The Films of Arthur H. Virtue

Film still of filmmaker, Arthur H. Virtue's 'trick shots', circa late 1930s.   (image courtesy of Virginia Errichetti)

Film still of filmmaker, Arthur H. Virtue's 'trick shots', circa late 1930s. (image courtesy of Virginia Errichetti)


Conservation & Capture:

Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, silent, color & black & white.

Digital format: Footage captured at standard definition resolution of 720 x 486.

Length/feet or running time: Approx. 8000ft

Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s

Status: Conservation & digital capture completed by Pro8mm. Internet Archive upload completed.

Internet Archive: (30 clips by Arthur H. Virtue)


Jini’s interest in film and photography began early, as she was often the object of her father’s many home movies, along with her siblings and neighborhood friends. Jini’s interest in film continued as she began college and completed a BA In Media Studies and a Masters in Educational Technology. During her 26 years as a children’s librarian, she taught media literacy to her students and used photography and film in many of her student’s projects. Her father, Arthur died in 1986 and Jini knows he would have loved all the gadgets created for the digital age. Now retired, Jini is a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, and owns a small business where she helps others organize, preserve and digitize their own home movies, VHS tapes and photographs. During her free time, Jini enjoys organizing her own family’s thousands of photos and movies. She hopes to leave a living legacy for her two daughters, as her father did for her.



Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.