One hundred years ago, Oklahoma City contracted with Paragon Feature Film Co. of Denver to produce a movie about the city. It would begin with a re-enactment of the Run of '89 and end with tourists visiting city sights to show the progress of present (1913) Oklahoma City.
After showings at the city's Overholser Opera House, the film would be exhibited across Oklahoma and the and nation to the city and state.
A review in The Oklahoman on Aug. 12, 1913, deemed the film a success.
“The motion pictures of Oklahoma City, tracing its growth since the pioneer days of 1889, were thrown upon the screen for the first time Monday afternoon at the Overholser theater and proved to be excellent. One or two scenes were out of proper sequence, but this was quickly remedied and it was announced that the reel will be perfect by Wednesday, when the picture is to be shown to the public for the first time.
“The film is to be shown all over the country in the various cities for the purpose of advertising Oklahoma City, but it is not merely an advertising scheme. The picture as executed is not only interesting but highly instructive from an historical standpoint. It shows the growth of Oklahoma City from the day the site was a mere bald prairie down to the day of the skyscraper and hundreds of speeding automobiles.”
The run re-enactment used some of the original men and women who had participated in 1889.
“This scene is full of action and spirit and some of the riding seen is worthy of some of the western movie stars.”
There were scenes of homesteaders fighting over a claim, with the soldiers intervening, and of the first post office with the original postmaster, G.A. Beidler, handing out mail as he did in 1889.
“From the pioneer days the scene changes quickly to the day of progress and plenty and shows the city as it stands today.
“As a touch of realism six pretty girl pilgrims are shown in the role of tourists taking in Oklahoma City. Will Overholser acts as driver. They are taken to the Chamber of Commerce, where they are welcomed by Secretary Brown and cheered by a great crowd of citizens. They go from there to the public schools and are greeted by hundreds of school children. At some of the handsome homes of the city they are served tea and during the drive the camera takes in all points of interest.
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