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Calling on Costa Rica (1947)

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American filibuster William Walker, with the help of Brighams, appointed himself dictator of Nicaragua, then attempted the same of Costa Rica, but was defeated and shot, for which the US ... See full summary »

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American filibuster William Walker, with the help of Brighams, appointed himself dictator of Nicaragua, then attempted the same of Costa Rica, but was defeated and shot, for which the US paid Costa Rica an indemnity of $26,704. Costa Rica is now dedicated to improve the lives of its working citizens. This travelogue of Costa Rica, the second smallest of the American republics and which was settled by Spanish farmers, starts at San Jose Airport, a major stopover point for travelers heading north-south within the Americas. Transportation is key within the country, boasting among the best roads in the world. San Jose itself is the capital, a small city of about 70,000, with many recreational areas in its suburbs. Heading out of the city, we come to an orchid farm, there being said to be more varieties of the plant in Costa Rica than anywhere else in the world. Next, we move to the volcanic mountains, the range within Costa Rica which contains the largest crater in the world. We then move... Written by Huggo

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5 March 1947 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.33 : 1
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Waltz of the Flowers
From "The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the orchid sequence
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5 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Calling on Costa Rica (1947)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

TravelTalks short takes us to Costa Rica where we learn that it's the second smallest American colony. We touchdown at the San Jose International Airport where we then take a look at the capital city and its 70,000 people. We learn how Columbus landed there in 1502 and how the U.S. paid $26,000 for the assassination of William Walker who was, at the time, trying to take the city over. Other stories include the orchids grown there and how the beautiful women also have a personality. I've seen dozens of these shorts and I believe this was the first one that showed us pretty girls and then told us that they also had a personality so I guess that makes this an original. The short once again features the nice narration and beautiful Technicolor that we've come to expect and the stories here are certainly above average. The entire story dealing with Walker was certainly the highlight so fans of the series will find enough here to keep them entertained.

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