Archive & Newsreel Footage
FORD MOTOR COMPANY TRAINING FILM - LOVE THY CUSTOMER
LOCATION: Rampart Studios - Los Angeles - CA
FORMAT: Employee Training Film
PRODUCTION: Parthenon Pictures
NARRATOR: Frank Nelson & Colin Male
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!".
< Click Here To See a Paper Advertisement from 1970.
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.
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.
Another known Jim Morrison death announcement reported by NBC's Frank McGee at 6pm on July 9th, 1971. B&w.