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Collection Number RG2062.MI
Collection Name RG2062.MI: Black Hills Feature Film Company (Chadron, NE)
Identifier Moving image
Size and Materials 16mm copies of original 35mm reels
Title In the Days of '75 and '76
Date or Date Span 1915
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content 7-reel Western theatrical film titled "In the Days of '75 and '76," produced and acted by several townspeople of Chadron, Nebraska, in 1915. The Black Hills Feature Film Company was incorporated for the purposes of making this film, and potentially others. Filmed and edited by Hartman Bros. of Omaha, Nebraska. The film tells a fictitious story of "Wild Bill" Hickok and "Calamity" Jane Canary, their exploits as government scouts and placer miners, and Bill's murder by the villian Jack McCall and Jane's ensuing quest for justice. This is the first known (and existing) feature film made in Nebraska by local townspeople
Creator Black Hills Feature Film Company (Chadron, NE)
Other Creators Hartman Bros. (Omaha, NE)
Language of Material English
Access Conditions No access restrictions
Copyrights No use restrictions
Finding Aids For detailed article on the film, see Eisloeffel, Paul and Andrea Paul, "Hollywood on the Plains: Nebraska's Contribution to Early American Cinema," Journal of the West, April 1994 (Vol. 33, No. 2), pp. 13-19.
Related units of description RG2026.PH: Photo collection
RG2026.AM: Manuscript collection
Location of Originals Original 35mm films stored at the Library of Congress
Subjects Filmmaking in Nebraska
Native Americans
Fort Robinson, Nebraska
Motion pictures
People Hickok, "Wild Bill"
Canary, "Calamity" Jane
Search Terms Black Hills Feature Film Company (Chadron, NE)
Hartman Bros. (Omaha, NE)
Pine Ridge, Nebraska
Genre Form Motion picture
Feature film
Western genre
Reference Copy DVD reference copy available. Click here to view excerpt