American Experience: The Great San Francisco Earthquake

Overview

In April of 1906, the grand and thriving city of San Francisco was host to luminaries including writer Jack London, world-class opera tenor Enrico Caruso, and movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. At 5:30 in the morning on April 18, one of the most disastrous earthquakes in U.S. history shook the city to its foundations, demolishing hundreds of city blocks. London, Caruso, and Arbuckle survived, but the fire chief was mortally wounded and gas-fed blazes burned out of control. In the end, as this PBS documentary ...
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Overview

In April of 1906, the grand and thriving city of San Francisco was host to luminaries including writer Jack London, world-class opera tenor Enrico Caruso, and movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. At 5:30 in the morning on April 18, one of the most disastrous earthquakes in U.S. history shook the city to its foundations, demolishing hundreds of city blocks. London, Caruso, and Arbuckle survived, but the fire chief was mortally wounded and gas-fed blazes burned out of control. In the end, as this PBS documentary shows, estimates of casualties from the quake and the resulting fire ran to around 3,000. Of the city's 400,000 citizens, 225,000 were left homeless. Highlights of this program from The American Experience series include commentary by historians, archival motion picture footage, and photographs.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the American Experience website; Scene selection; Closed captions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/3/2006
  • UPC: 783421400696
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Time: 56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,652

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
F. Murray Abraham Voice Only
Technical Credits
Tom Weidlinger Director, Producer, Screenwriter
David Koblitz Score Composer
Mark Samels Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Great San Francisco Earthquake
1. Introduction [1:07]
2. A City Waiting to Burn [11:58]
3. From Earthquake to Fire [19:41]
4. Out of the Ashes [13:13]
5. The New San Francisco [7:12]
6. Credits [1:22]
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Disc #1 -- The Great San Francisco Earthquake
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