ACL Ten Best 1938 - Honorable Mention General Class
"The eagerness of a movie maker to use a new cine camera is the clever introduction and leitmotivof Movie Bugs, an exceedingly well photographed picture by Dr. Frederick W. Brock. The picture tells how the movie maker protagonist gets in touch with a science teacher and how the two of them construct a support for the camera for use with it in filming through a microscope. The succeeding shots of hydrae and paramecia and other microscopic organisms are beautifully filmed, and the picture infers the obvious conclusion that any university zoology department should be equipped to make such studies. Clean cut interior lighting and a well knit story distinguish this fine filming job." Movie Makers, Dec. 1938, 620.
Discussed by Dr. Brock in "Movie Bugs on Parade" (Movie Makers, Oct. 1942, 403, 424-425). "Pitfalls" of filming through a microscope are listed, and film stills are featured.
"Moving Pictures of Microscopic Animals Made by an Ex-Nebraskan," Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star, July 31, 1938, 3 (via Wagner University).
The film won top award in an Eastern seaboard interclub movie contest sponsored by the Metropolitan Motion Picture Club in 1938 (Movie Makers, April 1938, 181).
"Archival Film Festival: ‘Campus Life’ & ‘Movie Bugs’ (1938)." Wagner College Newsroom, September 25, 2015.
The film was available in the ACL's Club Film Library.
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