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Rip Van Winkle
Description: The Spirit of Radio wakes up Rip Van Winkle and they visit WJZ, a radio station in New York City.
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Clip #: TFA-233G
Length: 12:36
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1920s
Region: North America
Country: United States
State: New York
Subject: Communications
Original: 16mm
1920s, Rip Van Winkle, reenactment town crier in period attire making announcement, bellman, taxiing U.S. Mail plane, New York, Catskills, Catskill Mountains, man and boys getting out of broken down car on rural road, man removing radio from back of car and attempting to service car, boys sneaking radio into woods and listening to it with headphones, big band performing, man servicing car gesturing to boys to come back to car, boys returning back to car and leaving radio, animation lightening bolts / sparks coming out of radio and “Spirit of Radio" appearing, animation Spirit of Radio spinning and standing on top of radio and looking at Rip Van Winkle sleeping under tree, “idea” thought bubble appearing over Spirit of Radio, Spirit of Radio taking radio headphones and putting them on Rip Van Winkle’s ears, big band performing, Rip Van Winkle waking up from listening to music and following Spirit of Radio back to radio, Spirit of Radio adjusting radio dial, “This is station WJZ broadcasting a special program by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra” appearing over Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle, New York Philharmonic Orchestra performing, “idea” thought bubble appearing over Spirit of Radio as Rip Van Winkle listens to radio broadcast, Spirit of Radio connecting telephone receiver to transmission tower and making telephone call to RCA, Radio Corporation of America, Spirit of Radio speaking on telephone to RCA employee seated at desk, man getting up from desk and speaking with RCA President General James Harbord in his office, RCA employee telling Spirit of Radio to bring Rip Van Winkle to station WJZ in Aeolian Hall, New York City, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle shaking hands, Spirit of Radio shooting lightening bolts with his hands to magically create airplane which they fly to New York City, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle flying airplane over Manhattan skyline and landing on Aeolian Hall roof, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle entering radio station and watching broadcast being performed, violinist and pianist performing for radio broadcast, animation musical score passing into microphone, animation musical score exiting Aeolian Hall roof and passing through radio transmission tower, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle climbing up microphone and riding musical score into microphone, men operating radio broadcast equipment, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle riding musical score through radio transmission tower and over Manhattan skyline, violinist and pianist performing for radio broadcast, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle riding musical score and coming through radio horn playing in house, Spirit of Radio and Rip Van Winkle falling on floor and climbing up to radio, Spirit of Radio adjusting dials, “beginning second quarter Princeton kicks off to Yale” coming out of radio, sports announcer talking into microphone, Princeton - Yale football game, kickoff, spectators applauding, “Rah! Rah!” coming out of radio, football tackle, spectators chanting “Rah! Rah!” national political convention, party candidates, crowd with people holding signs for different states and presidential nominee posters, nurses assisting patients in wheelchairs on lawn outside hospital listen to radio, African American band performing, cathedral facade and interior, priest speaking from pulpit, priest playing organ, woman sitting at table talking into WRC microphone, children listening to radio program, Spirit of Radio pointing to portrait photo of man and saying that it was sent from Europe through the air by radio, stars circling over Rip Van Winkle’s head as he faints, Spirit of Radio pulling Rip Van Winkle into book and setting him next to tree, smiling man reading book

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