FILMING the story of the atom bomb
today, as the Atomic Age is still in its infancy and while the atom
bomb is contemporary history, marks an event unprecedented in the
motion picture industry.
From time to time, pictures
of outstanding significance have come from Hollywood visually to
entertain and enlighten film audiences throughout the world. But,
their subjects have been ripened by age, tested by the judgement
It was inevitable that
the story of the atom bomb should one day reach the screen. But,
today it marks the stoutest challenge ever placed upon Hollywood's
film making ingenuity. It is the human story of half a million Americans,
little men and big men, all doing their job in the biggest, most
complex task of all time.
From the moment an atom bomb
dropped on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945, it became the greatest
news story ever to break upon the consciousness of the civilized
world. To this day, with discussions raging everywhere as to its
possible influence on the world's future... if any... it remains
a vital topic to every living person.