Mrs Winchester's House (Updated last month)
KPIX-TV documentary film from 1963, about the life and legend of heiress Sarah L. Winchester, who financed and built what came to be known as the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, between 1884-1922. The film is subtitled: 'A legend told by Miss Lillian Gish' and features extended, point-of-view shots taken around the Winchester House, as Gish narrates how Sarah buried her daughter and husband in New Haven, Connecticut and then moved to San Jose in 1884, to begin remodeling what was then an 8 room house. Gish describes how the house eventually grew to accommodate over 150 rooms and reflects on Sarah's eccentricity and how it may have influenced local rumors that she was providing shelter for the ghosts of people killed by Winchester rifles (the family business). This documentary was written and produced by R.E. Pusey, Jr and Ray Hubbard and directed by Dick Williams.
Note that Movette Film Transfer of San Francisco remastered a 16mm postive print of this film in February 2018 in 2K resolution (2048x1556 pixels), using a Lasergraphics film scanner. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.
The old film reference number for this film print (standard definition transfer from 2010) was V63839-2.
Added to San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive on March 14, 2018.
- Type of material: documentary film
- Duration: 29:05
- Rights for this video belong to: CBS5 KPIX-TV
- Recording medium: 16mm b&w optical sound film
- Date aired: 1963
- Originally aired on: KPIX-TV
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