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Glimpses of Kentucky (1941)

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This Traveltalks visit to Kentucky starts with a view of the Cumberland River, which flows for about 700 miles through the state. The first stop is Old Fort Harrod State Park, which has a ... See full summary »

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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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This Traveltalks visit to Kentucky starts with a view of the Cumberland River, which flows for about 700 miles through the state. The first stop is Old Fort Harrod State Park, which has a replica of the original fort, the first permanent white settlement in the state. We then visit the grave sites of two of Kentucky's favorite sons, Henry Clay in Lexington and Daniel Boone in Frankfort. At My Old Kentucky Home State Park, we see the mansion and grounds that inspired composer Stephen Foster to write the song most associated with the state. We then visit three horse farms in the area of Lexington, the state's horse racing capital: Spindletop Farm; Faraway Farm, where we are introduced to Man o' War, the greatest racehorse of the 20th century; and Elmendorf Farm, where Man o' War's sire and dam, Fair Play and Mahuba, are buried. Written by David Glagovsky

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Documentary | Short






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12 April 1941 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Glimpses of Kentucky  »

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Narrator: In Kentucky, where the Cumberland River picturesquely wends it way, we recall that it was the fertile valley of this stream that attracted the early settlers to establish their homes in the bluegrass state, the first state west of the Allegheny Mountains to be admitted into the union. This historic river rises in southeastern Kentucky and flows for about 700 miles before it empties into the Ohio river, and among its scenic vicissitudes, none is more picturesque than Cumberland ...
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My Old Kentucky Home
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by studio orchestra and chorus
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Through The Land Of The Bluegrass
9 August 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM TRAVELTALK Short Subject.

In this film we are treated to a few GLIMPSES OF KENTUCKY. Starting at the Cumberland River, we visit reconstructed Fort Harris, a reminder of the days of the Indian Wars. We are then taken to see the Henry Clay Monument and the grave of Daniel Boone. We also view the log cabin which was the inspiration for Stephen Foster's `My Old Kentucky Home' - as well as the gracious mansion which hosted the composer. Finally, during a visit to the Bluegrass Country, we are shown beautiful examples of Kentucky horseflesh, culminating with an appearance by Man O' War, the greatest racehorse of them all.

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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