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#21 Jlewis

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 05:44 AM

Got a theory on what happened with "Glimpses of Australia" --

 

There is only one pre-1940 short not included on either volume -- meaning one from the 1930s got left behind. It's the similarly-named "Glimpses of Argentina" from 1938. Since we have a double-use A for Argentina/Australia, I think that Argentina was just accidentally missed while Australia got grabbed twice -- once in Argentina's place. 

 

 

Actually TCM goofed. Glimpses of Argentina was done in 1951 but misdated online. I think the New Orleans title is the one missed unless it is included and misnamed on the packaging.



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Posted 28 August 2016 - 08:04 PM

Is Glimpses of Australia on both V1 and V2?

 

Looking forward to seeing this new set!

 

Also I've seen Looking At London with two different Leo the Lion openings. I've always thought one was a re-release of some kind.

 

Yancey

I believe what you're referring to is a "TV Version".

 

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Posted 28 August 2016 - 08:02 PM

Data rate on Fitzpatrick discs are great!

 

I recently observed average data rates of 7.0 mbps which is quite good

for regular dvd's

 

fyi

 

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Posted 28 August 2016 - 07:21 PM

Got a theory on what happened with "Glimpses of Australia" --

 

There is only one pre-1940 short not included on either volume -- meaning one from the 1930s got left behind. It's the similarly-named "Glimpses of Argentina" from 1938. Since we have a double-use A for Argentina/Australia, I think that Argentina was just accidentally missed while Australia got grabbed twice -- once in Argentina's place. 


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 09:29 PM

Is Glimpses of Australia on both V1 and V2?

 

Looking forward to seeing this new set!

 

Also I've seen Looking At London with two different Leo the Lion openings. I've always thought one was a re-release of some kind.

 

Yancey



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 10:09 AM

It was mighty nice that Film Daily, Motion Picture News and Motion Picture Herald actually gave a darn about FitzPatrick, Burton Holmes and other travel folk so that we can... somewhat accurately... date these thanks to Internet Archive scans of the old magazines.

 

Even if Warner boo-booed a bit, I think it was a nice touch that both volumes tried to cover an *exact* decade. Although some of the footage in Wandering Here And There may have been shot after March 1944, I have the feeling it is pretty much all "extra" material not used in the summer 1943 filmed shorts done across the country. Therefore, we have this nice uninterrupted stretch from April 1934, when he announced that Ireland: The Emerald Isle would be the first stop in glorious Technicolor for Film Daily on April 9th (roughly two months before Robert C. Bruce also covered the same spot in Technicolor for a rival company First Division in a film called Irish Melody), through the end of his Central American repeat tour in March/April of 1944. Then there was a gap until August 1945 when he toured post-war London (covered in that nifty newsreel), which will start up Volume 3, I am sure... although they may still need to add any titles missed. (I think Warner Brothers got him to assist on two of their Mexican shorts when he ran out of work to do at MGM.)


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 09:43 AM

Man, Jlewis, outstanding work on that list. That's a great resource. Thanks very much for putting that together -- well done.

 

Yes, I'm also seeing "Glimpses of Australia" two times. I'm going to hunt around for other discrepancies. There is one -- and I've forgotten the title -- that has always given me fits. It's a South American short (I think), and I've seen the date given in the 1930s AND the 1950s, if you can believe that.

 

My guess (and this is only a guess) is that dates got jumbled when Jimmy re-recorded some of his shorts for a new thing on the scene in the 1950s called "the television." 

 

In addition to being an amazing creative (c'mon people, no digs about bland narration and predictable sunset endings -- the man was lugging around a Technicolor camera in the 1930s. He was literally on the cutting edge of technology), Jimmy was also somewhat of a wheeler dealer businessman.

 

For example, he would sell his shorts to schools for educational purposes. And also, to TV stations. Recently, I did an "old newspapers in California" database search and found that he tried to BUY a TV station in the early 1950s. This man was constantly making moves -- well into his late 70s.

 

By the way, Volume 2 did NOT disappoint. It contained 12 shorts I had never seen before, including some I've been super eager to see, including "Grand Canyon, Pride of Creation" and "Mighty Niagara" at the top of the list.

