This Traveltalks entry begins with a short look at Arizona's Painted Desert. We then get two views of the Grand Canyon's majesty. The first is from the rim, looking down from an automobile.... See full summary »
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This Traveltalks entry begins with a short look at Arizona's Painted Desert. We then get two views of the Grand Canyon's majesty. The first is from the rim, looking down from an automobile. The second view is from within the canyon, where mules take tourists along the various trails. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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27 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Symphony no. 5 in c minor, op. 67
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TravelTalks
28 November 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Grand Canyon, Pride of Creation (1943)

*** (out of 4)

Nice entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series from MGM. As the title clearly says, this one takes us to Arizona where we get two different views of the Grand Canyon. We start off on the rim and then travel down below on a mule ride. Various bits of history are told including how it was believed to have been created 160-million years ago and that it's believed that it was Spanish travelers searching for gold who discovered it. We learn that hunting is prohibited in the park and we even get to see a deer who FitzPatrick says probably has never heard a gunshot. This entry in the TravelTalks series really doesn't feature as much narration as fans of the series are probably used to but I'm going to guess this was done simply because the images speak for themselves. Some people have asked me if it gets tiresome watching all these TravelTalks shorts and I say no because they are all charming in their own way. Plus, each time I watch one I can't help but think about the people who saw them when they were originally made and how many of them were probably sitting in the theater and seeing the places for the very first time. I'm sure those who had never seen the Grand Canyon in anything but B&W photos were simply awed by the images here. History buffs will enjoy seeing the land how it was in 1943 and as a film it remains entertaining.


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