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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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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
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A Cinematic Taste Of The Big Apple
26 March 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM Short Subject.

Beginning at the Statue of Liberty, this delightful little film conducts us on a rapid tour of MIGHTY MANHATTAN, NEW YORK'S WONDER CITY. After gazing at the famous bridges spanning the Hudson & East Rivers, we travel along Broadway, Fifth & Park Avenues, visit the Empire State Building & Rockefeller Center, linger a moment in Chinatown & Times Square, and take a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park - where we get to enjoy feeding time at the Zoo. We finish our filmed excursion with an evening at the Starlight Roof, enjoying the music of Xavier Cugat.

This is one of a large series of succinct travelogues turned out by MGM, beginning in the 1930's. They featured Technicolor views of beautiful & unusual sights around the globe, as well as vivid, concise commentary. These films were produced & narrated by James A. FitzPatrick.


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