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City of Gold (1958)

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Author Pierre Berton tells the history of his hometown of Dawson City at its heyday during the Klondike Gold Rush.




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The writer Pierre Berton narrates the story of his childhood hometown's history during the Klondike Gold Rush. In doing so, Berton surveys the general history of the last great gold rush and what those people struggled for in that time really achieved. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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14 July 1958 (USA)  »

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Most of the still photos used to make this film had been preserved only because they were taken on glass plates, which were then used as windows in a greenhouse in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. Pierre Berton, who wrote and reads the film's narration, lived in Dawson as a boy and walked past the greenhouse daily on his way to school. See more »

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Fascinating documentary about the history of a mining town during the Klondike Gold Rush
29 November 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short was nominated for an Academy Award for Live Action Short, one of two shorts produced by the National Film Board of Canada in the category. Using largely shots of still photography and a voice-over narration, it tells the story of Dawson City, a mining town during the Klondike Gold Rush. It's a fascinating look back at an era long gone and little remembered. Well worth tracking down. Turner Classic Movies ran this once as part of a celebration of the NFBC's 60th anniversary a few years back. Recommended.

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