St. Francis Dam Under Construction

This is a clip from “The Temptress” (1926) showing the St. Francis dam under construction. The dam failed in 1928, and the flood left hundreds of people dead or missing. The incident is referred to in “Chinatown” (1974) as the “Van der Lip dam disaster.”

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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to St. Francis Dam Under Construction

  1. Sylvia E. says:

    Quite a clip. Nicely combines the docu shots with the ‘Argentine work crew’ shots.
    “Men’s work!” (made me smile – I’m old enough to remember when the help wanted ads were divided between men and women.)
    Thanks for sending this.


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