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Visiting St. Louis (1944)

This Traveltalks visit to St. Louis starts with a brief historical overview, stops at some architectural landmarks, touches on the importance of the Mississippi River to the city, and finally visits the Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park.

Director:

James A. FitzPatrick (uncredited)
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Complete credited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)
George P. Vierheller George P. Vierheller ... Self (as Director of the St. Louis Zoo)
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This Traveltalks visit to St. Louis, Missouri starts with a short history lesson. We then see several of the city's architectural landmarks and the many types of vessels that travel on the Mississippi River. About four minutes (of nine) are spent at the Zoological Garden (Saint Louis Zoo) in Forest Park, where we see rhinoceros, giraffes, polar bears, giant pandas, and a group of trained elephants. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "streamlined" steamship in this film is the S.S. Admiral. Originally the railroad car ferry S.S. Albatross, launched in 1907, it was placed out of service in 1930 when a railroad bridge was built across the Mississippi River. It was acquired by the excursion steamer company Strekfus Steamers in 1935. After a $1M rebuilding, it entered service in 1940, carrying as many as 4,400 passengers at a time. It was condemned for safety reasons by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1979. After a $37M conversion, it re-opened as a stationary entertainment venue in 1987, and became a casino in the 1990s. It was finally scrapped in 2011. See more »

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George Vierheller is identified by the narrator. See more »

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How Dry I Am
Music by Arthur Freed
Performed by studio orchestra
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Meet Me In St. Louis
13 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

James Fitzpatrick sends his Traveltalks cameras to St. Louis, the seventh largest city in the U.S. at the time, to inform the audience of that fact and show them what has become of the city from which Lewis & Clark jumped off to explore the west.

This was made during the Second World War, so Fitzpatrick's travelogue series for MGM stuck fairly close to home: mostly the United States, with occasional jaunt to Mexico. e tries to make up for this by spending a lot of time at the zoo, especially the panda, which gives us a taste of China. Travel was dangerous at this time. Travel by ship and you might run into a U-boat and be torpedoed. Travel by air and... well, you didn't, because there was a war on, and aviation fuel was needed for the armed forces. Far better to travel by train toSt. Louis and take pictures of the local museums.


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