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Observing Basketball Skills: Analysis of Techniques for the Teacher and Coach (1955)

16 Mar
Producer  Iowa State University
Length  33 Minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  none
Call # Film Mc18
Genre  Instructional, Sports
Rare  Yes
Online  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Good/Fair
Oregon-related  No


May be part of a larger series of films (3 reels), as suggested on University of Iowa’s website which lists Iowa’s university system’s extensive productions and holdings from these early educational films.

Filmed Technique Studies of Outstanding Track and Field Performers (1969)

13 Mar
Director  Film Coaching Aids
Producer  Film Coaching Aids
Contributors  Technique analysis film, no. 2 (Series)
Length  Approx. 30-60 Minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  3 Reels, SI, 16mm
Call #  FILM Ma11
Genre  Sports, Documentary
Rare  Yes
Online  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Good (All 3 Reels have consistant black blotches that don’t effect the picture during viewing, Reel #2 has some slight warpage)
Oregon-related  Yes (Some of the Athletes are from UO)


Reel 1. The jumping events – Reel 2. The throwing events – Reel 3. The running events.

Film Coaching Aids was a Sports Instructional Documentary Film Production Company in Burbank, CA.

Running & Jumping Athletes Include: Earl McCullouch, Willie Davenport, Ron Whitney, Geoff Vanderstock, Jim Hines, Charlie Greene, John Carlos, Mel Pender, Armin Hary, Tommie Smith, Lee Evans, Peter Snell, Jim Ryun, Kip Keino, etc.

Throwing Athletes Include: Randy Matson, George Woods, Ray Maggard, Neal Steinhauer, Jay Silvester, Al Oerter, Gary Carlson, Rink Babka, Ludvik Danek, Ed Burke, Hal Connolly, Tom Gage, Gyula Zsivotsky, Romuald Klim, Mark Murro, Frank Covelli, Gary Stenlund, Larry Stuart, John Tushaus, Delmon McNabb, Janis Lusis, Terje Pedersen, etc.

Fundamentals of Volleyball (1959)

23 Feb
Director  F.&P. Films
Producer  F.&P. Films, Al Fish, George B. Pearson
Contributors  S.I., All American Productions
Length  10 Minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  1 reel, SD, 16mm – Describes the basic fundamentals of volleyball, including serving, receiving, setting, spiking, and blocking, showing each fundamental in regular speed and in slow motion. Includes views of outstanding teams in actual play situations.
Call #  FILM Ma121
Genre  Sports, Instructional, Educational
Rare  Yes (2 on WorldCat)
Online  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Great
Oregon-related  No


All American Productions, out of Riverside, California, may at one time have copywritten this and offered it on DVD.  Here is their link

Link to the George Pearson IMDB page

Bowling Fundamentals (1947)

7 Feb
Director Mahnke
Producer Teaching Films Inc.
Contributors Unknown
Length 11 Minutes
B&W/Color B&W
UO Library Catalog description: No catalog description
Call # FILM Mb6
Genre Instructional, Sports
Rare Yes
Online Yes
Copyright status Protected 1947
Physical condition Good
Oregon-related No

Notes: This film focuses on the basic techniques of bowling. The instructional aspect of the movie is presented by a narrator assuming the role of an expert. He provides instruction and demonstration to a group of boys and girls. Each point of importance is covered step by step. Various animated diagrams accompany the movements exhibited by the bowlers. Lessons are given concerning stance, approach, aim, delivery, follow-through and direction.

The film itself is labeled on the side periodically with “Kodak Safety Positive”, indicating that it was a black & white positive stock that corresponds to the 1947 release date. The contrast is excellent, and borderline dark with almost no fading.

I should also note that this appears to be a pretty rare instructional film. The UO Libraries are the only ones listed as having Bowling Fundamentals available. On top of that I managed to find an eBay listing for the film indicating that it may be a collectible item. The listing has a starting bid of $245 and a Buy It Now price of $700. See the listing here.

The UO Libraries has one other instructional film available by Teaching Films Inc. titled Rhythm Is Everywhere (1946).

I could find very little about the director of the film, and was only able to discover his last name, Mahnke.

Real Madrid-Eintraght European Soccer Cup Finals (1960)

20 Dec
Producer   BBC
Length   90 min
B&W/Color   b&w
UO Library Catalog description:
Call # FILM Me1
Genre  sports
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  protected
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  no


DVD available in the UK from Ilc Media, a contractor which produces DVD packages in collaboration with rights-holders. Real Madrid won.

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