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Still from Sahuaro Land in Movie Makers, Dec. 1940, 577.

Date produced: 1940


Frank E. Gunnell



250 ft





Sound Notes:



ACL Ten Best 1940 - Honorable Mention General Class


"Sahuaro Land, by Frank E. Gunnell, is as clever and painless a teaching film as one may find in many a classroom screening. Here, in a colorful Arizona cactus desert, we find the surefire ingredients of a boy and his dog. The boy is an enthusiastic nature student who, in the course of his explorations of the region, contrives to make sundry entries in his notebook, which find their way to the screen. These data are all so natural a part of the story, however, that the information conveyed does not assume the rather forbidding status of an instructional title in any case. The outdoor color work is excellent, and the viewpoints are well chosen. Mr. Gunnell's use of telephoto technique for making closeup studies of distant, inaccessible objects (such as the bloom atop a tall cactus) was particularly effective. We learned a lot from this film." Movie Makers, Dec. 1940, 604.


The film was available in the ACL's Club Film Library.


  • Arizona (Subject)






  • Screened by the Metropolitan Motion Picture Club in 1941: New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Passaic Cinema Club in 1942: Passaic, N.J.
  • Screened by the Movie Makers Club of Oklahoma City in 1942: Oklahoma City, OK
  • Screened by the Schenectady Photographic Society in 1942: Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Trenton Movie Makers in 1945: Trenton, N.J.
  • Screened by the Philadelphia Cinema Club in 1945 and 1946: Philadelphia, PA
  • Screened by the Blackstone Valley Camera Club in 1946: Pawtucket, R.I.
  • Screened by the New York Cine Club of the Deaf in 1949: New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Oslo Smalfilm Klubb in 1951: Oslo, Norway
  • Screened by the Cine Club ICAL Milano in 1952: Milano, Italy

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