A visit to Singapore, an essential port city in Britain's empire, established in 1813 when Raffles negotiated its separation from the independent Malay state of Jahor. The camera observes Singapore's traditional neighborhoods, trade, and small craft, which are dominated by people of Chinese ancestry. Then, we drive the modern causeway to Jahor's small capital, Johor Bahru, for a look at imposing buildings and a visit to the grounds of the sultan. The sultan's son invites the crew in, and we meet the sultan, "H.H." himself. The narrator relates the sultan's commitment to commerce, economic well-being, and tolerance, stemming in part from his European education.
31 December 1938 (USA)
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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)
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Did You Know?
This marks one of the very few times that James A. FitzPatrick
appears in one of his Traveltalks shorts. The appearance was originally unscripted, but occurred when FitzPatrick greeted the son of the Sultan of Jahor during a chance meeting while the crew was shooting exterior shots of the sultan's palace. FitzPatrick can later be seen talking with the sultan and his son, near the conclusion of the film. See more