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From: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Personalities of the Past, Part 1 (DVD)

DVD (UPC: 089218742599)

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Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Fanny Brice, Jack "Legs" Diamond, Sgt. Alvin C. York
  • Documentary
  • 60 min
Price: $8.98
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Legendary and iconic figures of the twentieth century, the famous and the infamous, come to life on film in this fascinating collection of short subjects. A few of the many highlights include a look at the life of Theodore Roosevelt, as he evolves from warrior to conservationist. Master of Magic Harry Houdini performs one of his daring escapes while suspended high above the Manhattan streets. Sergeant York, the greatest American hero of World War I, is interviewed in 1919. Famed evangelist Aimee Semple MacPherson, credited with curing thousands with her faith healing, discusses her impending marriage. Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan square off at the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. Ziegfield comedy queen Fanny Brice celebrates two decades in show business. Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle visits New York. After escaping 17 trials without a conviction, notorious mobster Jack "Legs" Diamond is gunned down by a rival gang in an Albany rooming house in 1930. Mahatma Gandhi struggles to free India from the yoke of Great Britain.


  • UPC: 089218742599
  • Release: 2023-03-14
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  • Runtime: 60
  • Genre: Documentary
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  • Rating: NR
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  • Color/BW: Black & White
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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Disc Format: DVD

Cast and Crew


Theodore Roosevelt
Harry Houdini
Fanny Brice
Jack "Legs" Diamond
Sgt. Alvin C. York