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… the only film festival on location! In 2011, we tip our hats to … Barbara Bahl and the Ticket Office Team Barbie Christenson, Grace Webb and the Mailing Team Ben Sparks Best Western Frontier Motel Beverly and Dean Vander Wall and Hospitality Team Bill Dell and the Bottled Water Team Butch Berry and the Sound Team C G Roxanne Crystal Geyser Water California Highway Patrol Carol Freeman and Sharon McBryde Charles James and Healthy Communities Chuck Kilpatrick De La Cour Ranch Don Kelsen – L.A. Times

Dorothy Bonnefin and the Campfire Team Eastern Sierra Audio Grace and Brian Webb and Hospitality Team Inyo County Board of Supervisors The Inyo Register Jack Minton and the Classic Cars Team KIBS-FM Bishop Larry Todd and the Lone Pine Unified School District Leon Boyer – Belt Buckle Design Library of Congress Linda Hubbs and the Green Room Team Lone Pine Lions Club Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Lynelle Romero, Dorothy Branson and Arts and Crafts Team

Lynne Bunn, Jeanne Willey and the Dow Villa Team Margaret Wood, Martin Powell and Hospitality Team Mary and Scott Kemp and Lubken Ranch Maureen and Chuck Holmes and the Celebrity Team Our Festival Patrons Packy Smith, Woody Wise, Mike Bifulco, Richard Bann and Mark Heller Paul Rice – Souvenir Festival Button Design Robert Barron, Museum Staff and Volunteers Sanford Nabahe and the Parade Team Scott Garland – Poster Design Star Wranglers: Ivonne Bunn, Kammi Foote, Maureen McVicker, Connie Rothgarn and Jackie Bean

The Anchor Ranch The Bureau of Land Management Tim Jones and the Rodeo Team Todd Bunn, Bob Downs and the Photo Marker Team Tour Leaders: Debbie Kielb, Mike Prather, Donna and Burt Yost, Dana Jeffries, Mike Royer, Richard Bann, Jan and Michael Houle, Larry Maurice, Page Williams, Dorothy Bonnefin and Melody HollandOgburn Victor Hopper and the High School Team Vinnie Nicastro and the Foley Art Team Vivian and Bob Morris and the Celebrity Autograph Team

Special thanks to: The Entire Town of Lone Pine Each and Every Festival Sponsor Kerry Powell – Our Festival Founder

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Robert Barron – Museum Director Chris Langley – Museum Executive Director and Inyo County Film Commissioner Southern Inyo Community Foundation

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Annual Souvenir Buttons Commemorative Belt Buckles

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My Dad, My Hero by Cheryl Rogers Barnett The Gamut of Stunt Art by Telle Riikonen Hopalong Cassidy’s Bar 20 by Richard Bann

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Ed Faulkner on John Wayne Peter Ford on “Glenn Ford: A Life”

This year’s program cover artwork, also used on the Lone Pine Film Festival T-shirt and poster, was created again by good festival friend and supporter, Scott Garland. Scott is a former resident of Lone Pine and now lives with his wife, Karen, in Monrovia where he owns Sycamore Gallery (116 E. Lemon Ave.) You can also view his work on his website at

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Kellie Hallenbeck Terry Langdon The 2011 Lone Pine Film Festival Souvenir Magazine is a collaborative effort between The Inyo Register (Horizon California Publications, 1180 N. Main St., Suite 108. Bishop, CA 93514) and the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History (701 S. Main St., Lone Pine, CA 93545). All contents of this August 2011 publication are the property of the The Inyo Register and Film Museum and may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the collaborators. THE INYO REGISTER 3

Celebrating the King of the Cowboys’ 100th birthday Museum hosts Roy Rogers Round-Up and Rodeo during 22nd Annual Festival

By Rob Barron

Director, Lone Pine Film History Museum

The wonderful legacy of Roy Rogers, “King of the Cowboys,” will live on eternally with all of us doing our part. Here at the Museum of Lone Pine Film History, we consider Roy Rogers a Western hero icon that will live on in the hearts and memories of his many fans from around the world. He made an impact on the Baby Boomer generation more than any other group. He will always be a part of history for being a great humanitarian’ and teaching us “right is right and wrong is wrong.” He taught us wholesomeness, family values, and the like. Roy Rogers lived his daily life just like what you saw on the big screen. What you saw, is what you got! If only the young people of today had a wonderful hero like Roy to look up to. Many parents and grandparents bring


Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys, with his beloved wife and co-star, Dale Evans, also known as the “Queen of the West.” Rogers would have been 100 years old in 2011, a milestone being celebrated at the 22nd Annual Lone Pine Film Festival by the Film History Museum.


their children and grandchildren here to the Museum to learn of this magnificent man that was a wonderful example to live by. We here at the Museum of Lone Pine Film History will do whatever it takes to keep the legacy of Roy Rogers, “King of the Cowboys,” and Dale Evans, “Queen of the West,” alive for our future generations. At this year’s 22nd Annual Lone Pine Film Festival, The Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History will be celebrating our hero Roy Rogers’ 100th Birthday by presenting The Roy Rogers Round-Up and Rodeo. Roy’s eldest daughter, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, and her husband, Larry, will be co-hosting this museum event Oct. 7–9, and will be on hand to reminisce on the good ole days right along with all of us young at heart cowboys and cowgirls. We will be blowing out the candles on the birthday cake, kicking off the weekend with an exclusive Museum Members Only reception Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. (Free to Museum members, not open to the general public.) Along with the usual entertainment, music and being the place to meet up with old friends, the Museum will be hosting many events over the weekend. Just a few of the scheduled events will include Foley artist Vinnie

Art in the park

Arts and Crafts Fair being held at north end of town Roy Rogers’ eldest daughter, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, and her husband, Larry, will be co-hosting the Roy Rogers Round-Up and Rodeo at the Lone Pine Film History Museum Oct. 7-9. Nicastro presenting his techniques live, with all his props. Peter Ford will be discussing his newly published biography of his father, Glenn Ford. Cheryl Rogers-Barnett will be giving a talk and slideshow presentation remembering her famous dad. Just for the folks fortunate enough to have bought a ticket for the John Wayne tour, Ed Faulkner will be sharing some personal stories about his friend John Wayne, with whom he co-starred in six films, including “The Green Berets,” “The Undefeated,” “Chisum” and “Rio Lobo.” And if that’s not enough to fill your

free time, grab your cowboy boots and saddle up for the annual Lone Pine Film Festival Rodeo. The rodeo is a free community-sponsored and family-oriented event. Rodeo activities include everything from team roping to barrel racing and are a whole lot of fun. The rodeo is scheduled all day Saturday and Sunday of the Festival and will be held just back yonder at the Museum’s Lone Pine Rodeo Grounds. Check your pocket schedule for a full list of events scheduled at the museum; some events scheduled will require a ticket and others are firstcome, first-served.

Lone Pine Film Festival attendees will have the chance Oct. 7-9 to peruse some of the best in local and Western art, and maybe even take home a piece or two for their collections. Artist and artisans from all over the Eastern Sierra region and around the western United States will be gathered in the shade of Spainhower Park at the north end of Lone Pine for the annual Arts and Crafts Fair. The event lasts from Friday through Sunday, and boasts such offerings as fine art, scenic photography, Western wear, wood work, sculptures in various mediums, handcrafted jewelry, Native American crafts and leather goods. Live music and a variety of food complete the scene.

