American Experience: The Great San Francisco Earthquake

American Experience: The Great San Francisco Earthquake

Director: Tom Weidlinger Cast: F. Murray Abraham


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In April of 1906, the grand and thriving city of San Francisco was host to luminaries including writer Jack London, world-class opera tenor Enrico Caruso, and movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. At 5:30 in the morning on April 18, one of the most disastrous earthquakes in U.S. history shook the city to its foundations, demolishing hundreds of city blocks. London, Caruso, and Arbuckle survived, but the fire chief was mortally wounded and gas-fed blazes burned out of control. In the end, as this PBS documentary shows, estimates of casualties from the quake and the resulting fire ran to around 3,000. Of the city's 400,000 citizens, 225,000 were left homeless. Highlights of this program from The American Experience series include commentary by historians, archival motion picture footage, and photographs.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/03/2006
UPC: 0783421400696
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Time: 0:56:00
Sales rank: 44,127

Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the American Experience website; Scene selection; Closed captions

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Great San Francisco Earthquake
1. Introduction [1:07]
2. A City Waiting to Burn [11:58]
3. From Earthquake to Fire [19:41]
4. Out of the Ashes [13:13]
5. The New San Francisco [7:12]
6. Credits [1:22]

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