 

Speaking of "Niagara," I loved the scene of Jimmy, his wife, and (presumably) some of their crew donning their rubber suits before shoving off aboard The Maid of the Mist. He had just honeymooned there 3 years earlier (thanks again Jlewis as I check the handy-dandy filming date list) and he makes mention of this in the v/o. Great stuff. 

 

So yeah, I'm really pleased with how these DVDs are set up. Top marks. Can't wait for Volume 3!


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Posted 26 August 2016 - 09:24 AM

The set just arrived.

Here's the scan of the titles:

 

Best!

 

Chrisattachicon.gifTRAVEL_2.pdf

 

OK... so going back to our earlier checklist, this is what is put out so far. I'm hoping the Eagle Eyes here will catch the titles I skipped so I can correct this post. Listing them by title, cameraman, filming date and release date (this being the order they are presented)

 

Volume 1

 

  • Switzerland The Beautiful (Ray Fernstrom) / filmed May 1934 / Oct 2, 1934

  • Ireland: The Emerald Isle (Ray Fernstrom) / filmed Apr-May 1934 / Dec 11, 1934

  • Zeeland- The Hidden Paradise (Ray Fernstrom) / filmed May 1934 / Jan 3, 1935

  • Rainbow Canyons (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Jul 1934 / Feb 2, 1935

  • Colorful Guatemala (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Nov-Dec 1934 / Feb 23, 1935

  • Los Angeles: Wonder City Of The West / filmed Dec 1934 & Jan 1935 / Mar 16, 1935

  • Beautiful Banff And Lake Louise (Benjamin Sharpe & Winton Hoch) / filmed Aug 1935 / Oct 5, 1935

  • Modern Tokyo (Wilfred Cline) / Apr-May 1935 / Dec 28, 1935

  • Sacred City Of The Mayan Indians (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Nov-Dec 1934 / Feb 22, 1936

  • Rio de Janeiro: City Of Splendour (Winton Hoch) / filmed Jan 1936 / Apr 18, 1936

  • Yellowstone Park: Nature's Playground (James Smith) / filmed Jul 1936 / Oct 24, 1936

  • Oriental Paradise (Wilfred Cline) / Apr-May 1935 / Jan 5, 1937

  • Glimpses Of Java And Ceylon (Winton Hoch) / filmed Apr 1936 / Mar 6, 1937

  • Hong Kong: The Hub Of The Orient (Winton Hoch) / filmed Apr 1936 / May 1, 1937

  • Floral Japan (Wilfred Cline) / Apr-May 1935 / Jul 24, 1937

  • Stockholm: Pride Of Sweden (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed May 1937 / Oct 2, 1937

  • Chile: Land Of Charm (Winton Hoch) / filmed winter 1936-37 / Oct 30, 1937

  • Copenhagen (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed May 1937 / Nov 22, 1937

  • Land Of The Incas (Winton Hoch) / filmed winter 1936-37 / Dec 25, 1937

  • Glimpses Of Austria (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed Jun 1937 / Feb 19, 1938

  • Czechoslovakia On Parade (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed Jun 1937 / Jun 11, 1938

  • Paris On Parade (Jack Cardiff) / filmed Sep 1937 / Jul 9, 1938

  • Jaipur- The Pink City (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Feb 1938 / Oct 29, 1938

  • Singapore And Jahore (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Feb or Mar 1938 / Dec 31, 1938

  • Java Journey (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Feb or Mar 1938 / Mar 18, 1939

  • Rural Hungary (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed Jun 1937 / Apr 29, 1939

  • Colorful Curacao (Robert Carney) / filmed Oct 1938 / May 27, 1939

  • Quaint St. Augustine (Robert Carney) / filmed Dec 1938 / Nov 4, 1939

  • Land Of Alaska Nellie (Robert Carney) / filmed Aug 1939 / Dec 23, 1939

  • Seattle: Gateway To The Northwest (Robert Carney) / filmed Jun-Jul 1939 / Nov 18, 1939 (Seattle premiere)

