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Mackinac Island (1944)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 18 March 1944 (USA)
This MGM short, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Travetalk series, takes the viewer to Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan. To get there, you sail from Chicago aboard a boat such the North ... See full summary »

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James A. FitzPatrick (uncredited)
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James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)
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This MGM short, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Travetalk series, takes the viewer to Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan. To get there, you sail from Chicago aboard a boat such the North American where 20 hours later, the island will come into view. The French were the first Europeans to discover this region in the 17th century. About 500 people live there year round but there are several thousand in the summer months. Historically, the old fort was an important military site but the island was also a commercial center where John Jacob Astor established the American Fur Company. People get around mostly by bicycle and lilac bushes are found across the island. Written by garykmcd

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Documentary | Short

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Approved
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USA

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English

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18 March 1944 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)
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The ship seen at the beginning of the film is the S.S. North American, owned by the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Company. It was built in 1914 by the Great Lakes Engineering Works at Ecorse, Michigan. She was retired from Great Lakes passenger service in 1964 and sold in 1967 to the Seafarers International Union for use as a training ship. While being towed to Maryland, the ship suddenly sank 25 miles off Nantucket, Massachusetts on September 4, 1967. See more »

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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
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Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Performed by orchestra
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A Scene From The Past
27 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Here's a Traveltalk in which James A. Fitzpatrick's eternal blather cannot destroy or even seriously affect the charm of this glimpse of Mackinack (pronounced, we are told, 'Mack-i-naw'). Island. Even in 1944, with the world at war and the Traveltalks series stuck in the Americas, there's little to see here, but images from the country's past, and its present pleasures, with buildings from the 18th century, hotels from the 19th, and automobiles absent. They still are, though the Feds might helicopter in the occasional Vice-President and the Secret Service might put him in a car, lest one of the crowned horses pulling a buggy take a pot shot at him.

Even in 1944 it was a nostalgic piece. Today it looks even more so.


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