100 year old movie -A Ver­mont Ro­mance

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Pat Hunt, VT Spe­cial Col­lab­o­ra­tion

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

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