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Mackinac Island (1944)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 18 March 1944 (USA)
This MGM short, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Travetalk series, takes the viewer to Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan. To get there, you sail from Chicago aboard a boat such the North ... See full summary »

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James A. FitzPatrick (uncredited)
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James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)

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This MGM short, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Travetalk series, takes the viewer to Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan. To get there, you sail from Chicago aboard a boat such the North American where 20 hours later, the island will come into view. The French were the first Europeans to discover this region in the 17th century. About 500 people live there year round but there are several thousand in the summer months. Historically, the old fort was an important military site but the island was also a commercial center where John Jacob Astor established the American Fur Company. People get around mostly by bicycle and lilac bushes are found across the island. Written by garykmcd

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Documentary | Short

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The ship seen at the beginning of the film is the S.S. North American, owned by the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Company. It was built in 1914 by the Great Lakes Engineering Works at Ecorse, Michigan. She was retired from Great Lakes passenger service in 1964 and sold in 1967 to the Seafarers International Union for use as a training ship. While being towed to Maryland, the ship suddenly sank 25 miles off Nantucket, Massachusetts on September 4, 1967. See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two)
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Written by Harry Dacre
Performed by orchestra and male chorus
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TravelTalks
10 July 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mackinac Island (1944)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another pleasant entry in MGM's TravelTalks series starts off on Lake Michigan where we view the coastline of Chicago. James A. FitzPatrick then takes a cruise to Mackinac Island where we learn about its history from the original Indians who lived there to how the French took control of it. We see various items including the various flowers that grow there before ending our trip at the Grand Hotel, which was originally owned by Chauncey Depew. As expected, the Technicolor is certainly the highlight of this short and it was a lot of fun briefly seeing Chicago even if the series had several visits there. On the island we get the typical stories but they're all told quite well by FitzPatrick and no one can dispute the scenery.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1944 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)
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