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Still image from Vacation Highlights in Home Movies, Jan. 1951, 24.

Date produced: 1949


Terry Manos




600 ft





Sound Notes:



Sound accompaniment on magnetic wire


American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1950 - Trophy Award, 16mm. Color Class


"'Vacation Highlights,' as the title implies, is a record of a vacation trip, but instead of the usual array of catch-as-can shots which make up so many vacation record films, Terry Manos has given this excellently photographed narrative substance by employing inserts of a letter to his wife and daughter, describing his trip, and a number of tie-in shots of the two to knit the whole into a pleasant continuity. The picture is remarkable, not so much from its narrative standpoint as for its consistency in exposure. There is not a measurable difference in exposure in any scene throughout the picture. The picture depicts the start of the trip by automobile, which takes the travelers across the U.S. border into Canada and thence through the province of Quebec. On the return trip they visit such interesting sights as a wood pulp mill and the famed Ausabel Chasm, in upper New York. The camera treatment of the pulpwood sequence and of the Chasm scenes definitely mark this filmer as a photographer of promise. Manos used a 16mm. Bolex camera and Kodachrome daylight type film." American Cinematographer, Apr. 1950, 134.


The film won top award in the fourth annual Mineola County Fair amateur film contest in 1948 (Movie Makers, Nov. 1948, 449). It also won third award in a Metropolitan Motion Picture Club film contest in 1950 (Movie Makers, Jan. 1951, 28).

The film was "Movie of the Month" in Home Movies for January of 1951. The film receives a feature with a write-up and still images in Home Movies (Jan. 1951, 24).


  • Ausabel Chasm, New York (Filming)
  • New York, United States (Filming)
  • Quebec, Canada (Filming)

Club Affiliation:

Taft Cinema Club






  • Screened at the 101st Mineola County Fair in 1948: Long Island, N.Y.
  • Screened as part of a Metropolitan Motion Picture Club film contest in 1950: New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the New York 8mm. Motion Picture Club in 1950: New York City, N.Y.

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