Friday, December 2, 2022

The Girl on the Barge/ A Girl on a Barge

In my webinar, The Erie Canal: A Story of Building the Impossible, I include some of the writings about the Erie Canal, historical and fictional. Here's an addition, a fictional story that was made into a successful film. The film has been lost, but the story has been found.

 Although the story in The Girl on the Barge (Universal Pictures, 1929) takes place on the Erie Canal, it was filmed on the Champlain Canal in Whitehall, New York. It received good reviews and did well at the box office but, sadly, no prints of the film have been found. So, this film does not appear in my collection, See the Erie Canal at the Movies. A good synopsis of the movie and its filming in Whitehall can be found here.

However, the movie was based on a story, “A Girl on a Barge,” written by Rupert Hughes, with illustrations by Jules Gotlieb, published in Hearst’s International Combined with Cosmopolitan (Volume 83, October 1927, pages 50-53, 97-98, 100, 102, 104, 106), the magazine better known today simply as Cosmopolitan.

 Here is the story as it appeared in 1927, also available as a pdf file (54mb) here.