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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)  »

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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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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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In the Good Old Summertime
Music by George Evans
Lyrics by Ren Shields
Sung by a chorus during the San Francisco at the turn of the century sequence
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A cavalcade celebrating faith in the potential of the Golden West...
11 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is a colorful James A. FitzPatrick TravelTalk featuring a look at San Francisco (circa 1940), with views of several landmarks, including the Oakland Bay Toll Bridge completed in 1936 at a cost of $77 million and a gateway to Northern California; glimpse of a 1769 Spanish mission built by the Franciscan Fathers; a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the world's longest single span bridge; and culminating in scenes from a World's Fair exposition in 1939 that was a cavalcade of the Golden West.

The pageantry includes covered wagons showing pioneers from the east making their way westward in caravans with nothing more than faith in the potential of the Golden West; the Wells Fargo stagecoach establishing contact between east and west; the advent of the Iron Horse and the meeting of the Union Pacific with Central Pacific; and finally, views of San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century.

Summing up: Well done documentary with many points of interest.

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