December 7th, 1941

Overview

Produced on behalf of the US government, December 7th is just as slick and professional as any of director John Ford's "civilian" films. With the not inconsiderable contribution of cinematographer Gregg Toland, Ford literally recreates the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and even manages to build up suspense by staging several scenes of the unsuspecting military personnel at work, play and worship. So convincing were many of the attack scenes that they have since been excerpted in several documentaries, leading the...
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Overview

Produced on behalf of the US government, December 7th is just as slick and professional as any of director John Ford's "civilian" films. With the not inconsiderable contribution of cinematographer Gregg Toland, Ford literally recreates the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and even manages to build up suspense by staging several scenes of the unsuspecting military personnel at work, play and worship. So convincing were many of the attack scenes that they have since been excerpted in several documentaries, leading the more impressionable viewers to ponder why the film's cameramen were foresighted enough to have set up their equipment at the precise moment of the bombing! As originally intended, the film (narrated by Walter Huston) was a stern criticism of America's lack of preparedness by lining up its entire fleet like sitting ducks at Pearl Harbor. The government didn't like this aspect of December 7th and ordered it removed; still, the remaining 34-minute docudrama (pared down from feature length) ended up winning an Academy Award.
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Special Features

Interactive Menus; Scene index; Quiz
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2001
  • UPC: 096009050139
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,294

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Huston
Harry Davenport
Dana Andrews
Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Gregg Toland Director, Cinematographer
George M. Cohan Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #2 -- December 7th/Recognition of the Japanese Zero
2. John's Ford December 7th, 1941 - Radio [4:01]
3. John's Ford December 7th, 1941 - Pearl Harbor [6:28]
4. John's Ford December 7th, 1941 - Who Are You [8:28]
5. John's Ford December 7th, 1941 - Repairs [4:04]
6. John's Ford December 7th, 1941 - Warning System [6:40]
7. Recognition of the Japanese Zero - Zero Fighter [2:55]
8. Recognition of the Japanese Zero - Recognition [4:56]
9. Recognition of the Japanese Zero - Operation [5:30]
10. Recognition of the Japanese Zero - Tape [3:50]
11. Recognition of the Japanese Zero - Identification [4:29]
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Menu

Side #2 -- December 7th/Recognition of the Japanese Zero
   Chapters
   December 7th
   Recognition of the Japanese Zero
   Quiz
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