70 Items in This Collection
1) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 2
Views of mansion and surrounding fountains, hedges, arches, children posing for camera, workmen unloading supplies, children on boat, view inside boat, approaching a harbor (Bar Harbor)...   more
2) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 3
Good views of huge crowds lining the streets as various official-looking cars pass. Parade begins, a band passes, women with parasols, another band, a large float and 'Queen' atop of it...   more
3) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 60
Lake Placid house, eating, croquet. Color: man and woman in city, day in the park with infant walking, crawling and being held by Meyer. Inspecting rose bushes.   more
4) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 4
View from inside house, elderly woman on porch. Same woman (Mrs. Davis?) and elderly man approach camera. CU of same woman. Long pan of Bar Harbor area. Pan of house and yard, pan of sw...   more
5) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 6
Children dancing and acting for camera, interesting views of Willow Grove Park amusement park. Girl and boy smiling and quickly kissing for camera then cartwheeling and dancing on front...   more
6) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Ireland
Box notes: 'Summer '72. Ireland. Garry. Kids. Tina.' // Castle in Ireland, two Irish men, croquet on castle lawn, picking flowers, dancing children, long-haired boys, flower garden.   more
7) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 7
Birthday party July 28, 1927 Gary poses for camera as do his young guests in a group shot then in CU's, playing a game called Going to Jerusalem (musical chairs), a watermelon eating co...   more
8) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 8A
Children act for cameras (dying, etc.), play on beach (with brief shots of adults), a couple kissing, pans of a mountainous region, CU's of adults and children. Birthday party for Garry...   more
9) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 9A
Children at the Jamestown house, wrestling, rolling, swinging bats, throwing balls. Family shots with mother. Running toward camera, adults on lawn chairs. // Meyer Davis Logbook: 'Jame...   more
10) All is Not Gold That Glitters
Home drama, 'All is Not Gold That Glitters' filmed in Jamestown, RI. The Ritz-Carltons are lounging about on the porch and a car arrives. Chauffeur releases man who greets family and gi...   more
11) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 5
Children rolling on beach, CU's of children swinging on tires, pan of house and yard, children racing toward camera, playing on lawn. Two women walk toward camera, dance on lawn. More d...   more
12) St. Mihiel Drive, The
'Official films of the signal Corps of the US Army taken under action and service conditions in France.' Pershing signing orders, troops transported by truck and horse, map showing town...   more
13) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 16
'Mother Davis' with young girl and on swing. Pierre clowning with two ladies, nurse brings a baby out to a couple. Two children playing by the lake and roasting hot dogs, marshmallows....   more
14) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 17
Boarding ship, Davis and friends laughing, large band on board ship plays to crowd (Meyer Davis Orchestra?), xylophone being played, strange man walking up stairs, life-preserver of the...   more
15) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 8
Children on porch, croquet, playing with dog inside house, adults playing cards on porch, children acting for camera, playing in yard, croquet, playing pool, child playing by sea, group...   more
16) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 18
Street scenes along Amalfi drive (most taken from car). Visiting a Capucine Monastery, visiting the ruins of Hadrian's villa and some spirited dancing among ruins. A 'peasant' gets angr...   more
17) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 19
Views of the Colosseum and St. John's Cathedral, Hilda Davis gives men something to eat, doormen at the hotel Excelsior, poor exposures of the Pope's garden, Hilda with scarf-covered he...   more
18) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 20
Driving through the Italian Alps, views of St. Marks Square and the Cathedral, feeding doves, CU's of Italian children, Italian Police, the Bridge of Sighs, views of the Rialto, pan and...   more
19) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 21
Series of scenes along the boardwalk at Cannes including shops, dogs, donkeys, small cars, tourists, street scenes in Grasse, outside Auteuil Race Track, Horse Racing and Spectators, Qu...   more
20) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 22A
Views of Netherlands taken from a ship or boat: windmills, houses, trains. Hilda with Dutch people. Exposure problems. Amsterdam street scenes. Quick shot of Pierre Monteux, dancing on...   more
21) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 23
Long pan of mountain range and lake (Bubble Pond, Mt. Desert Island). Boy surveys the scenery. Hilda and Meyer golfing, Hilda dances. Golf shots. Pan of mountain range and car. Scenes s...   more
22) Miss Olympia
Amateur comic drama. Two boys playing tennis and two girls talking. They all run to hear letter read. The girls talk about arriving 'personality.' The little boys hold a toy gun and tal...   more
23) No Indian to Guide Them, or What Is It a Kemp?
