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Opening Day of School

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0025
Run Time
0h 13m 35s
Date Produced
circa 1940
A home movie with intertitles presumably shot by Chicago cameraman, Frank Koza. The film documents the first-ever day of school at the Queen of All Saints School, a Catholic elementary school founded in 1940 and located on Chicago's north side at 6227 North Keene Avenue. The reel begins with an introduction of various nuns, or faculty, of the school followed by footage of young students arriving at the school. As the children arrive, the grounds are still noticeably under construction, with children traversing piles of rubble and construction men still hard at work. Also featured in the film is footage of a newly purchased school bus, a children's Halloween parade and scenes of the completed construction and landscaping of the school. The film ends with a shot of a priest, Rev. Francis J. Dolan, staring at the building preceded with an intertitle that reads, "his ambitions realized."
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)