On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. Fox Movietone News cameraman Al Brick was present, and captured some of the immediate aftermath of the assault on film. “Now It Can Be Shown!” is partially composed of the images Brick filmed in Hawaii between December 7-12, 1941. The piece also contains footage shot prior to the attack and films of the resurrection of the battle fleet, a process ongoing throughout 1942.
“Now It Can Be Shown!” is significant not just as a record of the damage and recovery efforts, but also as an example of how the event was portrayed to the public during the war. By highlighting the efforts to rebuild, repair, and modernize, Fox created a morale-boosting narrative that moved from treacherous sneak attack to triumphant war story. As narrator Lowell Thomas puts it, “the Pearl Harbor story begins with havoc, and continues with an epic of replacement and repair.”