100 year old movie -A Vermont Romance
Produced in 1916, A Vermont Romance is the first feature film ever made in Vermont and includes several actors and actresses from the Northeast Kingdom. The digitally refined movie will be shown May 22 at 4 p.m. at the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line followed by a panel discussion with Scott Wheeler, publisher of the Northland Journal which featured lead actor Jerry Hunt in the January 2016 issue, and with Bob Hunt, great grandson of the actor and Education Director of the Orleans County Historical Society.
Besides Mr. Hunt, the cast includes Madeline Randall, Waterbury; Claire Clarissy, Middlebury; Bessie Arcus, Derby Line; E. H. Crosby, Manchester; Ruby Kendall, Lyndonville; Donald Yates, Middlebury; Henry Mac Laren, Bennington; W. Burns Garvin, Richard; Don E. Lunt, Burlington; W. J. Sinnott, Hardwick; and R. F. Mason, Barton. In the spring of 1969 the Vermont Advance, a paper of the Progressive Party, ran a contest to choose the stars of the cast with Mrs. Whipple receiving 236,870 votes and Mr. Hunt with 142,750.
The scenario shows what happens when a young country girl goes to the city seeking employment, is ejected from her boarding house and meets with numerous strange and interesting adventures and people. It will take her to my interesting spots in Vermont including Rutland, Burlington, Newport, Clarenton, White River, and St. Johnsbury. The world premiere of A Vermont Romance was in September 1916 at the Majestic Theater in Burlington.
Presented by the Vermont Movie Archive Project, which is screen- Jerry A. Hunt, seen here, was the leading actor in a silent film produced 100 years ago. He owned a grocery store on the corner of Main Street and Caswell Avenue in Derby Line and was the grandfather of the late Paul Hunt and great grandfather of Bob Hunt. ing the film this spring, it is funded by the Community National Bank, Pat Hunt, Inc., the Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Historical Society, and Vermont Public Radio. Pr i n t e d a n d d i s t r i b u t e d by P r essReader