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National Film Registry: Lesbian Western & Asian-American Musical Among Entries

Johnny Guitar Joan Crawford. National Film Registry entry has Mercedes McCambridge as vengeful lesbianJohnny Guitar with Joan Crawford. This December 2008, the U.S. Library of Congress' National Film Registry has added 25 films – both shorts and features – to its preservation roster. One of them is Nicholas Ray's 1954 psychological Western Johnny Guitar, starring Joan Crawford, by then a three-decade film veteran, as Arizona cattle town saloon keeper Vienna; Sterling Hayden as the tall, laconic, and handsome title character; and Mercedes McCambridge as a rifle-toting type whose hatred for Vienna can only be explained one way: unbridled, unbounded, uncontrolled, and unrequited passion. Based on a novel by Roy Chanslor, Johnny Guitar was written by blacklistee Ben Maddow; Philip Yordan was his credited front. Sterling Hayden, by the way, had another movie added to the National Film Registry this year: John Huston's 1950 film noir The Asphalt Jungle.

National Film Registry adds 'Johnny Guitar' & 'Sergeant York'

The Library of Congress has selected another 25 American films to be included in their National Film Registry, which under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act is supposed to preserve “for all time” short and feature films considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

Whether or not the National Film Registry actually fulfills its purpose, among the handpicked films in Dec. 2008 are the following:

  • Howard Hawks' flag-waving World War I drama Sergeant York (1941), a blockbuster that earned Gary Cooper his first Best Actor Oscar. Also in the cast: Joan Leslie as Cooper's very, very youthful romantic interest, and Best Supporting Actress/Actor nominees Margaret Wycherly and Walter Brennan.
  • John Huston's film noir The Asphalt Jungle (1950), toplining Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Louis Calhern, Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Sam Jaffe, and featuring a pre-stardom Marilyn Monroe.
  • Nicholas Ray's campfest Johnny Guitar (1954), a Trucolor Western starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden as the title character, and Mercedes McCambridge as a butch lesbian with an unrequited-love complex.
  • John Boorman's Oscar-nominated sociopsychological drama Deliverance (1972), with Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.

From 'Foolish Wives' to 'The Terminator'

Here are a few more National Film Registry 2008 additions, spanning seven decades, from 1914 to 1984:

  • The wildly popular adventure serial The Perils of Pauline (1914), with early silent era superstar Pearl White.
  • Erich von Stroheim's extravagant, Monte Carlo-set Foolish Wives (1922), featuring the aristocratic- and untrustworthy-looking European director, the fancily billed Miss Dupont as his all-American target, Mae Busch, and Maude George.
  • King Vidor's all-black early musical Hallelujah! (1929), with Daniel L. Haynes and Nina Mae McKinney. Vidor was shortlisted for the 1929–1930 Best Director Academy Award.
  • Elia Kazan's 1957 political drama A Face in the Crowd (1957), starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal.
  • Henry Koster's musical Flower Drum Song (1961), based on Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1958 Broadway hit, and, somewhat curiously, described in the Library of Congress' press release as “the first Hollywood studio film featuring performances by a mostly Asian cast, a break from past practice of casting white actors made up to appear Asian.”
  • James Cameron's futuristic thriller The Terminator (1984), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a heavily armed, one-track-minded robot, plus Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn.
Juanita Hall sings “Chop Suey” in Flower Drum Song.

'Flower Drum Song' & Sessue Hayakawa

Flower Drum Song stars Japanese-born Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Myoshi Umeki (Sayonara, 1957), reprising her Tony-nominated Broadway performance as a, ahem, Chinese picture bride recently arrived in San Francisco's Chinatown.

The film's (at least part) East Asian/Asian-American cast also includes Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo, Reiko Sato, Patrick Adiarte, and Victor Sen Yung – but not, unfortunately, veteran Anna May Wong (Daughter of the Dragon, Shanghai Express), who died in February 1961.

Now, it's worth remembering that decades before Flower Drum Song came out, Sessue Hayakawa and Tsuru Aoki were toplining dozens of silent movies. Hayakawa, in fact, was a bona fide Hollywood star, among whose vehicles were well-known titles such as O Mimi San, The Typhoon, and, perhaps most famous of all, Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat – which happens to be a National Film Registry entry.

