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The Mission Trail (1946)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 13 April 1946 (USA)
In this Traveltalk short, preceded by "Visiting Vera Cruz (No.T715)" and followed by "Looking at London (No.T717)", the tireless James A. FitzPatrick follows the route laid out by the ... See full summary »
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In this Traveltalk short, preceded by "Visiting Vera Cruz (No.T715)" and followed by "Looking at London (No.T717)", the tireless James A. FitzPatrick follows the route laid out by the famous chain of 21 Spanish missions, begun in 1769 and extending northward for over 500 miles, from San Diego to Sonoma, California. He stops over briefly at San Luis Rey, San Juan Capistrano (to watch the Swallows) and San Juan Bautista before heading eastward to take a look at London. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rosary of Missions
23 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Another entry in the TravelTalks series of travelogues narrated by James A. Fitzpatrick. This one covers Spanish missions built in California. Fitzpatrick discusses the history of the missions. As always with this series of shorts, the footage of these locations is the best part. It's filmed in beautiful technicolor. I enjoy these old travelogues. Today it's very easy to look up pictures, videos, and information on any place in the world. But back then shorts like this were a gateway to another world for many people. It gave them the opportunity to see places they probably would never visit. For us, it gives us not only a glimpse at another place but another time as well. One of my favorite parts of this short wasn't even footage of the lovely church buildings. It was footage of the people, highways, businesses, and automobiles from that era. Time capsule, you know? I love this sort of stuff.


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