THE GREAT WAR : US stockshot material [Allocated Title]
Jumbled stockshot material of the USA, including Colonel House, John Pershing, Ambassador Page and Pancho Villa, 1914-1918.
The material is very jumbled and hard to interpret. The film starts with a painting of a galleon, probably a reference to Columbus. Then a sign for use in US cinemas during the neutrality period, being a request from President Wilson that audiences should not show approval or disapproval when films of the war were shown. A brief scene of French bicycle troops in a village. Men in a jungle clearing the way for a road or railway, probably in Central America. A dredger scoops silt out from a lake, and another scoop clears earth from an excavation. Very poor quality film of US soldiers, including Brigadier-General J J Pershing, arriving by train in a town in the Sierra Madre, during the border trouble with Mexico in 1916. Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary, poses with two other men, then by himself. A clip from a fictional (or staged) film of the Mexican revolution involving a Mexican attack on a US outpost. A lengthy scene of an unidentified pilot of the US Army being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in a small ceremony in the USA. A brief scene (printed out of rack) of a tailor's shop. US Ambassador Page opening a US Red Cross hospital in London in early 1918 (see notes on production). Colonel Edmund M House, President Wilson's adviser, seen emerging from a building, walking up a gangplank, and with Mrs House on board a ship.