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Along the Cactus Trail (1944)

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The drive from Riverside California to Phoenix Arizona is affectionately known as the Cactus Trail. The prickly pear cactus is the most common cactus variety in this area, with other cactus... See full summary »

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James A. FitzPatrick ...
Narrator / Himself (voice)
Penrhyn Stanlaws ...
Carrie Jacobs Bond ...


The drive from Riverside California to Phoenix Arizona is affectionately known as the Cactus Trail. The prickly pear cactus is the most common cactus variety in this area, with other cactus varieties being the saguaro - the flower from which is Arizona's state flower - and the organ pipe. Other noted plants species in the area include the slow growing Joshua tree (which many mistake for a cactus and which is one of the oldest known plant species), the ocotillo (its scarlet flowers which are known as the firecracker of the desert), the misnamed century plant (which lives only up to seventy five years) and the yucca. Starting in Riverside, other sights of note include: the Mission Inn in Riverside whose unique style was the brainchild of Frank Miller; the Chapel of St. Francis in Riverside, which, because of its dedication to aviation, is the site of many weddings associated with aviators; the Camelback Mountain outside of Phoenix, so named for its shape; and the Camelback Inn, a resort... Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short






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15 April 1944 (USA)  »

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One in the "James A. FitzPatrick Travel Talks" series. See more »

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Through The Desert - With Cacti
9 August 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM TRAVELTALK Short Subject.

Our trip ALONG THE CACTUS TRAIL begins at Riverside, California, the home of the marvelous Mission Inn. After viewing some of the remarkable architecture of this renowned establishment, we are treated to a meeting with Carrie Jacobs-Bond, the elderly composer of `A Perfect Day' - written here at the Mission Inn. Then it's on into the desert, where we see magnificent examples of its flora: Joshua trees, Yucca plants, the prickly pear, the century plant & the mighty saguaro cactus. We end our short tour at Phoenix' lovely Camelback Inn, an oasis in the Arizona wilderness.

This is one of a large series of succinct travelogues turned out by MGM, beginning in the 1930's. They featured Technicolor views of beautiful & unusual sights around the globe, as well as vivid, concise commentary. These films were produced & narrated by James A. FitzPatrick.

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