Sheldon Museum Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
film (900 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. print.
Secondary Format and Extent
fim (2,575 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. reversal
Collection Date Range
1939 - 1940
Summary
Collection contains "Movie Queen, Middlebury," a short production about a local girl returning to her home town as a Hollywood movie star. Scenes include a parade, local streets, shops and townspeople. The "movie star" and other parts were performed by Middlebury, Vermont, residents. A script of "Movie Queen," a play, by Lauren K. Woods and associated production documents from the Amateur Theatre Guild is in the Marion Angeline Howlett Papers, Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.

See also "Movie Queen" films in these collections: Movie Queen, Bar Harbor Collection (Bar Harbor, Maine), 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.) .

Collection also contains [unidentified--home movies], 8 reels of 16 mm. film acquired at a church flea market; the creator may be B.A.W. Mason. One label reads, "Mason. New York World's Fair 1939," and shows fireworks. The footage was shot in 1939-1940 and includes Mt. Mansfield State Forest in Vermont and travel including Bermuda.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Traveling directors connected with the Amateur Theater Guild, Boston, arranged Movie Queen events in the mid-1930s. In each town players helped to put on a stage show, and a film was made with local people. Sponsored by the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, the film in this collection was shot on 1 November 1939; it was shown with a complementary three-act stage play at the high school auditorium. The Sheldon Museum is located in Middlebury, Vermont.

The identity of B.A.W. Mason is unknown.

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Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
Access is restricted; consult repository for detail.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
Items in this collection: 9
Showing 1 - 9 of 9:
1) [Middlebury Movie Queen]
NHF cataloguer's notes: Views of downtown Middlebury, VT, truck passes with milk cans in back. Catalog of churches. Woman crossing guard. CUs of young women. Kids. Houses, Railway Expre...more
2) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 2
Label: 'B.A.W. Mason.' // Date from edge code on film. // Southwestern-style buildings.more
3) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 3
Label: 'B.A.W. Mason. West Ma.' // Date from edge code on film. // Mountain scenery, waterfall, sign reads 'Castle Geyser.'more
4) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 6
Label: 'Bermuda.' // 1939 edge code on film. // Ocean view.more
5) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 7
Label: 'Vermont.' // 1939 edge code on film. // Forest and field in fall/autumn, farmhouse. Sign reads: 'Mt. Mansfield State Forest.'more
6) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 8
Label: 'Indians.' // Date from edge code. // Parade, man with native American headdress at front. Horses in parade. One man carries a stick that reads: 'Navajo.'more
7) New York World's Fair, 1939--home movies. Reel 4
Home movie including footage of the 1939 New York World's Fair.more
8) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 5
Label: 'Mason. Nantucket-Vineyard [Robinson?] (1939)-Snow (1940). White Mt. [Niagara?].' // 1938 and 1939 edge codes on film.more
9) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 1
Label: 'B.A.W. Mason.' // Date from edge code on film. // Travel film, desert, sign reads 'Kit Carson's Cave.'more
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