Modern meteorology and a hard-working government weather team put their science and organization to work as a cold front moves from Alaska toward the citrus groves of Southern California. ... See full summary »
One of Bob Dylan's most famous lines is "you don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows" but I'm sure the family in this Pete Smith short would be happy to have that weather man. This short from the future director of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY talks about what happens when a cold front hits an orchard and farmers must fight to protect their crops from the frost. We see how the family works their magic as scientist and weather men try to determine how long the cold will be with them. Here's a perfect example of why I love shorts so much and why I feel they are so important and sadly not shown that often anymore. Here is a subject that I certainly wouldn't want to spend days reading a book on but for a nine-minute short it made for some great entertainment. Zinnemann handles the subject matter just right but the real credit goes to Smith and his perfect narration, which really adds some nice, tense moments.