Also worth noting is that Juanita Hall, who was about as “Asian American” as Sidney Poitier, has one of the leading roles in Flower Drum Song – even getting to belt out a song titled “Chop Suey.” This, three years after playing the “Bali Ha'i”-singing Southeast Asian Bloody Mary in Joshua Logan's 1958 blockbuster South Pacific.

But then again, it is an indisputable fact that there are no white actors made up to look East Asian in Flower Drum Song.

And finally, Nancy Kwan, described in the Library of Congress' release as an “Asian-American,” was actually born in Hong Kong to British-Chinese parents.

Deteriorating ocean

Now in its 20th year, the National Film Registry includes a total of 500 shorts and features. Sounds like a whole lot, no?

Well, to put things in perspective: in a single year in the 1920s, they would produce hundreds of features – up to 700–800, according to some reports.

There's an ocean of film (i.e., cultural) deterioration out there that the National Film Registry does next to nothing to prevent from continuing.

And really, how endangered are studio-owned, DVD/cable-available releases such as Deliverance, Sergeant York, Flower Drum Song, and The Terminator?

Meanwhile, obscure cultural gems either lie unseen or are rotting away as you read this.

Beyond the 1910–1989 cut-off date

Initially, this National Film Registry post included the following statement: “Only films made between 1910–1989 are eligible to be added to the Registry (tough luck for those D.W. Griffith, Edwin S. Porter, Mary Pickford, or Florence Lawrence shorts made in the first decade of the 20th century).”

The above paragraph was removed because the pre-1910/post-1989 limitation was the result of a misreading of the Library of Congress' press release.

In addition to a dozen pre-1910 titles, the National Film Registry also includes 11 post-1989 titles.

Sergeant York Gary Cooper. Howard Hawks 1941 blockbuster among National Film Registry entriesSergeant York with Gary Cooper. Howard Hawks' flag-waving 1941 blockbuster starring Best Actor Oscar winner Gary Cooper as a Hollywoodized version of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alvin York was one of the 25 National Film Registry additions this year.

National Film Registry additions

The film information below is an abridged version of the info found in the National Film Registry's press release.

The Asphalt Jungle (1950). John Huston's brilliant crime drama contains the recipe for a meticulously planned robbery, but the cast of criminal characters features one too many bad apples.

Deliverance (1972). Four Atlanta professionals (Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and Jon Voight) head for a weekend canoe trip – and instead meet up with two of the more memorable villains in film history (Billy McKinney and Herbert Coward) in this gripping Appalachian Heart of Darkness.

Disneyland Dream (1956). The Barstow family films a memorable home movie of their trip to Disneyland.

A Face in the Crowd (1957). Before Andy Griffith became a television legend playing a likable small-town sheriff, he portrayed a completely different type of celebrity in this dark look at the way sudden fame and power can corrupt. […] This film is based on the short story “The Arkansas Traveler” by Budd Schulberg, who also wrote the script for director Elia Kazan.

Flower Drum Song (1961). Starring prominent Asian-American actors Nancy Kwan and James Shigeta, this milestone film presented an enduring three-dimensional portrait of Asian America as well as a welcomed, non-cliched portrait of Chinatown beyond the usual exotic tourist façades.

Foolish Wives (1922). Director Erich von Stroheim's third feature, staged with costly and elaborate sets of Monte Carlo, tells the story of a criminal who passes himself off as a Russian count in order to seduce women of society and steal their money.

Free Radicals (1979). For his four-minute work Free Radicals (begun in 1958 and completed in 1979), [Len Lye] made scratches directly into the film stock. These scratches became “figures of motion” that appear in the finished film as horizontal and vertical lines and shapes dancing to the music of the Bagirmi tribe in Africa.

Hallelujah (1929). Around themes of religion, sensuality and family stability, [King Vidor] molded a tale of a cotton sharecropper that begins with him losing his year's earnings, his brother and his freedom and follows him through the temptations of a dance hall girl (Nina Mae McKinney).

