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Wandering Here and There (1944)

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This Traveltalk series entry visits various places around the United States. At the first stop, we admire the natural beauty of Crater Lake in Oregon. The next stop is the open pit copper ... See full summary »


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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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This Traveltalk series entry visits various places around the United States. At the first stop, we admire the natural beauty of Crater Lake in Oregon. The next stop is the open pit copper mine at Bingham Canyon, Utah, the world's largest copper mine. We then spend several minutes in Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of author Mark Twain. After a short visit to a log-rolling contest in Washington State, we cross the country to get a view of Washington, DC from across the Potomac River. The final stop on this tour is Arlington National Cemetery, where we see the Tomb of the Unknown, Arlington House, and the mast of the USS Maine, which was sunk in 1898 in Havana Harbor. The narrator reads several lines from Theodore O'Hara's poem "The Bivouac of the Dead". At various points in the cemetery, plaques with verses from this poem have been installed. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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The Bivouac of the Dead
12 January 2007 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Maybe "Wandering Here and There" should have been entitled "Wandering Aimlessly Here and There," for there is no rhyme or reason for the journey except to fill Americans with patriotic zeal for the crusade in Europe against the Nazis and the war in the Pacific to annihilate the Japanese warlords during the final months of that conflagration. Still, the camera work is breathtaking and narrator James A. FitzPatrick's voice as enthralling as ever, even with its nasal twang. The chosen spots are still interesting though time has wrought many changes since 1944.

One of America's most noted natural wonders, Crater Lake in Oregon, one of America's most famous man-made sites, the world's largest open-pit copper mine in Utah, the boyhood home of one of America's most gifted authors, Mark Twain, in Hannibal, Missouri, on the mighty Mississippi, log rolling in the state of Washington, and the grand finale featuring a tour of Arlington National Cemetery highlighting the Grave of the Unknown Soldier with the apropos closing poem, "The Bivouac of the Dead," written by Theodore O'Hara in memory of the Kentucky troops killed in the Mexican War read with gusto by Fitzpatrick make up the contents of the film. Glorious Technicolor always made the Traveltalk series a step above what most moviegoers were used to seeing at the time.

Though the World War II nimbus is now absent when watching the Traveltalk, the beauty and wonder of the five scenic vistas hold the viewer's interest and at times still tug a little on the heartstrings.

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