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Natural Wonders of the West (1938)

This Traveltalk entry looks at some natural wonders of the western United States, including the Grand Canyon and the Devil's Tower. The last stop on the tour, an "unnatural wonder," is the ... See full summary »

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This Traveltalk entry looks at some natural wonders of the western United States, including the Grand Canyon and the Devil's Tower. The last stop on the tour, an "unnatural wonder," is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where sculptor Gutzon Borglum is hard at work. At the time of filming, only the head of George Washington was close to completion. Thomas Jefferson's face was almost finished; only the upper half of Abraham Lincoln's face is visible; and Theodore Roosevelt's head was not yet started. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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27 January 1938 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Natural Wonders of the West  »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
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Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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TravelTalks
5 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Natural Wonders of the West (1938)

*** (out of 4)

One of the better entries in MGM's TravelTalks series takes a look at (as the title says) various wonders of the West. These images include the Devil's Tower, the Grant Canyon and various mountain ranges. The most interesting visit here is to Mount Rushmore where we see sculptor Gutzon Borglum working on the National Memorial. We hear why he made Washington's nose twelve-inches longer and we also see that Roosevelt's head hasn't even been started on. Seeing them work on Lincoln was certainly very fascinating as we're actually watching history in front of our eyes. You can't help but wish they'd spent the entire 9-minutes right here.


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