Between the first and second showings of Our Town is the World,” two films were shown. The boys and girls who formed the cast were: Nancy Needham, Coleen More, Donna Honeybome, Joan Illingworth, Jerry Sinnett, Geo. Thomson, Lenis Davey, Jack Warren, Freddie Ford, Gary Gale, Don Peterson, Alexander Brown, M argaret Tosh, Donald Baird, Pat Spinks, Wayne McKay, Clarence Craig and three boys from Ottawa.
Almonte children who formed the cast of the moving picture, “Our Town Is the World,” which was cast in Almonte last year, their parents, some of the teachers of the public school and the press, saw the picture for the first time in the Public School on Wednesday evening. Before the picture was shown, Mr. Robert Taylor, a representative of the National Film Board, gave a short talk. He said that the picture was made at the request of the United Nations and it was Intended to show that the problem of getting along with one another was the same in the small town as it was anywhere else in the world.
The film was shown twice and it took about ten minutes to run. It was agreed that the boys and girls took their parts very well and from the applause it was evident that they thought so themselves. Most of the picture, as everyone here knows, centred around a hut in the little park at the foot of Mill Street. The scene of the last part of the picture was in the Gazette office.
Almonte’s famous scenery showed up to good advantage and many buildings, homes and views of the river were shown. Only one adult from the town appeared in the picture. That was Mrs. Herbert Warren who was shown coming from a grocery store. Another lady who took the part of Nancy Needham’s mother, was Mrs. Sharpe of Ottawa, and the editor of the Gazette, obviously was not the editor. The linotype operator “Jim ” did not resemble Eric Smith who held down the linotype chair for many years nor did he resemble his predecessors or successors!
The homely old chair that the linotype operators use, was the same though. This picture is coming to the O’Brien Theatre sometime in June and Almonte people will at long last have an opportunity to see ourselves as others see us. The representative of the Film Board mentioned that the understanding given by the National Film Board was that it would be shown first in Almonte.
For some unexplained reason this was not done and the picture has been in circulation for some time. Mr. E. H. Farnham, principal of the school, said that he understood that a copy of the film could be purchased for something less than $20 and he wondered if a copy should be bought for the town.
Hi Almonte. recently I found the film that was made in Almonte back in 1950. called “Our Town is The World. it sude brought back some memories.. being that i was one of the young people in the movie.i manage to purchase it thru the NFB. and have watched it many times..For those who are interested you can find it at the NFB. website..
Submitted by Des Julian From sudbury ontario on Sunday, June 28, 2009
Catalogue Number: NFB521980
Producer:National Film Board Of Canada
Producers: Don Mulholland
Directors: Stanley Jackson
Producing Agencies: National Film Board of Canada (Ottawa)
Subject:Fiction, Politics, Social Issues
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 1950
Running Time: 11
DVD Price: $14.95