52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Movies

Movies are wonderful — they take us to exotic and faraway places, introduce us to fascinating people (both real and fictional), and tell us stories from the past, present and future. I love movies and have discovered that so did the people in my family tree!

West of the Water Tower

This 1923 or 1924 photo of a movie theatre showing West of the Water Tower came from my grandparents’ photo albums. My guess is that it was taken in front of the theatre in Vinton, Louisiana.

West of the Water Tower (1923)

Source: Janiss Garza, Rovi, New York Times. Adrian Plummer (Ernest Torrence) is a narrow-minded preacher; Charles Chew, the richest man in the town (George Fawcett), is a confirmed atheist. So when Plummer’s son Guy (Broadway star Glenn Hughes) and Chew’s daughter Bee (May McAvoy) fall in love, neither family is happy about the union. Cod Dugan (Riley Hatch), who runs the local poolroom, fed up with Plummer’s lectures, decides to get back at the preacher. He takes the young couple to a squire in another town who marries them. However, Dugan never bothers to pick up the marriage certificate. When Bee is about to have a baby and the couple can’t prove they are married, scandal rocks the town. Bee goes away to have the child, but Guy stays behind and braves the taunts, even when his father is forced to resign his pulpit. Guy is instrumental in getting a highway built through town, and when the squire tracks him down with the marriage certificate, all is forgiven.

More Information about West of the Water Tower on IMDb.com

About 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

For the third year, Amy Coffin of the We Tree Genealogy Blog has created 52 weeks of prompts for genealogy bloggers. The theme for 2011 is 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History. These are shared on the Geneabloggers.com web site, hosted by Thomas MacEntee.

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

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