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Still image from Bulbs and Beauty in Movie Makers, Dec. 1952, 323.

Date produced: 1952


Haven Trecker




1400 ft





Sound Notes:



ACL Ten Best 1952


"Bulbs and Beauty reveals in painstaking detail the planting, cultivating and harvesting of gladioli in the vast fields surrounding the town of Momence in the state of Illinois. In this elaborate undertaking, Haven Trecker unfolds in well planned and profusely close-upped sequences the many colorful aspects of this popular plant in the life of flower-loving America. The harvesting sequence is followed by somewhat generous footage of a flower festival, the big annual affair in glad-minded Momence; and the festival in turn is followed by a seemingly endless parade in tribute to these bounteous blossoms. Bulbs and Beauty, accompanied agreeably by magnetic sound on film, appears to have been made for informative and record purposes. It fulfills these functions in a lively and competent manner." Movie Makers, Dec. 1952, 337, 339.


Trecker mentions the film's magnetic sound recording process in "Notes from Magnetic Notebooks: 1" (Movie Makers, Dec. 1952, 328, 341-342).

The film was included in a screening package titled: The ACL Presents "The Top of the Ten Best," made available through the ACL Club Film Library in 1953 (Movie Makers, Feb. 1953, 30). The premiere screening of this program is chronicled in "World Premiere in Washington!" (Movie Makers, May 1953, 125). Screenings of this program include a "TTB" note in the "Screenings" field below.


  • Momence, Illinois (Filming)





  • Screened (TTB) by the Washington Society of Cinematographers in 1953: Washington, D.C.
  • Screened (TTB) by the Metro Movie Club in 1953: River Park, IL
  • Screened (TTB) by the Kankakee Camera Club in 1953: Kankakee, IL
  • Screened (TTB) by the Oklahoma City Movie Makers in 1953: Oklahoma City, OK
  • Screened (TTB) by the Associated Amateur Cinema Clubs in 1953: Chicago, IL
  • Screened (TTB) by the Franklin County Camera Club in 1953: Greenfield, MA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Greater Denver Cinema League in 1953: Denver, CO
  • Screened (TTB) by the Amateur Motion Picture Society of Denver in 1953: Denver, CO
  • Screened (TTB) by the Los Angeles 8mm. Club in 1953: Los Angeles, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Omaha Movie Club in 1953: Omaha, NE
  • Screened (TTB) by the Big Lake Cine Club in 1953: Big Lake, TX
  • Screened (TTB) by the Golden Gate Cinematographers in 1953: San Francisco, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Indianapolis Amateur Movie Club in 1953: Indianapolis, IN
  • Screened (TTB) by the Kenosha Movie & Slide Club in 1953: Kenosha, WI
  • Screened (TTB) by the Los Angeles Cinema Club in 1953: Los Angeles, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Color Camera Club in 1953: Waterloo, IA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Central Texas Camera Club in 1953: Central Texas, TX
  • Screened (TTB) by the Southwest Movie Makers Guild in 1953: Houston, TX
  • Screened (TTB) by the Long Beach Cinema Club in 1953: Long Beach, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Amateur Movie Club of San Diego in 1953: San Diego, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Niles Movie Club in 1953: Niles, MI
  • Screened (TTB) by the Detroit Cinema Club in 1953: Detroit, MI
  • Screened (TTB) by the Boston Camera Club in 1953: Boston, MA

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