Modern meteorology and a hard-working government weather team put their science and organization to work as a cold front moves from Alaska toward the citrus groves of Southern California. ... See full summary »

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California Meteorologist (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ...
Weather Balloon Launcher (uncredited)
Alonzo Price ...
Mr. Morgan (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ...
Mrs. Morgan (uncredited)
Pete Smith ...
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Will Stanton ...
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Modern meteorology and a hard-working government weather team put their science and organization to work as a cold front moves from Alaska toward the citrus groves of Southern California. First, the scientists predict the storm's course, giving several days' warning to farmers and growers. The growers, typified by the Morgan family, prepare the oil-burning pots throughout their grove. Then, as the temperature dips below freezing, they light the pots. The cold snap continues as oil-supplies dwindle; the smoky air slows traffic, including trucks bringing more oil. The scientists strive to predict how long freezing temperatures will last: can the Morgans hold out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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freezing | pot | cold | scientist | warning | See All (28) »

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8 April 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Concise, Interesting & Educational
5 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BY JETTISONING ANY and all vestiges of humor, this is one PETE SMITH SPECIALITY which has deadly serious objectives as well as a very important story to tell. You will not find even one on-screen physical sight gag, nor any of that verbal jujitsu that is practiced in just about all of the series entries by "a Smith named Pete!"

QUITE TO THE contrary, in this edition, we have a little picture that today's PBS Series NOVA or NATURE would be proud to number among their own product. The picture's sincerity and excellent use of its limited one reel of screen time. If there is a fault in it as viewed today, it would be that so much of the technology exhibited is quite outdated; which is obvious, inasmuch as the movie predated World War II (being released in 1939).

THE SHORT SUBJECT was directed by a young Fred Zinnemann; whose future successes would include HIGH NOON, FROM GERE TO ETERNITY, THE SUNDOWNERS and so many more. It was no doubt his idea to dramatize THE WEATHER WIZARDS with the story revolving around the plight of a Northern California family of fruit farmers to save their crop from ruination via a sudden cold snap and sudden frost.


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