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Film, Video Our day Variant title: Our day--Wallace Kelly--home movies

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About this Item


  • Our day

Other Title

  • Variant title: Our day--Wallace Kelly--home movies


  • Documents a day-in-the-life of the Kelly family in Lebanon, Kentucky, 1938. This film contains images of small-town Southern life, that counter the stereotype of impoverished people eking out a living during the depression. It portrays a modern home inhabited by adults with sophisticated interests (the piano, literature, croquet) and simple ones (gardening, knitting, and home cooking).


  • Kelly, Wallace, 1910-1988, filmmaker, actor
  • Kelly, Mattie McElroy, 1882-1973, actor
  • Kelly, Mabel G., 1904-1994, actor
  • Kelly, Oliver G., 1908-1982, actor

Created / Published

  • 1938.


  • -  Kelly family
  • -  Families--Kentucky--Lebanon
  • -  Kentucky--Social life and customs


  • Silent films
  • Amateur films
  • Documentary films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Intertitles in English.
  • -  Appearing: Wallace Kelly, Mrs. Oliver Kelly, Mabel G. Kelly, Oliver G. Kelly, Miss Lady Luck (the family dog).
  • -  Filmed in Lebanon, Kentucky in 1938.
  • -  Summary adapted from the Library of Congress WWW site.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
  • -  Sources used: Eagan, D. America's film legacy, 2010, p. 279-208; Library of Congress WWW site, National Film Registry page, viewed October 6, 2023.


  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 13 min.) : si., b&w.

Source Collection

  • Center for Home Movies/Wallace Kelly Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600636

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Kelly, Wallace, Filmmaker, Actor, Mattie Mcelroy Kelly, Mabel G Kelly, and Oliver G Kelly. Our Day. 1938. Video.

APA citation style:

Kelly, W., Kelly, M. M., Kelly, M. G. & Kelly, O. G. (1938) Our Day. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Kelly, Wallace, Filmmaker, Actor, et al. Our Day. 1938. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.