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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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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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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 Easter Parade (1948) See more »

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America, the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
Performed by studio orchestra
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Nice Short
29 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

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

** 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM's (not official) TravelTalk short takes a look at various landmarks in Manhattan including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the streets of Chinatown. Once again the Technicolor is certainly the highlight of this film, which has the city jumping off the screen. Once again there have been many better documents of the city but I'm sure this thing served its purpose back when it was originally released when there wasn't an internet or even color television to see such things. The most interesting thing is that the United Nations building hadn't yet been completed and we get to see it in its early stages of construction.


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