The Ten Commandments: live prologue at a Far North Queensland cinema

Five actors in period dress perform a prologue on stage before a screening of The Ten Commandments in Far North Queensland in 1925
Title:
The Ten Commandments: live prologue at a Far North Queensland cinema
NFSA ID:
764861
Year:
1925
Courtesy:
From the Franklyn Barrett Collection. NFSA: 764861
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In 1925, Paramount Pictures employed Australian film director Franklyn Barrett (The Breaking of the Drought, A Girl of the Bush) to manage the North Queensland tour of the silent film blockbuster The Ten Commandments (Cecil B DeMille, USA, 1923). Barrett conducted the music and director the live prologue that was performed on stage by local actors before the film commenced.

He toured the film and stage show to towns and cities in Queensland including Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Malanda, Rockhampton, Warwick and Barcaldine.