• Short Summary

    Travelogue showing the wonders of Arizona including Wild West town and the Grand Canyon.

  • Description

    United States of America.

    Travelogue showing some of the tourist attractions and landscapes of America.

    Tourists on horseback explore the Grand Canyon - various shots of them riding in beautiful scenery. They are travelling along the "Angel Trail".

    L/S of Hopi Indian woman and her son sitting in a desert landscape with some livestock. M/S of the two then C/Us of their faces. The boy wears a traditional feather head-dress.

    Wild West - replica of Old Tucson. The town was built as a set for various Western films. We see various buildings including General Store and Mission Church. Men dressed in Wild West costumes walk through the town and sit on wagons. C/U of a newspaper one of the men is reading. Headline is "Pathe Pictorial Strikes it Rich in Arizona." C/U of man in cowboy hat chewing tobacco and reading the paper. Staged fight between two cowboys takes place. Two gunslingers shoot it out.

    Death Valley. C/U of a sign which marks the 49ers Gateway. Pan across to show the desert landscape and some ruins of a gold rush town called Ryolite (sp?).

    Hoover Dam - various shots of the dam and reservoir. Pretty impressive!

    L/S of a building which has running water cascading down from a specially constructed roof into a pool. Narrator speaks of the supply of water from Lake Mead, behind the dam. Various shots of a golf course which has been constructed thanks to the plentiful water - shots of irrigation system and of a man made lake.

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Shot of the exterior of the museum. Tourists walk in the parkland which features many cacti and flora and fauna of Arizona. C/Us of various animals and plants. Snakes, lizards, chipmunks (?) etc. A marina full of pleasure boats. This is the lake which provides water for sun drenched Arizona. Youngsters sail little yachts on the lake and a man water-skis. Various shots of people having fun on the water.

    L/S of a large aircraft coming into land. Passes the camera - it is a Pan American plane. Passengers disembark. Luggage moves down a conveyor belt. C/U of a lit sign reading "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada". Various shots of the buildings and streets of Vegas. Hotels, swimming pools, casinos, bathing beauties etc. Caesar's Palace - shots of the signs outside, waterfalls, Grecian statues etc.

    Gambling machines. Gaming chips (or coins) are loaded into a machine and they are whizzed around and transported by machine. They are made into stacks of coins covered with paper. Stand proclaims that it holds $150,000.00 in Rolled Coin. Men sit at a table counting paper money. Narrator states: "If you don't gamble, you can have the cheapest and most fabulous holiday that exists." Great night shots of Vegas - the flashing lights, the neon etc. Great 60s cars. Signs advertising Wedding Chapels, Casinos, entertainments (including Freddy Martin, Mitzi Gaynor and Henry Mancini). "Drink it in, the colour, the vulgarity" states the narrator.

    Footage of a stage show featuring a sexy belly dancer and footage of gamblers at the roulette tables and other games. Acrobatic ice skating show, one armed bandits, chorus girls in old fashioned costumes in a show, group of women having fun at the tables etc. All accompanied by fabulous late 60s music. Quintessential Vegas stuff - I want to be there!

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    481.05
    Media URN:
    4579
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1969
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:07:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:17:00 / 01:51:15:00
    Canister:
    CP 741

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