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Salar, the Leaper (1957)

Approved | | Documentary, Short, Sport | 1957 (USA)
The joy of fishing for Atlantic salmon in New Brunswick, Canada.





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Cast overview:
André Baruch ...
Narrator (voice) (as Andre Baruch)
Lee Wulff ...
Twirly Palmer ...


We go by rowboat up the New Brunswick's Miramichi River to catch Atlantic salmon with angler Lee Wolf and his guide Twirly Palmer. These salmon are a great fighting fish, leaping above the water, twisting furiously to try to shake the hook. We watch Wolf catch several - from 10 to 15 pounds plus one young fish - from the boat, from the shore, and, in waders, from the middle of the stream, sometimes using a long rod and sometimes a short one. It's catch and release for Wolf. An off-screen narrator comments on the origin of this fish and the techniques Wolf uses to hook, play, and net them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1957 (USA)  »

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Sportscopes (1956-1957 season): Salar, the Leaper  »

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(RCA Sound System)
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This is one of several short subjects, already in the can, and slated for release by RKO Radio Pictures as part of their Sportscopes 1956-1957 season, but which received no theatrical distribution at the time, as a result of the demise of RKO. In 1994, they became part of the TCM library and, for the past 20+ years, finally saw the light of day through occasional airings on cable television. See more »

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Nothing Special but Some Nice Visuals
22 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Salar, the Leaper (1957)

** (out of 4)

This Sportscope short from RKO is pretty much in line with the other films in the series. We go to New Brunswick, Canada where Lee Wolf and Twitty Palmer show us the most popular places to fish for salmon. This short runs just under 9-minutes and like many of the Sportscope series it offers up an interesting idea but the execution is rather bland and boring. If you're looking to learn something about the fishing then you're going to be disappointed as the dialogue written for narrator Andre Baruch is pretty weak and just gives you standard information that even non-fishermen would know. Another problem is that we're often given bits of information that are just too boring to be entertaining including one sequence where we're told how to lure a fish. The one benefit of watching the film is for some of the scenery, which at times is quite beautiful but you then have to wonder why they were shooting a short like this in B&W. It's common knowledge that RKO was in poor shape by the time this short was made so perhaps this is the reason. Considering what MGM was doing with their TravelTalks series this here just seems rather old-fashioned even for 1957.

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