Home drama with titles. Begins with a CU intro of fourteen Davises in a small boat. One of the girls falls overboard and is saved. A woman drops her jewels overboard. Family disembarks....   more
24) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 26
Boating and swimming at Lake Placid, children playing with a puppy. Lake, scenes from the boat of boathouses and speedboats, picnic, diving and swimming. Rolls Royce. // Meyer Davis Log...   more
25) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 27
Scenes of Willow Grove, an amusement park, with children, rides, flappers, arcades and crowds. A festival at Oak Lane Country Day School with children in costume, gymnastics, dancing an...   more
26) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 30
Swimming and rowing. A gathering on the porch with family and friends. Having fun by the lake. A costume party with little David dressed in blackface and other children dressed like Ind...   more
27) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 31
The Lake Placid Ferry. Swimming with the children and Rube Bloom. Picnic at lake house. The Wachapreague Hotel [Virginia]. On the docks with Meyer and friends geting ready for fishing t...   more
28) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 32
Views of Grand Canyon. Views of construction of Hoover Dam. Setting up for a polo match. Swimming and relaxing (possibly Peabody's house with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Muni). Visiting the redwo...   more
29) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 33
A visit to Atlantic City, the beach, Hilda rides a pedal-powered cart, huge billboard advertising Meyer Davis at the Gateway, sign for Bennie Davis. Street scenes in Bar Harbor, includi...   more
30) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 34
Reel 34. Hilda and Ginny on the boat in New York Harbor with pans of harbor. Hilda and Ginny on board the boat, leaving and crowds waving goodbye. Boat life: badminton, lounging around....   more
31) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 37
Beach. Tourists. Lounging by the water. Includes men in ties. Brief shot of band. Nice beach scenes with tourists. Margie (a little girl) on golf course and in front of large hotel. Gol...   more
32) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 38
At the Franklin D. Roosevelt Inaugural parade, Washington, D.C. Nice long shots of parade, good exposures. Crowd including Paul Muni and wife, street shots of crowds and friends. Margie...   more
33) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 40
Davis children by the lake, dancing, mugging and rowing canoe. Swimming with children and adults. Adults and children model swimsuits. Davis children dressed like Indians, doing dances,...   more
34) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 41
Close-ups of Hilda and family at Lake Placid, pan of lake, Uncle Jake by lake. Davis' family and adult friends mugging for camera and kissing and dancing. Playing ball with children, ra...   more
35) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 42
Massive summer springs resort. Pan of Moosehead Lake. Greeting old woman. The Chateau Frontenac and horse-drawn carriage arriving there. Scenes of park. A wrecked car. Niagara Falls (ma...   more
36) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 43
Doris and Pierre Monteux (and others) dance in park. Short views of children and dog. Children lined up at school. Series of friends walking and laughing in park. Monteux and Davises re...   more
37) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 44
Margie playing on deck of cruise ship while adults play badminton. Nice overview of passengers lounging on deck, playing shuffleboard. Meyer and Margie playing. Nice interior passage on...   more
38) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 45
Children playing on side of boat. Street scenes in Andean town. Pan of Andes. View of liner Lafayette. On the boat to visit Cartagena. Pan of Cartagena. Taking photos on top of mountain...   more
39) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 46
Margie and Meyer play in park and beach. Parade with floats. B&w, nice views of oak trees and spanish moss in Charleston. Group of men being photographed. Margie and friends dance aroun...   more
40) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 47
Hilda and friends dancing, young girls with flowers, May Day celebration with May pole. Meyer Davis picketing against Warners [Warner Brothers?] regarding refusal to arbitrate with musi...   more
41) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 48
Road trip through Zion Canyon, view of mountains, family on horseback trip with many good views of western terrain, stables, pan of mountains, staff. Washed-out views of Chicago World's...   more
42) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 49
Reel 49. THIS REEL WAS NOT VERIFIED WHEN PHIL ORGANIZED AND XFER'D ACC.0284 IN JANUARY 1997--SO: NHF MAY NOT HAVE THIS SEGMENT. Meyer Davis Logbook: 'Les Baux, Nancy, Tally, Larry Adler...   more
43) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 52
Eddie Cantor appears with luggage and performs before camera. Rudy Vallee in sunglasses tips his cap to the camera beside Kezar Lake. Several people, including Meyer Davis, shoot bow an...   more
44) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 50
Color: Meyer & Hilda on deck, nice Kodachrome. B&w: Margie, Hilda and Meyer on deck with friends, on boat to Nassau. Swimming Bahamian holds on to boat. Pan of Nassau, street and beach...   more
45) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 54
Can notes: 'Cotuit, Summer 1939.' // Picnic on beach with good CUs. Good exposures. Color: back yard, showing off fashions. B&w scenes at Florida fishing resort, fishermen, Meyer displa...   more
46) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 56
Reel 56. THIS REEL WAS NOT VERIFIED WHEN PHIL ORGANIZED AND XFER'D ACC.0284 IN JANUARY 1997--SO: NHF MAY NOT HAVE THIS SEGMENT. Meyer Davis Logbook: 'Margie in 'Alice in Wonderland.' Pi...   more
47) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 59
Can notes: 'Spring Party, Greenbrier, 1950.' // Golf tournament at large resort (poor exposures). Hotel Russell in Chincoteague, (Va.), Meyer and men prepare for boat trip. Views on the...   more
48) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 61
Walking baby in back yard, mother and various children. Men and women talk, a visit to the coast (Maine?). Baby crawls and children follow. Family gathering. Good color.   more
49) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 62
Meyer and baby play. Family gathering with socializing and eating. Outdoor wedding reception with scenes of bride. Dancing on the lawn, cake cutting, bride and groom. Smelling roses wit...   more
50) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 63
Family gathering (possibly at Lake Placid). Man gets haircut in garden. Children in baby pool. Mothers in bathing suits. Also unfocused and badly exposed footage.   more
51) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 64
First 100 ft. very poorly focused, bad color. Second 100 ft: two girls sitting in a chair, eating candy. Baby crawls, girls run naked. Baby plays in sand. Young children play ball, swin...   more
52) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 65
Can notes: 'Weekend at Old Sulphur.' // Brief scenes of golf, fishing, horse-riding, eating, socializing and drinking. Dining rooms, mixing drinks, horse-drawn carriage. Arriving at hot...   more
53) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 66
Box notes: '[Frontier Town?] 1960 Ocean City.' // Dancing Indians, water mill, locomotive, tourists on stage coach, tourist ghost town, children on ponies, log fort.   more
54) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 67
Can notes: 'Strasbourg 1965. Sorrento 1965. Marge, etc. Firestones at Newport--Kittrns [sic] when born--reg. 8 mm.' Our Family Thru the Years 65-67. //NHF cataloguer's notes: In Strasbo...   more
55) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 28
Children playing on land and on boat. Pan of lake and speedboats. Meyer having a smoke. Hilda and the children playing and going on a boat ride. Shots of sailboats, docks, dogs, watersk...   more
56) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 68
Can notes: '1965--Sorrento--E.D. Family, Margie & Family. Tennis. Marge, Lee--Tennis--Sorrento 1967. Dinner Party 101, Perins, Ila, Marge, Kids, Barbecue--Sorrento 1967. Kids at pool--S...   more
57) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 69
Box notes: '1966--Birthday--Strasbourg--Garry home--children--new baby. Super 8.' NHF cataloguer's notes: Informal gathering and dinner party. Meyer sits at head of table. Sheep in fiel...   more
58) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 70
Can note: 'Macy Parade '66.' // NHF Cataloguer's Notes: Parade: Smokey the Bear float, also Underdog and Donald Duck. Sign for Tessie O'Shea (?), Charleston High School band. Sign for B...   more
59) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 1
