Newport Historical Society Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Newport Historical Society Collection, 1532
Primary Format and Extent
film (710 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16mm. print
Collection Date Range
1936
Summary
Collection contains "Movie Queen," 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.
Biographical/Historical Notes
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 Theare 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).

Place(s)
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: 1
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1) [Newport Movie Queen]
'Movie Queen' film shot in Newport, Maine. Local residents appear. NHF cataloguing notes, 6/97 as follows (intertitles in quotes): Opening title: 'Extra! Extra! Movie Queen returns here...more
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