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THE FILMS

THE 2024 SCREENING FILMS

Screenings & Presentations of Tour Films are open to all TICKET HOLDERS, BUTTON & DAY PASS HOLDERS
We screen films in the High School Auditorium & the Museum Theater.
*FILMS AND GUESTS MAY CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY.     

THURSDAY
7:00pm  SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON ( 1949 )/ Argosy Pictures  75TH ANNIVERSARY –  105 MIN.

Directed by John Ford with John Wayne, Joanne Dru, Victor McLaglen, Harry Carey, Jr., John Agar, Mildred Natwick

On the verge of retirement, aging Capt. Nathan Brittles (Wayne) is ordered to deal with a breakout by the Cheyenne and Arapaho from their reservation following the defeat of Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and prevent a new frontier war.  This was the second of John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy.  Made on a budget of $1.6 million, it was one of the most expensive westerns of the era.  Filmed in three-strip Technicolor (one of the huge cameras is on display in the Museum, the film won an Academy Award for cinematographer Winston Hoch.

Pre-Screening, Rob Word will host a Q&A about the making of the film with special guests Patrick Wayne, and Michael F. Blake, author of the acclaimed new book THE CAVALRY TRILOGY: John Ford, John Wayne and the Making of Three Classic Westerns.

FRIDAY
7:30am  MYSTERY MAN (1944)/ United Artists 80TH ANNIVERSARY (Filmed in Lone Pine) –  58 min.

Directed by George Archainbaud With William Boyd, Andy Clyde and Jimmy Rogers

– Hoppy, California and Jimmy Rogers set out to stop a gang of bank robbers led by a man pretending to be a respectable citizen. Locations include Lone Pine’s Alabama Hills and a climactic scene filmed in part on the Iverson Ranch.

The film will be featured on a tour during the festival and will be introduced by Tour Guide Mike Del Gaudio.

 

 

25th Anniversary  screening of a very unique Lone Pine Film Festival double feature

8:45am THE TALL T (1957)/ Warner Brothers (Filmed in Lone Pine) –  78 min.

Directed by Budd Boetticher with Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O’Sullivan

We are presenting a 25th Anniversary  screening of a very unique Lone Pine Film Festival double feature originally presented in 1999 as a tribute honoring festival guest Budd Boetticher – two movies filmed in the Alabama Hills, 41 years apart.

At 8:45 we will screen Boetticher’s own THE TALL T, starring Randolph Scott, Richard Boone and Maureen O’Sullivan, adapted by Burt Kennedy from Elmore Leonard’s 1955 short story “The Captives.” Scott plays an independent former ranch foreman who is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by three ruthless outlaws.

 

10:00 am  THE PROSPECTOR (1998) (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 28 min.  SILENT/B &W

Produced by Jeremy Arnold, Directed by Owen Renfroe, With Tim DeKay and Elisa Taylor

The second half of the double feature is the amazing silent film recreation THE PROSPECTOR.  In 1998, Jeremy Arnold and Owen Refroe created this modern silent western as a throwback to the classic early films of John Ford and other great filmmakers.  The 27 minute short tells the tale of a lone prospector who rescues a woman lost in the desert and ends up sacrificing everything to save her.  The plot is right out of a late 1950s Randolph Scott Ranown western and has many nods to Budd Boetticher’s work.  It was filmed in the Alabama Hills, Olancha sand dunes and Cerro Gordo and features an original silent film score by Robert Israel. READ MORE ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE PROSPECTOR

After the screening, Courtney Joyner will host a Q&A with director Owen Renfroe and producer Jeremy Arnold.

11:00AM      RIP ROARIN’ BUCKAROO (1936)/Victory Pictures (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 51 Min
Directed by Robert F. Hill with Tom Tyler, Beth Marion, Forrest Taylor, John Elliott

Fighter Scotty McQuade (Tyler) loses a fixed champion fight that ends his boxing career. He winds up as a ranch hand for a Colonel Hayden (Elliott) who also happens to have a pretty daughter (Marion) to whom he is attracted.  McQuade subsequently learns that his new boss is about to be swindled out of his ranch in a rigged horse race by the same crooked fight promoter (Taylor) who fixed the boxing match, and does his best to save the ranch and get the girl in the end.

