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Old Natchez on the Mississippi (1939)

This Traveltalks short focuses on the city's preservation of the architecture, apparel, and customs of the antebellum South.


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Complete credited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)
Aunt Jenny Aunt Jenny ... Herself
Uncle Mose Uncle Mose ... Himself
Uncle Ned Uncle Ned ... Himself


In Natchez, Mississippi, we experience the flavor of antebellum days. The Natchez Garden Club restores old homes, and it hosts a spring pilgrimage featuring costumes, song, and dance to celebrate the old South. We visit Connolly's Tavern and three mansions: Edgewood where costumed children play, Englewood with its echoes of Jenny Lind, and Melrose where ladies and gents dance. The emphasis is on the romance of days before the Civil War. The travelogue also notes the contributions to music, dance, and folklore of "the colored folks," one pipe-smoking former slave is quoted assuring that "no merrier people ever lived than the colored folks of the pre-war South." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

30 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Natchez, Mississippi, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording)


Color (Technicolor)
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Despite focusing exclusively on Natchez, Mississippi, much of this short film's score features Kentucky's state anthem, "My Old Kentucky Home." See more »

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Narrator FitzPatrick identifies the other credited cast members verbally. See more »


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White Women Parading in Crinolines & Black Men in Rags Playing Craps
23 June 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

That's the view of Natchez offered by this mealy-mouthed Traveltalk, issued to coincide, at least roughly, with the release of GONE WITH THE WIND. It is carefully and beautifully photographed, as are all of them, even though some of the color seems to have faded from the print shown on TCM.

This series was always intended to serve as a glowing recommendation for whatever place the particular Traveltalk covered; Mr. Fitzpatrick also ran a travel agency. Nor would an episode that was less than adulatory about the romance of the Old South have played anyplace south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Nonetheless the paired images of White women with parasols sauntering to visit houses built before the Slaveholder's Rebellion paired with images of Black men and women by rough cabins set my 21st Century teeth on edge.

To some it may seem that was the point of this one. However, I've never seen any sign of irony in other Traveltalks.

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