Huntingdon’s Hero



Huntingdon’s Hero, the orphan film made in Huntingdon, PA in 1934, is now on Fandor (available with a free trial). The only existing print of Huntingdon’s Hero was turned up by some of my students working on a short doc about the historic theater in Huntingdon. It had been missing since its last screening in 1969. It was a nitrate print, so highly flammable and dangerous (even just to have sitting around) so something had to be done. There’s a pretty long and crazy story about how that was all resolved, thanks to Bruce Davis at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I wrote that story for The Moving Image, the journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Unfortunately,  I can’t link to the full story but if you have access to MUSE you could find it, and there is an excerpt available here.

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