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Three on a Rope (1938)

This short looks at the sport of rock climbing. A team of three men ascend a rock wall on Southern California's Tahquitz Rock (also known as Lily Rock) above Idyllwild. The various climbing... See full summary »

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Willard Van der Veer (as Willard Vander Veer)

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Willard Van der Veer (as Willard Vander Veer)
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This short looks at the sport of rock climbing. A team of three men ascend a rock wall on Southern California's Tahquitz Rock (also known as Lily Rock) above Idyllwild. The various climbing techniques are explained, as well as the dangers one encounters in this sport. We also see the team rappel from the summit. A second team, used for comic relief, has nothing but problems. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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USA

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English

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19 February 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Climbing Over Rocky Mountains
2 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Well, if not the Rockies, then at least a Rock: Tahquitz Rock to be exact. A Smith called Pete takes us along with a trio as they go rock climbing in this documentary shot by Willard Van Der Veer, a venturesome cameraman who shot WITH BYRD AT THE SOUTH POLE and episodes of the TV western CHEYENNE.

That was about thirty years later. In the meantime, this is a pretty good short about the state of rock climbing in the year it was released. There are a few sequences that are obviously staged - no one falls accidentally when there just happens to be a high-speed camera placed in a crevasse that miraculously captures the plunge from the best angle. Still, it's a fun short.

Pete Smith doesn't turn the snark up very high on this one. That's reserved for safe activities.


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