Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman home movie collection
Wiseman, Lulu Belle, 1913-1999 (creator)
Wiseman, Scotty, 1908-1981 (creator)
The 25 home movie reels in the collection cover a diverse range of activities dating from the duo’s heyday in the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, with the bulk of the films concentrated between approximately 1938 and 1941. Within the collection are events including, but not limited to: family gatherings; public appearances; trips both within the USA and abroad; Hollywood studio backlot footage; and other events that reveal the personal lives of a public family. The dates describing each film are estimates derived by using edge codes and context clues.
In addition to the films, the donor provided clippings that give the researcher further contextual information on the Wisemans. These clippings may be accessed by researchers in the Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection file.
This collection is also described in in the MIRC Digital Video Repository: mirc.sc.edu
Western North Carolina’s Scotty Wiseman (November 8, 1908–January 31, 1981) and Myrtle Eleanor “Lulu Belle” Wiseman (December 24, 1913–February 8, 1999) were a notable husband and wife Country music duo of the radio era. They achieved their greatest and most enduring musical success with their song Have I Told You Lately that I Love You? The duo’s popularity reached its height in the 1930s-mid 1940s, when they were stars on WLS-AM’s National Barn Dance, broadcast from Chicago, IL.
In addition to appearing on the National Barn Dance show and its touring circuit, the duo was featured in seven Hollywood films, primarily for Republic Pictures. The 1938 film Shine On, Harvest Moon featured the Wisemans along with an up-and-coming Roy Rogers. Feeling as though their time in the spotlight had run its course, the Wisemans chose to retire from show business and return to their native western North Carolina in 1958. Scotty became a schoolteacher and Lulu Belle served several terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives (as Lula Belle Wiseman). Scotty passed away in 1981 due to complications from a heart attack. Lula Belle remarried after Scotty’s death and lived until 1999.
They had two children, Linda and Steve.
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Rogers, Roy, 1911-1998
Manners and customs (General)—Customs relative to private life—Family life.
Motion picture studios
National Barn Dance (Radio program).
WLS (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago (Ill.)—Description and travel.
Hollywood Sign (Los Angeles, Calif.)
London (England)—Description and travel.
North Carolina, Western
Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)