In Cold Blood (1967). With an unsparing neorealism, director Richard Brooks adapted [Truman Capote]'s novel, focusing on the motivations, backgrounds, and relationship of the killers, society's failure to spot potential murderers, and their eventual execution on death row.

The Invisible Man (1933). In the film, after discovering a drug which provides the secret to invisibility, [Claude Rains] becomes an insane maniac and goes on a power-hungry murder spree, but later makes a deathbed confession to his fiancée: “I meddled in things that man must leave alone.”

Johnny Guitar (1954). Often described as the one of the stranger, kinkier Westerns of all time, Nicholas Ray's film-noiresque Johnny Guitar possesses enough symbolism to keep a psychiatrist occupied for years and was a favorite film of French New Wave directors.

The Killers (1946). Director Robert Siodmak took the original Ernest Hemingway short story as the film's opening point and developed it with an elaborate series of flashbacks, creating a classic example of film noir.

The March (1964). Examining the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington from the ground-level and focusing on the idealistic passion, joy and synergy of the crowds, [James] Blue's documentary lets us see the event take shape from the planning stage – with sound checks and worries about whether people will attend – to the arrival of enormous crowds on parades of trains and buses.

No Lies (1973). One of the first films to deal with the way rape victims are treated when they seek professional help for sexual assault, No Lies still possesses a searing resonance and has been widely viewed by nurses, therapists and police officers.

On the Bowery (1957). The film focuses on three of its alcoholic skid row denizens and their marginal existence amid the gin mills, missions and flop houses.

One Week (1920). One of [Buster Keaton]'s finest films and one of the greatest short comedies produced during the 1920s, the film, as critic Walter Kerr noted, shows Keaton as “a garden at the moment of blooming.”

The Pawnbroker (1965). The Pawnbroker was the first Hollywood film to depict in a realistic, psychologically probing manner the trauma of a Holocaust survivor, a subject previously taboo because of the fear of poor box office or offending delicate sensitivities.

The Perils of Pauline (1914). Produced in 20 episodes […] the series starred Pearl White as a young and wealthy heiress whose ingenuity, self-reliance and pluck enable her to regularly outwit a guardian intent on stealing her fortune.

Sergeant York (1941). Gary Cooper, in one of his favorite roles, won his first Oscar for his dead-on portrayal of Tennessee pacifist Sgt. Alvin York, who in an Argonne Forest World War I battle single-handedly captured over 130 German soldiers.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). Special-effects master Ray Harryhausen provides the hero with fantastic antagonists, including a giant cyclops, fire-breathing dragons, and a sword-wielding animated skeleton, all in glorious Technicolor.

So's Your Old Man (1926). In [Gregory La Cava's] film, [W.C. Fields] plays inventor Samuel Bisbee, who is considered a vulgarian by the town's elite.

George Stevens World War II Footage (1943–1946). [George Stevens] shot many hours of footage chronicling D-Day, including rare extant color film of the European war front; the liberation of Paris; […] and the Dachau concentration camp.

The Terminator (1984). The Terminator became one of the sleeper hits of 1984, blending an ingenious, thoughtful script – clearly influenced by the works of sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison – and relentless, non-stop action moved along by an outstanding synthesizer and early techno soundtrack.

Water and Power (1989). In this “city symphony,” [Pat O'Neill] juxtaposes images of downtown Los Angeles with scenes from the Owens Valley, Los Angeles' source of water.

White Fawn's Devotion (1910). Frequently in collaboration with his wife, actress Princess Red Wing (a.k.a.: Lillian St. Cyr), also of Winnebago ancestry, [James Young Deer] is believed to have written and directed more than 100 movies for Pathé from 1910–1913.

The Cheat with Sessue Hayakawa Fannie Ward. Cecil B. DeMille melodrama is National Film Registry entryThe Cheat with Sessue Hayakawa and Fannie Ward. Cecil B. DeMille's 1915 melodrama about a white woman (Fannie Ward) who becomes enslaved to a cruel and mysterious and sensual “Oriental” (Sessue Hayakawa), The Cheat was added to the National Film Registry in 1993.

