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Cavalcade of San Francisco (1940)

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A Technicolor travelogue celebrating San Francisco - past and present


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Complete credited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)


This travelogue of San Francisco, California begins crossing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Toll Bridge into the title city, which is the most important city in Northern California as its gateway to the region. The city grew up from the missions built here in the late sixteenth century, the location being seen as favorable to the Fransicans. Because of this heritage, there are still many cathedrals dotted throughout the city. Perhaps the city's most famous landmark is the Golden Gate Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the world. The Palace of Fine Arts is a remnant of the World's Fair held in the city in 1915. Another exposition was held in 1939/40, the buildings constructed on a man-made island called Treasure Island. Another part of San Francisco's history centers on the gold rush of 1849, as the starting point of the Wells-Fargo stagecoach, and eventually of the Pacific Railway as well. Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short






Release Date:

28 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Cavalcade of San Francisco  »

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(RCA Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Courageous, determined people were these pioneers, braving long and extreme hardships with nothing to sustain them but faith - faith in their God and faith in the potential of the Golden West.
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7 March 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cavalcade of San Francisco (1940)

** (out of 4)

Weaker entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series takes a look at San Francisco and starts off by looking at the Oakland Bay Toll Bridge, which we're told took $77 million to complete. From here we get a great look at the Golden Gate Bridge and then it's off to various Old West things like seeing the Wells Fargo stagecoach, the Iron Horse train and several re-enactments. Also on hand is some footage from the World's Fair aka Treasure Island. Overall this entry isn't too bad but I just felt that we really didn't get to see San Francisco all that much and instead we were just watching local re-enactments. The stuff dealing with the Treasure Island World Fair was somewhat useless because there were two previous TravelTalks shorts that looked at it. Overall, this is certainly worth checking out if you're a fan of the series but it doesn't offer anything overly special.

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