Filmography

Frank Smythe

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    The Fourth Everest Expedition

    Percy Wyn-Harris (1933)

    Record of the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition, that was, after the reconnaissance expedition of 1921, and the 1922 and 1924 expeditions, the fourth British expedition to Mount Everest and the third with the intention of making the first ascent. The expedition was unsuccessful, although in two separate attempts Lawrence Wager and Percy Wyn-Harris, and then F. S. Smythe, set an altitude record for climbing without supplemental oxygen that was not broken until Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler reached the summit in 1978.

    UK / 76 min

    The Fourth Everest Expedition

    Percy Wyn-Harris

    • 1933
    • UK
    • 76 min
    Record of the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition, that was, after the reconnaissance expedition of 1921, and the 1922 and 1924 expeditions, the fourth British expedition to Mount Everest and the third with the intention of making the first ascent. The expedition was unsuccessful, although in two separate attempts Lawrence Wager and Percy Wyn-Harris, and then F. S. Smythe, set an altitude record for climbing without supplemental oxygen that was not broken until Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler reached the summit in 1978.

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    The conquest of Mt. Kamet

    The conquest of Mt. Kamet

    Richard Robinson (1983)

    Documentary about the 1931 British Expedition to Mount Kamet, in the Himalayas. After ten previous attempts to climb Mount Kamet, a young British expedition led by F. S. Smythe finally conquered this mighty and awe-inspiring mountain. The original film, made by F. S. Smythe, brilliantly captures their moments of fear, dread and finally their exhilaration when they reach the summit of Kamet and survey in awestruck wonderment the fantastic sight of the other mountains and the world beneath them. The documentary is part of the BBC series 'Travellers in time'. Six films about early exploration to remote parts of the world introduced from the Royal Geographical Society by the pioneer polar explorer Duncan Carse.

    UK / 30 min

    The conquest of Mt. Kamet

    Richard Robinson

    • 1983
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Documentary about the 1931 British Expedition to Mount Kamet, in the Himalayas. After ten previous attempts to climb Mount Kamet, a young British expedition led by F. S. Smythe finally conquered this mighty and awe-inspiring mountain. The original film, made by F. S. Smythe, brilliantly captures their moments of fear, dread and finally their exhilaration when they reach the summit of Kamet and survey in awestruck wonderment the fantastic sight of the other mountains and the world beneath them. The documentary is part of the BBC series 'Travellers in time'. Six films about early exploration to remote parts of the world introduced from the Royal Geographical Society by the pioneer polar explorer Duncan Carse.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Kamet conquered

    Kamet conquered

    Frank Smythe (1932)

    Record of the 1931 British Expedition to Mount Kamet, in the Himalayas. After ten previous attempts to climb Mount Kamet, a young British expedition led by F. S. Smythe finally conquered this mighty and awe-inspiring mountain. The film, made by F. S. Smythe, brilliantly captures their moments of fear, dread and finally their exhilaration when they reach the summit of Kamet and survey in awestruck wonderment the fantastic sight of the other mountains and the world beneath them.

    UK / 55 min

    Kamet conquered

    Frank Smythe

    • 1932
    • UK
    • 55 min
    Record of the 1931 British Expedition to Mount Kamet, in the Himalayas. After ten previous attempts to climb Mount Kamet, a young British expedition led by F. S. Smythe finally conquered this mighty and awe-inspiring mountain. The film, made by F. S. Smythe, brilliantly captures their moments of fear, dread and finally their exhilaration when they reach the summit of Kamet and survey in awestruck wonderment the fantastic sight of the other mountains and the world beneath them.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Himatschal - Der Thron der Götter

    Himatschal - Der Thron der Götter

    Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth (1931)

    Record of the international expedition to climb Kangchenjunga in 1930. The german-austrian-british expedition, led by Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth's, had come from the Nepalese side and tried to reach the North Ridge via its NW face after failing in the north face, where the sherpa Chettan was killed in an avalanche. The attempt failed but the team made the first ascents of Rathong (6678m) and Jongsong Peak (7483m), and also climbed the Southwest peak of Nepal Peak.

