A passenger ship has just arrived in San Francisco from Hawaii. Aboard the ship are not only the passengers, but some native Hawaiians: some tropical fish, destined for aquariums. Several varieties of the fish are shown and described. They will ultimately be going into an environment more hospitable than from where they came since the aquariums will be controlled. The colorful fish are often inspiration for fashion designers who look to what nature provides in terms of color combinations and patterns.Written by
Here's an early Pete Smith narrating credit, one of the "Fisherman's Paradise" series of shorts for MGM. It's a short subject showing some of the exotic fish on exhibit at the Steinhardt Aquarium in San Francisco. Smith's narration is reltively restrained for the sarcastic standards he would later maintain.
Although nowadays most of these specimens are common to many a collector's tank -- the varieties end with goldfish -- this short is most noteworthy for the fact it is shot in some excellent two-strip Technicolor. That is, of course, largely of historical and technical interest these days; the introduction of three-strip Technicolor was just around the color, and a few years later, the Technicolor Corporation would introduce its monopack, making Technicolor production much easier -- although far more expensive than black & white, given the special equipment and higher film cost.
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