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Glimpses of Florida (1941)

Traveltalks short takes the viewer to several popular destinations in Florida including Miami, Hialeah, the Everglades, Cypress Gardens, and Silver Springs.
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This Traveltalks entry starts in Miami, which at the time of filming was still a small vacation community. We then go to Hialeah to watch the thoroughbred horses race. After short stops at The Everglades and Cypress Gardens, we are taken to Silver Springs, named after its pristine waters. Mr. Ross Allen, director of the Silver Springs Reptile Institute, is shown catching alligators and milking a poisonous snake of its venom. The venom is sent to pharmaceutical companies to manufacture snakebite serum. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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6 September 1941 (USA)  »

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Old Folks at Home
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aka "Swanee River"
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by unidentified male singer
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TravelTalks
26 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Glimpses of Florida (1941)

*** (out of 4)

One of the better entries in MGM's TravelTalks series takes a short trip to Florida where we get to see and learn a few interesting things. The short starts off telling us how palm trees came to be a staple in the state and then we get to see some of the extremely nice tourist locations. Swanee River is shown as are some Seminole Indians living along its shore. The most interesting sites are those of a reptile institute where we see turtles and alligators being caught by some workers as well as rattlesnakes being milked for their venom. The underwater photography looks incredibly well here and this is one reason why this short works so well. The stuff with the gators and turtle was a lot of fun and looks extremely well in the wonderful Technicolor. Fans of the series will certainly want to check this one out but so will those who usually turn the station when TCM airs on of these shorts.


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