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Movie Queen, Bar Harbor Collection
Credit: Movie Queen, Bar Harbor Collection. Northeast Historic Film. Mrs. Percy Sleeper as the Movie Queen, circa 1936.
film (400 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. dupe neg.
The Movie Queen Bar Harbor Collection consists of a single 16 mm. film called "Movie Queen," made in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was produced as part of a local talent production and consists of a young woman arriving by boat, meeting local dignitaries, visiting the town's businesses, followed by a short comedic kidnapping. The film was shown in association with a three act play, both featuring local players. The film and the play were directed by an itinerant director associated with the Amateur Theatre Guild of Boston.
Margaret Cram, an independent filmmaker connected with the 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. In Bar Harbor, Mrs. Percy Sleeper played the part of the movie queen. 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. See also "Movie Queen" films in these collections: Bath Historical Society Collection (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), Newport Historical Society Collection, (Newport, Maine), Norwood Historical Society Collection (Norwood, Mass.) Sheldon Museum Collection (Middlebury, Vermont).
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