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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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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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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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28 September 1940 (USA)  »

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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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Included on the Warner DVD of _Go West (1940)_ See more »

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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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San Francisco
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Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
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Cavalcade of San Francisco is another of James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks series of shorts
3 June 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having just watched San Andreas-where the Golden Gate bridge was depicted as being shaken and falling in debris-it was nice to see it very much intact in this James A. FitzPatrick travelogue short. We also see the Oakland Toll bridge as Fitzpatrick mentions its cost and it being completed in 1936. We also see some churches built by some missionaries in the 18th century as the narrator mentions the city's name being inspired by Saint Francis. And then, we see some highlights of SF's World's Fair as there are reenactments of the pioneer settlers going west for gold, the Wells Fargo stage coaches, the final spike hammered in starting a new railroad line, and the Union and Central Pacific trains meeting. This was a nice look at San Fran during the early '40s. So on that note, Cavalcade of San Francisco is worth a look. P.S. I saw this as an extra on the Go West/The Big Store DVD disc.


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