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This year’s commemorative button, worth discounts and more, pays tribute to Roy Rogers Show your Souvenir Festival Button and gain entrance to film screenings and celebrity panels, and receive discounts throughout the Festival. For 22 years, the Lone Pine Film Festival has offered the Souvenir Festival Button as your special badge to wear throughout the Festival and to keep for years to come. Each year, we honor a Lone Pine film star, whose image appears on the souvenir button. In 2011, we are proud to celebrate King of the Cowboys Roy Rogers’ 100th birthday! Also this year the Festival is discounting the souvenir button 50 percent for museum members. Join now and get your Festival Button for just $32.50. The Festival Button allows for the following: • Free access to all screenings of vintage Lone Pine films in the High School Auditorium • Free access to ALL celebrity panels • Free access to the Film Museum throughout the Festival • 20 percent discount on the Movie Site Tours, the Foley Art Demonstration and the Stunt Performance

The 2011 Film Festival Souvenir Button entitles its wearer to free admission to a number of events throughout the weekend of Oct. 7-9, as well as discounted admission to others.


Barrel racing, team roping and more return to the historic Lone Pine Rodeo Grounds the weekend of the Film Festival as part of the Museum Round-Up and Rodeo. Photo by Deb Murphy

Western spirit alive and well Annual rodeo returns to historic grounds behind museum

Roy Rogers, “The King of the Cowboys,” brought his movie-star charisma and considerable talent to entertain rodeo audiences for three decades. So, what would the Roy Rogers Round-Up at the Museum be without a rodeo? “Small Town Rodeo. Big Time Fun.” That’s the motto of the Lone Pine Film Festival Rodeo, which will once again be taking place all weekend long at the Museum’s historic Lone Pine Rodeo Grounds. The rodeo has been organized for the past several years by volunteer Tim Jones, whose goal all along has been to try to bring this Western heritage back to Lone Pine, and especially to make it enjoyable for the kids. This year, in addition to popular adult rodeo events such as team roping and barrel racing, the rodeo will feature a variety of events for youth. All this fun is just a short walk away, behind the Museum.



The art of sound effects Emmy-award winning Foley artist to break out his bag of tricks

In a first for the Lone Pine Film Festival, local resident and professional Foley artist Vince Nicastro will give a live demonstration of his behind-thescenes sound making techniques in the Museum’s Wild West Theatre. Festival guests are invited to watch and listen as Nicastro brings the often unnoticed and altogether fascinating art of Foley to life, using props, his own ingenenuity and years of experience in the field. The art form is named for the man credited with pioneering the innovative sound-effects technique in 1927, Jack Foley, who, incidentally, lived in Bishop and worked at a hardware store before branching off into the entertainment industry. (He started out as a local location scout.) His basic technique, very much still used today, is the reproduction of everyday sounds needed in films

Local resident and professional Foley artist Vince Nicastro will be demonstrating the art of sound effects, Foley-style, at this year’s Lone Pine Film Festival. Nicastro has been nominated for several Emmy awards for his work, winning three times for the popular television show “24.” – such as footsteps on tile floors, rattling chains, squeaky doors, cars honking, even thunder and rain, or breaking glass. These sounds are not captured on the film when the scenes are shot and must be added to the movie in order to create a sense of reality for the viewer.

Foley is created by mimicking the actual sources of these sounds in a recording studio. For instance, a Foley artist can manipulate an old wooden chair to create a sound that mimics a creaky old door, or deliberate footsteps on wooden stairs.

Jack Foley once famously used the sound of his own footsteps and key chains to replicate the noises needed for a scene in “Spartacus” that showed slaves walking in leg chains. Before Jack stepped in, the director was all set to return to Italy and restage the scene to capture the sound effects. One of the best Foley artists in the business today, Nicastro creates everyday sound effects for both films and television shows, most notably for the prime-time television series “24,” for which he won three Emmys and seven nominations. His artistic work is credited in more than 100 titles since 1991, including such comedy classics as “Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber,” critically acclaimed dramas like “Babel,” and many television shows for which he has been nominated nine times.


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The members of Cow Bop enjoy a collective experience that crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest bluegrass and most down-home honky-tonk. The band performs at Lone Pine High School on Friday during the Film Festival. Photo courtesy Cow Bop

Cow Bop brings eclectic mix to Film Fest Cowboy jazz and Western bebop group performing Oct. 7

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Lone Pine residents and guests can kick up their heels to quality entertainment while helping to kick off the 22nd Annual Lone Pine Film Festival. After the sun has set behind the Sierra and the streetlights have come on, the high school auditorium will have been transformed into a full-blown dance hall for the highly anticipated performance of one of the freshest Western fusion bands on the scene today. Mixing swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, acoustic Western sensibilities and tons of fun, Cow Bop is set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $30. Formed in 2003 by internationally-acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the cowboy jazz and Western bebop band has toured extensively throughout the country, exciting audiences with their unique and infectious brand of Western music. The band’s collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest bluegrass and most downhome honky-tonk. Comfortable in diverse settings from Carnegie Hall to roadside taverns, the band always hits the stage with an electrifying and entertaining assortment of music and frolic. Along with Forman on guitar, the band features Pinto Pammy on vocals – whose talent and experiences range from big band swing, old-time country and musical theater – and fiddlin’ Phil Salazar, who lights up the stage with his world-renown swing, Americana, bluegrass and jazz stylings. Put that on top of a rhythm section of Alex King, bass, and Jake Reed, drums, that are as swingin and rockin’ as a rodeo bronc but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule, and you get Cow Bop. In 2004, Cow Bop won the Route 66 Challenge, traveling the length of the storied road having departed with a mere $100 and no scheduled gigs. Their new CD, “Too Hick for the Room,” officially hit trails in June. Along with numerous appearances at esteemed nightclubs and festivals across the country, Cow Bop has also been featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Elko, Heber City, Monterey and Santa Clarita Cowboy Gatherings. The band has performed with Riders in the Sky, Dwight Yoakum, Hot Club of Cowtown, Don Edwards and the Quebe Sisters. For an extra treat, check out Forman’s guitar work featured in Clint Eastwood’s films, including Academy-Award winning “Million Dollar Baby,” “Flags for our Fathers” and “Hereafter.” LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011

Peter Ford (l) has written “Glenn Ford: A Life.” The biography details how, behind the scenes, the actor’s personality and private life were in stark contrast to his easygoing public persona.


Beyond the limelight Peter Ford, son of actor Glenn, tells the true Hollywood story

Peter Ford will be in the Film Museum’s Wild West Theatre on Friday afternoon to discuss his newly released biography of his father, Glenn Ford. Peter will be joined by Inyo County Film Commissioner and past Festival Director Chris Langley for a lively discussion followed by ample time for book signing. The event is free and open to the public. In Peter’s new biography, “Glenn Ford: A Life,” the reader learns, in dramatic fashion, just how true that statement really is. On screen, in such classic Hollywood films as “Gilda,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “Blackboard Jungle,” the Canadian-born Ford was cast as an American Everyman, developing a naturalistic on-screen style that allowed him to excel in almost every genre, from film noir to Westerns to romantic comedy. In the pages of numerous fan magazines he starred, alongside wife Eleanor Powell and son Peter, as part of the Perfect Family, a devoted husband and father living the good life in Hollywood’s Golden Age. But behind the scenes, Ford’s personality, and his private life, were in stark contrast to his easygoing public persona. “Glenn Ford: A Life” reveals a driven, dedicated, enormously talented actor whose career spanned seven decades and more than 100 film appearances. But it also reveals a man who could be intensely distant to those closest to him, and whose serial philandering (with the likes of Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland) led to a series of failed marriages and personal heartache. The result is a moving, nuanced portrait of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars told with the keen insight and unflinching candor that only his son could provide.

Church service offered at Anchor Ranch

Rare chance to visit historic location returns on Sunday of 2011 festival Another favorite Lone Pine Film Festival tradition returns Oct. 9. when long-time Owens Valley pastor Ben Sparks delivers his custom sermon at the historic Spainhower Anchor Ranch, the site of countless films shot in the early days of the Silver Screen. The sermon will take place on Sunday morning. Those interested in attending must be picked up by the Cowboy Church bus at the Lone Pine Airport south of LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011

town. The buses will be loading at the airport at 8:15 a.m. sharp. No private vehicles will be allowed on Pastor Ben Sparks the ranch. Cowboy Church is offered at no charge – compliments of the Festival.


