Mossadegh Videos & Newsreels

The Mossadegh Project     
[Updated April 5, 2024]                                   

“I’m the Prime Minister of the people and not Prime Minister of the Shah and Majles.”
— Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh (1882-1967)


British Pathé (Britain), March? 1951: “Various air and ground shots of the oil refineries at Abadan. LV. Zoom in arid desert mountains. GV. River running through mountains. MV. Surveyors working. SCU. Surveyor looking through theodolite, & CU. GV. Lorries bringing supplies up. SV. Lorry with huge petrol tank staggering up hill. SV. Derrick being erected, & SCU. MV. Petrol tanks being placed into position, & SV. MV. Completed derrick. SCU. Cutting bit being placed on end of drill. GV Oil field set in mountainous country. GV. Mountainous country. MV. Pipelines straggling over mountains. Map showing Abadan and surrounding. MV. Workers in Abadan going off to oil works. MV. Workers entering works. LV. Modern theatre in Abadan. MV. Modern school. MV. Pupils in chemistry class. SV. Boy working on test tube. GV. Tankers in harbour. SV. Tanker 'British Chivalry - London'. MV. Oil feeds going aboard ship. SV. Engineers on oil stopcock. GV. Pan, oil tanks at Abadan. GV. Abadan.”


Movietone News (Britain), June 14, 1951: “Two members of the delegation going out to Persia for talks on the oil crisis, Mr. Jackson, Deputy Chairman of the Anglo Iranian Oil Company, and Mr. Elkinton, leave from London Airport in quest of a fair deal.”


Movietone News (Britain), July 2, 1951: “Would the refinery at Abadan, which produces 25 million tons of oil a year have to close? The Persian oil crisis had reached this stage. Meanwhile, British families arrive at London Airport from Abadan. Iran, at the turn of the century was a country of deserts and mountains. In 1908 British prospectors found oil, and in the years that followed the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company not only built the largest refinery in the world at Abadan, but also a town containing 170,000 inhabitants. All the amenities of life in Abadan were due to the Company. If the British left Persia, would there be sufficient technicians available elsewhere in the world (including Russia) to enable the Persians to carry on? And what would be the probable effect in Persia of British withdrawal? In London, Mr Jackson, the Company’s Deputy Chairman answers these questions.”


Movietone News (Britain), July 26, 1951: “Mr. Harriman’s visit to Teheran, where he was met by Dr. Grady, the American Ambassador, raised fresh hopes of a settlement. And while the dispute was in progress, the fist big oil-well “blow out” to occur in Persia for forty years’ operation by Anglo-Iranian, was being fought.”


Movietone News (Britain), August 2, 1951: “Mr Harriman and his wife were met by Mr Gifford, US Ambassador in London, when they arrived at London Airport from Persia. Sir Francis Shepherd, Britain's Ambassador in Teheran, who had come with Mr Harriman, gave a brief interview.”


Movietone News (Britain), October 8, 1951: “Among early arrivals at London Airport from Abadan were members of the British hospital staff. A personal view of the situation was given by the Matron, Miss Dorothy Ridge and one of the Sisters. Also home in Britain were members of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company — part of the rear guard. One of them gave us his reaction. The story continues at the Security Council meeting in New York, where Sir Gladwyn Jebb has the task of explaining the reason for bringing the oil dispute before the United Nations.”

Oil Men Return From Abadan

British Pathé (Britain), October 1951: “Unissued / Unused material. Pathe's John Parsons interviews people arriving at London Airport from the Anglo-Iranian oil company's terminal in Abadan after the take over. Cuts from 51/81. Parsons interviews Mr Downer. He has been working in the oil industry for a long time. He feels that the Iranians can't run their oil refinery without the British engineers. He talks about providing milk for the local people. VS of people at airport after returning. Parsons interviews Mr Smith. He worked in the power station. Parsons interviews various other returning workers. Most of them seem to eel the Persians won't be able to run things. Parsons interviews Mr Haskett. Parson interviews Mr Haslett - he suggests that they should have sent the troops in to keep the refinery in British hands. Spacing. Two unidentified men make statement.”


