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Sidney Shurcliff

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Northeast Historic Films list of titled amateur work


Junkman’s Holiday (1932)

Rollo’s Revenge (1933)

Why Do Oysters Perspire? (1937)

Rise and Fall of Susan Lennox, The (1930)

Biographical Notes:

"Sidney N. Shurcliff, who photographed and edited the "Motormauler" films in this collection, was a classmate of Alan Bemis's at Harvard. His father, Arthur, and Frederick Law Olmsted, founded the Harvard School of Landscape Design, the first professional program of its kind in the world. Arthur Shurcliff was the landscape designer for the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg. Sidney N. Shurcliff received his education as a landscape designer at Harvard, and joined his father in practice in the 1930s, expanding the office to become Shurcliff, Merrill & Footit. He is notable for being instrumental in the revival of interest in Olmsted's work." notes via oldfilm.org

Bibliographic Resources:

The films of Sidney Shurcliff are part of the Alan Bemis Collection held by Northeast Historic Film
For more on Shurcliff, see Martha J. McNamara, “Comedic Counterpoise: Landscape and Laughs in the Films of Sidney N. Shurcliff,” in Martha J. McNamara and Karan Sheldon, Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915-1960, 2017.