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The Stars Shine in Lone Pine Coming soon to the 2011 Lone Pine Film Festival …

Andrew Robinson Andrew Robinson has diverse credits, many in television, science fiction, stage productions and feature films. He is known to specialize in playing devious and psychotic roles. Robinson’s television credits include “Bonanza,” “Ironside” “The Rookies,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and most recently, “JAG.” To Star Trek fans he is best known for playing the character “Garak” in the television series “Star Trek Deep Space Nine” (1993-99). He also voiced the same character in the “Fallen” video game. Feature film appearances include the “The Drowning Pool” (1975), “Mask” (1985), “Hellraiser” (1987) and “Mackintosh & TJ” (Roy Rogers’ last film). He is perhaps best remembered for his character of Charles “Scorpio Killer” Davis in the crime film “Dirty Harry” (1971). Other accomplishments include directing and writing numerous projects. He is currently teaching at the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre, where he is a Senior Lecturer and Director of MFA Acting. Robinson will be attending the Film Festival for the first time and will be participating on the Roy Rogers Panel. dean Smith Joining other Lone Pine stunt veterans is Dean Smith, coming to the Festival for the first time. He is not, however, new to the Alabama Hills, having worked frequently in these classic Western locations. He was on location here for “Maverick” and served as James 10 THE INYO REGISTER

Dean Smith

Garner’s stunt double for that film in 1994. Other Lone Pine shows in which Smith worked include “How the West Was Won,” “The Great Race,” “Mrs. Sundance” and “Cimarron Strip.” Other Westerns in which he provided action stunts include “Rio Bravo,” “El Dorado,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Jeremiah Johnson” and “True Grit.” Smith was born in Texas and resides there today. Besides his prolific film career, he has been actively involved in fundraising for various cancer crusades and organizations, creating rodeo fundraising events for the Cowboy Cancer Crusade and the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Diamond Farnsworth An active stunt coordin a t o r , Diamond Farnsworth is an accomplished stuntman, serving as stunt coordinator on the show “NCIS,” and before that working on “JAG” and “Quantum Leap.” Diamond is the son of famous stuntman and actor

Donna Martell

Richard Farnsworth and began his stunt career in 1968. He has been serving as a stunt coordinator since 1980. He began with “Paint Your Wagon” and was stunt double for Sylvester Stallone in “First Blood,” “Rambo” and “Rhinestone.” He has also doubled Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Jeff Bridges. He has loaned to the museum his father’s “Ken Maynard chaps,” given to Richard by the famous Western star.

include “Apache Rose,” “Twilight on the Rio Grande,” “Mexican Hayride,” “Last of the Desperadoes” and “Robin Hood of Monterey.” She was in “The Hills of Utah” with Gene Autry and had small roles in “Kim,” “The Golden Hawk” and “The Egyptian,” which shot scenes in Death Valley. Television western series appearances to her credit include “Bonanza,” “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Cheyenne” and “Bat Masterson.”

Donna Martell Donna Martell, initially using the stage name Donna DeMario, began her Hollywood career around Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Her Western titles

Ed Faulkner One of our favorite “bad guys,” who is really a good guy, is Ed Faulkner. The very first time here in Lone Pine, he went on location for a “Have LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011

Gun, Will Travel” episode called “The Road to Wickenburg.” He worked with John Wayne in six films, includEd Faulkner ing “The Green Berets,” “The Undefeated,” “Chisum” and “Rio Lobo.” He has numerous television credits, including several Western series: “Rawhide,” “Gunsmoke,” “Laramie,” “Iron Horse” and “The Virginian.” The Festival is very happy to have him back in Lone Pine.

her, more important role of wife and mother. Giving up her career to be married to a littleknown actor by the name of Glenn Ford had studio moguls and fans in an uproar. It wasn’t until three years after their marriage in 1946 that the public knew who Glenn Ford really was. It was that year that “Gilda” was released, starring Glenn and Rita Hayworth. Glenn Ford became a star “overnight.” Peter has just published a biography of his father titled “Glenn Ford, A Life.” Peter appeared in eight films with his father, as well as many other movies, television shows, and stage productions. He lives in Beverly Hills. For more information about the book, visit www.glennfordbio. com.

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Loren Janes

Loren Janes Loren Janes again joins the Lone Pine Film Festival to share his experiences and insights concerning stunt work, such as filming “How the West Was Won” in the Alabama Hills. He also worked with Steve McQueen as his longtime stunt double, including on the locally filmed “Nevada Smith.” Loren has attended every Festival and serves an active role as a board member for the Lone Pine Film History Museum. He also shot “Behind the Action,” candid footage on many of the films he appeared in, and brings extra insight to his audiences of the making of action pictures. Marie Harmon Marie Harmon has appeared in 28 films, including “The El Dorado Kid” with Sunset LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011

Marie Harmon

Carson, and “Night Time in Nevada” with Roy Rogers. She also starred in the Western “Springtime in Texas” with Jimmy Wakely. She eventually left Hollywood in favor of the business world, and for 23 years ran the DonnaRe shops. She is married to Dr. Wolfgang Kaupisch and now spends much of her time in southern Portugal. Peggy Stewart One of our favorite stars during the heyday of the B Western and serials, and now back in Lone Pine, is the Princess of the Plains Peggy Stewart. Besides her work in many Westerns,

Peggy starred in two important Lone Pine films – each starring one of the great singing cowboys: “Trail to San Antone” with Gene Autry and “Utah” (a spectacular musical Western made locally) with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. To help tell Lone Pine’s story, she has donated her boots to the Lone Pine Film History Museum, where they are now on display. Peggy also serves on the Museum Board of Directors. Peter Ford Peter Ford had the good fortune of being the only child of two of Hollywood’s most renowned stars, Eleanor Powell, one of MGM’s greatest musical stars, and Glenn Ford, Hollywood’s number one box office star of 1958. At the age of 33, Eleanor Powell gave up her career to take on the new, and according to

Wyatt McCrea Wyatt McCrea was born in Los Angeles, the fifth generation of a

California family. His grandfather was Joel McCrea – famous as a cowboy star during the second half of the handsome actor’s career when he made many classic Westerns. Joel made “Cattle Empire” in Lone Pine and “Cattle Drive” in Death Valley. Wyatt’s grandmother was Frances Dee, a striking leading lady who made more than 40 films before deciding to focus on family and raising her and Joel’s three sons. Wyatt spent the bulk of his professional career in real estate and financial services, and preserving the history of his filmmaking family. Wyatt is associate board member for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, a member of the Rodeo Historical Society, and the American Quarter Horse Association, among many other professional and Western responsibilities. THE INYO REGISTER 11

My dad, my hero

An intimate portrait of Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys By Cheryl Rogers Barnett Over the years, much has been written about my dad, a lot of which is true. But really, he was so much more than even the PR department could dream up. Mom liked to say that Dad was born 100 years too late. That he would have been a great wagon train scout or a mountain man who blazed new trails, always on the move. She also liked to say that he went after everything that caught his interest as though he was killing snakes! Dad once told my husband that he thought he could have succeeded at anything he put his mind to. I think he was right; he was that talented! As most everyone knows, Dad was born at home, in an apartment above a shop in Cincinnati, Ohio on Nov. 5, 1911. It’s generally accepted that where he was born is now second base at River Front Stadium.


Cheryl Rogers Barnett, Roy Rogers’ eldest daughter, was brought up honoring Old West traditions and values from the very beginning. Photos courtesy Cheryl Rogers Barnett

Certainly, the Cincinnati Reds do because they gave him a second base autographed by that great team managed by Sparky Anderson. Around age of 5, he lived on a riverboat on the Ohio River while he and his father, our Grampy, built the family home in Duck Run, just outside of Portsmouth. Dad got an early start in performing. He and his cousin, Stan

Slye, began calling square dances and yodeling when Dad was just 10 years old. Dad always said that he learned to yodel by listening to the old wax cylinders on their Victrola. There were only five cylinders and three of them had Swiss Yodelers. Without finishing high school, Dad went to work with Grampy at a shoe factory in Portsmouth and then along came the Great

Depression and they were out of work. Then, just like the family seen in The Grapes of Wrath, Dad and Grampy moved the family to Lawndale, Calif. They picked fruit and other crops, and Dad finally got a job driving a gravel truck. Around 1930, thanks to a literal push on stage from his big sister, Dad was noticed at a local talent


show, singing and playing guitar. It is not well-known but Dad could play anything with strings; guitar, fiddle, base fiddle, banjo and mandolin. His versatility, and the fact that he could sing pretty good harmony with just about anyone, made him a popular addition to many Western bands. Soon Dad had formed The Pioneer Trio with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan. Tim and Bob were outstanding singer-songwriters that he had worked with in some of the other bands. “The Boys,” as Dad and Mom always called them, added two more musicians, Hugh and Karl Farr, and The Sons of the Pioneers were born. Dad married Arline Wilkins, who he had met in Roswell, N.M. Over the next few years his private life had a lot of changes. On a later tour, Dad found me at Hope Cottage in Dallas. A couple of years later Linda Lou and then Roy Jr. (Dusty) were born to Dad and Arline. She passed away before bringing the new baby home from the hospital. Meanwhile, the Pioneers’ unique ability to yodel in harmony, combined with the beautiful songs that Bob and Tim wrote, made them a popular radio group and


Cheryl Rogers Barnett’s resemblance to father Roy Rogers is especially evident in this photo, taken during Cheryl’s teen years. He was a hero to not only millions of kids around the world, but perhaps most importantly, to his daughter as well. Photo courtesy Cheryl Rogers Barnett soon got them parts in some movie shorts. In 1936, Dad was signed by Republic Pictures. Within a year, he was given a new name, Dick Weston, and worked in two Gene Autry movies. Gene became involved in a dispute with the studio, and Republic picked Dad as their new singing cowboy. Dad was cast in a starring role in “Under Western Stars” made here in Lone Pine. For that film, he got his second screen name and a horse; and Roy Rogers and Trigger were introduced to the world. In 1947, Dad married his most

popular costar, Dale Evans. She brought a grown son, Tom Fox, into the family. Dad and Mom (Dale) had Robin Elizabeth who only lived two years. After Robin passed away, they adopted John David (Sandy) from Kentucky, Mary Doe (Dodie) from Dallas, Marion (Mimi) from Scotland, and Debra Lee from Korea. It was a boisterous and happy household during the mid and late 50s. Then tragedy struck again and we lost first Debbie and then Sandy. I lost my youngest son in an accident and I don’t know how Mom and Dad survived the loss of three children but they did, with

great dignity and without losing their faith. As they say, the rest is history! Dad made 87 musical Westerns for Republic Pictures, including four more that were made here in Lone Pine. He appeared in more than 100 films throughout his career. Dad’s last film, “Macintosh and TJ,” was released in 1974 and will be seen by most of you attending this year’s festival for the first time. Even though I had been watching Dad on the big and little screens for all of my life, it wasn’t until I was watching the rough cut of “Macintosh” with Dad and Mom when I realized what a fine actor he was. I was sitting next to Mom at the time and softly voiced my amazement. Up until then, I always thought that he was just being “Roy Rogers” on screen. I heard this soft voice on her other side say, “Well, I learned something during all these years!” I was really embarrassed but I had never viewed what he did as acting. He was SO NATURAL! HE MADE IT LOOK TOO EASY! Dad and Mom made 100 episodes of “The Roy Rogers Show” for TV, then had 16 prime-time specials for NBC-TV and Chevrolet, then a season of specials on ABC. See page 14



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Roy Rogers, wife Dale Evans and daughter Cheryl Rogers Barnett enjoy a light-hearted moment, of which Barnett recalls there were many. She says Roy had the quite the mischievous sense of humor, and were it not for his exceeding charm, Evans would have throttled him long ago. Photo courtesy Cheryl Rogers Barnett

Continued from page 13 He made guest appearances on all of the great variety shows during the ’50s through the late ’70s, usually with Mom by his side. He celebrated his 50th anniversary in show business in 1981 on “The Barbara Mandrell Show.” At the peak of his popularity, the Sears Catalog carried more than 400 Roy Rogers licensed products. His picture appeared on 2.5 billion (with a “B”) boxes of Post cereals. His comic books sold more than 25 million copies each year and his newspaper comic strips reached more than 65 million readers each week. He had a radio show that aired on more than 500 stations and was heard by more than 20 million people weekly. With his personal appearances Dad set box office records at Madison Square Gardens and the Chicago Stadium. In fact, Dad and Mom smashed the attendance records just about everywhere they appeared during the ’50s and ’60s. Dad was the first performer to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame twice, once as an individual and once as an original member of The Sons of the Pioneers. He has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and his footprints, and Trigger’s hoof prints, are in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. He was presented with two Golden Boot Awards (for leading man and the Founders Award for his lifetime of work in Westerns) from the Motion Picture and Television Foundation and was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Twice, when world leaders were meeting in the United States and were asked whom they would most like to meet while in the U.S., Rogers was the first choice. While he was achieving all of the above, he always found time to visit children’s hospitals, veteran’s hospitals, orphanages, boys’ ranches, etc. while travelling from town to town and city to city. He was one of the top sellers

of War Bonds during WWII. All the years of their marriage, he and Mom appeared at events all over the country to raise money for children’s causes. He was an outstanding athlete. Even though the studio wouldn’t let him perform his own stunts in the movies he made, he won the respect of the rodeo cowboys when he showed off his horse handling abilities and fancy mounts. With an assist from Monty Montana, and hours of practicing, he became a really good artist with a rope. He was a great shot and loved to hunt. He was especially partial to shotguns and competed at the national level. On several occasions he turned in a perfect score of 300. He was often an avid participant at the “One Shot Antelope” hunt in Landers, Wyo. He was tremendously competitive and was almost always successful. He was modest about his accomplishments. He was as gracious a loser as he was a horrible winner! When he beat you, he never let you forget it. He liked “fast” and raced everything: cars, motorcycles, boats, thoroughbreds, quarter horses, pigeons. He had a great love of animals and had a way with them like very few people. I can’t remember a time growing up when we didn’t have animals around the house. Just some of the animals we had: dogs, horses, cats, fighting cocks, chickens, pheasants, a skunk, an opossum, a fawn, squirrels and a mountain lion. He had a mischievous and raucous sense of humor. Fortunately for him, he also had more charm than any one individual should be allowed. I always attributed that fact as to why Mom didn’t throttle him to within an inch of his life. During his career, he exerted a tremendous and positive influence on millions of kids around the world. He was their hero. He was mine too. LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011

A Roy Rogers impersonator greets young fans as he moseys down Lone Pine’s Main Street during the Lone Pine Film Festival Parade of Stars. This year’s star-studded procession begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Main Street memories 22nd Annual Parade of Stars happens Oct. 9

When Hollywood comes to a small town and Main Street is lined with fans, a lively show is sure to please the crowd. Come see the cowboys, the kids, the costumes, the vintage cars, the stars, the Western hero impersonators, the horses and mules, the school bands, the hoop dancers, Future Farmers of America, and all the other colorful folk who make up the best small town parade in America. A Lone Pine Film Festival tradition, Sunday’s Parade of Stars takes place at 1 p.m. on Main Street in the heart of town.


