SCHROON LAKE The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from the North Warren Chamber of Commence, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the filming of the movie Marjorie Morningstar at the Scaroon Manor.
The movie stars Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly, and was partially filmed at Scaroon Manor, which was then a resort on Schroon Lake owned by Joseph Frieber. Camp Cayuga, a children's camp located next to Scaroon Manor, was also the scene for some of the filming. The filming took place in 1957 and 1958.
More than 350 people attended the anniversary event. Included were former campers from Camp Cayuga who were in the film and the nephew of Joe Frieber, Michael Weinberg, who came from Oregon to be part of the festivities. Many people shared their memories of the filming and little about Scaroon Manor.
An original Marjorie Morningstar movie poster was donated to the Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society by Emily Rossi-Snook and her family.
In the movie, while working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-stu- dent Marjorie Morgenstern (Wood) falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman (Kelly), a would -be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object to, among other things, his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love.
The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song (A Very Precious Love) in 1959. It won Laurel Awards for Best Song (A Very Precious Love), Top Music Composer (Max Steiner), Top Music Director (Ray Heindorf) and Top Female Supporting Performance (Carolyn Jones). Natalie Wood was nominated for Top Female Dramatic Performance and finished fifth in the voting.