National Film Registry movies

1) Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
2) Adam's Rib (1949).
3) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
4) The African Queen (1951).
5) Alien (1979).
6) All About Eve (1950).
7) All My Babies (1953).
8) All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).
9) All That Heaven Allows (1955).
10) All That Jazz (1979).
11) All the King's Men (1949).
12) America, America (1963).
13) American Graffiti (1973).
14) An American in Paris (1951).
15) Annie Hall (1977).
16) Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974).
17) The Apartment (1960).
18) Apocalypse Now (1979).
19) Applause (1929).
20) The Asphalt Jungle (1950).
21) Atlantic City (1980).
22) The Awful Truth (1937).
23) Baby Face (1933).
24) Back to the Future (1985).
25) The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).
26) Badlands (1973).
27) The Band Wagon (1953).
28) The Bank Dick (1940).
29) The Battle of San Pietro (1945).
30) Beauty and the Beast (1991).
31) Ben-Hur (1925).
32) Ben-Hur (1959).
33) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
34) Big Business (1929).
35) The Big Parade (1925).
36) The Big Sleep (1946).
37) The Big Trail (1930).
38) The Birth of a Nation (1915).
39) The Black Pirate (1926).
40) The Black Stallion (1979).
41) Blacksmith Scene (1893).
42) Blade Runner (1982).
43) Blazing Saddles (1974).
44) The Blood of Jesus (1941).
45) The Blue Bird (1918).
46) Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
47) Boyz n the Hood (1991).
48) Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
49) The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
50) Bringing Up Baby (1938).
51) Broken Blossoms (1919).
52) A Bronx Morning (1931).
53) The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975).
54) Bullitt (1968).
55) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
56) Cabaret (1972).
57) The Cameraman (1928).
58) Carmen Jones (1954).
59) Casablanca (1942).
60) Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925).
61) Castro Street (1966).
62) Cat People (1942).
63) Chan Is Missing (1982).
64) The Cheat (1915).
65) The Chechahcos (1924).
66) Chinatown (1974).
67) Chulas Fronteras (1976).
68) Citizen Kane (1941).
69) The City (1939).
70) City Lights (1931).
71) Civilization (1916).
72) Clash of the Wolves (1925).
73) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
74) Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (1939).
75) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940 (1940).
76) The Conversation (1974).
77) Cool Hand Luke (1967).
78) Cops (1922).
79) A Corner in Wheat (1909).
80) The Cool World (1963).
81) The Court Jester (1956).
82) The Crowd (1928).
83) The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916–1917).
84) Czechoslovakia 1968 (1968).
85) D.O.A. (1950).
86) Dance, Girl, Dance (1940).
87) Dances with Wolves (1990).
88) Daughter of Shanghai (1937).
89) Daughters of the Dust (1991).
90) David Holzman's Diary (1968).
91) The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
92) Days of Heaven (1978).
93) Dead Birds (1964).
94) The Deer Hunter (1978).
95) Deliverance (1972).
96) Destry Rides Again (1939).
97) Detour (1946).
98) Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894–1895).
99) Disneyland Dream (1956).
100) Do the Right Thing (1989).
101) The Docks of New York (1928).
102) Dodsworth (1936).
103) Dog Star Man (1964).
104) Don't Look Back (1967).
105) Double Indemnity (1944).
106) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
107) Dracula (1931).
108) Drums of Winter (1988).
109) Duck Amuck (1953).
110) Duck and Cover (1951).
111) Duck Soup (1933).
112) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
113) Early Abstractions #1-5,7,10 (1939-56).
114) Easy Rider (1969).
115) Eaux d'Artifice (1953).
116) El Norte (1983).
117) The Emperor Jones (1933).
118) Empire (1964).
119) The Endless Summer (1966).
120) Enter the Dragon (1973).
121) Eraserhead (1978).
122) Evidence of the Film (1913).
123) The Exploits of Elaine (1914).
124) A Face in the Crowd (1957).
125) The Fall of the House of Usher (1928).
126) Fantasia (1940).
127) Fargo (1996).
128) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
129) Fatty's Tintype Tangle (1915).
130) Film Portrait (1970).
131) Five Easy Pieces (1970).
