Title Special Film Project 152 [38 production stills from the making of the films].
Book Condition Collectible: Like New
Publisher Culver City: N.P. 1980
Seller ID UX217-001
SMALL ARCHIVE OF 38 REPRINT PHOTOGRAPHS (circa 1980?). 38 silver print photographs, each approximately 8 x 10 inches, loose. 15 photographs depict unit personnel in military uniform hand-crafting the tools and equipment used in the production of the 80-by-60 foot (24 x 18 meter) scale model (1 foot : 1 mile) map of Japanese target areas; while 23 of the images show the actual map from various perspectives. Fine. The First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU, later the 18th Army Air Forces Base Unit) was the primary film production unit of the US Army Air Forces during World War II and was the first military unit made up entirely of professionals from the film industry. It produced more than 400 propaganda and training films, which were notable for being informative as well as entertaining. The First Motion Picture Unit had its origins in a meeting in March 1942 when USAAF Commanding General "Hap" Arnold met with Warner Bros. head Jack L. Warner, producer Hal Wallis, and Scriptwriter Owen Crump. Warner Bros. was contracted to produce and release a recruitment film, which came to be known as Winning Your Wings, that led to the recruitment of 100,000 pilots to man the anticipated air wars in Europe and the Pacific. The resulting demand for training and recruitment films was beyond the capacity of Warner Bros. Studios, and the unit was based temporarily at Vitagraph Studios in Hollywood, and eventually settled at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City in October 1942. "Fort Roach" was the workplace of actors such as Clark Gable, William Holden, Alan Ladd, and directors including Richard Bare and John Sturges during the war; future President Captain Ronald Reagan served there as Personnel Officer. One of the most important assignments of the unit was to develop navigational and topographic materials to support the bombing campaign against Japan. This top secret series of films, code-named "Special Film Project 152," was perhaps the most important and challenging effort to come from the First Motion Picture Unit. Please contact me for further information.
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