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The Greatest Cave: Floyd Collins-Thru the Eyes of the Collector


32 minutes. Produced in 2002.

Floyd Collins is touted as being the greatest caver in the world. But this reputation was obtained only after his tragic death, in 1925, due to being trapped in a small and unstable crawl way in Sand Cave, Ky. Because the rescue was widely publicized, it captured the hearts, minds, and hopes of millions of Americans. Not only did the rescue attempt make for a dramatic story, but the fact that thousands of Americans from all over the country showed up to watch, wait, and hope, made Floyd into a great American folk hero.

Because of the drama, the tragedy, and the excitement of the event, people from all walks of life began collecting memorabilia about Floyd Collins. As time went on, the photographs, letters, banners, and other items increased in value, making a these collections quit valuable.

This program is about some of the Floyd Collins collectors, and their collections. In describing their old photographs, postcards, newsreels, and other items, the story of Floyd Collins, and his untimely death, is told.

The main feature is 32 minutes long. This DVD includes the uncut and unedited 16 mm news reel film from Dr. Halliday. This extra is 6 minutes. Another extra is an additional 2.20 minute interview with Bill Halliday which was not included in the main feature.

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