25 Jun 1930
p. 109.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITERS
Synchronized narr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
SOURCES
SONGS
"Back Home," words and music by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain and Pierre Norman.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 June 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 June 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 June 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1418
Physical Properties:
Silent
Silent with sound sequences
Mus and narr by Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in feet):
7,411
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rear Admiral Byrd introduces the film with scenes of the expedition leaving New York, escorted by the Leviathan , and this introduction is followed by a storm at sea and a battle with the Antarctic icepack. On Christmas Day port is sighted, and while Byrd inspects unusual ice formations, penguins inspect the visitors, at Ross Barrier. With Little America achieved, the airplane City of New York leaves under Gould; but the plane is wrecked in a fierce blizzard and Byrd heads a rescue party. During the long winter night of 6 months, the men equip themselves with new clothes and make preparations for the Polar flight; in the spring, with the first glimpse of the returning sun, Byrd raises the flags of Britain and Norway in memory of Scott and Amundsen. Gould leaves on an emergency base-laying trek by dogsled, while the #2 TFloyd Bennett is assembled; but the Gould party like Byrd's Polar flight is delayed 7 days by a blizzard. Finally, they are off; Byrd tries an unknown pass and reaches the Pole; through the trapdoor, he drops the Stars and Stripes. After a hazardous return flight, they are welcomed at Little America and prepare for the voyage ... +


Rear Admiral Byrd introduces the film with scenes of the expedition leaving New York, escorted by the Leviathan , and this introduction is followed by a storm at sea and a battle with the Antarctic icepack. On Christmas Day port is sighted, and while Byrd inspects unusual ice formations, penguins inspect the visitors, at Ross Barrier. With Little America achieved, the airplane City of New York leaves under Gould; but the plane is wrecked in a fierce blizzard and Byrd heads a rescue party. During the long winter night of 6 months, the men equip themselves with new clothes and make preparations for the Polar flight; in the spring, with the first glimpse of the returning sun, Byrd raises the flags of Britain and Norway in memory of Scott and Amundsen. Gould leaves on an emergency base-laying trek by dogsled, while the #2 TFloyd Bennett is assembled; but the Gould party like Byrd's Polar flight is delayed 7 days by a blizzard. Finally, they are off; Byrd tries an unknown pass and reaches the Pole; through the trapdoor, he drops the Stars and Stripes. After a hazardous return flight, they are welcomed at Little America and prepare for the voyage homeward. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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