|Scenes from the film A TRIP DOWN MARKET STREET (1906)|
The second short film was entitled THE DESTRUCTION OF SAN FRANCISCO, which was released for home viewing use by Blackhawk Films during the fifties. This short was a compilation of footage that was originally shot by film companies such as Edison, Biograph, Pathe, as well as the Miles Brothers, but it is undetermined just which footage was shot by them. The short shows the fires and destruction of SF and it's rise from the ashes.
After a short break, the museum showed it's main feature THE THIRD ALARM, written and directed by Emory Johnson in 1922. The film stars Ralph Lewis as Dan McDowell, a fire fighter who and his trusted horse Bullet are forced into retirement when the fire department receive their brand new fire truck. Having no money to support his son Johnny (Johnnie Walker) to medical school, he's forced to look for a new career. But when a fire breaks out at Johnny's girlfriend, June (Ella Hall) Rutherford's apartment, both father and son try to save the day.
It's been a lot of fun going back to the museum, and I can't wait to go back again next Saturday for their immensely popular Comedy Shorts Night, which always sells out! To learn more about the museum and their movie schedule, please visit http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org./
To see the 60 Minutes segment on Niles and A TRIP DOWN MARKET STREET visit http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6966797n
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