  • Sitka And Juneau, A Tale Of Two Cities (Robert Carney) / filmed Aug 1939 / Apr 13, 1940

  • Glimpses Of Australia (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Mar 1938 / Apr 15, 1939

  • Cavalcade Of San Francisco (Robert Carney) / filmed Jun 1939 / Sep 28, 1940

  • Old New Mexico (Robert Carney) / filmed summer 1940 / Oct 26, 1940

  • Beautiful Bali (Robert Carney) / filmed spring 1938 / Nov 23, 1940

  • Mediterranean Ports Of Call (Robert Carney) / filmed spring 1938 / Jan 4, 1941

  • Red Men On Parade (Robert Carney) / filmed summer 1940 / Feb 1, 1941

  • Alluring Alaska (Robert Carney) / filmed Jul-Aug 1939 / Mar 8, 1941

  • Glimpses Of Kentucky (Robert Carney) / filmed spring 1940 / Apr 12, 1941

  • Haiti, Land Of Dark Majesty (Robert Carney) / filmed Oct 1938 / Jul 5, 1941

  • Glimpses Of Florida (Robert Carney) / filmed Dec 1938 to Jan 1939 / Sep 6, 1941

  • Scenic Grandeur (Robert Carney) / filmed Jul-Aug 1939 / Dec 13, 1941

  • Minnesota: Land Of Plenty (William Steiner) / filmed Aug or Sep 1941 / Jan 31, 1942

  • Glacier Park And Waterton Lakes (William Steiner) / filmed Aug or Sep 1941 / Apr 24, 1942

  • Exotic Mexico (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Feb 1942 / Jun 13, 1942

  • Modern Mexico City (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Mar 1942 / Nov 7, 1942

  • Land Of Orizaba (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Mar or Apr 1942 / Jan 2, 1943

  • Motoring In Mexico (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Mar or Apr 1942 / May 22, 1943

  • On The Road To Monterrey (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Mar or Apr 1942 / Mar 27, 1943

  • Scenic Oregon (William Snyder & William Steiner) / filmed Sep 1941 and autumn 1942 / Jun 26, 1943

  • Through The Colorado Rockies (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Oct 23, 1943

  • A Day In Death Valley (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Jan 22, 1944

  • Salt Lake Diversions (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed May-Jun 1943 / Dec 25, 1943

  • Along The Cactus Trail (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Apr 15, 1944

  • Colorful Colorado (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / May 20, 1944

  • City Of Brigham Young (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed May-Jun 1943 / Jun 17, 1944

  • Monumental Utah (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed May-Jun 1943 / Jul 29, 1944

  • Shrines Of Yucatan / filmed Feb or Mar 1944 / Jan 13, 1945

  • Merida And Campeche / filmed Feb or Mar 1944 / Nov 24, 1945

  • Glimpses Of Guatemala / filmed Feb or Mar 1944 / Feb 9, 1946

 

Volume 2

 

  • Holland In Tulip Time (Ray Fernstrom) / filmed May 1934 / Sep 18, 1934

  • Zion, Canyon Of Colour (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Jul 1934 / Nov 27, 1934

  • Historic Mexico City (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Dec 1934 / Sep 7, 1935

  • Honolulu: The Paradise Of The Pacific (Wilfred Cline) / May 1935 / Nov 2, 1935

  • Rural Mexico (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Dec 1934 / Nov 30, 1935

  • Victoria And Vancouver: Gateways To Canada (Benjamin Sharpe & Winton Hoch) / filmed Aug 1935 / Feb 1, 1936

  • Japan In Cherry Blossom Time / Cherry Blossom Time In Japan (Wilfred Cline) / Apr-May 1935 / Mar 21, 1936

  • St. Helena And Its Man Of Destiny (Winton Hoch) / filmed Feb or Mar 1936 / ©-Jul 8, 1936

  • Quaint Quebec (Benjamin Sharpe & Winton Hoch) / filmed Sep 1935 / Sep 19, 1936

  • Colorful Islands, Madagascar And Seychelles (Winton Hoch) / filmed Mar 1936 / ©-Nov 17, 1936