.Pre-Screening, Henry C. Parke will host a Q&A about the final years of Tom Tyler’s life with special guests Sandra Slepski, Tyler’s niece,

12:30pm  THE BACK TRAIL (1924) /Universal Pictures (Filmed in Lone Pine)  100TH ANNIVERSARY – 47 Min.SILENT/B & W

“This film will be introduced by Hoxie aficionado Greg Parker.”
Directed by George Marshall with Jack Hoxie, Al Hoxie, Eugenia Gilbert

Cowboy Jeff Prouty (J Hoxie) having returned from war with amnesia is being tricked by swindlers by making him believe he is a wanted criminal.  The swindlers, wanting to take over control of the family ranch using blackmail, manipulate him into contesting his late father’s will who left everything to an adopted daughter (Gilbert).  But he is shadowed by a nameless tramp (A Hoxie) who was in the war, too, and helps him regain his memory in time to save the estate.

NOTE: THE BACK TRAIL will feature live piano accompaniment by JAY C. MUNNS.  Jay has been entertaining audiences for nearly five decades, specializing in vintage American music from saloon piano to the great hits of the 20s, 30s and 40s.  He has performed for two U.S. Presidents and entertained countless celebrities including Bob Hope, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, as well as movie directors from Hal Roach and Mervyn LeRoy to Steven Spielberg.

2:00pm   THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936)/Warner Brothers (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 115 Min.

Directed by Michael Curtiz With Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, David Niven, C. Henry Gordon

The film’s screenplay is very loosely based on the famous Charge of the Light Brigade that occurred during the Crimean War (1853–56). It begins in 1854, as Captain Geoffrey Vickers (Errol Flynn) and his brother, Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles), are stationed in India, with the 27th Lancers of the British Army, during the period of East India Company dominance over the Indian subcontinent. Perry has secretly betrayed Geoffrey by stealing the love of his fiancée Elsa (Olivia de Havilland).

Following the smashing success of Captain Blood (1935), this action-adventure (partially filmed in Lone Pine) reteamed Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in WB’s most expensive production since Noah’s Ark (1928). Based on Michael Jacoby’s adaptation of the Tennyson poem, the film eschewed historical accuracy in favor of Flynn’s star power, set piece battle sequences and a rousing score (his first for Warner Bros.) by Max Steiner. A box office blockbuster. Light Brigade nonetheless raised the hackles of animal rights advocates due to the maltreatment of horses attributed to director Michael Curtiz and assistant director B. Reeves “Breezy” Eason. A Humane Society complaint was lodged by an incensed Flynn whose relationship with the autocratic Curtiz after twelve pictures eventually reached the point of no return in 1941. The guilty pleas to animal cruelty by three Warner employees charged with the death of four horses during the filming of action sequences in Sonora, California engendered a lawsuit by Jack Warner in response to a threatened boycott of the picture. As a result of the negative publicity, Warner Bros. instituted an internal policy requiring a Humane Society representative to be present at all subsequent filming involving horses. Trip wires and pitfalls used in action sequences with horses were officially banned by the movie studios in December 1940.

Pre-Screening, film historian and Errol Flynn scholar Ross Schnioffsky will host a Q&A about the films’ director Michael Curtiz with special guest Alan Rode.

6:45pm  Welcome /Intro guests with MC , Larry Maurice
7:00pm   ROCKY MOUNTAIN (1950) Warner Brothers –  86 Min.
Prior to the screening, Rob Word will host a Q&A with special guest, Rory Flynn, Errol Flynn’s daughter and author of the book THE BARON OF MULHOLLAND: A Daughter Remembers Errol Flynn.

Directed by William Keighly with Errol Flynn, Patrice Wymore

During the American Civil War a Confederate regiment led by Capt. Lafe Barstow (Flynn) is out west, attempting a last, desperate effort to turn the tide of the war by recruiting a guerilla warfare leader and his 500 men to raid California on behalf of the Confederacy.  While dodging the Union Army they come across a stagecoach carrying Johanna Carter (Wymore) being attacked by natives.  Rescuing her and the driver, their only hope for survival from repeated attacks is to team up with pursuing Union troops.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN is equally harsh, brutal, somber and at times sentimental, resembling nothing less than a John Ford cavalry film starring Errol Flynn.  FILMINK MAGAZINE called it “a hidden gem, one of Flynn’s best westerns.”