Movietone News (Britain), October 11, 1951: “The return of the last Anglo-Iranian Oil Company men, the refineries General Manager, Mr. Ross and the acting General Manager in the oil province, Mr. Mason, made headline news. Mr. Ross made comment on the Abadan evacuation.”


Movietone News (Britain), October 22, 1951: “There was a densely packed session of the Security Council at New York, when Persia’s ailing premier, Dr Mossadeq, arrived on the arm of Mr Trygve Lie, the UN Secretary. He was opposed at the Council meeting by Britain’s Sir Gladwyn Jebb.”

Truman And Mossadeq

British Pathé (Britain), October 23, 1951: “Blair House, Washington, USA.

MS.Persian (now Iranian) President Mossadeq alighting from car. MS.Mossadeq entering house. MS.UN President Harry Truman and Mossadeq shaking hands after meeting.

Mossadeq In Cairo

British Pathé (Britain), November 1951: “Unissued / Unused material.

Mohammed Mossadeq, Persian Prime Minister, in Cairo, Egypt.

LS anti-British crowd with banners being marshalled into order at aerodrome. CU anti-British banner. LS crowd waving. LS crowd on top of aerodrome building. MS group of officials with fezzes on. LS KLM Skymaster plane approaching aerodrome.

LS plane touching down on aerodrome. MS plane approaching camera and stopping. LS crowd around plane. LS Mossadeq alighting from gangway. LS crowds. LS Mossadeq on gangway waving to crowd. LS anti-British crowd in streets. MS Mossadeq being led to car, LS crowd as car passes. FILM ID:2577.11”

Persian Revolt

British Pathé (Britain), August 1953: “Teheran, Iran (Persia) & Rome Airport, Italy.

GV. Teheran street. CU. Pan up Minaret. GV. Shah's Palace. LV. Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and Queen Soraya making way through pressmen at Rome airport, & SV. & SCU. SV. Mossadeq in garden with pressmen. CU. Mossadeq. TS. Mounted troops chasing rioters. TS. Rioters flee, mounted troops chasing rioters. GV. Rioters running across square. MV. Rioters part to let Fatimi through. SV. Fatimi walking through mob. GV. Mob demonstrating for return of Shah, & LV. GV. Rioters in front of building TV. Mob. GV. Demonstrators. AV. Abadan refinery. LV. Refinery, & SV. GV. Line of ships in dock at Abadan. SV. Ship alongside. CU. Name "British Admiral". SV. Stern of ship in dock.”

Shah Returns In Triumph

British Pathé (Britain), August 1953: “Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story "Shah returns in triumph"

Material different to the original.

People including Crown Prince Abdullah, Crown Prince of Persia, waiting for Shah to arrive in Baghdad. Shah inspecting Guard of Honour. Troops in streets of Tehran with tanks. Trucks with troops in. Officer shows message he had to deliver to Mossadeq. CU. Message delivered to Mossadeq. Various shots of General Zahedi with officers at Officers Club, Teheran. ”


Movietone News (Britain), November 19, 1953: “In the Military Court at Teheran, where he has been on trial for treason, the Persian ex-Premier, Dr. Mossadeq, clad in his accustomed dressing gown, has kept the tribunal in an uproar.”


More videos:

End of Empire: Iran | Granada Television | ITV (1985)

Researching Covert Operations in Iran: A Conversation with Mark Gasiorowski

Regime Change in Iran: From the 1953 Coup to the Trump Policy Review

Rebel Music | Iran: The Music Never Stopped [MTV, 2015]

The Rachel Maddow Show on the 1953 Coup in Iran [MSNBC, 2013]

All In With Chris Hayes Covers the 1953 Coup in Iran [MSNBC, 2013]

The Role of BP (British Petroleum) in the 1953 Iran Coup (Democracy Now, 2010)

Neda Agha Soltan: A Death in Tehran [PBS Frontline Documentary, 2009]

Rageh Inside Iran [BBC Program, 2007]

Book talks on Mossadegh’s legacy by Nicolas Gorjestani

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis [PBS Program, 1987]

The First Oil Crisis [BBC Timewatch, 1984]

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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