Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum on ’60 Minutes’


Silent film historian interviewed for ’60 Minutes’




David Kiehn, a noted scholar and historian for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and recognized on a national level with his expertise in American silent film history will be interviewed by Morley Safer in a segment of 60 Minutes this Sunday, October 17 on CBS at 7:00 p.m. about David’s research into the making of the Miles Bros. film A Trip Down Market Street (1906).
It started with Kiehn’s curiosity on the assumed date A Trip Down Market Street was made in San Francisco near the turn-of-the-last-century. The Library of Congress had listed the film as being made in September of 1905 based on a few factors. David did extensive research and was able to not only ascertain who the film makers were (previously unknown) but also pinpoint the date of the film creation to April 14, 1906 – mere days before the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. In fact, the negative for the film was on its way to New York on an Eastbound train hours before the Big One struck.
Click below to watch A Trip Down Market Street
Click here for more information on the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

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2 Responses to “Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum on ’60 Minutes’”

  1. landman says:

    Thank you so much for posting this wonderful 1906 film and story. I will be watching 60 minutes for this one. It is a wonder the residents were not all killed before the Quake, with the traffic going in all directions, horses, pedestrians, kids, and horse drawn wagons on Market Street all doing their own thing. One can not watch this without the horror of wondering how many of these people in the film, were killed in the quake. Thanks again Allan.

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