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Message 1201033 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 18:15:59 UTC

Thank you Mark. When ever I get a full weekend off I will watch them. Flashback to my youth so to speak.
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Message 1201020 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 17:26:00 UTC - in response to Message 1201016.
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Hi Mark, I seem to recall that they had a number of them. But then for me thats going back to when I was in Jr. High school. Back in 65 or 66.


Apparently, there were 9 altogether. Hemo was the one I best remember, but I do recall some bits of most of the others....
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The Bell Laboratory Science Series
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The Bell Laboratory Science Series was a series of educational television specials made for Bell Labs by Frank Capra, Walt Disney, and others. Each special explored a single subject in detail. The host of seven of the eight films was Dr. Research, played by Frank C. Baxter. In one of the films, The Alphabet Conspiracy, Baxter played essentially the same character, but with his name changed to Dr. Linguistics. The host for the last film in the series was Walt Disney.

Each movie intertwined animation and live action to better explain the complexity of a particular subject. The series is sometimes confused with The Bell Telephone Hour, but the two were completely different; The Bell Telephone Hour showcased music, both classical and Broadway.



1 Our Mr. Sun (1956)
2 Hemo the Magnificent (1957)
3 The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957)
4 The Unchained Goddess(1958)
5 Gateways to the Mind (1958)
6 The Alphabet Conspiracy (1959)
7 Thread of Life (1960)
8 About Time (1962)
9 The Restless Sea (1964)


Our Mr. Sun (1956)

Our Mr. Sun examines the Sun and how it works, as well as the Sun's profound influence on life on earth. It was written and directed by Frank Capra. It introduced Frank C. Baxter as Dr. Research; Baxter played this role in the next seven films in the series. Eddie Albert played "the writer" in this film only; Richard Carlson played this role in the subsequent films. Sterling Holloway was Chloro Phyll, Lionel Barrymore was Father Time, and Marvin Miller was The Sun. The film's editor, Frank P. Keller, won an Emmy Award (Best Editing Of A Film For Television) for the film. It featured Barrymore's last screen role, and was shown posthumously, two years after the actor's death.

Hemo the Magnificent (1957)

Hemo the Magnificent is an examination of what the circulatory system is and how it works. It was written and directed by Frank Capra, and starred Frank C. Baxter as Dr. Research, Richard Carlson as the Fiction Writer, Mel Blanc as the squirrel, and Marvin Miller as Hemo.

The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957)

The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays is an examination of what cosmic rays are and how they work. It was written and directed by Frank Capra, and starred Frank C. Baxter as himself and again, Richard Carlson as the Fiction Writer.

The Unchained Goddess(1958)

The Unchained Goddess examines what weather is and how it works. It was the fourth and last film in the series produced by Frank Capra; unlike the first three of the films, this film was directed by Richard Carlson, who also appears in the film. Frank C. Baxter again appeared as Dr. Research.

Gateways to the Mind (1958)

Gateways to the Mind is about the five senses are and how they work. It was produced and directed by Owen Crump. It starred Frank C. Baxter as himself, Wilder Penfield, and Hadley Cantrell, with actor Karl Swenson as a cameraman.

The Alphabet Conspiracy (1959)

The Alphabet Conspiracy examines language and its history. It uses characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It was directed by Robert B. Sinclair, and starred Frank C. Baxter as Dr. Linguistics, Hans Conried as the Mad Hatter, and Daws Butler as the voice of several characters. The animated sequences were directed by Friz Freleng.

Thread of Life (1960)

Thread of Life is about DNA is and how it works. It was produced and directed by Owen Crump. It starred Frank C. Baxter, as himself, and Mel Blanc.

About Time (1962)

About Time examines time. It was produced and directed by Owen Crump. It starred Frank C. Baxter, as himself, and Richard Deacon.

The Restless Sea (1964)

The Restless Sea examines the oceans. It starred Walt Disney, as himself, and Sterling Holloway.
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Message 1201016 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 17:17:32 UTC

Hi Mark, I seem to recall that they had a number of them. But then for me thats going back to when I was in Jr. High school. Back in 65 or 66.




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Message 1201010 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 17:03:01 UTC - in response to Message 1201009.

I do not want to forget to save the links. So I bumped it.

When I have the time, I might have a look and see if any of the other films in the series are on youtube complete.
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Message 1201009 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 17:00:00 UTC

I do not want to forget to save the links. So I bumped it.
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Message 1199110 - Posted: 24 Feb 2012, 2:15:17 UTC - in response to Message 1198886.

"I plugged Dad's keys into this outlet." My Mother about had a stroke.


Me too Steve...and you only ever tried doing this trick once!!


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Message 1198900 - Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 18:26:03 UTC

The guy's voice reminds me of:


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Message 1198886 - Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 18:09:24 UTC

"I plugged Dad's keys into this outlet." My Mother about had a stroke.


Me too Steve...and you only ever tried doing this trick once!!


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Message 1198879 - Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 17:57:21 UTC

OMG. Mark I remember then well. Thank you for linking them. I know what Ill be watching on my day off.
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Message 1198822 - Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 16:10:18 UTC

I remember watching those old series back in school. I was into science since I said my first sentence. "I plugged Dad's keys into this outlet." My Mother about had a stroke.

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Message 1198805 - Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 15:09:41 UTC

Never saw those. The initial greeting by Hemo surprised me. He is drawn as a Roman god but greets the animals with Shalom Alelchem, Jewish for peace be with your. Also noticed that it was produced by Frank Capra. It is a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing.

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Message 1198754 - Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 8:34:06 UTC

Anybody else remember these wonderful films from the 50's?

My favorite is Hemo the Magnificent.
I saw this when I was a young teen in school.
It was the beginning of my lifelong interest in the sciences.
I was enchanted by it. It may seem a bit amusing in this day and age, but consider that it was produced for young schoolchildren. Worked for me.
Enjoy if you wish to remember your youth. Or watch it for the first time, and pretend you are still in your youth.

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