Archive & Newsreel Footage


FORD MOTOR COMPANY TRAINING FILM - LOVE THY CUSTOMER


Ford Motor Company Training Film

DATE: 05/xx/1966
LOCATION: Rampart Studios - Los Angeles - CA
FORMAT: Employee Training Film
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 25:13
AUDIO: Yes
PRODUCTION: Parthenon Pictures
NARRATOR: Frank Nelson & Colin Male


Info:

Before signing to Elektra, The Doors are hired by Parthenon Pictures to provide an instrumental soundtrack to a Ford Motor Company employee training film titled 'Love Thy Customer'. Produced and directed by David Bowen for a now defunct Parthenon Pictures, the soundtrack is supposedly composed while The Doors view the film on a monitor at Rampart Studios in Los Angeles. Featuring approximately 15 minutes of music, with passages resembling tracks such as Build Me A Woman and I Looked At You, the film gives fans and collectors an insight to the band's early musical style and sound. While the music is generally heard in the background behind a narrator's voice, the volume is occasionally increased between segments for clear listening. Due to the instrumental nature of the soundtrack, Jim Morrison was most likely not required to parttake, with no evidence suggesting he was present during the session. Although the finished the film remains intact and officially released on The Doors 2013 DVD & Blu-Ray 'R-Evolution', the original studio session reels appear to be lost.

BUICK TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT


Buick Television Advertisement

DATE: xx/xx/1969
LOCATION: Unknown
FORMAT: TV Advertisement
COLOR: Unknown
LENGTH: Unknown
AUDIO: Yes




Info:

In October 1968, The Doors are approached by Buick to use 'Light My Fire' in a television commercial. A recorded copy of this television advertisement is yet to be found. It does not feature the Doors, however rights were issued to Buick to use the song as they saw fit. John Densmore recalls "It all started in 1968, when Buick offered us $75,000 to use 'Light My Fire' to hawk its new hot little offering--the Opel. Ray, Robby and I OK'd it, while Jim was out of town. He came back and went nuts. And it wasn't even his song (Robby primarily having penned 'LMF')! In retrospect, his calling up Buick and saying that if they aired the ad, he'd smash an Opel on television with a sledgehammer was fantastic!".

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WTVJ CHANNEL 4 - MIAMI


WTVJ Channel 4 Miami Television

DATE: (Various Dates) - 08/10/1970 to 10/30/1970
STATION: WTVJ Miami
LOCATION: Miami - FL
FORMAT: Newsreel
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 14:02
AUDIO: Mix




Info:

On August 10th, 1970 WTVJ Channel 4 of Miami begins televised coverage of Jim Morrison's indecency trial. Covering multiple dates, this footage features shots of Jim, The Doors, friends, witnesses, legal personnel, and other related aspects of the trial including Police Chief Paul Denham's announcement of the issued warrants and a decency rally held at the Orange Bowl in March of 1969. While the majority of the known footage is silent, audio appears during an interview with Jim by reporter Fred Francis (See transcript below), and interview clips with members of the Miami show audience. This footage is currently housed by the 'Florida Moving Image Archives' and clean segments can be seen in The Doors official 2010 documentary 'When You're Strange'.

Jim Morrison as interviewed by Fred Francis:

JM: I think that nudity is, it's really a cyclical phenomenom - I think it comes, it gets very liberal and extreme, then it goes back, reacts the other way, and it just seems to be a cycle in entertainment.

FF: In other words you feel that the same liberalism performed in the theater, acting, should be also generated in music?

JM: Well in the realm of art and theater, I do think that there should be complete freedom for the artist and performer. I'm not personally convinced that nudity is always a necessary part of a play or film, but the artist should feel free to use it if he feels like it.

SAN DIEGO TELEVISION


San Diego Television

DATE: 08/21/1970
STATION: Unknown San Diego Station
LOCATION: Bakersfield - CA
FORMAT: Newsreel
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 5:58
AUDIO: Yes




Info:

This short 30-second color broadcast report features a Q&A with Jim Morrison and an introdoction showing various newspaper articles related to the Miami trial. Filmed in Bakersfield, CA at the Civic Auditorium, this filmwork was reportedly broadcast in San Diego days later. The full length master reel lies in The Doors archives and features Bakersfield concert footage, the more extensive interview segment with Jim, and silent footage of The Doors and crew backstage. The master runs for approximately 6 minutes - much lengthier in comparison to the televised broadcast.

CBS TELEVISION - NEW YORK


CBS Death Announcement

DATE: 07/09/1971
STATION: CBS New York
LOCATION: New York - NY
FORMAT: Newsreel
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 0:20
AUDIO: Yes



Info:

A Jim Morrison death announcement reported by Walter Cronkite of CBS on July 9th, 1971. Due to the circumstances of the event, news of Jim's death was usually not reported by the media until July 7th or later. This television broadcast includes what details are known about the incident in Paris. Filmed in B&w.

NBC TELEVISION - NEW YORK


CBS Death Announcement

DATE: 07/09/1971
STATION: NBC New York
LOCATION: New York - NY
FORMAT: Newsreel
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 0:10
AUDIO: Yes




Info:

Another known Jim Morrison death announcement reported by NBC's Frank McGee at 6pm on July 9th, 1971. B&w.