In this pre-World War II (for the United States) short James FitzPatrick points his camera at Seattle, Washington on a map and takes his camera and commentary up the inland waterway to Alaska. The short depicts the salmon fishing at Ketchikan, and moves on to an Indian village to show the art of the Totem Pole carving. Also shown is the important salmon port of Cordova, and Annette Island where the culture of the Alaskan Indian reaches its highest point. Written by
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[A map of North America appears on screen; then a map of Alaska with the Inside Passage highlighted]
Uncle Sam's Alaska looms into the limelight of current events as a possible haven for many of the unfortunate peoples who have been driven from their native lands by the dictates of tyranny and the horrors of war. The usual approach to this land of promise is by way of the so-called Inside Passage, a remarkable salt water route extending from Seattle to Skagway, through a network of ...
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A rather bland and disappointing entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series. This time out we visit Alaska where we learn that it's not always cold, that not everyone is an Eskimo and that they contain some of the most up-to-date Indian tribes. If that doesn't sound like your typical TravelTalks episode then you'd be correct. I was pretty disappointed that this short didn't take better advantage and show off Alaska better than it did. A lot of the information we're told is rather useless and I'm not sure how many in 1941 would have even been interested. The film kicks off with FitzPatrick telling us that Alaska was being used for WW2 refugees and that's that. As usual, the Technicolor is the main highlight but it's a shame they didn't show us more than they did.
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