“Massachusetts Shore Leave”

On November 8, 1944, the American Pictorial Service (a branch of the Army Signal Corps) shot this 9 1/2 minute video in Marblehead, entitled “Massachusetts Shore Leave”. It is a treasure trove of scenes of wartime Marblehead, and features an extended scene about — and inside! — St. Michael’s, featuring former rector The Rev. Roy I. Murray. The whole film is highly recommended, but the St. Michael’s scene starts at approximately 2:57.

The movie was discovered about 10 years ago in the National Archives by Sean Casey, a government contractor who grew up in Marblehead, and we are indebted to him for his assistance. More background info is available from this story, which originally appeared in the Salem News on November 13, 2013.