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SATURDAY October 12th ( 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.)
As thrilling as making movies is, it’s also very hard work. After a tough shooting day in the Alabama hills, the great Hollywood legends loved to come back to the Cuffe Ranch to swap lies and enjoy food, drinks and great music.”
For the very first time in its 34 year history, the Lone Pine Film festival will offer guests the opportunity to experience a Golden Age Hollywood Wrap Party, Lone Pine style. You won’t believe the entertainment, the libations and the good food! This special event will feature the songs of rising musical star Dolly Lowe. Growing up in Paris, France, Dolly moved with her family to the U.S. at the age of 15. Her striking beauty led to an early career in modeling but her stunning voice as a singer attracted immediate attention. With a fondness for jazz and blues, Dolly’s continental repertoire includes an eclectic variety of songs that she performs in both English and French. On Saturday October 12, Dolly will showcase her considerable skills as a vocalist at this special fundraising event for the Museum of Western Film History at the historic Cuffe Ranch.
Located off Whitney Portal Road alongside Lone Pine Creek, the Cuffe Ranch was first developed over 100 years ago as a hunting and fishing lodge by pioneer filmmaker Clarence G. Badger. Throughout its first few decades, the ranch also served as a hideaway for some of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Errol Flynn, Mabel Norman, Joan Blondell and George Brett. Later owner Irene Cuffe was quoted about the Cuffe Ranch star power in an LA Times article. “They’d come here just for the escape, or to do some trout fishing,” she said, “sometimes a bunch at a time. And when there was filming nearby, they’d all stay here and have big parties.”
Matthew Royce, a California Architect who now owns the ranch, has generously offered this unique opportunity for a limited group to return to this bygone era and enjoy what the great movie stars experienced after the cameras stopped rolling. Before Dolly Lowe’s live performance, guests will enjoy food, drink and tours of the property. Tour guide and movie historian Greg Parker will be available to answer questions about the films and will show photos of scenes from I Died a Thousand Times, starring jack Palance, Shelly Winters and Lee Marvin, the last major movie prominently filmed on the ranch in 1955.
Attendance at this one-time event will be limited to 40 persons so please do not delay in registering.  Do not miss this unique opportunity to see a future star in the pleasant and enjoyable setting of Lone Pine’s special heritage up close and personal!
Cabaret at the Cuffe – Saturday October 12th  (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.)  $75.00 per person. (Limited to 40 people)   Travel to the ranch will be by bus , which will leave from in front of the Museum at 2:30.

Additional Reading and Historical Links

Cuffe Guest Ranch Overview

LA Times Interview with Irene Cuffe (1988)

List of Movies Filmed on Cuffe Guest Ranch

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