Croquet match with children, women in fancy dress, views of front of large house and surrounding yard, overview of croquet match, CUs of children, more views of house and cars, long pan...   more
60) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 71
Can notes: Summer '67. Kozitsky's; Trot--Garry. Esther; Girl Scouts; Enroute to Maine. CPW--Park Swings. Frug--All Grand--[chk?].' // Swimming in pool with mother and children. Barbeque...   more
61) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 72
Box notes: '1967--Israel--Hilton Hotel--Tel Aviv. Jerusalem--Kennedy Library. Going to Nazareth--Tiberias--Sea of Galilee. Capernian Hills. Entrance to Kibbutz. Planting trees in Israel...   more
62) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 73
Can note: 'Dinner party at home. Barbadoes--the Lords. Sorrento pool. Pam--Pari. Esther and children--Troy, Tina, Kim. Village flea market. Quarry. Barbecue at home.' // NHF cataloguer'...   more
63) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 74
Box notes: '1971--Weissman. Palm Beach--Lunch. France--Garry & Family. June '71.' // NHF cataloguer's notes: Children with kite, little girl playing, party indoors.   more
64) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 76
Box notes: 'Sorrento '72. Deegan Grimm Zallas ?' NHF cataloguer's notes: Family gathering at Sorrento. Swimmming at sea-pool, diving, woman in interesting coat.   more
65) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 78
Box notes: 'Margie & kids--Fla.' NHF cataloguer's notes: At Florida house, children with sailor caps, view of house, hugging palm tree, inspecting hedge. Meyer and woman talking. New ca...   more
66) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 79
Reel notes: 'Hall: Bruck, Gabby, Nan, Mum, Emery, Hilda, Charlotte & David.' NHF cataloguer's notes: Playing with electric slot cars. Children climbing trees. Picnic in back yard. Guest...   more
67) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Reel 80
Box notes: 'Ginny, Morris. Brigettes Wedding. Mum, Nicole, Nan, Diane Barendse, Sylvia W., Mano. Margie.' Reel notes: 'Brigette's wedding (Coolidge). Mum, Nicole, Mano, Nan, Diane Baren...   more
68) [Meyer Davis--home movies] Maine, 1971
Box notes: '1971--Pari--Jerry--Sorrento. Joe--Lenore. Marge & Girls. F.T.L.' // Girl on Maine seashore, talking to Hilda Davis, smelling roses, gathering at house. Girls playing nad thr...   more
69) [Meyer Davis--home movies]
NHF cataloguer's notes, 6/97: 00:01: People gathered in front of church. Bishop (?) with large flag. 00:25: Cemetery, American flag. 00:50: Officials leading parade (France?). 01:10: So...   more
70) [Meyer Davis--home movies]
First 25 ft. (b&w): beginning titles and initial frames of 'Miss Olympia' (acc.0284/Reel 25). The segment is now spliced at the beginning of reel 25 where it belongs. Next 25 ft. (b&w...   more
Davis, Hilda and Meyer Collection
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Credit: Hilda and Meyer Davis Collection, Northeast Historic Film. "Miss Olympia," an amateur comedy, 1931.
Primary Format and Extent
si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
Secondary Format and Extent
si., b&w and col. super 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1926 – 1974
Collection contains [Meyer Davis--home movies], scenes of activities at family homes in Bar Harbor, Maine, Sorrento, Maine, Jamestown and Newport, Rhode Island, as well as at Rudy Vallee's summer camp and other friends' homes. Other scenes show events during cruises and international travels. Members of the Davis and Monteux families appear throughout. Collection also contains fiction home dramas, such as "All is Not Gold That Glitters" featuring "the Ritzcarltons," which are acted by family members. Collection also contains actualities; purchased war footage of the St. Mihiel Drive and other World War II events.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Meyer Davis was a society band leader who had a home for many years in Sorrento, Maine. Pierre Monteux, an orchestral conductor, became an American citizen in 1941 and resided in Hancock, Maine, until his death in 1964. He worked in Europe and the United States, conducting the San Francisco Symphony for fifteen years. He founded the Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. Madame Pierre Monteux and Mrs. Meyer Davis were sisters, born in Bar Harbor. Hilda Emery Davis wrote a biography, "In Time with the Music." WorldCat Davis family papers at University of Maine, Fogler Library. WorldCat Film was donated by several family members including Nancy Monteux Barendse and Ginia Davis Wexler.
Amateur, Fiction
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