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Charming Ceylon (1930)

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A Traveltalk visit to the island nation when it was still a British crown colony and the name Sri Lanka was 40 years in the future.

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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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A Traveltalk visit to the island nation when it was still a British crown colony and the name Sri Lanka was 40 years in the future.

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November 1930 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Charming Ceylon  »

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TravelTalk
3 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Seeing Ceylon (1930)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

I believe this was the very first TravelTalk entry in MGM's popular series, which would last over twenty-years. They would revisit this city seven years later with Glimpses of Java and Ceylon. It's amazing at how different the city looks between the two shorts but it seems a lot more peaceful here. We get to see various things including elephants carrying logs up streets plus another sequence where the elephants bath in a pond where it's said you could set your watch because they do it the same time each day. We also see a woman "milk a tree", which of course is a rubber tree. Even the ocean looks a lot more beautiful here compared to the later short. FitzPatrick's narration is the same as we'd see in future entries and overall this was a pretty good way to start the series. TCM's print of this is probably the weakest I've seen of the series with the colors quite faded.


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