A royal court

Friends, co-stars of King of the Cowboys reminisce Saturday’s celebrity panel features Roy Rogers’ co-stars Marie Harmon, Peggy Stewart, Donna Martell and Dean Smith. Moderated by Roy’s daughter, Cheryl Rogers, this panel celebrates her father’s 100th birthday and the King of the Cowboys’ work in the Lone Pine area with memories and stories from his supporting cast. Harmon starred with Rogers in “Night Time in Nevada.” Stewart shared the screen with the King of the Cowboys and his leading lady, Dale Evans, in “Utah.” Martell co-starred with Rogers and Evans in “Apache Rose.” Smith shared time on the screen alongside Rogers in “Mackintosh and T.J.” Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, knew how to entertain wherever he went. Here, he and Trigger rear back for youngsters’ enjoyment during one of his countless parade appearances during his long career. LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011


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Walking Rain (l-r: Bob Bruen, Lisa Carman and Coale Johnson) will be performing songs during the Film Festival that harken back to the early days of Western movie-making.

Walking Rain to pour on the Western charm Trio set to perform for Museum’s Roy Rogers Round-Up and Rodeo

Local musicians Coale Johnson and Bob Bruen will be joined by Lisa Carman of Sante Fe, N.M. this year in bringing the sounds of the Western film genre to life. Johnson and Bruen, known around these parts as Walking Rain, have joined forces with singer-songwriter Carman to perform Oct. 7-9 at the Lone Pine Film History Museum’s Roy Rogers Round-Up and Rodeo. Walking Rain ( are no strangers to the Film Museum, having donated their musical talent to many fundraisers and raised hundreds of dollars to support the facility. Johnson and Bruen play Country & Western, folk and blues, drawing from a combined 90 years of musical experience. This year they are bringing a new group of songs taken from the rich history of the Western film genre. Audiences can expect vocal harmonies galore. Carman ( has many years of experience as a performer. Her songs of love and family have a distinct Western flavor and she will be singing some famous songs from favorite Western films, including a couple by the beloved Dale Evans.

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Remembering The Duke Frequent co-star Ed Faulkner looks back on films with John Wayne

Ed Faulker starred in six films with John Wayne. He’ll be giving a talk to an exclusive audience during the festival about what it was like working with and beings friends with The Duke. LONE PINE FILM FESTIVAL | 2011

Just for the folks fortunate enough to have bought a ticket for the John Wayne tour, Ed Faulkner will be sharing some personal stories about his friend and co-star John Wayne. Faulkner, a prolific movie and television actor, was often cast in villainous roles, making him an all-time favorite “bad guy.” In all, Faulker and The Duke co-starred in six films: “The Green Berets,” “Hellfighters,” “The Undefeated,” “Chisum” “McLintock!” and “Rio Lobo.”

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On Location The Lone Pine Film Festival is famous for the expertly guided movie location tours both in the Alabama Hills and the surrounding area. These tours not only put you in the footsteps of the actors, each movie scene is exactly as it was, as seen in the stills from the movies. Nature carved amazing backdrops, and only the Lone Pine Film Festival Tours can bring you to those exact spots to re-live the movie moments. Some of our tours follow the movie scenes, some offer historical background, and all offer unprecedented sightseeing. This year we have the following tours:


California historian and landscape photographer Page Williams will give a four-wheel drive tour of the upper watershed and the Owens River, starting at the Film History Museum. The tour passes through the Alabama Hills, down to the railroad depot and along the Owens River. Hear a lecture by Page and Dorothy Bonnefin about the construction of the aqueduct and the water wars of the early 1900s. Learn about today’s attempt to restore the Owens River. Must have a four-wheel-drive vehicle. 3.0 hours/Car Caravan


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the Alabama Hills to see the powerful forces of earth movements and erosion at work. Learn how the spectacular Alabama Hills were formed and how the rocks were shaped into the fantastic scenes we see in so many movies. 2.5 hours Bus Tour

Historic Anchor Ranch generations of Spainhowers, the Spainhower Anchor Ranch has been used in Westerns for more than 80 years. It was the site of Hacienda, Mission and Anchorville sets that were seen so many times in Hopalong Cassidy and Tim Holt Westerns. Fresh from Scotty’s Castle and Bodie, our intrepid guide, Debbie Kielb, will help you revisit and experience these fabled bygone film times when our heroes walked this ranch. 2 hours/Walking Tour


The fan base for the science fiction film “Tremors” just grows and grows. This tour will take you to several of the important locations used in the film, shot almost entirely on location in and around Lone Pine. Led by local resident Mike Prather. 2.5 hours /Car Caravan

and “Star Trek 5” were filmed. Experience a very rare and special treat. Cross the lake and see the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Dust Mitigation Project, and view the growing bird species that now call the area home. 2.5 hours/Car Caravan


Visit locations seldom seen by our visitors. A must tour for movie buffs. Visit the Tim Holt cabin for the first time ever, a ghost town, stagecoach stop, movie lake, old train and gas station, a rare Molly Stevens steam boat on Owens Lake stop and other locations still standing. Steve McQueen, Tim Holt, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and many others worked here. Hidden Lone Pine at its best. Led by Burt and Donna Yost. 2.5 hours/Car Caravan


Combining film history and natural history, local resident guide Mike Prather will take you to the Owens Dry Lake bed where science fiction films such as “Tremors,” “Bamboo Saucer”


Local amateur geologist Dana Jeffries returns to lead you into


Watch the movie at the Lone Pine Film Museum and then join long-time Film Festival guides Jan and Michael Houle for a tour of Roy Rogers’ “Hands Across the Border” filming locations. See where Trigger was caught, and where Roy and Trigger made the famous car jump. Total walking distance of about seven tenths of a mile. Bus Tour


Preserved by the Library of Congress and shown to the public for the first time ever at the festival, “Stolen Ranch” is a standard Western in which two soldiers – one suffering from shell shock – upon returning from World War I discover that their family ranch has been claimed by a thief. This rarity was shot on location at Lubken Ranch and its surroundings in the summer of 1926 under the working title “True Blue.” This tour is guided by film historian and author Richard Bann. 2.5 hours/Car Caravan


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the War,” among others. This tour will be visited by the live Western theatre of the Ghostriders. Your guide will be former Disney character artist Mike Royer, whose love affair with Lone Pine began almost 40 years ago. 3.0 hours/Bus Tour


Sunrise Photo Tour sight of the sunrise on the Sierra Crest while enjoying a light breakfast of treats and hot coffee. Though a photographer’s dream event, anyone will enjoy the amazing early light from just above Lone Ranger Canyon in


The Duke Stopped By Tour the Alabama Hills. 2 hours/Bus Tour


The legendary John Wayne made 13 films with scenes shot in Lone Pine. He returned to

Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills throughout his long career. This tour will explore the large “Andean Village” set of “Tycoon,” an early film called “Lawless Range” and John Wayne in Arabia in “I Covered

We celebrate the work of Tyrone Power with a focus on his three Lone Pine films. “Brigham Young, Rawhide, and King of the Khyber Rifles” were all made in and around the amazing Alabama Hills of Lone Pine. You will visit numerous sites used for these films. Led by Melody Holland-Ogburn, daughter of Lone Pine Film Festival founder, Dave Holland. 2.5 hours Bus Tour


Hoppy, Holt, Rogers, Ford, Palance, Marvin return to Silver Screen

22nd Film Fest program presents excellent sampling of Lone Pine, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra film history The film program for this year, devised by Packy Smith, Woody Wise, Dick Bann and Chris Langley, offers a balanced sampling of the diverse film history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra. It includes films most fans have never seen on the big screen and films never before shown at the Festival. The selections offer a Hoppy, an Autry and a Holt, as in past years, plus a film from Death Valley and one made in the Eastern Sierra near Mammoth. Besides Saturday filled with B Westerns being shown on 16 mm, there are several cinemascope films, and a Roy Rogers film – in honor of his 100th anniversary – never available before in its original color version. Finally, a repeat of a very rare William Wyler film with live musical accompaniment will screen on Sunday. On Friday afternoon there are the five television episodes, yet to be announced, which will be a great pleasure for any fan of the small screen. One could spend the whole weekend in the dark and never once be disappointed by the film screenings available. Repeating a Film Festival tradition (kicking off with a Hoppy, Autry or Holt), “Outlaws Of The Desert” will be screening. A film primed for study in the tradition of Professor Said’s

