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Happy Days

Date produced: 1930

Filmmaker(s):

Roger Clapp

Description:

"Period piece of 1920's starring Roger Clapp and Dorothy Stebbins." Northeast Historic Film.


Haunted Camera, The

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Huxley Darwin Kem

Mary Kem

Description:

"Supernatural thriller made by a teenage girl." Filmpreservation.org

"15 year old Mary is bored. With her parents permission she writes her chum Martha to come for summer vacation and they will make a movie. In the meantime two convicts escape from the nearby prison. To frighten the girls away the convicts decide to play ghosts. Film ends with posse, capture and hand colored inferno." Oregon Historical Society.


How to Catch a Burglar

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

Donald James

Description:

"British cine amateur Donald S. James aided by Maureen Cottle has produced a tightly-knit comedy depicting three methods of capturing a burglar. In each episode, the same burglar enters the same home, but in each case, different methods are taken by the householders to effect his capture. The low key lighting is very effective and good editing has resulted in very professional results on the screen. Narration and sound effects on the recorded track round out the superior treatment of this better than average amateur effort." American Cinematographer, May. 1951, 192.


In the Leprous Hands of Lust

Date produced: 1931

Filmmaker(s):

S. Winston Childs

Description:

"The story is a burlesque of the anti social activities of a vice ring. The film contains some excellent interior lighting and is remarkably well edited." Movie Makers, April 1931, 224.


It Crawls By Night

Date produced: 1943

Filmmaker(s):

Arthur H. Smith

Description:

Horror film involving a family, a lodger, and the lodger's spiders.


King Bookie

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

John Cowart

Description:

"King Bookie: John Cowart set himself a tremendous goal in undertaking the production of this dramatic film, which has to do with bank robbers. But thanks to his zeal, his all around ability in movie making, the sincerity and cooperation of his amateur cast, and the cooperation of local merchants who happily contributed the use of their business establishments for locations, he has turned out a highly creditable production. The picture opens with a girl, unwittingly involved in the robbery, relating to an attorney events of the story which is pictured in retrospect. King Bookie is an underworld character who plots the crime, involves several others, some of whom meet death by his gun when the proceeds are retrieved from one gang member who sought to double-cross King Bookie. Narration, dialogue and musical score are a commendable effort of sound-on-film recording." American Cinematographer, May. 1951, 190.


Little Sherlock

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Charles J. Carbonaro

Description:

"Already well in the forefront of contemporary photoplay producers, Charles J. Carbonaro has taken a marked step onward in his current comedy, Little Sherlock. Simply planned yet smoothly integrated, this new production tells a delightful tale of the precocious daughter of a photographer, who was always "helping" father. How, during a surprise robbery of their home, she records the crux of the event with Daddy's amateur movie camera provides a denouement which is both satisfying and successful. In Little Sherlock, Mr. Carbonaro has more than maintained the suave lighting and impeccable technical standards for which his work is known; he now wins new honors with a display of genuine talent for light comedy direction. To both of these credits must be added praise for his own acting of the busy cameraman and for the portrayal of the eager apprentice by his own daughter, Alice." Movie Makers, Dec. 1937, 603.


Love in Bond$

Date produced: 1958

Filmmaker(s):

Charles E. Phillips

Description:

"The Toronto Movie club has cast several of its members in a comedy involving the boss, his daughter, and two bond sales-men. The usual conflicts-the daughter's choice finds some difficulty with her father. And there are two gunmen looking for easy money. A different touch of the old story, well paced, with a fine cast who move about with comic realism" PSA Journal, Nov. 1958, 46.


Oliver Twist

Date produced: 1940

Filmmaker(s):

David Bradley

Description:

David Bradley's amateur feature film adaptation of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.


Passion’s Toll

Date produced: 1925

Filmmaker(s):

S. Winston Childs

Description:

An ailing man sends his daughter to investigate a failing gold mine. With the assistance of a love interest she meets along the way, the woman fights the corruption and danger she encounters at the mine.


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