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  • Short Summary

    Processes involved in making sweets from cactus plants in Texas.

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    "Cactus candy - a favourite Mexican delicacy - - first looks like this. - El Paso, Texas." L/S of the Texas landscape. Two men in work clothes begin to uproot a large cactus. C/U of the cactus as they uproot it. C/U of several cacti. C/U of cactus showing its sharp pointy bits. Man's hand tweaks one of the sharp pointy bits! "Then it gets a shave --" M/S of a man moving one of the cacti. C/U of cactus with points shaved off.

    "-- and a massage." M/S of man in a white coat shaving slivers of cactus off with a hand tool. C/U of the cactus being "shaved". Intertitle reads: "The heart of the cactus, like in all sweet things, is very tender!" High angle shot of man sawing through the middle of the cactus with a large hand saw. The cactus is divided into quarters by the saw. C/U of slices being sawn off the quarters. "Boiled in syrup and coated with chocolate, it is so good that Mexicans prefer it to revolutions." C/U of man comparing two sweets. One looks like candied cactus, the other presumably coated with white chocolate.

    Note: this is one of several "Walter Futter's Curiosities" in the Eve Pic collection - American films which it appears Pathe bought then retitled for use in the U.K.

    Yellow tinted nitrate print.

    See EP269 "Cactus Sweets" - I don't think it is the same story but requires further research.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:01:10:00 / 01:02:43:00
    EP 292

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