132) Flash Gordon Serial (1936).
133) Flesh and the Devil (1927).
134) Flower Drum Song (1961).
135) Foolish Wives (1922).
136) Footlight Parade (1933).
137) Force of Evil (1948).
138) The Forgotten Frontier (1931).
139) 42nd Street (1933).
140) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921).
141) Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928).
142) Frank Film (1973).
143) Frankenstein (1931).
144) Freaks (1932).
145) Free Radicals (1979).
146) The French Connection (1971).
147) The Freshman (1925).
148) From Here to Eternity (1953).
149) From Stump to Ship (1930).
150) From the Manger to the Cross (1912).
151) Fuji (1974).
152) Fury (1936).
153) Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980).
154) The General (1927).
155) Gerald McBoing Boing (1951).
156) Gertie the Dinosaur (1914).
157) Giant (1956).
158) Gigi (1958).
159) Glimpse of the Garden (1957).
160) The Godfather (1972).
161) The Godfather: Part II (1974).
162) Going My Way (1944).
163) Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933).
164) The Gold Rush (1925).
165) Gone with the Wind (1939).
166) Goodfellas (1990).
167) The Graduate (1967).
168) Grand Hotel (1932).
169) The Grapes of Wrath (1940).
170) Grass (1925).
171) The Great Dictator (1940).
172) The Great Train Robbery (1903).
173) Greed (1924).
174) Groundhog Day (1993).
175) Gun Crazy (1949).
176) Gunga Din (1939).
177) H2O (1929).
178) Hallelujah (1929).
179) Halloween (1978).
180) Hands Up (1926).
181) Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976).
182) Harold and Maude (1972).
183) The Heiress (1949).
184) Hell's Hinges (1916).
185) Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937).
186) High School (1968).
187) High Noon (1952).
188) His Girl Friday (1940).
189) The Hitch-Hiker (1953).
190) Hoop Dreams (1994).
191) Hoosiers (1986).
192) Hospital (1970).
193) The Hospital (1971).
194) The House I Live In (1945).
195) The House in the Middle (1954).
196) House of Usher (1960).
197) How Green Was My Valley (1941).
198) How the West Was Won (1962).
199) The Hunters [Kalahari Desert Tribe Anthropological Film] (1957).
200) The Hustler (1961).
201) I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932).
202) Imitation of Life (1934).
203) The Immigrant (1917).
204) In a Lonely Place (1950).
205) In Cold Blood (1967).
206) In the Heat of the Night (1967).
207) In the Land of the Head Hunters / In the Land of the War Canoes (1914).
208) In the Street (1948/52).
209) Intolerance (1916).
210) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
211) The Invisible Man (1933).
212) It (1927).
213) It Happened One Night (1934).
214) It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
215) The Italian (1915).
216) Jailhouse Rock (1957).
217) Jam Session (1942).
218) Jammin' the Blues (1944).
219) Jaws (1975).
220) Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959).
221) The Jazz Singer (1927).
222) Jeffries-Johnson World's Championship Boxing Contest (1910).
223) Johnny Guitar (1954).
224) Kannapolis, NC (1941).
225) Killer of Sheep (1977).
226) The Killers (1946).
227) King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (1970).
228) King Kong (1933).
229) The Kiss (1896).
230) Kiss Me Deadly (1955).
231) Knute Rockne, All American (1940).
232) Koyaanisqatsi (1983).
233) The Lady Eve (1941).
234) Lady Helen's Escapade (1909).
235) Lady Windermere's Fan (1925).
236) Lambchops (1929).
237) Land Beyond the Sunset (1912).
238) Lassie Come Home (1943).
239) The Last Command (1928).
240) The Last of the Mohicans (1920).
241) The Last Picture Show (1971).
242) Laura (1944).
243) Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
244) The Learning Tree (1969).
245) Let's All Go to the Lobby (1957).
246) Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948).
247) The Life and Death of 9413 – a Hollywood Extra (1927).
248) The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980).
249) The Life of Emile Zola (1937).
250) Little Caesar (1930).
251) The Little Fugitive (1953).
252) Little Miss Marker (1934).
253) The Living Desert (1953).
254) The Lost World (1925).
255) Louisiana Story (1948).
256) Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938).
257) Love Me Tonight (1932).
258) MASH (1970).
259) Magical Maestro (1952).
260) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).
261) Making of an American (1920).
262) The Maltese Falcon (1941).
263) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).
264) The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
265) Manhatta (1921).
266) Manhattan (1979).
267) The March (1964).
268) March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany – 1938 (1938).
269) Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939).
270) Marty (1955).
271) Master Hands (1936).
272) Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913).
273) Mean Streets (1973).
274) Medium Cool (1969).
275) Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
276) Melody Ranch (1940).
277) Memphis Belle (1944).
278) Meshes of the Afternoon (1943).
279) Midnight Cowboy (1969).
280) Mighty Like a Moose (1926).
281) Mildred Pierce (1945).
282) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944).
283) Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
284) Miss Lulu Bett (1922).
285) Modern Times (1936).
286) Modesta (1956).
287) Mom and Dad (1944).
288) Morocco (1930).
289) Motion Painting No. 1 (1947).
290) A Movie (1958).
291) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).
292) Multiple Sidosis (1970).
293) The Music Box (1932).
294) The Music Man (1962).
295) My Darling Clementine (1946).
296) My Man Godfrey (1936).
297) The Naked City (1948).
298) The Naked Spur (1953).
299) Nanook of the North (1922).
300) Nashville (1975).
301) National Lampoon's Animal House (1978).
302) National Velvet (1944).
303) Naughty Marietta (1935).
304) Network (1976).
305) A Night at the Opera (1935).
306) The Night of the Hunter (1955).
307) Night of the Living Dead (1968).
308) Ninotchka (1939).
309) No Lies (1973).
310) North by Northwest (1959).
311) Nostalgia (1971).
312) Nothing But a Man (1964).
313) Notorious (1946).
314) Now Voyager (1942).
315) The Nutty Professor (1963).
316) Offon (1968).
317) Oklahoma! (1955).
318) On the Bowery (1957).
319) On the Waterfront (1954).
320) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
321) One Froggy Evening (1956).
322) One Week (1920).
323) Our Day (1938).
324) Out of the Past (1947).
325) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943).
326) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).
327) Pass the Gravy (1928).
328) Paths of Glory (1957).
329) Patton (1970).
330) The Pawnbroker (1965).
331) The Pearl (1948).
332) Peege (1972).
333) The Perils of Pauline (1914).
334) Peter Pan (1924).
335) The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
336) The Philadelphia Story (1940).
337) Pinocchio (1940).
338) A Place in the Sun (1951).
339) Planet of the Apes (1968).
340) The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936).
341) Point of Order (1964).
342) The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917).
343) Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936).
344) Porky in Wackyland (1938).
345) Power of the Press (1928).
346) Powers of Ten (1978).
347) President McKinley Inauguration Footage (1901).
348) Primary (1960).
349) Princess Nicotine; or the Smoke Fairy (1909).
350) The Prisoner of Zenda (1937).
351) The Producers (1968).
352) Psycho (1960).
353) The Public Enemy (1931).
354) Pull My Daisy (1959).
355) Punch Drunks (1934).
356) Pups Is Pups (Our Gang) (1930).
357) Raging Bull (1980).
358) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
359) A Raisin in the Sun (1961).
360) Rear Window (1954).
361) Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
362) Red Dust (1932).
363) Red River (1948).
364) Regeneration (1915).
365) Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971–1972).
366) Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage (1937).
367) Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980).
368) Ride the High Country (1962).
369) Rip Van Winkle (1896).
370) The River (1937).
371) Road to Morocco (1942).
372) Rocky (1976).
373) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
374) Roman Holiday (1953).
375) Rose Hobart (1936).
376) Sabrina (1954).
377) Safety Last (1923).
378) Salesman (1969).
379) Salome (1922).
380) Salt of the Earth (1954).
381) San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 (1906).
382) Scarface (1932).
383) Schindler's List (1993).
384) The Searchers (1956).
