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The Inside Passage (1941)

This TravelTalk looks at what was then the Alaska Territory, which according to the film, was being looked at as a potential home to millions of refugees from World War II.


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In this pre-World War II (for the United States) short James FitzPatrick points his camera at Seattle, Washington on a map and takes his camera and commentary up the inland waterway to Alaska. The short depicts the salmon fishing at Ketchikan, and moves on to an Indian village to show the art of the Totem Pole carving. Also shown is the important salmon port of Cordova, and Annette Island where the culture of the Alaskan Indian reaches its highest point. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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4 October 1941 (USA)  »

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FitzPatrick Traveltalks: The Inside Passage  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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[A map of North America appears on screen; then a map of Alaska with the Inside Passage highlighted]
Narrator: Uncle Sam's Alaska looms into the limelight of current events as a possible haven for many of the unfortunate peoples who have been driven from their native lands by the dictates of tyranny and the horrors of war. The usual approach to this land of promise is by way of the so-called Inside Passage, a remarkable salt water route extending from Seattle to Skagway, through a network of ...
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Pleasant enough Traveltalk documentary from James A. FitzPatrick...
29 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is the sort of educational short we used to see in school auditoriums about various places throughout the world.

The locale here is Alaska, and the Technicolor photography is inviting enough to keep viewer's interested in some colorful glimpses of various seaports and fishing villages, the sparkling blue waters of lakes with snow-capped mountains in the background.

We're told that the actual climate of these villages in the valleys is a lot more normal than one would suspect from what the name Alaska signifies to most people. Far from frigid, it shows people enjoying the warm lake waters in the summer.

With the salmon industry bringing in 5 million a year, we're shown various ports where fishing and the sea food industry are the main activities. We also see some Indian children in an Indian setting where colorful Totem poles are a common sight. Another handsome sight are the ocean liners that carry passengers across the Alaskan seas.

And finally, we leave with a glimpse of Petersburg, a fishing village with quaint picture postcard charm.

Summing up: A rather routine entry in the Traveltalk series.

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