Society to show three rare and historical Deere & Co. films


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Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2012, 5:47 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
The Rock Island County Historical Society will show three rare and historical John Deere Day films to highlight the company's 175th anniversary.

The films - "Blacksmith's Gift" (1937), "Paradise for Buster" (1952), and "Charlie Weaver and the John Deere Show" (1964), will be shown starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

"This is a rare and historical opportunity to see three John Deere Day films that have not been viewed publicly for almost 50 years," said Bobbi Jackson, Rock Island County Historical Society archivist.

The "Blacksmith's Gift" tells the story of how John Deere made the steel plow, and how it changed the world, starring Monte Blue. The film premiered at the Wharton Field House in Moline in 1937, and was the first John Deere Days film created.

"Paradise for Buster" is a slapstick comedy featuring Buster Keaton trying to save a farm he has inherited.

In the third film, "Charlie Weaver and the John Deere Show," Charlie Weaver is trying to attend the John Deere show while trying to avoid the unwanted advances of a woman.

All three films were donated to the society by James Rohrbach, of Moline. His father, Glenn Rohrbach, was manager of the Audiovisual Motion Picture Advertising Department at Deere & Co.

Images from the production of the films, and a 1937 Deere & Co. calendar, will be on display at the event.

Popcorn, candy and pop will be available for a donation.




 












 



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