THE story of how Holmfirth beat Hollywood into the film-making game is on TV tonight.
Viewers will see how the town became a major player in the business before the first Hollywood studio opened in 1911.
The unlikely pioneer was painter and decorator James Bamforth, who used his artistic and business skills to become the King of the Lantern Slides.
He then moved into movies.
He produced an impressive number of slapstick and humorous films with very limited facilities.
In the BBC programme his grandson, Derek, compares his artistic prowess to Rolf Harris, saying: "He could create backdrops very quickly."
The whole community got involved in the business.
The station master obligingly allowed trains to arrive and leave repeatedly for various takes and the bank manager played his fictional counterpart in Bank Raid.
James's son, Edwin, continued the family business, making a star out of music hall comedian Reginald Switz in 50 Winky films.
At its peak the Bamforth machine made a film a week.
But only 24 out of the 125 films made survive today, offering a tantalising glimpse of this early potential.
Unfortunately, the First World War halted European distribution, taking away many of their actors and bringing a chemical shortage.
Hollywood became established and a later generation of Bamforths destroyed much of the film archive.