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Newport Historical Society Collection
Credit: Newport Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Newport Movie Queen, 1936.
Newport Historical Society Collection, 1532
film (710 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16mm. print
The collection consists of one reel of black and white, silent 16 mm film, totaling approximately 710 feet. The film, "Movie Queen," is a short production about a film star who arrives by train to her home in Newport, Maine. She tours the town and receives gifts from local merchants. The movie queen is kidnapped and then rescued. Scenes include a parade, streets and retail businesses, townspeople, and automobiles. Intertitles are included in the kidnap scene. The footage provides views of street scenes, local businesses, residents, and industry.
Newport, Maine, is located west of Bangor in Penobscot County and has a population of 3,000. The Maine Central Railroad passed through the town. Margaret Cram, an independent filmmaker connected with the Boston Amateur Theatre Guild, arranged "Movie Queen" events in a still unknown number of towns in the mid-1930s. In each town traveling players helped to put on a stage show, and a film was made with local people. A script of 'Movie Queen' by Lauren K. Woods and associated production documents from the Amateur Theatre Guild may be found in the Marion Angeline Howlett Papers, Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University. WorldCat See also Movie Queen films in these collections: Movie Queen, Bar Harbor Collection (Bar Harbor, Maine), Bath Historical Society (Bath, Maine), Belfast Historical Society Collection (Belfast, Maine), John Bruner Collection (Groton, Mass.), Daniel Lapointe Collection (Van Buren, Maine), Lincoln Memorial Library Collection (Lincoln, Maine), Movie Queen, Lubec Collection (Lubec, Maine), Norwood Historical Society Collection (Norwood, Mass.) Sheldon Museum Collection (Middlebury, Vermont).
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