The Promise of Barty O'Brien, 1948-1953
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(Oct 23, 2008)
Experience the American Journey through our country's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States.DRAMATIZED DOCUMENTARY: on how the Marshall Plan helped Barty O'Brien become an electrical engineer.Barty arrives at Shannon Airport, Ireland with an American friend and he tells him his story. Scenes of the Irish bogs and the construction of a new electrical power plant near the O'Brien farm. Introduces Barty's family and presents the conflict between Barty and his modern ideas and those of his old fashioned father. Barty earns extra money loading turf to fuel the power plant. He steals aboard the turf train to the plant and is offered a job. A near accident prompts Barty to attend night school. Barty attends night school and plans to surprise his father with electric lights for their home, but they quarrel. Barty leaves for Dublin. Barty goes to the American embassy in Dublin for a visa, returns to his farm to earn plane fare and attend night school. Visiting Marshall Plan representatives select him to study electricity in America. Barty reaches America. Scenes of New York skyscrapers, Central Park, hydroelectric dams and power lines. Barty returns to the farm to develop an electric power bridge in Hampton, Ireland.From the U.S. Information Agency.This historical recording from the National Archives may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material.
The content summary for this DVD is adapted from an historical description provided by the government agency or donor at the time of production release.
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