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Shelly, Leon Curtis

  • 11707
  • Person
  • 1906-1987

Leon C. Shelly was a Canadian motion picture producer who operated in Vancouver and Toronto. In 1936-37, he assumed control of two Vancouver film companies, Motion Skreenadz and Vancouver Motion Pictures Ltd. Shelly introduced professional colour film production to B.C. in the form of Cinecolor, a bi-pack subtractive colour process. Shelly’s Vancouver companies produced sponsored films for B.C. Packers, the B.C. Government Travel Bureau, B.C. Tree Fruits, Kelly Douglas, and the National Film Board of Canada. The companies also provided service functions such as film processing, titling and sound work, and produced “coming attractions” trailers. Shelly drew on the expertise of local technicians and filmmakers, including Oscar Burritt, Marguerite Goulding (later Roozeboom), Wally Hamilton, Ernie Kirkpatrick, Don Lytle, Lew Parry, and Ed Taylor. In 1945, Shelly opened a “branch plant” in Toronto, and in October 1946 he announced that the entire operation would re-locate there, where it operated as Shelly Films. In 1956, he discontinued most film production to concentrate on the film lab business, including release printing of Hollywood films.

Godenrath, Percy Francis

  • 1173
  • Person
  • 1874-1944

Percy Francis Godenrath was born in Shanghai, China in October 1874. He lived in Victoria for a time working for the Board of Trade. In 1914 he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1915, he reenlisted from New Brunswick, along with his wife Eva, who served as a nurse. Godenrath served overseas with various battalions including the Canadian Record Office in London and was promoted to Captain. He was demobilized in December 1919 and was the Officer in charge of the Canadian War Memorials Exhibition. He died in March 1944 and is buried in Mount Royal Cemetery.

Booth, Alfred Edmund, 1892-1977

  • 11732
  • Person

Alfred Edmund Booth was an enterprising man who tried several careers before he became a filmmaker. He emigrated from England to British Columbia in 1912 and got his first job surveying for a fruit irrigation company in Kamloops. Shortly after that he worked for several logging operations on the coast. In 1915 he moved to Vancouver where he was employed as head mechanic for a brewery company, a job that he stayed at for over three years. During this time he married Grace Ellen Greer, began a family, and settled in Vancouver. Because of Booth's experience in the automobile business he was asked to organize chapters of the Vancouver Club, forerunner of the B.C. Automobile Association. He was successful and, in the process, learned about road conditions and services for motorists. This knowledge, combined with his enthusiasm for B.C.'s outdoors, led him, in 1928, to found the "B.C. Sportsman Club". The purpose of the club was to promote the development of facilities for fishermen, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. To publicize B.C.'s outdoors Booth photographed wildlife and scenery and this led, by happenstance, to motion pictures. In 1929 he entered a contest sponsored by a Minneapolis sports magazine that offered a motion picture camera for the best outdoor photograph. He sent in some photographs and won the prize, a German made 16mm Agfa Ansco camera. From then until the 1950s, when he retired, taking motion pictures and exhibiting them was his main occupation. Booth initially shot film as a hobby, for example, bringing the camera along on his travels to capture scenery and resorts. By the mid 30s he recognized the commercial possibilities of motion picture film. In particular, he thought motion pictures would be a good way to promote British Columbia as a place for tourism, recreation, settlement and investment. Coming from England he was impressed by the natural resources and undeveloped state of his adopted land and identified a need to publicize this potential. In about 1937 Booth formed a company, Travel Films, and set about to market his films. He sought financial support from businessmen and government and was successful in 1939 and 1940 in getting contracts from the British Columbia government. The contracts payed him to take his films on the road and exhibit them across B.C., the prairie provinces and parts of the United States. The government also acquired copies of Booth's films for its promotional library. Booth also shot films for sponsors. This may have been his biggest source of income, but no records survive to show how much. Known sponsors include the Anglican Church's Columbia Coast Mission which contracted him to film its medical and religious services for isolated coastal communities. Other sponsors were, reportedly, the B.C. Tree Fruit Board, Pacific Petroleum of Alberta, Frasea Farms, B.C. Natural Gas, Canadian Scottish Regiment, Canadian Pacific Airlines and the Canadian government. Mining concerns and companies associated with the 1955-56 Ripple Rock project may also have supported some filming. Of the completed sponsored films, only those of Columbia Coast Mission are known with certainty to have survived. Along with the surviving out-takes of other productions, they provide the only confirmation of this kind of filming work. Booth's last known filming was about 1957. After 1957 Booth attempted to get some of his films exhibited, but not with much success. Undoubtedly the availability of films about British Columbia with sound tracks had long undercut his filmmaking. During his retirement he moved to Lillooett for several years, then returned to the coast and lived in a retirement manor until his death in 1977. Both in Lillooet and at the retirement manor he tape recorded reminiscences of his life in British Columbia. The reminiscences reveal his fascination with the history and geography of British Columbia, but they give little detailed explanation of his film work. When he moved to Lillooet his films were taken and cared for by various family members. By then the films were in a very fragmented state, and they were stored unused except for perhaps a few ad hoc family viewings.