“I Died A Thousand Times”

“Border Treasure” concept of “Orientalism,” the film has Hoppy and his sidekicks at work in the sands of Arabia, certainly a unique concept. That will be followed by “Beyond The Purple Hills,” with Gene Autry and Hugh O’Brian. O’Brian is under suspicion for the murder of the sheriff. The wide screen first comes into use this weekend with “Seven Men From Now,” a scope film starring Randolph Scott. The afternoon will be filled with television episodes, which were shot locally. Be sure to check the full schedule when you get to town. “Border Treasure,” starring

“Seven Men Now” Tim Holt and Richard Martin, tells the story of a relief operation being organized after a Mexican earthquake. The Hacienda set at

Anchor Ranch, once just down the street from the Film Museum, is used. Smith Ballew comes next with music, singing in “Western Gold.” Shown on Saturday on 16 mm film, it is accompanied by “Fiddlin’ Buckaroo,” starring Ken Maynard, who also directed the film. Other films being offered on Saturday afternoon are “Secret Valley” with Richard Arlen and “Freighters of Destiny” with Tom Keene. Both offer glimpses of the Lubken Ranch location. The afternoon is capped off with a Film Festival premier of “Robinson Crusoe On Mars,” filmed in Death Valley, and our only science fiction film for the year. It is a new take on the classic story, but this time Friday is being chased by alien enemies. The color and cinematography is great if the story a bit of a stretch. The


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“Stolen Ranch” Hallmark film this year is “I Died a Thousand Times,” a remake of “High Sierra,” with Jack Palance and Shelley Winters. Lee Marvin and Earl Holliman are also


featured. While Jack Palance is no Humphrey Bogart, he brings his own style of menace and the cinemascope images are magnificent. The opening

sequence shot at Keeler looking west is breathtaking in this new print. “Springtime In The Sierras” closes out the busy day of film with Roy Rogers in color as originally intended. For any fan, it is worth staying out late to see. What better way to start a Sunday than with three cinemascope treasures back to back: “The Violent Men,” “Ride The High Country” filmed north of Lone Pine and the classic “Bad Day At Black Rock.” “The Violent Men” stars Glenn Ford. His son, Peter Ford, will be at the Festival speaking about his dad and sharing more memories in his newly published book about him. Thinking he had retired after completing “Comanche Station” in Lone Pine, Randolph Scott was talked back to work by Joel McCrea for this early Sam Peckinpah effort. It is great to see the two pros doing on screen what they did best. “Bad Day”

may not need any introduction, but with beautiful Anne Francis, whom we lost this past year, it is a must for any fan. There is also Spenser Tracy, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, to mention a few of the stellar cast. For those who missed “Stolen Ranch” last year, directed by master William Wyler in his early years, and starring Fred Humes, we end the Festival with the film. Again, we see the first Lubken Ranch location in the film, and besides its historic importance, it just happens to be a very entertaining film. Again Bill Schuck brings his original music to the screening. With a strong program of films already, be sure to check for the television episode titles to be included when you get to Lone Pine. The movie program schedule will be printed separately, as in past years, with all new notes and will be available at the door, and at the Ticket Office.


The gamut of stunt art from that of a passenger’s to a driver’s in the midst of a car chase or shoot as you chase the enemy on a motorcycle.

Using step-by-step visual demonstrations, professional stunt performers will show Film Festival guests how they perform stunts like these for movies and television shows.


The fall guys show how it gets done Top stunt actors to give live demonstration

A very exciting, action-packed addition to the Festival this year is the live Stunt Demonstration taking place in the Lone Pine High School Gymnasium, 3 p.m. Saturday. This demo promises behindthe-scenes tricks and techniques with professional stunt actors, showing step by step the very stunts performed in the movies. The show will be directed by long-time stunt actors Diamond Farnsworth and Loren Janes, along with a team of stunt persons representing three generations of the stunt acting industry. A short question-and-answer session will follow the show.


A motorcycle chase with a pistol onboard, in an early example of stunt art. By Telle Riikonen On the east side of the 1500 block of Vine Street in Hollywood, a star dedicated to Yakima Canutt celebrates and honors motionpicture action feats known as stunts. No problem, if you never heard of this star before. Stuntpersons are professionals for whom perfecting an impossible physical act is more important than basking in limelight. They are courageous, inventive, and resourceful insiders of the motion picture industry. We want thrills, and stunt art runs the gamut from basic fist fights to elaborate fencing tournaments. Stunts make the viewer’s stomach churn with excitement and anticipation, just like when riding a roller-coaster in a theme park. Will the hero win the car chase? What if the villain walks out of the burning house unharmed and returns with a vengeance to wreak more havoc? Oh no, the heroine cannot possibly survive that high a jump without a serious bodily injury … True as it may be that the most elaborate, jaw-dropping movie stunts are nowadays created and

generated by computer imagery, the real thing yet is still very much alive – and perhaps in the making of its second coming. Here’s one example of the changing times: in the visually stunning movie “The Matrix” (1999), stunts were almost entirely created by a computer, but just 11 years later, “The Transformers Part 2” (2010) boasted real stunts alongside computer-generated action scenes. The best professionals are stateof-the-art vehicles in themselves with high-performance skills in all martial arts, gymnastics, fencing, swimming, rock climbing, scuba diving and, of course, in everything about horse riding and stage fights, just like back in stuntman Canutt’s career, which began in the silent movies of the 1920s. Before computer-generated imagery, special visual effects were limited to manmade models – often clumsy – and to tricking the viewer with false perspective and other in-camera effects, unless the filmmaker could find a human daredevil willing to jump from the roof of a skyscraper, change seats

Yakima Canutt attacking John Wayne with the first weapon at hand in an early Monogram Western.

The beginning: All about horses

Stunt art began in the 1910s with all-around cowboy skills as perfected by young Yakima Canutt. Born and raised on a ranch in Washington, he learned to ride, trap, hunt and shoot – and already as a youngster became a national rodeo champion and liveaction hero, traveling and performing year round. He came to Hollywood in the early 1920s – and soon began using his action-acting skills in silent movies. He rarely needed a double for physically demanding scenes as his entire background served as the training field into acting and stunts. Yakima Canutt ended his rodeo career in 1922. He then moved to Hollywood and began his second career in movies. Alas, Yakima’s acting career was halted by the onset of the sound stage. His voice, comparable to a hummingbird’s, according to witnesses, was no match to his physical bravery and boldness. He then became the motor to the


developing stunt art, not only performing, but also developing and inventing new tricks and mechanical devices that made stunts safer to both humans and animals. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1967 and earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was well respected as a teacher by leading men: the foreword of his autobiography was written by Charlton Heston and the afterword by John Wayne, who confessed that he adopted his landmark drawling, hesitant talk and hip-rolling walk from Canutt.

It runs in the family: Diamond Farnsworth’s (l) father Richard was also a stuntman. Loren Janes was Steve McQueen’s longtime stunt double. A mirror is used to create the illusion of a Star Wars Land Speeder flying across the desert with Luke, C3pO, R2D2 and Obi-Wan Kenobi aboard.

Parkour stunt art: rock climbing is caught on camera for an ad campaign.

