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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 14 - Moore, 1941

Albert Steg

Silent | 1941

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  •  Students exit the school building and smile at the camera  
  •  Children playing outside 
  •  Students exit the school house 
  •  Students playing volleyball 
  •  Adults in Moore, standing outside local shops and businesses 
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Footage of Moore, Texas in 1941 comprises this film. Scenes of school children filing out of the schoolhouse, including classes of Mexican-American children, and posing for the camera begin the film. Teenagers playing volleyball and basketball and a young girl tap dancing are also included in scenes from the school. Scenes of men and women around town in Moore follow, including a scene of a man crank-starting a car engine. This film is part of a larger collection of itinerant films made by Arthur J. Higgins. Higgins was an itinerant filmmaker in the 1930s and 40s who visited towns across the country with his wife, spending several days recording posed scenes of daily life there that focused primarily on the residents, for whom the film was typically shown at a local theater.