The stellar supporting cast includes Guinn “Big Boy” Williams, Dick Jones, Sheb Wooley and Slim Pickens, excellent and already a powerful screen presence in his first film role.  Flynn and co-star Patrice Wymore fell in love on the dusty, sunbaked set of this powerful film.  She would become his third and final wife.

SATURDAY
7:30am  ARIZONA RANGER (1948)/RKO Pictures  (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 64 Min.

Directed by John Rawlins With Tim Holt, Jack Holt, Nan Leslie, Richard Martin, Paul Hurst

Bob Morgan (Tim Holt) returns from a tour of duty in Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and becomes an Arizona Ranger, infuriating his father (Jack Holt) who intended he rejoin the family ranch after his military service.  The Morgan ranch is being victimizedby rustlers led by outlaw Quirt Butler (Steve Brodie).  Morgan stops his father from lynching Butler and arrests the rustler.  Butler subsequently escapes from jail and Morgan is relieved of his duty as a ranger.  He sets out on his own to recapture Butler and the gang.  Many consider this rare film the finest of Tim Holt’s starring westerns, in every way an A western disguised as a B, with complex characters and relationships, powerful performances from Tim and Jack Holt, and especially Paul Hurst, as Jack Holt’s best friend and ranch foreman.  Contains breathtaking views of the Alabama Hills and Lone Pine’s legendary “Tim Holt Cabin.”

9:00am  CATTLE EMPIRE (1958)/20th Century Fox  (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 83 Min.

Directed by Charles Marquis Warren with Joel McCrea, Don Haggety, Phyllis Coates, Gloria Talbott

After serving five years in prison former trail boss John Cord (McCrea)  returns to the town he and his men were accused of destroying in a drunken melee.  His return gets him drug through the streets and almost killed.  Against the wishes of the townsfolk, he is offered his old trail boss job by leading citizen (and his former boss) Ralph Hamilton (Haggerty), who also was blinded in the violence. Hamilton needs him to drive the town’s large cattle herd to Fort Clemson.  After first refusing, Cord reluctantly accepts the job.  Not only does he have to deal with the hostile townsfolk, but a rival cattle outfit who is making the same trek.

Charles Marquis Warren later created the RAWHIDE TV series and elements of that series are prevalent in this film, including the casting of Rawhide cook Paul Brinegar.  Scenes for Cattle Empire were shot in the Lone Pine area, Thousand Oaks (doubling for Lone Pine and Arizona) and Arizona, courtesy of stock footage from the Fox CinemaScope Clark Gable western epic THE TALL MEN.

Prior to the screening, Steve Latshaw will host a Q&A about the making of the film and its unique locations with special guest Wyatt McCrea, Joel McCrea’s grandson.

11:00am  TRAIL OF ROBIN HOOD (1950)/Republic Pictures  – 67 Min.

We are proud to present Paramount’s restoration of Roy Rogers’ final TruColor feature… and Roy’s only Christmas movie!

Directed by William Witney with Roy Rogers, Trigger, Penny Edwards, Gordon Jones, Jack Holt

Retired cowboy star Jack Holt runs a Christmas tree farm and sells at cost so trees are affordable to all families.  Commercial high-priced tree magnate J. Corwin Aldridge (Emory Parnell), is out to corner the market and buy up all of his competition including Holt’s crop.  But when Aldridge’s criminal crew starts sabotaging – and then rustling – Holt’s trees, Roy Rogers, Trigger and Bullet join the fracas.  Filmed in Big Bear, CA, Trail of Robin Hood is an absolute delight, with wonderful songs, including “Every Day is Christmas In the West,” and the cast includes an army of Republic Pictures western stars who show up in the last reel to help Roy defeat the Christmas Tree rustlers, including Rocky Lane, Monte Hale and Rex Allen. 50 WESTERNS OF THE 50s said of it: “Trail of Robin Hood is wonderful, and it’s a shame it’s not better known as a Christmas movie.”     Click Here to learn more about Trail of Robin Hood – SPECIAL FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT PAGE.

Prior to the screening, Steve Latshaw will host a Q&A about the making of the film with special guests, Cheryl Rogers Barnett (who appears in the film in a scene with Jack Holt!), Jay Dee Witney, son of director William Witney and Republic Pictures expert Bart Romans.

