"'Chicago the Vacation Center of the Nation,' which was awarded the honors in the Documentary class, was photographed in 16mm. color by Theodore D. Shaw of the Metro Movie Club of Chicago. Mr. Shaw has been making movies for eight years, which fact perhaps explains why he was able to accomplish what he did without the use of filters or other effects. The film gives an excellent portrayal of life in a big town, starting with the day as Chicago appears at sunrise. Perhaps it would be difficult to name a city which possesses so varied a background in its lake and river and bridges. Certainly educational authorities searching for subjects that portray with authenticity life in metropolitan centers could not go wrong in seeking this fine picture of Chicago. The subject rates in all departments as a finished film." American Cinematographer, Jan. 1939, 17.
Discussed in "Keen Competition Marks 1938 Contest" (American Cinematographer, Feb. 1939, 62), and "Setting 1938 Contest Winners to Music" (American Cinematographer, March 1939, 109).
Home Movies (1950, 445) notes that this film won first prize of $100 in a contest sponsored by the Chicago New Century Committee in 1938.
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