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Legendary Hollywood filmmaker James A. Fitzpatrick produced, directed, and narrated a number of Traveltalks for MGM during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. And one of his shorts was Chicago, the Beautiful, providing a marvelous glimpse of our fair city in 1948.

Some of MGM’s heavyweights worked on the film, including cinematographers Virgil Miller and Robert Sable, along with composer/arranger Joseph Nussbaum and conductor Irvin Talbot.

The marvelous, brief film can be viewed here. Enjoy!

Even though Orchestra Hall and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are not mentioned, the Civic Opera House (pre-Lyric Opera of Chicago) gets a nice plug.

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