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The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania (2005)

In this documentary, Sarah Rush takes us back to the coal-mining town of her youth -- Carmichaels, Penn., population: 556. At the 50th anniversary of the Coal Queen Pageant in August 2003, ... See full summary »

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In this documentary, Sarah Rush takes us back to the coal-mining town of her youth -- Carmichaels, Penn., population: 556. At the 50th anniversary of the Coal Queen Pageant in August 2003, we're introduced to 14 young ladies who are vying for the coveted crown. Written by Raveen87

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Excellent representation of the subject
10 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

As a native of western Pennsylvania, I can only concur with Jessica-11 that this documentary shows important aspects of life there. The countryside was lush and green, the trip into the coal mine was fascinating, the competitors showed talent and poise, and the returning queens had wonderful stories. In addition, it was a kick to see Fabian as the husband of one of those former queens.

This is a slice a small-town life as I remember it, complete with farm equipment in the big parade and dinner at the fire hall.

Every aspect was treated with the dignity it deserved, though the filmmakers didn't shy away from controversy as competitors strove to get the technical director of the pageant to present them in the best light (or with the best sound).

Thanks for Patricia Heaton for producing this charming film.


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