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James FitzPatrick TravelTalks shorts


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#221 mickeyfender

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 09:58 AM

More good news! *Yellowstone Park "Nature's Playground" (1936)* is scheduled to play Sunday, March 30th, at 11:47pm. So set your DVRs!

#222 mickeyfender

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 08:11 AM

Gotta say, the TCM shorts programmer is doing right by us FitzPatrick Fanatics. After treating us to Ireland, the Emerald Isle (which I'd never seen listed before) and Roaming through Northern Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, today I see they've scheduled Visiting St. Louis this coming Wednesday (3/26) -- right after Meet Me in St. Louis .

I'm especially pleased by this, because last time Visiting St. Louis was aired, dvr problems kept me from seeing it. So thanks again to TCM. Keep up the good work. Just don't forget those rare and underplayed Vitaphone musical/comedies and Charley Chase shorts.

#223 mickeyfender

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:44 AM

And the Traveltalk gods have smiled upon us.

Kudos to the TCM shorts programmer for scheduling *Pastoral Panoramas (1950)* ! It'll be on here in the U.S. on Sun. 3/16 at 1:45 pm.

For fans who may not have seen them, TCM will also be airing Quebec in Summertime and Springtime in the Netherlands this week.

It's a good week for Traveltalk fans. Let's hope some more underaired/unaired ones are on the way.

Thanks again, TCM!

#224 mickeyfender

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:25 PM

After well over a month with no Traveltalks, TCM is finally getting back on board -- with a "new" one, no less -- on Wednesday 3/12 at 3:30am with *Pastoral Panoramas (1950)* -- *but only if you live in Canada!*

As someone who repeatedly asks for new Traveltalks to be shown, this is pretty tough to take. I sure hope they find a way to air it here in the States.

What do you say, TCM?

#225 heuriger

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:08 AM

The TCM programming elves should consider running a few Traveltalks which haven't seen the light of day nigh on several years.

Glimpses of Austria (1938) last aired in 2009
Cradle of a Nation (1947) last aired Fourth of July 2008.
Glimpses of Mexico (1940) last aired 2009

#226 mickeyfender

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:31 AM

Just want to again offer kudos to the shorts programmer for the upcoming Traveltalks:

Beautiful Brazil (1951)
Ontario: Land of Lakes (1949)
West Point on the Hudson (1942)
Calling on Costa Rica (1947)

I haven't seen Ontario and Costa Rica listed before and haven't seen West Point listed in ages. Thanks again!

#227 mickeyfender

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

Great list, heuriger. I'd love to see all of those you listed. I'd previously listed those, and many more, in the "Request a Movie" section of this site. Hopefully, between the two of us, they'll show more of the underplayed ones. It looks like they're already beginning to.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:15 AM

I'm still hoping the TCM elves will dig deep in to their black bag and pull out these never aired, as far as I can tell, titles.

Holland in Tulip Time (1934)
Colorful Guatemala (1935)
Historic Mexico City (1935)
St. Helena and its Man of Destiny (1936)
Chile, Land of Charm (1936)
Jaipur, the Pink City (1938)
Sitka and Juneau, A Tale of Two Cities (1940)
Suva: 'Pride of Fiji" (1940)
Alluring Alaska (1941)
Land of the Quintuplets (1942)


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#229 mickeyfender

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:54 AM

Just wanted to thank TCM for a job well done in presenting the upcoming Land of Orizaba, which I hadn't seen on TCM in years, but also for recently airing Calling on Michigan, which I'd never seen at all.

I'm a big fan of FitzPatrick TravelTalks, and it's great when "new" ones get aired. So, kudos to the shorts programmer at TCM, and keep the rareties coming!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:43 AM

The link in my older post doesn't seem to work any more, so here's what I wrote about James FitzPatrick:

James A. FitzPatrick (1894-1980) started his series of one-reel travel shorts in 1930 and released them independently. He also produced other film shorts series, such as the "Movie Horoscope" series, "American Holiday" series, and "Music Master Series". He even got into feature film distribution in 1930 with his American release of the 1928 British silent movie "The Lady of the Lake", with sound effects added.

The "Movie Horoscope" shorts were one-reelers entitled "People Born in January" through
"People Born in December". Twelve were produced, one for each month, and released each month in 1930.

The "American Holiday" series consisted of ten shorts, each only three minutes long, focusing on a certain holiday. Each was released in time for the corresponding holiday, commencing in September 1930 for Labor Day, and covering ten holidays through Independence Day 1931.

The ''Music Master Series" was a series of 9 one-reel shorts featuring orchestral renditions of works by composers Bizet, Brahms, Liszt, Handel, Chopin, Beethoven, Strauss, Verdi, and Mendelssohn. They were released between September and December 1930.

In 1931 FitzPatrick started releasing his TravelTalk shorts through MGM. He discontinued those other three series (after all, he had pretty much run out of material, unless he wanted to cover more composers). He continued to release his Technicolor TravelTalks shorts through MGM at the rate of at least eight a year through 1951. Then for some reason MGM started calling the series "People on Parade". That lasted only a year, and so in 1952 it was back to the name "TravelTalks". Then, on February 12, 1954 MGM finally released the final entry in the long-running series, "Glimpses of Western Germany". The studio reissued six older entries over the next year, then finally retired the series.

FitzPatrick did other film work before the TravelTalks series, and occasionally during its run, but this basically covers his work on that series


#231 FredMertz

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:18 AM

According to the online schedule, TCM will air the Traveltalk short *In Old Armsterdam* on Saturday, May 19, at 1:04pm ET. I'm 100% sure that Mr. FitzPatrick actually visited Amsterdam (only one "r").

#232 RaquelVixen

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:56 PM

I was not aware of any plan to have these shorts released on DVD. You may be waiting for nigh on eternity.
B-)

#233 HomesoulM

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:03 PM

I can't wait when it comes on DVD.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:39 PM

Thanks! I love those shorts! I feel like I'm visiting the places!

#235 musicalnovelty

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:23 AM

There is a thread on the James A. FitzPatrick TravelTalks series of shorts over on the Information, Please! forum.
I just posted a detailed summary of FitzPatrick's post-1930 film production, so if anyone is interested, here is where to find it:

http://forums.tcm.co...140354&tstart=0

Also some posts have been added discussing the Fox Magic Carpet of Movietone series.

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