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This Pete Smith Specialty tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine. The difficulty of obtaining the element is also demonstrated. Several tons of ore yield only minute amounts of the element. At the time of filming, the entire world's supply of radium was 1-3/4 pounds.Written by
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And so, out of the darkness of the past comes a white light of hope for today. Radium, the most precious substance in the world! Centuries from now it will still shine upon some future civilization, saving through the ages countless thousands of human lives.
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OK, we've learned more about this topic since then
Pete Smith's Academy Award-nominated "Romance of Radium" is worth seeing as a science lesson. It focuses on the chemical element radium, its discovery, and its uses. Of course, nowadays we know how dangerous that stuff can be, so seeing the characters handling it so casually looks insane. In fact, Marie Curie had died from radiation exposure a few years before the movie got released. Not to mention that the movie contains some politically incorrect material.
Aside from those missteps, the movie does contain some good information about the stuff. It's one of the many shorts that got shown to movie audiences back in the '30s right before the feature came on.
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