Sports enthusiasts and fans of sports shorts, documentaries and Hollywood newsreels loaded with famous athletes and sports super stars from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s never dreamed these lost and rare classic vintage films still existed for the collector to buy, own and treasure.
Here we present 5 rare films about the sports giants of the 20th century -- Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe Di Maggio, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, Sonja Henie, Red Grange, Barney Oldfield, Knute Rockne, Man O’ War, Jesse Owens, Ted Williams & many more!
(1939) 10 min. An Ed Thorgersen Sports Review newsreel with super rare behind-the- scenes footage of Red Grange, Helen Wills, Barney Oldfield, Babe Ruth, Knute Rockne, Man O’ War, Gertrude Ederle, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones and 12-year-old Sonja Henie.
Touching All Bases
(1939) 44 min. 1939 is considered one of the greatest years in the history of baseball. From sandlot baseball to the Major Leagues, baseball’s Centennial is celebrated on a grand scale in this star-studded cinematic homage presented by The American League and the Kellogg Co. Included are Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth speaking at opening of the Cooperstown Baseball Museum, highlights of the 1939 World Series, the first nighttime baseball game, fielding and batting instruction by famous major leaguers like Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio and many more!
The Brown Bomber
(1939) 7 min. Intimate portrait of the Heavyweight Champion of the World -- Joe Louis! We see Joe at training camp, reading, relaxing, playing pool, dining, playing “hot records” on his phonograph, answering fan letters from around the world, working out with trainer Jack Blackburn, shadow boxing, weighing in before a bout and more. An Edward W. Lewis Production, commentary by St. Clair Bourne.
Kings of Sport
(1940s) 6 min. A World Spotlight Newsreel presented by Look Magazine entitled “Kings of Sport.” Buddies argue about who is the greatest sports figures of all time, which leads to rare film clips of Babe Ruth, Joe Di Maggio, Bobby Jones (golf), Bill Tilden (tennis), Helen Wills (tennis), Jesse Owens, Red Grange, Knute Rockne, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey and many more!
1936 Olympic Highlights
(1936) 7 min. 52 nations gather in Berlin for the 1936 International Olympics, aka The Hitler Games, staged by Hitler and the Nazi party. Witness the Parade of the Nations, lighting of the torch, triumph of the USA track and field athletes, Jesse Owens breaks world records, diving stars & more! Narrated by Jack Martin.
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