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Historical Essay

Orson Welles, 1915-1985

Cinematic Visionary

Learn about this Wisconsin-born director, his relationship with the film industry, and his lasting legacy as a filmmaker.

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: Thomas H. Ince gestures to a cameraman who is moving a Bell & Howell camera on its tripod. Over Ince's shoulder is William S. Hart in costume as a minister...

Date: 1937 

Description: Actress Steffi Duna stands on the International T-20 TracTracTor (crawler tractor) used in the motion picture Escape by Night.

Date: 1961 

Description: Two men synchronize the sound on an International Harvester film narrated by Chet Huntley at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1961 

Description: Two men and a woman operate film reels inside a room at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1945-05-17 

Description: Evan M. Hughes, 68, a war-time replacement as doorman at the Capitol Theatre. Mr. Hughes had a son, Pvt. Robert E. Hughes, who was a prisoner of war by th...

Date: 1961-09-18 ca.

Description: Several men construct a movie set in a small, downtown area.

Date: 1930 

Description: Original caption: "Charging that the Fox West Coast Theatres constitute an arrogant monopoly which seeks to stifle the endeavor of motion picture artists a...

Date: 1961 

Description: A man operates a film reel inside a room at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1954-08-10 

Description: Exterior view from street at night of the Photo Copy Service and Madison Film Productions, Inc., building at 211 West Mifflin Street.

Date: 1961 

Description: A man looks through a movie camera as another looks on in a studio at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1961 

Description: A woman sits at a table while spooling motion picture film onto a reel at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1929-08-16 

Description: Three actors pose with a McCormick-Deering tractor and grain drill on the set of the Fox Film production "Our Daily Bread".

Date: 1915 

Description: Group shot of the cast and crew for the Universal serial "The Broken Coin," taken after shooting the final scene. Grace Cunard and Francis Ford are in the...

Date: 1961 

Description: A woman sits at a table while spooling motion picture film onto a reel at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: The Bostock Arena and Jungle, part of David Horsley's Centaur motion picture studio and animal attraction in Los Angeles, c. 1915. "The Moving Picture W...

Date: 1961 

Description: A man uses a motion picture camera while filming in a studio at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1961 

Description: A woman spools motion picture film onto a reel at International Harvester's Hickory Hill Farm.

Date: 1930-08-15 

Description: A crowd of children, some in costume, gather at the Orpheum Theater entrance behind a caricature labeled "Jack Holt" during a promotion for the film, "Swi...

Date: 1957-08-27 

Description: Harry Schuler mans the two projectors in the Orpheum theater projection booth. At the right are two of the spotlights used for stage shows.

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