  • Picturesque South Africa (Winton Hoch) / filmed Mar 1936 / Jan 2, 1937

  • India On Parade (Winton Hoch) / filmed Apr 1936 / Feb 6, 1937

  • Colorful Bombay (Winton Hoch) / filmed Apr 1936 / Apr 3, 1937

  • Serene Siam (Winton Hoch) / filmed Apr 1936 / May 29, 1937

  • Rocky Mountain Grandeur (James Smith & Winton Hoch) / filmed Aug-Sep 1935 and Jul 1936 / Jun 26, 1937

  • Glimpses Of Peru (Winton Hoch) / filmed winter 1936-37 / Sep 4, 1937

  • Natural Wonders Of The West (James Smith) / filmed Sep 1937 / Jan 27, 1938

  • Glimpses Of New Brunswick (Winton Hoch) / filmed Sep 1937 / Mar 19, 1938

  • Beautiful Budapest (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed Jun 1937 / Apr 16, 1938

  • Rural Sweden (Ralph Donaldson & Winton Hoch) / filmed May 1937 / May 14, 1938

  • Cairo, City Of Contrast (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Jan 1938 / Sep 10, 1938

  • Madeira: Isle Of Romance (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Jan 1938 / Oct 1, 1938

  • Sydney- Pride Of Australia (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Mar 1938 / Dec 3, 1938

  • Ancient Egypt (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Jan 1938 / Jan 21, 1939

  • Imperial Delhi (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Feb 1938 / Feb 18, 1939

  • Glimpses Of Australia (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Mar 1938 / Apr 15, 1939

  • Picturesque Udaipur (Hone Glendinning) / filmed Feb 1938 / May 13, 1939

  • A Day On Treasure Island (Robert Carney) / filmed Jun 1939 / Sep 2, 1939

  • Natural Wonders Of Washington State (Robert Carney) / filmed Jun-Jul 1939 / Oct 2, 1939

  • Valiant Venezuela (Robert Carney) / filmed Oct 1938 / Nov 28, 1939

  • Old Natchez On The Mississippi (Robert Carney) / filmed Jan 1939 / Dec 30, 1939

  • Night Descends On Treasure Island (Robert Carney) / filmed Jun 1939 / Jan 20, 1940

  • Calling On Colombia (Robert Carney) / filmed Oct 1938 / Mar 16, 1940

  • Modern New Orleans (Robert Carney) / filmed autumn 1939 / May 11, 1940

  • Suva, Pride Of Fiji (Robert Carney) / filmed spring 1938 / Jun 8, 1940

  • The Capital City: Washington D.C. (Robert Carney) / filmed spring 1940 / Sep 7, 1940

  • Yosemite The Magnificent (Robert Carney) / filmed summer or early autumn 1940 / May 10, 1941

  • Glimpses Of Washington State (Robert Carney) / filmed Jun-Jul 1939 / Nov 18, 1939 (Seattle premiere)

  • The Inside Passage (Robert Carney) / filmed Jul-Aug 1939 / Oct 4, 1941

  • Georgetown, Pride Of Penang (Robert Carney) / filmed spring 1938 / Nov 15, 1941

  • Historic Maryland (William Steiner) / filmed Jun 1941 / Dec 26, 1941

  • West Point On The Hudson (William Steiner) / filmed Jul 1941 / Jan 10, 1942

  • Colorful North Carolina (William Steiner) / filmed Jun 1941 / Feb 21, 1942

  • Land Of The Quintuplets (William Steiner) / filmed Aug or Sep 1941 / Mar 14, 1942

  • Picturesque Patzcuaro (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Feb 1942 / May 23, 1942

  • Picturesque Massachusetts (William Steiner) / filmed Jun 1941 / Oct 3, 1942

  • Glimpses Of Ontario (William Steiner) / filmed Aug or Sep 1941 / Dec 5, 1942

  • Mighty Niagara (William Steiner) / filmed Jul 1941 / Jan 30, 1943

  • Mexican Police On Parade (Wilfred Cline) / filmed Mar 1942 / Feb 27, 1943

  • Romantic Nevada (William Snyder) / filmed winter 1942-43 / Apr 24, 1943

  • Glimpses Of Mexico (Wilfred Cline) / filmed spring 1940 / Jul 7, 1940

  • Over The Andes (Winton Koch) / filmed early 1937 and 1942? / Sep 25, 1943

  • Grand Canyon, Pride Of Creation (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Nov 27, 1943

