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Charles Perryman - Newsreel Films
Charles Perryman was a Selznick newsreel cameraman in the 1920s. These films were donated in 2011 to Lowell Skoog (representing The Mountaineers) by Perryman's grandson, Steve Turner. The films are on a single large reel (16mm safety film, mostly silent, 900ft+). This reel appears to be a print (not original film) set aside for Perryman's family. The films have been added to The Mountaineers film collection.

"God Bless America"

Inspirational feature by News of the Day. Music by Irving Berlin, sung by Kate Smith. Optical sound. Patriotic scenes and Americana. (There is a brief scene of Glacier Peak in the North Cascades viewed from Miners Ridge. The foreground meadow is completely filled with sheep.) At the end of the film is a message urging viewers to contribute to the Red Cross.

Newsreel Section

This section is silent except as noted below. Contents are identified by titles included in the newsreel.

"Tillie's Punctured Romance"

This silent film is introduced as part of a history of the movie industry. The film was made in 1914 and features Charlie Chaplin, Marie Dressler (playing Tillie Banks) and Mabel Normand (playing Charlie's girlfriend). Here is a short summary from "Charlie talks wealthy farmer's daughter Tillie into eloping with him (and taking her father's money). In the city Tillie gets drunk and lands in jail while Charlie runs off with her money and his old girlfriend Mabel. Later Charlie reads that Tillie (now working as a waitress) has inherited the estate of her multi-millionaire uncle. Charlie dumps Mabel and talks Tillie into moving into her uncle's villa, and Mabel arranges to become a housemaid there. The uncle (never really dead) returns and summons the police to have them all thrown out." This film takes up about 40% of the reel. (I don't think it is the complete film.)

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