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Historic Travel U.S.: The West Marches On! vol.2

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: A2ZCDs
Genre: Documentary, Travel
Running Time: 60 min.

Among other things, this collection offers a refreshingly upbeat perspective of Alaska - the land beyond nowhere, whose secrets, for centuries, remained locked in the minds of native Eskimos who were drawn to it by the promise of an undiminishing food supply in the form of fish, seals and reindeer. Ostensibly produced to attract settlers and professionals to the region, which later became the 49th state, the two films included here (Alaskas Silver Millions and Alaska - A Modern Frontier), provide a thrilling geographical and economical account of the potentially prosperous state. Of note are the thrilling scenes of breaking ice and hissing volcanoes, shot by the "Glacier Priest" Bernard Hubbard. The clips on the construction of Boulder City, The San Francisco World's Fair and the rodeo in Reno bear testimony to this fact. Shot partly in black and white and partly in Kodachrome, the clips - most of which are accompanied by charming narrations - carry a certain undeniable fascination and historic value that makes these rare films a much-treasured possession.

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