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Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City (1949)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 30 July 1949 (USA)

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Although not officially an entry in the Traveltalks series, the same production crew was used for this two-reeler, and the opening credits have the same appearance. The film visits many of ... See full summary »

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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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Mrs. Frank A. Vanderlip ...
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Mrs. Nicholas M. Schenck ...
Herself
...
Herself
C.R. Smith ...
Himself
Frank A. Ready ...
Himself
Henry B. Williams ...
Himself
Xavier Cugat ...
Himself
Mrs. Ted Saucier ...
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Lanny Ross ...
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Although not officially an entry in the Traveltalks series, the same production crew was used for this two-reeler, and the opening credits have the same appearance. The film visits many of the neighborhoods and landmarks on Manhattan Island and occasionally includes a history lesson. The neighborhoods include the Bowery, Chinatown, Herald Square, and Times Square. Some of the architectural highlights are the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, Temple Emanuel, the Central Park Zoo, and the Rockefeller Center complex. The film ends in with a visit to a dining room in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where the Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra entertains. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Included as a bonus feature in Warner Home Video's 2003 DVD release of Kiss Me Kate (1953). See more »

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Narrator James A. FitzPatrick identifies all remaining cast members. See more »

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References Fort Apache (1948) See more »

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Cugat's Nougats
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Written by Xavier Cugat
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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Manhattan gets the James A. FitzPatrick treatment...
30 January 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is undoubtedly one of the best of the FitzPatrick Traveltalk series. It spotlights a lot of NYC landmarks, beginning quite appropriately with the Statue of Liberty--and proceeding to the famous bridges, Wall Street, Trinity Church, the 3rd Avenue El, the Bowery, Chinatown, the Flatiron building, the Empire State, Herald Square, the N.Y. Public Library, the U.N. project in early stage of development, the Central Park Zoo, the Museum of Natural History, and the Fifth Avenue area with Rockefeller Center and its main shopping districts.

The tour ends at the Waldorf-Astoria with an inside glimpse of folks enjoying a night at the Starlight Roof. Among the celebrities is Ann Miller. Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra get to play one of Cugie's own tunes while his lively band goes through its paces.

A nostalgic trip down memory lane for many of us able to remember these days. Most interesting of all for me were the theater marquees flashing signs that read "Easter Parade" or Walt Disney's "Melody Time" with views of the Strand and Loew's State marquees among others.

Noticed how well-dressed most New Yorkers appeared to be in the late '40s as opposed to today's rather sloppy looking apparel for men and women.


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