JCHS hopes to preserve is a 1926 short film titled “A Day in Hollywood,” produced by Charles C. Fetty and revised by Garry S. Richardson. Fetty was the cinematographer for the 1920 silent comedy “Lunatics in Politics” starring Alice Howell. He had previously been under the employ of Don O. Newland, a silent film director and producer known for traveling from town to town creating short movies starring locals. Utilizing a similar format, Fetty began his own traveling movie series titled “A Day in Hollywood” sometime during 1925. 

The title card of the movie indicates it is a production of the Pacific Film Company, though a 1926 article in the Murphysboro Daily Independent states it is the Pacific Coast Photoplay Producers, and that the town's paper is supervising the production. Filming of the comedy took place over a two-week period in May 1926 in Murphysboro and stars six locals, including then-mayor C.D. Joplin. It features many interior and exterior shots of local buildings and homes, including the then-newly constructed United States Post Office. Interior scenes were said to be constructed on the stage of the long-gone Hippodrome Theatre and filmed in front of an audience. 

The Daily Independent put out casting calls for a young woman to play the title role on 5/7/26, followed a day later by another article exclaiming there would be an “auto smashup,” inviting the townspeople to witness the film's producers staging a car crash scene in an area blocked off by the chief of police, and would utilize two brand new cars owned by one of the town's dealerships. Multiple ads were run for screenings, billing the small-time production as a legitimate Hollywood endeavor.

Just over a year before filming began, Murphysboro was struck by the 1925 Tri-State Tornado. The tornado destroyed the vast majority of the city, and Murphysboro still holds the record for the number of fatalities by a tornado in one city at 234, with 630 or more injured. The film helps spotlight the recovery effort of the city by showcasing many new homes and businesses shown in the background, and the resilient spirit of the citizens in the storm's aftermath.