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A Day on Treasure Island (1939)

A Traveltalks visit to the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the "World's Fair of the West," on man-made Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.
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James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)
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This Traveltalks entry visits the Golden Gate International Exposition. Sponsored by 11 western states of the United States and 28 foreign countries, this "world's Fair of the West" was built on Treasure Island, a man-made island in San Francisco Bay. Viewers see the exteriors of many exhibition halls and the pavilions of foreign nations. The art, sculpture, and flowers on display are also featured. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Documentary | Short

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Approved
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Connections

Followed by Night Descends on Treasure Island (1940) See more »

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San Francisco
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Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Played during the opening credits and at the beginning
Also played during the Hall of the Western States segment
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TravelTalks
9 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Day on Treasure Island, A (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Nice entry in MGM's TravelTalks series takes us to San Francisco where we learn the history of Treasure Island. We start off learning that originally you could only see the sand on low-tide but $50 million dollars was spent to build it up into an island, which today holds all sorts of arts and crafts. We're shown the garden of the island, which wraps all around the place and we also get to see other special places including the Tower of the Sun and the Court of the Seven Seas. We're also shown a section where people can view the houses and architecture from other places including Japan and New Zealand. In the background there's a shop called "Daydreams" that promises a "girl show" but we don't get to go in there, which is a shame. As usual, the Technicolor is certainly a major plus but James A. Fitzpatrick's narration is also spot-on. This here is certainly one of the better episodes as we're given a pretty good history of the island and get to see just about everything you'd want to. I will admit that I would have been more interested in how they actually made the island but I'm sure there are plenty of documentaries out there on this.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día en la isla del tesoro See more »

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Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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