In California's southeast corner is the Salton Sea, where the salinated water has buoyancy that allows small craft to set speed records. Racers come from around the U.S. Boats arrive by car, truck, and train; they're carefully unloaded; they're weighed and classified; and, time trials and races begin. A few women compete. Pete Smith narrates. The film uses slow motion and running the film backwards to examine occasional gaffes, but the emphasis is on speed and the difficult turns.Written by
Yachtsmen of a very special breed gather from all over America for a most unusual DESERT REGATTA.
This fascinating little film from a bygone era shows the outboard motor speed record races which took place on Southern California's great Salton Sea, where even rocks float. The care & treatment of the small craft under these very harsh conditions is examined. The grueling race itself is shown, with the mood lightened by a dose of camera trickery. Pete Smith is the unconventional narrator.
Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.
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