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Still image from Tom Jones in Amateur Movie Makers, Aug. 1927, 28.

Date produced: 1927

Filmmaker(s):

S. Winston Childs

William M. Hinkle

Production credits:

Country of Production:

United States

Languages:

English

Length:

13 reels (5000 ft)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

Yale Film Archive list of titled amateur films

Description:

"Tom Jones, about 5000 ft., 16 mm, produced by the Purity Players of Yale University under the direction of S. Winston Childs, is the first amateur super-feature. The story is based on Fielding's Tom Jones and adheres with remarkable faithfulness to this famous novel, while many of the sets and costumes exhibit a care and an historical accuracy that has not since been equaled in amateur work. To those who have interest in 18th century literature, the picture will be particularly valuable." Movie Makers, Sept. 1930, 569.

Resources:

The film's production is discussed in "Hollywood at Harkness: Yale Students are First to Film Famous Novel," Amateur Movie Makers, Aug. 1927, 28, 48.

Also mentioned in "Novel Filming," Amateur Movie Makers, July 1927, 31.

Added to the Amateur Cinema League's club film library in 1930 (Movie Makers, Sept. 1930, 569).

This film is held by the Yale Film Archive.

Locations:

  • New York City, New York (Filming)
  • Norfolk, Connecticut (Filming)
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (Filming)

Relevant Locations

Club Affiliation:

The Purity Players

Genre:

Form:

Repository:

Yale Film Archive

Screenings:

  • Premiered at Sprague Hall in New Haven on June 12, 1927, New Haven, CT

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