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The Living Desert (1953)

Passed  -  Family | Documentary  -  10 November 1953 (USA)
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Documentary of the live of flora and fauna in a desert in the US.



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A day in the life of creatures living in a desert in the southwestern US is shown. Toads, reptiles, wild pigs, insects, mice and birds are followed going about their daily routine and the struggle to find food and not become it themselves. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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true life adventure | nature


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10 November 1953 (USA)  »

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A True-Life Adventure: The Living Desert  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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When originally released to theaters in 1953, this 69-minute feature film was double billed with Walt Disney's 21-minute cartoon short Ben and Me (1953), as a 90-minute package deal. See more »


Followed by The African Lion (1955) See more »

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Visually stunning, but whoever wrote the narration had absolutely no shame!
13 September 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This documentary won a very deserved Oscar for Documentry Feature. The cinematography and visuals are beautiful. But some of the narration is atrocious. The narrator isn't the problem-not much, anyway. I am thankful for the 'mute' button when I watch this. I know scorpions have a public relations problem anyway, but what happens to them here is over the top. See it for the visuals and keep the remote handy. Recommended (except for the narration.)

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