2:00pm  DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012)/ Columbia Pictures (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 165 Min.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

In the Antebellum South, freed slave Django (Foxx) and bounty hunter dentist King Schultz (Waltz) set out to free Django’s wife who is enslaved by the evil Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), a notorious racist plantation owner Schultz is also seeking out for other reasons.

NOTE: This film is rated R (Restricted) due to constant derogatory racial slurs, severe violence and intense scenes.

Prior to the screening, Courtney Joiner will host a Q&A about the making of the film with special guest, Hope Parrish, who was Property Master on the film.  Hope has donated items from the film to the museum and will have some amazing stories.  Joining Hope will be her father, Dennis Parrish, a legendary Propmaster whose western resume dates  back to the 1966 remake of STAGECOACH.

6:45pm   Welcome /Intro guests with MC , Larry Maurice
7:30pm  BLAZING SADDLES (1974)/Warner Brothers  50TH ANNIVERSARY  – 93 min.
A conversation hosted by Rob Word with  Burton Gilliam.

Directed by Mel Brooks with Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks and Burton Gilliam.

Out west, the little town of Rock Ridge stands in the way of a proposed railway.  In a dastardly land grab scheme, corrupt businessman, Hedley Lemarr (Korman), sends in his brutal henchmen to make the town unlivable, hoping for a mass  exodus of residents.  His plan ultimately backfires, as Bart (Little) is appointed sheriff, allowing him and his deputy, a washed-up gunslinger named the Waco Kid (Wilder), to help the townsfolk take a stand.

Note: This film contains crude humor and derogatory racial slurs.

Prior to the screening, Rob Word will host a Q&A about the making of the film with special guest Burton Gilliam.

SUNDAY
10:30am    VIOLENT ROAD (1958)/Aubrey Schenck Productions  (Filmed in Lone Pine) –  86 Min.

Historian and author Courtney Joyner will introduce the film.

Directed by Howard W. Koch with Brian Keith, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Dick Foran

In this taut American remake of the classic French thriller THE WAGES OF FEAR, the U.S. Air Force contracts with the Cyclone Rocket Company to transport highly volatile rocket fuel and other chemicals to a new testing facility in a remote site.  The material must be moved by semi tanker truck over undeveloped and unpaved roads in order to bypass inhabited areas for safety reasons.  The story line follows three trucks and crews during their perilous journey. Locations include Highway 395, Whitney Portal Road and the Alabama Hills.

 

2:30pm  NEVADA (1944)/RKO Pictures  80TH ANNIVERSARY  (Filmed in Lone Pine) – 127 Min.

Directed by Edward Killy with Robert Mitchum, Richard Martin, Guinn “Big Boy” Williams, Anne Jeffreys, Harry Woods

Riding the trail, Jim “Nevada” Lacy (Mitchum) comes across a dying man just as a sheriff’s posse arrives.  Coincidentally carrying a large wad of cash Nevada’s arrested for robbery and murder.  In the meantime the real killer, Joe Powell (Woods), tries everything in his power to get Nevada to take the fall, including inciting a lynch mob. Nevada and his sidekick, Dusty (Williams), must find out who’s calling the shots and ordered the murder.

This film is a tie-in with the 42nd Annual Zane Grey Convention which begins in Lone Pine on Monday, October 14th.  Joining us for the screening and a Q&A intro will be Todd Newport, from the Zane Grey’s West Society.  The film will also be featured on a tour during the festival. Click this link to see a Special Festival Highlight Page about Zane Grey West Society.

4:00pm  TUMBLEWEEDS (1925)/William S. Hart Productions – 78 Min.  SILENT B & W

Directed by King Baggot with William S. Hart, Barbara Bedford

We close the festival with the film that inspired this year’s theme – “The Thrill of it All” – words spoken by William S. Hart about the thrill of making western movies in his intro to the 1939 sound re-issue.

During the 1889 Oklahoma land rush former ranch boss Don Carver (Hart) intends to homestead land on the site of his former ranch.  He meets Molly Lassiter (Bedford) from one of the homesteading families.  Unfortunately, Carver has to deal with Molly’s crooked brother and his friend who plan to arrive at the homestead “sooner” than Carver and claim the land. Museum Archives: William S. Hart

 

*** Thank you to Woody Wise and Steve Latshaw for their research and selection of films for this year’s film festival.


Indicates film crews shot on location in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine and or vicinity.

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