One Hundred Years of Mormonism

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One Hundred Years of Mormonism
Westward migration.jpg
Directed by Norval MacGregor
Produced by Harry A. Kelly
Written by Nell Shipman
Harry A. Kelly
Starring Frank Young
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Six reels

One Hundred Years of Mormonism is a 1913 film depicting the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The six-reel film took its title from the 1905 book by Mormon educator John Henry Evans. Ellaye Motion Picture Company was originally contracted by the Church’s leadership to produce the film, but the company broke its contract and was replaced by the Utah Moving Picture Company, with prominent screenwriter Nell Shipman completing the screenplay for a then-unprecedented fee of $2,500. Filming took place on locations across California and Utah.[1] The filming locations in Utah were Salt Lake City, Daniel's Pass, and Heber.[2]:286

The film premiered at the Salt Lake Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 3, 1913. Although James E. Talmage would later write that the film contained “many crudities and historical inaccuracies,” it was well received by Mormon audiences.[3]

No print of the film is known to survive and it is now considered to be a lost film.

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  1. ^ "One Hundred Years of Mormonism". Mormon Literature & Creative Arts. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874. 
  3. ^ Randy Astle (July 2008). "Nephi's Colored Plates". Mormon Artists Group. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 

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