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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 ...
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Penrhyn Stanlaws ...
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Carrie Jacobs Bond ...
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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 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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Narrator FitzPatrick verbally identifies the other credited cast members. See more »

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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Performed by orchestra
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TravelTalks
3 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Along the Cactus Trail (1944)

** (out of 4)

TravelTalks entry from MGM starts off at Riverside, CA where we see the Mission Inn and hear of several famous people who went there to get inspiration for their work. We then slowly work our way through the Cactus Trail and see various items including Yucca plants, the Saguaro Cactus and various other plants. As with other films in the series, this one here contains quite a bit of information and gives us some great visuals but overall I found this one to be a weaker entry in the series. To be perfectly honest, outside the opening stuff dealing with the Mission Inn, I found the rest to be rather boring and even FitzPatrick's narration can't save it. The one saving grace is the Technicolor, which really brings the plants to life but the best use of the color happens early on at the Mission.


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