Sunapee Historical Society shows Billy B. Van movie October 29

Vintage photo of Billy B. Van (front and center) with others at his studio in Geroges Mills, NH

Vintage photo of Billy B. Van (front and center) with others at his Georges Mills studio

The Lucky Hoodoo, a movie starring Billy B. Van, will be shown Wednesday evening, October 29 at the fall meeting of the Sunapee Historical Society. The program will start at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Community Methodist Church, at the corner of Route 11 and Main Street in Sunapee. A short informational meeting will be held prior to the movie. Refreshments will be available and the public is invited to attend.

“This silent movie was filmed in Georges Mills, and was probably one of Van’s attempts to make Georges Mills the Hollywood of the East,” according to Ron Garceau, president of the Sunapee Historical Society.

“Billy B. Van is cast as a hapless farm hand, who clumsily gets in trouble with the farmer, tries to woo the farmer’s daughter, fends off the villain, and in the end comes out the winner! It’s a humorous skit and so far, the only existing Billy B. Van movie we have found,” says Garceau.

“He tried to start the ‘Hollywood of the East’ there, but was nearly run out of town after he tried to rename the town ‘Van Harbor.’ He moved to Newport, where he claimed residence the rest  of his life,” explains Garceau, who provided the black and white photo above.

The movie is about 24 minutes long and was found by someone in the Upper Valley who provided a DVD copy, according to Garceau. For more information about Billy B. Van and the Sunapee Historical Society, programs, membership and volunteer opportunities, contact Ron Garceau at 603-763-2441.

One Response

  1. Do you know the other people in the photograph? If you have information to share, please leave a comment or email: SunapeeNews@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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