powered by AFI
The film begins with the following written foreword: "We gratefully acknowledge our indebtedness to the U.S. Navy which made possible the presentation of this authentic film of the Navy's recent expedition 'Operation Highjump' to the Secret Land of Antarctica." The narration notes that the sequence of events as portrayed in the film was slightly rearranged for clarity. A December 1947 Hollywood Reporter item indicates M-G-M cartoonist Fred Quimby directed the creation of animated maps and charts for "explanatory sequences" in the picture. According to an article in The New Statesman and Nation, Admiral Byrd's fourth Antartic expedition involved thirteen vessels, 4,000 men and 50 cameras. This film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.