Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

June 5

The first narrative film about members of the Church was copyrighted on this day (1905). A Trip to Salt Lake City is comedy that mocks a polygamist man, his wife, and many children as they settle down for the night about a Pullman sleeper train. Filmed and exhibited at the same time as Senator Reed Smoot's contentious hearings in Washington, D.C., the silent film showed Mormonism less harshly than the anti-Mormon films that would follow it, if only because of its originality and humor. Mormon Cinema: Origins to 1952 by Randy Astle (Mormon Arts Center, 2018), p. 146; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZvA1qeHwQ

Glen Nelson