The scope of stunts

Stunts are divided into four categories: practical effects, mechanical effects, vehicular effects and computer-generated effects. Practical effects are usually stage combat acts with rare bodily contact except with swords or the like. Practical effects are choreographed and well rehearsed, sometimes for weeks and months before the actual shooting of the scene. Other examples: tripping and falling, extreme sports, high jumps, martial arts, and parkour, i.e. the sport of traversing obstacles by running, climbing and leaping very fast, and very efficiently. Mechanical effects are always assisted by technology: gadgets, devices, etc. Ropes, harness, wires, special horse saddles belong to this category of stunts. Vehicular effects are used in


Preparing for a stagecoach drop in the film “Hangman’s Knot.” complex chases, typically in cars or other specially constructed vehicles that must jump, crash or perform an elaborately choreographed, often long scene for thrills. Sometimes the most effective vehicular stunt still is a showcase handbrake turn. Computer-generated effects are the safest and also the least expensive stunts. Bodily harm is rare and the imagery can reach levels way beyond human-action capacity. Actors or stuntpersons usually perform the action scenes in front of blue or green screens and computers do the rest, imitating human movement.

Stunts – Any volunteers?

Stunt art is tough business, and not only because work is hard to get, but because stuntpersons must outwit the easiness and low-cost of computer-generated imagery, known also as CGI. Most stunt coordinators already have their own wellestablished network of performers that they use regularly. New talent is not hunted constantly, so a budding stuntperson may need much luck on top of all the physical and personal skills. Also, work might be available only in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver, Canada, which are the

three main television production locations in North America. But what if you still want to strike big in stunt business? Here are some valuable tips for anyone looking for a career in stunts: Develop a wide range of physical skills. The body is a stuntperson’s tool, so hone yours to the maximum. Eat well. Keep your body healthy. Hire a personal trainer to avoid injuries. Martial arts such as judo and karate are musts. Fighting techniques require more than punching your fist to the enemy´s face, so learning to wrestle with both humans and alligators come in handy. Stunt experts say that the more diverse your skills, the more competitive you will be in the job market. Excel in one area. Performers are hired by a certain stunt sequence, so it is wise to master one area particularly well. You could become an expert in falling from heights. You could excel in surviving and escaping fire. You could be the best rock climber or mud wrestler. If you are a young male between 18 and 24 years, your natural expertise falls into fighting well, for the movie roles for this age group usually are common stereotypes: a frat guy, a young athlete, a stoner, or a thug. Part of the extreme fighting package is accepting injuries. Gaining good See page 24


Continued from page 23 insurance could be as important as honing your skills in fighting. Attend a stunt-training school or work with independent filmmakers. Stage fighting – i.e., making it look real even though it is not – is best taught by professionals. If you cannot afford classes in a special stunt-training school, but carry a striking resemblance to a star that needs a double for action scenes, try that option to learn from indie directors and production companies. The pay may be low or nonexistent, but you’ll be building up a reel you can use to sell your skills to the bigger names. With that in hand, you can open the door to more challenging and profitable work. Audition for live stunt shows. Many amusement parks such as Six Flags and Disneyland cast aspiring stuntpersons to perform in live shows. Good looks is a bonus, but stunt ability counts the most. Live shows might be the best way to get an on-the-job training while pulling down a paycheck as well. Become an actor with stunt skills. Many actors want to play their role to the hilt and do their own stunts. Even if you only would


become an actor’s double, you would have to act as the actor would. Be as confident as your skills in looking for work. Once you master your art, let your skills transpire into job-hunting confidence. A stuntperson’s active career spans for 20 years or so. If you are 40 and still did not make it into the industry, stunt art may not be your field, unless you can teach it to others.

A fistful of famous stunts Yakima Canutt perfected the trick of leaping over the horse’s rump into the saddle. He created the famous stagecoach drop for John Ford’s “Stagecoach” (1939) and together with John Wayne pioneered the screen fighting techniques still in use. For “BenHur” (1959), Canutt staged the chariot race with nine teams of four horses. He trained lead actors Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd to do their own charioteering. Canutt and his team practiced the race sequence for five months. There were no injuries to the horses, but in one scene, Canutt’s

son Joe cut his chin because he refused to heed his father’s advice to hook himself to the chariot for a particularly tricky movement. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin did most of their own physical stunts, as did silent comedian Harold Lloyd, when he climbed the entire height of a Los Angeles skyscraper without a wire and safety nets. Dar Robinson perfected the art of jumping from a high place with the aid of his own invention that allowed the camera crew to shoot the top-down view so that it looked natural. One of Robinson’s first major stunts was a 100-foot jump from a cliff into a river for the actor Steve McQueen in “Papillon” (1973). Robinson broke 19 world records and achieved even more in “done for the first time in the world.” In “Sharky’s Machine” (1981), Robinson doubles as Burt Reynolds and punches a villain through a high-rise hotel. Robinson ran at the window and at the last possible moment spun around to fall backwards through the glass landing on an airbag. He fell 220 feet without a cable or a parachute. The action-movie star Jackie

Chan performs all of his own stunts. Ian Walton, a helicopter stunt pilot and stunt designer, created many of the most stunning action scenes in the 1980s James Bond movies. Terry Leonard doubled as Harrison Ford in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) as Indiana Jones climbs under a moving truck and is dragged behind it before climbing back inside. Per Werlinder, doubling for Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly, performs a spectacular skateboard chase in “Back to the Future” (1985) by running over a convertible and catching up with his loose skateboard on the other side. Making stunts is a high-risk job, but the best professionals survive their many injuries and live a long life despite the innumerable occupational hazards. Yakima Canutt passed away at the high age of 90 years in 1986, well before the advent of blue and green screens as major stunt devices. We can but wonder what he would think about computer-generated leaps and vertical runs up and down building walls …



Acting out

Stunt performers talking about the art of bringing action to film-making Sunday’s celebrity panel features long-time stunt actors Loren Janes, Diamond Farnsworth and Dean Smith, along with working stunt performers Courtney Farnsworth, John Moio and Ashton Moio. This amazing group will be discussing their experiences doubling for the stars and making death-defying acts seem easy. The audience will enjoy the exclusive, behind-the-scenes stories of a stunt actor’s life. Courtney is Diamond’s daughter and Richard Farnsworth’s granddaughter, making her a third-generation stunt actor. She has a long list of TV shows to her credits, including dozens of stunt acting and stunt double appearances in “NCIS.” She has also worked on “CSI: NY,” “Prison Break,” “Private Practice,” “JAG” and “Ghost Whisperer,” in addition to the films “Rush Hour 3” and “Accepted.” John Moio has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry as both a stunt actor and stunt coordinator. His stunt acting credits include “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Rush Hour 2,” “The Ring Two,” “Crank,” “Magnolia,” “Instinct,” “Midnight Blue,” “The Mask” and “The Crossing Guard.” Ashton is making a name for himself as both a stunt actor and stunt double. His credits include “The Ring Two,” “The Longest Yard,” “The Escape,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Let Me In” and “Hop.”

2011 Lone Pine Film Festival Gold Buckle

2011 Lone Pine Film Festival Bronze Buckle

Collect a piece of the Old West Annual souvenir belt buckle completes the Lone Pine experience

Picture a cowboy in the Old West. Now envision what he’s wearing. There’s a cowboy hat, for sure (white or black, depending on his disposition), and probably some dusty spurs, well-worn and weatherbeaten chaps, sweat-soaked neckerchief, scuffed boots and, winking like a piece of pyrite from a pile of granite, a belt buckle kept shiny by frequent polishing. Visitors to the Lone Pine Film Festival caught up in the Spirit of the Old West, and the images and memories of movie magic the Festival evokes, can take home a

piece of the celebration with the annual souvenir belt buckle. The 22nd Annual Lone Pine Film Festival Collector’s Belt Buckle is a sight to behold. Each buckle is hand-designed by local artisan Leon Boyer. For 22 years, the Festival has featured a unique design cast in both bronze and gold. Purchase your buckle along with the Festival tickets and receive your individually numbered collector’s buckle to add to your collection. Past years’ buckles are available for purchase year-round at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.

