Rose Bryant Interview, September 21, 1978


Rose Bryant


Pamela Frasier



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Rose Bryant describes working as a silent movie player at a theater in Three Forks, Montana. She recalls sometimes being accompanied by other musicians and playing for the Rangers Annual Ball at Yellowstone National Park. Bryant discusses popular silent movie stars and films before offering her opinions on Prohibition in Montana and the common practice of home-brewing and winemaking. She talks about how her silent movie playing changed with the rise of talking pictures, which prompted her to leave Three Forks to play in other Montana towns and work in different theaters seven days a week. Bryant then describes the popularity of the circus coming to Montana, how her mother made everyone dress up for the occasion, and the vehicles used by the traveling performers. She ends the interview by playing the piano.


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Oral History


Theatres, Montana; Women -- Montana -- Three Forks – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions – History; Three Forks (Mont.) – History; Three Forks (Mont.) -- Social life and customs – History; Women employees – Interviews; Silent films – History; Silent films -- Musical accompaniment – History; Women organists – Interviews; Women pianists -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Montana -- Three Forks – Interviews; Motion picture actors and actresses -- History -- 20th century; Silent film music -- Performance -- Montana – History; Prohibition -- Montana -- Personal narratives; Motion picture theaters -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Yellowstone National Park -- Social life and customs -- History -- 20th century; Rangers' Annual Ball (Yellowstone National Park); Home-brewing

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 049-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:34:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_005.mp3; OH_049_005.pdf

Rose Bryant Interview, September 21, 1978