  • Visiting St. Louis (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Feb 19, 1944

  • Mackinac Island (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Mar 14, 1944

  • Roaming Through Arizona (Virgil Miller & Charles Boyle) / filmed summer 1943 / Jun 3, 1944

  • Wandering Here And There / filmed 1943 & 1944 / Dec 9, 1944

  • Seeing El Salvador / filmed Feb or Mar 1944 / Mar 31, 1945

  • Modern Guatemala City / filmed Feb or Mar 1944 / Aug 25, 1945

  • Where Time Stands Still / filmed Feb or Mar 1944 / Sep 22, 1945

 

One possible goof, but this needs double checked. We get a double-dip of Glimpses Of Australia while Old New Orleans might have been missed, although that one is an extra on the Mario Lanza DVD That Midnight Kiss / Toast Of New Orleans. They could easily add that to a future disc that could include his MGM “Miniatures” and assorted other shorts.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 11:25 AM

The set just arrived.

Here's the scan of the titles:

 

Best!

 

ChrisAttached File  TRAVEL_2.pdf   2.18MB   14 downloads

 

 


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Posted 07 August 2016 - 12:57 PM

August 23 is the date I have down for my order..

 

(fyi)

 

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 11:31 AM

Just a head's up - Volume 2 has been announced for September!!!

 

No listing of shorts as yet! :(

 

Yancey

 

Fantastic news! I'll definitely be getting mine as a late birthday present to myself. Don't even need to know the listing. :D



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Posted 04 August 2016 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for the VOL 2  TIP !

 

I just preordered it!bbbbbbb


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 06:32 PM

Night In Mexico City is a Warner film that *technically* should be shown on TCM and available on DVD, but isn't part of MGM's crop. So we have to wait on that one. I would think most of the others will wind up on Volume 2. Maybe Johannesburg will go on Volume 3 if it doesn't fit.

 

Amusingly, one of the reviews on the Warner Archive site for Volume 1 is by a customer who got a newly pressed Volume 2 in a Volume 1 package. Ooops! Maybe that customer "Joe" can read this forum and inform us of its contents. Ha ha!

 

http://www.wbshop.co...pe=&from=Search

 

 

 


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 02:05 PM

Of the TT shorts I am aware of I still need two:

Glimpses of Peru (1937)

Night In Mexico City (1944)

 

Here are three I have but would like to upgrade:
Sydney - Pride Of Australia (1938)
Johannesburg - City Of Gold (1953)
Rural Mexico (1935)

 

If any of them are on this new release I'd be extremely happy.

 

Interestingly I also feel something of a let down.  Hunting through the TCM schedule and catching as catch can has been fun. I feel kind of badly for those who won't have the chance of random discovery. Everything has been plopped in their lap!

 

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 04:53 PM

Just a head's up - Volume 2 has been announced for September!!!

 

No listing of shorts as yet! :(

 

Yancey

Good. That means they must be selling well. I'm glad.


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 12:46 PM

Just a head's up - Volume 2 has been announced for September!!!

 

No listing of shorts as yet! :(

 

Yancey


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 07:10 AM

I think all of this is interesting discussion because I tend to view a lot of personality "types" fitting into three or more categories. Astrologers would dub these as "cardinal", "fixed" and "mutable" types I guess. Although every person is, as Mister Rogers used to sing on my childhood PBS show, "special and unique... you are you".

 

First you have that progressive type always fighting for a cause. Sort of like your Stanley Kramer pushing GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER. Hollywood liked having a few of those, provided they were kept on a harness and only let out their cage periodically. Every business is focused on making money and you generally make less money upsetting the apple cart. Yet the films made by these folks tend to age better than others, because they were seeking an everybody-should-be-treated-equally logic.

