‘It Happened to Jane’ Historical Society program planned

‘It Happened to Jane’ Historical Society program planned

The Historical Society has scheduled the program, “When Hollywood Came to Connecticut: A Salute to Doris Day and It Happened to Jane” for Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Historic Center, 29 Pierce St. The program is free.

In the summer day of 1958, the crew and cast of the Doris Day/Jack Lemmon/Ernie Kovacs movie “It Happened to Jane” arrived at the Plainville railroad station. Although the story was set in Maine, filming was done in several Connecticut locations.

Railroad historian Robert Belletzkie plans to present the Historical Society program, focusing on the action along the “Canal” or “Northampton” Line at the staging area in Plainville, while also outlining the history of the now 126-year-old Milldale Depot in Southington, where a  scene was shot.

His discussion also will include the stars’ activities, including Ernie Kovacs’ marathon card game in the Plainville station, public reaction, and more.

Belletzkie also will highlight the “Old 97,” the last of the New Haven Railroad’s steam locomotives

In advance of this program, the Historical Society is collecting information and photos related to the 1958 filming to display. To share reminiscences, memorabilia, or photos (scanned at the Historic Center), email plvhistorical@gmail.com or call 860-747-6577.

-- Press Release 

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