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Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City (1949)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 30 July 1949 (USA)
Although not officially an entry in the Traveltalks series, the same production crew was used for this two-reeler, and the opening credits have the same appearance. The film visits many of ... See full summary »

Director:

James H. Smith
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Complete credited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)
Mrs. Frank A. Vanderlip Mrs. Frank A. Vanderlip ... Self
Mrs. Nicholas M. Schenck Mrs. Nicholas M. Schenck ... Self
Ann Miller ... Self
C.R. Smith C.R. Smith ... Self
Frank A. Ready Frank A. Ready ... Self
Henry B. Williams Henry B. Williams ... Self
Xavier Cugat ... Self
Mrs. Ted Saucier Mrs. Ted Saucier ... Self
Lanny Ross ... Self
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Although not officially an entry in the Traveltalks series, the same production crew was used for this two-reeler, and the opening credits have the same appearance. The film visits many of the neighborhoods and landmarks on Manhattan Island and occasionally includes a history lesson. The neighborhoods include the Bowery, Chinatown, Herald Square, and Times Square. Some of the architectural highlights are the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, Temple Emanuel, the Central Park Zoo, and the Rockefeller Center complex. The film ends in with a visit to a dining room in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where the Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra entertains. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Documentary | Short

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Trivia

Included as a bonus feature in Warner Home Video's 2003 DVD release of Kiss Me Kate (1953). See more »

Crazy Credits

Narrator James A. FitzPatrick identifies all remaining cast members. See more »

Connections

References Road to Rio (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Performed by studio orchestra
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Classy travelogue from the 40's
25 July 2008 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

This entertaining travelogue from the late 1940's is a glimpse of Manhattan - the largest of the five boroughs of NYC. As a travelogue, it is a postcard-perfect view of Manhattan with the narrator gushing over the bright lights and skyscrapers. Nevertheless, like an old issue of Time or Life, it has to be looked at as a piece of social history. The film introduces New York's Mayor William O'Dwyer and takes us on a tour that includes an interesting sample of life in the Big Apple. We stop at the construction site of the United Nations which was taking place at the time. We visit Xavier Cugat, one of Manhattan's entertainment icons and see the great ocean liners along the piers of the Hudson River. We also get to see the Waldorff Astoria, considered one of the great hotels of the time. What is remarkable though is how many points of interest are still on the itinerary of a visitor to New York - Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, the Woolworth Building, the Statue of Liberty, the bridges spanning the East and Hudson Rivers, and of course Times Square. As a fan of New York, this 20-minute film was like a wonderful dessert after I viewed The Naked City on TCM. Highly recommended.


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Language:

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30 July 1949 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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