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Night Descends on Treasure Island (1940)

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A travelogue celebrating the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition and highlighting its exhibition of classical paintings and stunning lighting effects.


Complete credited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ...
Narrator (voice)


A follow-up to A Day on Treasure Island (1939), this shows the Golden Gate International Exposition at night, as well as the decorative fountains and a dancing-light show. Approximately half of the movie's eight minutes are spent inside the Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts. We see paintings by Jan de Bray, Titian, François-Hubert Drouais, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Raphael, James Chapin, and Thomas Hart Benton. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Documentary






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20 January 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)


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Filmed concurrently with "Cavalcade of San Francisco" and "A Day on Treasure Island." See more »


Follows A Day on Treasure Island (1939) See more »


San Francisco
Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Performed by the studio orchestra
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15 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Night Descends on Treasure Island (1940)

*** (out of 4)

This TravelTalks entry is actually a sequel to A DAY ON TREASURE ISLAND and pretty much starts off where the previous film left us. The night comes and we're shown some incredible looking light/fountain exhibits, which were all done by A.F. Dickerson from General Electric. After this we visit some of the famous artwork gathered in a variety of exhibits. These paintings include: Pope Paul III by Titian, Thomas Hart Benton's Romance and Rockwell Kent's To the Stars to name just a few. After going through some of the famous paintings the short ends with another look of the famous statues on the outside and again they're all lite up with the terrific light show. This is one of the stranger shorts in the series because we don't get to learn too much and instead it's just showing off what people would have been seeing at the Golden Gate International Exposition. I thought the Technicolor was put to perfect use during the light show as some of the images are just so amazing that you really want to pause the film and really take everything in. The stuff dealing with the paintings isn't something you'd normally see in the series or at least it wouldn't get as much attention but I thought it was fascinating as well.

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