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March of Time -- outtakes -- Portugal: press reaction to U.S. military landing in N. Africa; Myron Taylor visits Lisbon

Film | Accession Number: 2004.723.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4077 | Film ID: 2731

Dramatic coverage of newsboys rushing to deliver bundles of the newspaper Diario de Lisboa on the day the Americans invaded North Africa. Extensive scenes of movement, newstands, publications, and close-ups of the front pages of papers. Some of the newspapers are Enlish-language. LIFE magazine and SIGNAL appear. Scene switches to interior of a barbershop, where a news vendor distributes copies of the paper to men getting their hair cut.
Exteriors and interiors of the "Havas Agence" which was the precursor to the modern Agence France-Presse. The interior shot shows the editor (Mr. Dany -- ID from dope sheet) sitting at a telephone with another man (Mr. Audibert) standing beside him. According to the dope sheet, there should also be another man, described as "Mr. Jean Fontenoy, who was sent by Laval and the Germans to supervise the Havas office in Lisbon." However, this shot seems to be missing. Interiors and exteriors of the Radio Marconi offices in Lisbon. Men stand in line at a reception desk, waiting to send cables. In another room, machines receive cables, including one from New York asking the AP for details on Myron Taylor's visit to Lisbon. Interior of the transmitting room of a Portugese radio station. A shot of a door reading "The Associated Press Lisbon Bureau". An interior scene shows Luiz Lupi, AP correspondent, reading a newspaper and then typing and sending off a cable. The next scene shows Miss Shercliff of the Daily Herald working in her apartment. Close-up of a sign reading "Anglo-American Press Conference..." In a room at the Royal British Club, allied journalists listen to the release of military information by the British press attache.

Myron Taylor receives the press in Lisbon, where he stopped on his way from Rome to New York. The event takes place in the office of Bert Fish, the Unites States Minister to Portugal. Fish stands beside Taylor. Myron Taylor attended the Evian Conference in 1938 as the head of the American delegation, and he later became Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal representative to the Vatican.

Scenes of Gil Robles, leader of the Spanish Monarchist Party, with his four sons and his wife in the garden of their home in Portugal. Robles is in exile in Portugal. The next scene shows the Brazilian ambassador (not named in the dope sheet). He sits in an armchair and reads while his valet brings him coffee. The scene repeats several times.

Event Date
October 1942
Lisbon, Portugal
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
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Record last modified: 2018-03-07 13:22:39
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