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Mary Pickford wrote and starred in the 1911 film titled "Their First Misunderstanding." Long thought to have been lost, ...
a copy was found on the grounds of an old New Hampshire summer camp when a barn was about to be demolished. (Sept. 24)
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AP Television - Clients OnlyKeene, New Hampshire 1. Interior entrance to the Keene State College film vault2. Mid view of canisters of film3. Mid view of canisters of filmCOURTESY: Keene State College/Library of Congress4. Scene from "Their First Misunderstanding" starring Mary Pickford5. Still photographic image of barn where films were foundAP Television - Clients OnlyKeene, New Hampshire 22 September, 20136. SOUNDBITE: (English) Peter Massie, Carpenter & Contractor:"The homeowner wanted it taken down and a new barn built because there was no repairing what was there. He took out what he wanted from the barn and said anything else goes to the dumpster."COURTESY: Keene State College - AP Clients Only7. Scene from "Their First Misunderstanding" starring Mary PickfordAP Television - Clients OnlyKeene, New Hampshire 20 September, 20138. SOUNDBITE: Larry Benaquist, Keene State College Film Department:"Apparently, it has been a boys school, a boys camp. During the summer they would set up this 35 millimeter projector and show these ancient films to these boys that were swimming down on Granite Lake."COURTESY: Keene State College/Library of Congress9. Scene from "Their First Misunderstanding"AP Television - Clients OnlyKeene, New Hampshire 20 September, 201310. SOUNDBITE: Larry Benaquist, Keene State College Film Department:"She started United Artists studio with DW Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks. So that studio gave independent directors a chance to control their material in a way that hadn't happened in this country before.Courtesy: Keene State College/Library of Congress11. Scene from "Their First Misunderstanding"STORYLINE:(VOICE OVER)IN THE VAULT AT KEENE STATE COLLEGE ARE SEVERAL NEW ADDITIONS TO THE RARE FILM COLLECTION.EVEN MORE RARE IS WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY COPY OF A CLASSIC MARY PICKFORD FILM THOUGHT LOST DECADES AGO.AFTER INTENSIVE ANALYSIS, IT TURNS OUT THAT THE MOVIE IS THE 1911 PICKFORD FILM, "THEIR FIRST MISUNDERSTANDING."IT WAS FOUND IN A STACK OF REELS THAT TURNED UP IN THIS BARN.(SOUNDBITE: Peter Massie, New Hampshire Contractor:)"The homeowner wanted it taken down and a new barn built because there was no repairing what was there. He took out what he wanted from the barn and said anything else goes in the dumpster."(VOICE OVER)MASSIE HELD ON TO THOSE OLD 33 MILIMETER MOVIES - AND EVENTUALLY, THE FILMS FOUND THEIR WAY TO LARRY BENIQUEST AND KEENE STATE COLLEGE.(SOUNDBITE: Larry Beniquest, Keene State College Film Department:)"Apparently, it had been a boys' school, or boys camp, and during the summer they would set up this 35 millimeter projector and show these ancient films to these boys, who were swimming down on granite lake."(dissolve to film)(VOICE OVER)WHAT THE BOYS WERE WATCHING WAS "THEIR FIRST MISUNDERSTANDING" STARRING MARY PICKFORD - THE FIRST FILM WHERE SHE IS GIVEN AN ON-SCREEN CREDIT.SHE PLAYS A NEWLY MARRIED HOUSEWIFE WHO MEETS A POET.THROUGH A SERIES OF EVENTS, HER HUSBAND BEGINS TO SUSPECT SHE'S IN LOVE WITH THE POET.PICKFORD SPENDS THE REST OF THE FILM ASSURING HIM THAT SHE ONLY LOVES THE MAN SHE MARRIED.(SOUNDBITE: Larry Beniquest, Keene State College Film Department:)"She started United Artists Studio with DW Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks. So that studio gave independent directors a chance to control their own material in a way that hadn't happened in this country before. So, I think Pickford comes off as a very important figure in the early years of film." THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IS PAYING TO RESTORE THIS ONLY KNOWN COPY OF THE FILM...AND NEXT MONTH, KEENE COLLEGE WILL BE THE FIRST VENUE TO SHOW IT.TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS.