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Calgary Stampede (1948)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short, Western | 29 May 1948 (USA)
The pageantry of Calgary's colorful celebration of its past, culminating with its world famous rodeo, is chronicled.


Saul Elkins


Herman Boxer


Art Gilmore

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Complete credited cast:
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


This short shows how the city of Calgary celebrates Stampede Week, an annual event filled with things that celebrates the city's heritage. In the downtown area, only wagons, stagecoaches, and horses may be used for transportation. There are mock trials for horse thieves; Indian dances and other rituals; parades; square dancing; and other events. The week culminates with the world-famous rodeo, which, in addition to the standard events, includes a chuck wagon race. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

29 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in Warner Home Video's (WHV) 2007 DVD release of Adventures of Don Juan (1948), which is in WHV's multidisc DVD set "The Errol Flynn Signature Collection, Volume 2". See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: A name whose roots are embedded deep in the romance and traditions of the Old West: Calgary, once a rootin' tootin' Wild West town sprawled over the crossing of rangeland trails; today a bustling city in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
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Written by Effie I. Canning
Performed by studio orchestra
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27 March 2016 | by redryan64See all my reviews

NO MATTER HOW impressive the film footage used or the subject covered, we in the now 21st Century are not going to be truly "impressed" by any travel specialty or newsreel. We have been somewhat "spoiled" by the advancements in communications and by the instantaneous gratification provided by a 24-7, 'round the clock coverage of world news by a multitude of cable news channels.

IN ORDER TO properly and fairly judge and evaluate such relics of former less technologically developed times, we must do our best in attempting to see things as our ancestors did back in the 1920's, '30's, '40's etc. In this case, it is in the Year of Our Lord 1948. So putting things into perspective we must remember that: It was 3 short years following WWII, Harry Truman was President, Television was in its infancy, this writer (me) was 2 years of age and his wife (Deanna) was born that very year.

WITH ALL OF that in mind, we wish now to do our modest attempt at reviewing THE CALGARY STAMPEDE. Is that alright with you, Schultz?

WE DID SOME research and found that the "Stampede" is a sort of umbrella title that covers a multitude of activities which all culminate in the Canadian City of Calgary, Alberta during the month of July each year. The origin dates to an Agricultural Commission's efforts to draw populations to the Calgary area.

AS A RESULT OF these efforts, the City has been hosting this multifaceted mega-celebration for decades now. The "Stampede" name, of course comes from the Rodeo at center of this activity. But the name permeates the very culture and fabric of life there.

FOR EXAMPLE WE have: The Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, the (now defunct) Calgary Stampeders of the World Hockey League and even the local Pro Wrestling Promotion was called Calgary Stampeder Wrestling.

WITH ALL OF this considered, all of the seemingly exaggerated portrayals of cultural events in Calgary are real and true. Instead of puffing up the beauty and inherent interest generated, it appears that filming of so much and does not give what is due to such varied events. From American Indian traditional rituals, parades, music, agricultural and the Stampede Rodeo itself, we do know just one thing for sure. A film cannot do justice to events that must be viewed with the naked eye.

THE SHORT IS done with the usual expertise in making a concerted effort to make every bit of footage count. None was wasted or could be considered superfluous. The color work was good and the scripted narration was ideally tailored to complement the visuals.

AND OF COURSE we must make mention of the guy who so skillfully read those words. I was Art Gilmore. (Ever heard of him, Schultz?)

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