Goodfellow, John Christie, 1890-1968

  • 1174
  • Person
  • 1890-1968

John Christie Goodfellow served as Presbyterian minister at Port Moody and Ioco, 1923-1925, and then as United Church minister at Victoria, 1925-1927, and Princeton, 1927-1948. He remained at Princeton until his death. He published several works on the history of the Similkameen area and the history of the United Church in British Columbia. In the 1930s, Goodfellow was secretary of the B.C. Conference Historical Society.

Gordon, Alice

  • 1176
  • Person

Alice Gordon was a resident of Victoria, B.C., and had friends at the Red Cross outpost at Cecil Lake.

Gordon, Anne

  • 1177
  • Person

Anne (McQueen) Gordon taught school in Nicola before her marriage. In Victoria, she was involved with community and women's organizations.

Alexander, George J.

  • 11773
  • Person

George J. Alexander (1891-1980) served in the Provincial Dept. of Fisheries as Assistant Commissioner, and later Deputy Minister, from 1934 until his retirement in 1956. He was also an amateur photographer and filmmaker. Working from his home, he produced at least three completed films for the department, showing various aspects of the commercial salmon fishing industry in B.C. Prior to his public service appointment, Alexander was employed by the Canadian Fishing Company.

Gordon, William Adam

  • 1178
  • Person

William Gordon was charged in connection with the disappearance of his partner, Isaac Jones.

Gowlland, John T.E.

  • 1182
  • Person

John T.E. Gowlland was a sailor who served as assistant master on the Ganges and the Plumper.

Clah, Arthur Wellington

  • 11845
  • Person
  • 1831-1916

Arthur Wellington Clah was a Tsimshian chief, diarist, transporter, prospector, and fishery worker, based at Fort Simpson (later Port Simpson) B.C.

Graham, Clara, b. 1888

  • 1187
  • Person

Clara Graham was a researcher from Cranbrook interested in the history of the Kootenays.

Graham, David

  • 1188
  • Person

David Graham travelled from Kamloops to work on a survey party in 1876.

Graham, Joseph Dee

  • 1190
  • Person

Joseph Dee Graham was a B.C. Provincial Police constable at Nelson, B.C., in 1892 and 1893.

Grahame, James Ogden, 1850-1944

  • 1191
  • Person

James Ogden Grahame was an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company who worked in Victoria and Fort Garry.

Chambers, Theodore Gervase Sandeman, 1897-1989

  • 11936
  • Person

Theodore Gervase Sandeman Chambers (1897-1989) was married to Lilian Therese Victoria Chambers (1897-1986). They were proprietors of the Forbidden Plateau Lodge, near Courtenay, B.C., in the 1940s and 1950s. Mr. Chambers died in Victoria on 1989-03-28, aged 92.

Grancini, E.

  • 1196
  • Person

E. Grancini was a crockery merchant in Victoria, B.C.

Grant, Marshall

  • 1198
  • Person

Marshall Grant was a real estate broker based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Elliott, Robert

  • 11999
  • Person

Bob Elliott was a Vancouver freelancer who provided film processing and cinematography services through his firm, Telefilm Services Ltd.

Graves, A.F.

  • 1200
  • Person

A.F. Graves was a midshipman on the HMS Charybdis, Bristol, Ariadne, and Duke of Wellington.

Gray, Eleanor

  • 1201
  • Person

Eleanor Gray was Chairperson of the Special Provincial Parent-Teacher Federation Committee on Crime Comics.

Green, Agnes

  • 1205
  • Person

Agnes Green toured Europe from 1881 to 1882.

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