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MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL (George Hoellering, 1952)
A screen adaptation of T. S. Eliot's verse play on the martyrdom of Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1149, Becket was murdered in his cathedral by four of Henry II's knights after the Ki… Read more

My Redeemer Liveth (J. B. Sloan, Duncan Spence, 1952)
Shows bow Handel came to compose "The Messiah". Opens with a filmed commentary on the neighbourhood of Grosvenor Square, London, and then focuses on 25 Brook Street as it is today, the home where Han… Read more

Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952)
Possibly McLaren's best known film, it is a film without words to show the futility of violence for settling quarrels. This Cold War parable depicts two neighbours who tolerate each other until a flo… Read more

Nerve Centre (George Moresby White, 1952)
An experiment in film technique. Still photographs of the British War Cabinet Room have a surprising sense of movement. ... Read more

New Uses For Seaweed (, 1952)
Originally produced for use on television, this film shows some of the unusual uses of alginic acid compounds derived from seaweed. Applications of alginate compounds in the foods tit If and textile … Read more

Notes on Port of St. Francis (Frank Stuaffacher, 1952)
An impression of the city of San Francisco and its surroundings with visuals suggested by the description of the city by Robert Louis Stevenson. The past is evoked through documents, drawings, photog… Read more

This is a faithful but not too serious reconstruction of a film show one might have seen at the Gem or Electric Palace in 1915. The feature is Will Barker's The Road to Ruin (which "The Times" descri… Read more

Opus 65 (John Taylor, 1952)
An attempt at discovering and expressing a relationship between music and a mechanical process on an abstract level. Richard Arnell was commissioned by the Ford Motor Company to compose a symphonic p… Read more

Ostriches in Africa (Films of Africa, 1952)
Ostriches in South Africa against their natural surroundings; details of foot movements, the birds en masse, the hen bird and eggs, the newly-hatched chicks. ... Read more

Out Back Patrol (Lee Robinson, 1952)
An excerpt from the life of Constable Darken, a member of the Northern Territory Police Force. Tells of police work in the trackless territory &ndash: a "beat" which is made on horseback and takes fr… Read more

PATHER PANCHALI (Satyajit Ray, 1952)
The Apu Trilogy, India's most important contribution to world cinema so far, is based on the Bengali novel by Bibhuti Bhusan Bannerji. The book contains a great deal of autobiographical material and … Read more

People Along The Mississippi (Gordon Weisenborn, 1952)
The adventures of a toy boat, released at the source of the Mississippi River are used to show the work of the people living along the course of the river and the heritages that these people have bro… Read more

Persian Story (Ralph Keene, 1952)
Filmed during the last few months before the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's operations in Persia ceased in October 1951. Shows the country, the oil fields, the pipe lines, and the refinery at Abadan. An… Read more

Physiology of Human Reproduction: Biography Before Birth (Thora James, 1952)
Fertilization; the uterus and its food supply for the fertilized egg cell; growth of the embryo; the foetal circulation and skeleton; the placenta; the developed embryo changes position preparatory t… Read more

Physiology of Human Reproduction: How We Begin (Thora James, 1952)
The family; differences between the sexes; changes during adolescence; characteristics of various body cells; the testes and spermatozoa; the ovaries and egg cells; fertilization and the early stages… Read more

Physiology of Human Reproduction: Preparation for Parenthood (Thora James, 1952)
Action of the pituitary in initiating adolescence; the development of the breasts during adolescence and pregnancy; the menstrual cycle; examples of identical and ordinary twins. (Age group: 13 plus.) Read more

Pony Club (, 1952)
Shows the remarkable organisation of a pony club in a N.S.W. pastoral district where the young members have regular meets and go oft on long weekends in search of fun and adventure in the bush. ... Read more

RANCHO NOTORIOUS (Fritz Lang, 1952)
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Rig 20 (David Villiers, 1952)
Record of five weeks' battle against an oil-well fire, the first in 40 years of drilling in southern Persia. Photographed under dangerous conditions, which involved considerable risks, the skill and … Read more

Saving Petrol No. 2 - Correct Maintenance (John Heyer, 1952)
One of a series on the three main aspects of saving petrol Correct Driving, Correct Maintenance, and Correct Lubrication. ... Read more

SCANDAL SHEET (Phil Karlson, 1952)
Hard-nosed editor Crawford takes over an ailing newspaper and uses a double murder to boost his tabloid's circulation. He then discovers that his hero worshipping cub reporter-protege (Derek) has mas… Read more

Shoemaker and the Hatter (John Halas, 1952)
A defence of free trade. The hatter and the shoemaker are neighbours. The hatter makes one hat which he intends to sell at a high price; he secures a ban on the importation of hats. The shoemaker bel… Read more

Shoot The Nets (Herman Van der Horst, 1952)
Shoot the Nets can be briefly described as a Dutch "North Sea". It shows the ceremonies and celebrations that usher in the herring season, the decking of the boats with flags, and the setting off of … Read more

Shoot The Nets (Herman Van der Horst, 1952)
Prized as the best documentary at the Cannes Festival, 1952. the film depicts preliminary ceremonies and celebrations that usher in the herring season &ndash: flag &ndash: decked boats, the women wea… Read more

Small Town Editor (James Blake Cahoon, 1952)
Describes the operation and effects on community activities of the Littleton Independent, a newspaper published weekly in Littleton, Colorado. ... Read more

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