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Glimpses of California (1946)

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This Traveltalk look at California begins with the diverse types of flowers found in the state. After a look at some popular Hollywood landmarks, there is a long section devoted to ... See full summary »
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This Traveltalk look at California begins with the diverse types of flowers found in the state. After a look at some popular Hollywood landmarks, there is a long section devoted to Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a famous cemetery. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Waltz of the Flowers
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from "The Nutcracker Suite"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Flowers and landmarks and not much else...
25 August 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one of the dullest of the James A. FitzPatrick Travel series and that's saying something, since most of them are nothing to shout about. We learn something in the opening narrative about why Spanish settlers came to California after Columbus--in search of gold that they never found.

We get shots of California wildflowers surrounding a highway, a long, winding train reminds us that California has a great network of railways, and see a field of poppies with the information that The Poppy is the state flower.

A few more images of flowers accompanies the remark that California's fertile soil and sunny climate is why they're so abundant all over the state.

We get a quick glimpse of monuments when we get to downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood--namely, CBS, NBC, Grauman's Chinese theater, and the busy Farmer's Market with outdoor tables for dining, big shopping center and post office.

The short closes with a view of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a "restful place for the dead" and an interesting glimpse of a stained glass recreation of "The Last Supper," by which time the viewer is probably looking for a restful place to rest.


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