 

Secondly, you have the very stubborn "keep things the same" type. They are not fond of all of the *progressive* change, especially when it happens too fast. Nothing wrong with "sticking to your own kind" as Rita Moreno sang in WEST SIDE STORY as long as you don't try forcing everybody else to. Yet these are your "slow to make up my mind and slow to change my mind" people. Yes is yes and no is no. White is white and black is black.

 

Thirdly, you have The Go With Flow people. I think Jimmy FitzPatrick fits this group. When he says "white man's paradise", it is because everybody else does. Then he is informed "Mister FitzPatrick, that is not proper". His response: "Oh-kay Dokey, I will say something different in my next picture."

 

Sorry I got too windy here. Went back and edited this post since I am sure enough are viewing it with a big "huh?" expression.

 

 

 

Back to Traveltalks. Ha ha!



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Posted 23 July 2016 - 10:08 AM

Yeah, but he definitely could not get away with that kind of talk after the war. I also think he was... well... not thinking. That is a VERY common phrase in all too many embarrassing travelogues of the era. I don't think Jimmy was the most original narrator. So much seems recycled from rival travel films.

 

Humorously, I think that cameraman had the "hots" for the lovely Caucasian "Australians" posing in their Fifth Avenue dresses. It was obvious he was flirting with them. Probably dated one later.

 

Also should add: If you look at any National Geographic magazine published during the same period, the tone is eerily similar to the Traveltalks. It was only after Melville Bell Grosvenor took over as editor after his father in 1957, that a lot of changes took place with both "the bad" and racial injustices of foreign countries and the United States shown along with the pretty "rose colored" scenery.

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 10:00 AM

Yeah, but he definitely could not get away with that kind of talk after the war. I also think he was... well... not thinking. That is a VERY common phrase in all too many embarrassing travelogues of the era. I don't think Jimmy was the most original narrator. So much seems recycled from rival travel films.

 

Humorously, I think that cameraman had the "hots" for the lovely Caucasian "Australians" posing in their Fifth Avenue dresses. It was obvious he was flirting with them. Probably dated one later.

 

Also should add: If you look at any National Geographic magazine published during the same period, the tone is eerily similar to the Traveltalks. It was only after Melville Bell Grosvenor took over as editor after his father in 1957, that a lot of changes took place with both "the bad" and racial injustices of foreign countries and the United States shown along with the pretty "rose colored" scenery.



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Posted 23 July 2016 - 09:46 AM

They get better after the war, at least in their narration. The United States reels shot in the ol' South also fit your criticism. Mostly Caucasians shown, although Glimpses of Florida includes an... ahem, interesting... moment involving "Swanee River". Note too that he directed a studio made short on Stephen Foster called Memories And Melodies showing happy plantation life that you must watch tongue and cheek.

 

This is just my perspective after listening to him over the years.

 

Jimmy is Mister Sunshine. He only sees The Good in every country. You never see soldiers marching in Imperial Japan, but he views the Japanese as "much like us". He fortunately made it to Austria before all of the Third Reich flags were put up in 1938. I think he was the personalty type who was happy with the progression of civil rights since his portraits of many Asian and tropical countries do present the residents as human. He is even quite optimistic of the darker skinned residents of Haiti.

 

His only fault may be that he was TOO easy going with the assumption that progress should be gradual or, at least, fit with what is wonderful about Western Civilization. I don't see him as the type marching with Martin Luther King, but probably applauding him from the side line in his white pants and travel hat. (Sort of like Miss Daisy as Hoke rolls his eyes in Driving Miss Daisy... but even that old broad still progressed in her old age.) Yeah... he is "old school", but I would not say he was necessarily Imperial and Euro-centered entirely.

 

I noticed that he has a live and let live attitude towards religions, but still loves that Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Elvis Presley was like that. Open to all faiths and not prejudiced about lifestyles, but still a bit too deep in the Spirit compared to others.

 

However, he DID shoot an awful huge number of reels in UK right after the war as if that nation is somehow the most important.

Don't disagree, but take a look at Glimpses of Australia - "the white man's paradise" as he called it.






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