    Germany / 82 min

    Himatschal - Der Thron der Götter

    Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth

    • 1931
    • Germany
    • 82 min
    Record of the international expedition to climb Kangchenjunga in 1930. The german-austrian-british expedition, led by Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth's, had come from the Nepalese side and tried to reach the North Ridge via its NW face after failing in the north face, where the sherpa Chettan was killed in an avalanche. The attempt failed but the team made the first ascents of Rathong (6678m) and Jongsong Peak (7483m), and also climbed the Southwest peak of Nepal Peak.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest 1936 - Ruttledge

    Peter Oliver (1936)

    Record of the 1936 British Mout Everest Expedition led by Hugh Ruttledge. Although the North Col was reached, a combination of high winds, storms and waist-deep snow made progress above 7,000m difficult and, with the monsoon arriving early, Ruttledge called off the expedition. Members of the expedition were mountaineers Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Percy Wyn-Harris, Edwin Kempson, Dr. Charles Warren, Edmund Wigram, Peter Oliver and James Gavin. The party also included Tenzing Norgay. This was a very well-equipped expedition, which included oxygen and radio equipment.

    UK / 21 min

    Everest 1936 - Ruttledge

    Peter Oliver

    • 1936
    • UK
    • 21 min
    Record of the 1936 British Mout Everest Expedition led by Hugh Ruttledge. Although the North Col was reached, a combination of high winds, storms and waist-deep snow made progress above 7,000m difficult and, with the monsoon arriving early, Ruttledge called off the expedition. Members of the expedition were mountaineers Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Percy Wyn-Harris, Edwin Kempson, Dr. Charles Warren, Edmund Wigram, Peter Oliver and James Gavin. The party also included Tenzing Norgay. This was a very well-equipped expedition, which included oxygen and radio equipment.

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    Everest 1933

    Everest 1933

    Stuart Keen (1950s)

    The original record of the 1933 Everest expedition, re-edited and commentated by the leader, Hugh Ruttledge. The approach through Darjeeling and Tibet, ascent of the East Rongbuk Glacier and the camps on Everest itself are shown; individual highlights include F. S. Smythe cutting steps in a nearly-vertical ice wall and many impressive views of the summit as seen from the North Col. Stages in the journey are shown by animated relief maps. Although the photography shows sighs of the arduous conditions under which the cameras had to be used, this is recommended to any audience with an interest in mountains. Mr. Ruttledge's commentary adds much to the value of the film as a historical document.

    UK / 50 min

    Everest 1933

    Stuart Keen, John Earle

    • 1950s
    • UK
    • 50 min
    The original record of the 1933 Everest expedition, re-edited and commentated by the leader, Hugh Ruttledge. The approach through Darjeeling and Tibet, ascent of the East Rongbuk Glacier and the camps on Everest itself are shown; individual highlights include F. S. Smythe cutting steps in a nearly-vertical ice wall and many impressive views of the summit as seen from the North Col. Stages in the journey are shown by animated relief maps. Although the photography shows sighs of the arduous conditions under which the cameras had to be used, this is recommended to any audience with an interest in mountains. Mr. Ruttledge's commentary adds much to the value of the film as a historical document.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Assault on Everest - 1933

    Assault on Everest - 1933

    Richard Robinson (1982)

    Documentary about the fourth Mount Everest Expedition, using footage shot by Wyn Harris. The very large assault team lead by Hugh Ruttledge was transported by hundreds of ponies and accompanied by scores of sherpas. A track has been added in the form of excerpts from the diaries of the climbers and music of the period. The documentary is part of the BBC series 'Travellers in time'. Six films about early exploration to remote parts of the world introduced from the Royal Geographical Society by the pioneer polar explorer Duncan Carse.

    UK / 30 min

    Assault on Everest - 1933

    Richard Robinson

    • 1982
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Documentary about the fourth Mount Everest Expedition, using footage shot by Wyn Harris. The very large assault team lead by Hugh Ruttledge was transported by hundreds of ponies and accompanied by scores of sherpas. A track has been added in the form of excerpts from the diaries of the climbers and music of the period. The documentary is part of the BBC series 'Travellers in time'. Six films about early exploration to remote parts of the world introduced from the Royal Geographical Society by the pioneer polar explorer Duncan Carse.

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