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Wandering Here and There (1944)

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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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 <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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22 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Wandering Here and There (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This TravelTalks entry in pretty much unlike any other one that I've seen as instead of taking a look at one single place, this short jumps around to various locations. While WWII was going on, James Fitzpatrick wasn't allowed to travel freely around the globe so he stayed in America shooting footage. This limitation might be the reason for this film as it really does feel as if the footage here was shot for perhaps its own film but not enough footage was gathered so they just threw everything into one film. We track around the United States looking at various things including Craker Lake, a copper pit in Utah, Mark Twain's birthplace as well as a site dedicated to Huck Finn, a rolling log tournament as well as the Arlington National Cemetery. None of these places are given too much time and there's really no reason as to when their footage is shown. There's certainly not any type of story trying to be told with this entry so it really doesn't have the same feel as your typical TravelTalks entry. With that said, as you'd expect the nice looking Technicolor is on hand and the opening shots in Oregon look incredibly good.


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