Remembering Knoxville filmmaker Sam Orleans

Sam Orleans

Remembering Knoxville Filmmaker Sam Orleans on the 50th anniversary of his death, July 9th, 1964.

This film clip features the Singing Randolph Family, popular performers on local radio stations WNOX and WROL during the 1940s.  Local filmmaker Sam Orleans captured them in his motion picture studio, located on West Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville. This 16mm print was used to introduce the family band before rural gigs in small movie houses across the south and is one of few surviving productions of the prolific and talented Sam Orleans.