385) Serene Velocity (1970).
386) Sergeant York (1941).
387) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).
388) 7th Heaven (1927).
389) The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958).
390) Sex Lies and Videotape (1989).
391) The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928).
392) Shadow of a Doubt (1943).
393) Shadows (1959).
394) Shaft (1971).
395) Shane (1953).
396) She Done Him Wrong (1933).
397) Sherlock, Jr. (1924).
398) Sherman's March (1986).
399) Shock Corridor (1963).
400) The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
401) Show Boat (1936).
402) Show People (1928).
403) Siege (1940).
404) Singin' in the Rain (1952).
405) Sky High (1922).
406) Snow White (1933).
407) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
408) So's Your Old Man (1926).
409) Some Like It Hot (1959).
410) The Son of the Sheik (1926).
411) The Sound of Music (1965).
412) St. Louis Blues (1929).
413) Stagecoach (1939).
414) A Star Is Born (1954).
415) Star Theatre (1901).
416) Star Wars (1977).
417) Steamboat Willie (1928).
418) George Stevens WW2 Footage (1943–1946).
419) The Sting (1973).
420) Stormy Weather (1943).
421) Stranger Than Paradise (1984).
422) A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).
423) The Strong Man (1926).
424) Sullivan's Travels (1941).
425) Sunrise (1927).
426) Sunset Blvd. (1950).
427) Sweet Smell of Success (1957).
428) Swing Time (1936).
429) Tabu (1931).
430) Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940).
431) The Tall T (1957).
432) The T.A.M.I. Show (1964).
433) Tarzan and His Mate (1934).
434) Taxi Driver (1976).
435) The Tell-Tale Heart (1953).
436) The Ten Commandments (1956).
437) The Terminator (1984).
438) Tess of the Storm Country (1914).
439) Tevye (1939).
440) There It Is (1928).
441) The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
442) The Thin Blue Line (1988).
443) The Thin Man (1934).
444) The Thing from Another World (1951).
445) Think of Me First as a Person (1960-75).
446) This Is Cinerama (1952).
447) This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
448) Three Little Pigs (1933).
449) Through Navajo Eyes (Series) (1966).
450) A Time for Burning (1966).
451) A Time Out of War (1954).
452) Tin Toy (1988).
453) To Be or Not to Be (1942).
454) To Fly (1976).
455) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
456) Tol'able David (1921).
457) Tom, Tom the Piper's Son (1960).
458) Tootsie (1982).
459) Top Hat (1935).
460) Topaz (1943–1945) (Home Movie Footage Taken at Japanese American Internment Camp, the Topaz War Relocation Authority Center).
461) Touch of Evil (1958).
462) Toy Story (1995).
463) Traffic in Souls (1913).
464) Trance and Dance in Bali (1936-39).
465) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
466) Trouble in Paradise (1932).
467) Tulips Shall Grow (1942).
468) 12 Angry Men (1957).
469) Twelve O'Clock High (1949).
470) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
471) Unforgiven (1992).
472) Verbena Tragica (1939).
473) Vertigo (1958).
474) Water and Power (1989).
475) The Wedding March (1928).
476) West Side Story (1961).
477) Westinghouse Works, 1904 (1904).
478) What's Opera, Doc? (1957).
479) Where Are My Children? (1916).
480) White Fawn's Devotion (1910).
481) White Heat (1949).
482) Why Man Creates (1968).
483) Why We Fight (Series) (1943–1945).
484) Wild and Woolly (1917).
485) The Wild Bunch (1969).
486) Wild River (1960).
487) Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957).
488) The Wind (1928).
489) Wings (1927).
490) Within Our Gates (1920).
491) The Wizard of Oz (1939).
492) Woman of the Year (1942).
493) A Woman Under the Influence (1974).
494) The Women (1939).
495) Woodstock (1970).
496) Wuthering Heights (1939).
497) Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).
498) Young Frankenstein (1974).
499) Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).
500) Zapruder Film (1963).

 

National Film Registry/Library of Congress website.

Joan Crawford Johnny Guitar image: Republic Pictures.

Gary Cooper Sergeant York image: Warner Bros.

Fannie Ward and Sessue Hayakawa The Cheat image: Paramount Pictures.

Clip of Juanita Hall singing “Chop Suey” in Flower Drum Song: Universal Pictures.


         
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