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Hopalong Cassidy’s Bar 20 – the Lubken Ranch Tracking down a long-forgotten filming location

By Richard W. Bann What was it that first enticed you to come to The Lone Pine Film Festival? After the second year, I was persuaded to attend hoping to see where the initial Hopalong Cassidy Western was filmed in 1935. In particular, I wanted to find the home ranch known as the Bar 20. Everyone I asked, including Festival Director Dave Holland, said it was the Anchor Ranch, just south of town. The meadow looked the same all right, framed by Mount Whitney and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. But the movie featured scenes with a distinctive screened porch attached to the main house, and I couldn’t find it anywhere on the Anchor Ranch. Joy Anderson, daughter of legendary ranch owner Russ Spainhower, told me that several of the older structures had been torn down and replaced over the years.

A lobby card for “Hop-A-Long Cassidy” showing George Hayes, Frank McGlynn Jr., William Boyd and Jimmy Ellison. Behind Hayes one can glimpse the screened porch of the main house on the Lubken Ranch. That seemed to explain things. As time passed, Dave Holland as well as six or seven other Western film historians compiled wonderful books devoted exclusively to documenting movie locations, complete with detailed texts plus then-and-now photos. But none of

these works mentioned the Lubken Ranch. Always they cited only the Anchor Ranch. Then last year I arranged with the Library of Congress to provide us with a rare silent film we had never been able to show in Lone Pine before, “The Stolen Ranch” (1926). It starred long-forgotten Fred Humes, but was directed by young William Wyler, eventually the single most honored filmmaker in movie history. When former festival director Chris Langley previewed the picture, he thought it was shot “in the Lubken Canyon Road area.” Therefore, perhaps, the film’s principal location was a nearby spread called the Lubken Ranch. Was this the true venue of the original cinematic incarnation of the Bar 20 Ranch? Turns out it was. As had all the film history texts, for two decades now, our festival had similarly ignored this place. No tour, no visit,

no mention, no reference. Coincidentally last year, however, the historic Lubken Ranch happened to be in the news just then. There appeared a story in the Los Angeles Times concerning the possible sale and controversial development of the property. Current owner Scott Kemp wished to maintain the land as a cattle ranch. (Thankfully, it appears as though Mr. Kemp has now prevailed as a result of a family compromise whereby only 39 of the total 759 acres will be re-zoned and sold as 15 lots.) The opening asking price was $20 million for this parcel of paradise, but was quickly reduced to $6.5 million in line with the dramatic real estate market decline. The staff photographer on that story happened to be long-time festival supporter Don Kelsen. The first day of the 2010 festival, Don and I drove west off Highway 395 on winding Lubken Canyon Road up into the splendors of Lone

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Candid snapshot taken at the Lubken Ranch between scenes of “Hop-A-Long Cassidy,” showing Jimmy Ellison and Bill Boyd riding double as they approach the Bar 20 ranch house. Pine scenery. Unlike the boulder country of the Alabama Hills, this section was an oasis of green, owing to valuable water rights controlled by the ranch. Eventually, on the right, past a meadow, we saw a pastoral ranch house surrounded by sagebrush and beautiful old trees. We parked and began walking down the narrow access road. Curious cows eyed us just as the wife of the property manager drove in. She was kind enough to share what history she knew. Suddenly, as we ambled north along the dirt lane, it was all clear to me. Visiting classic film locations in Los Angeles can be disillusioning. Not the case here. Even though I was told the structure with the screened porch had burned down in a 1974 fire caused by an errant candle, I easily recognized camera set-ups on this sacred ground for Bob Steele, Ken Maynard and Tim Holt Westerns made there, and especially the scene in “Hop-A-Long Cassidy” where Jimmy Ellison hitches a ride atop Topper with Bill Boyd who races down that long access road embarrassing Ellison who wants to walk in but can’t dismount until they reach the ranch house. We had found the Bar 20.

Then and there we knew so many Westerns previously attributed to location shooting on the Anchor Ranch were in fact made at the Lubken Ranch. This year’s tour of a never-before-visited area is an attempt to correct some of the Lone Pine film history recorded to date. Or not recorded, as the case may be. We have only begun to research and chronicle the saga of this 759acre spread as it was utilized by Hollywood movie-makers. This is now a work-in-progress. The owner during the halcyon days of B-Westerns was Judge John H. Lubken, once a prominent figure in Lone Pine. His family roots in the area date back to the Civil War. He served as a county supervisor for 19 years. Two local roads bear his name today. Quoted in a publication called “Saga of Inyo County” all about pioneers in the region, the colorful Lubken once explained, “I was a rancher most of my life. After I went to business college, I came home and went into the cattle game and made my living out of cattle. I ran about 500 head all the time, mixed whiteface and Durham. I would run six years whiteface and three years Durham. One year I got 33 cents for them on foot, had 97 steers. One time Spainhower and I were coming down the mountain with the cattle. It was hot, real hot, and he said, ‘By golly it sure is hot and by jings I’m going to pray the sky will be covered tonight so it will be cool tomorrow.’ I don’t know whether he prayed or not, but that sky was covered from one end to the other. It was cool and the cattle traveled like hell, a five mile trip, too. And about an hour after we got into the field, the sun came out!” So movie-making at the Lubken Ranch was merely a sideline! The spread was and still is a fine working cattle ranch, just as the Bar 20 was depicted in “Hop-A-Long Cassidy.” Grace Bradley always declared she

On location at the Lubken Ranch preparing an early scene for the very first Hopalong Cassidy feature film. Shown are William Boyd with members of the crew. Boyd recalled working conditions were extremely hot. would select this picture, above all others, to run for any new fans curious to discover this greatest of all B-Western series. As mentioned, she was not there when the film was made, but later Bill Boyd shared with her memories of grueling sun-up-tosun-down hard labor across two weeks on location in the scenic tumbled terrain of Lone Pine during hundred-degree temperatures giving birth to what the terrific trailer terms this “thrill packed saga.” Boyd later told the Saturday Evening Post that of all his Hoppy efforts, “the first was the most exciting because I had to establish a character … I had no idea how he’d turn out.” Come back in 2012 and we’ll show the picture on the big screen to find out. Also by then we hope to summarize some of what we learn about Mr. Lubken and the other films made at his ranch. That essay will appear in a future edition of “Lone Pine in the Movies,” copies of which are always for sale at the museum. We will now need to re-screen scores of films in an attempt to create a filmography, make frame enlargements, review thousands of still photos, search the Hollywood

trade papers as well as the local area papers, and conduct some interviews. If you can contribute something to the story, we would like to hear from you. For this year, besides our brief visit to the property, we can offer scheduled screenings in the auditorium of the first known use the Lubken Ranch house, “The Stolen Ranch” (1926); the last known use, “Border Treasure” (1949); and also the best showcase for the place, “Secret Valley” (1937). The Tom Mix version of “Riders of the Purple Sage” (1925) pre-dates “The Stolen Ranch” in utilizing this same area, and shows the same outcropping of rocks in the pasture, but subject to re-screening the picture I do not recall that the Mix vehicle features any of the ranch structures. So watch these films to see the present in the past. Visit the locations to find the past in the present. Also look for the one-sheet poster of “Secret Valley” on display in the museum. And so the secret of the Lubken Ranch has at last been revealed. With more to come.


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The Lone Pine Film Festival’s annual Closing Campfire is a chance to bid a fond farewell to new and old friends alike before hitting the trail.

Gather ’round y’all Closing Campfire a Lone Pine Film Festival tradition

Before riding off into the sunset, be sure to join all the Festival supporters, stars, performers and behind-the-scenes volunteers that make this amazing small-town, home-spun Film Festival happen. Sunday evening, just at dusk, the entire crowd gathers for the Closing Campfire at Lone Pine’s Spainhower Park at the north end of town. Hosted by past Festival director Dorothy Bonnefin and long-time Festival supporter and cowboy poet Larry Maurice, this Lone Pine tradition features old fashioned pickin’ and singin’; tall tales of the West, and the lore of the cowboy. Gather ’round the campfire and share our farewell moment, as the 22nd Annual Lone Pine Film Festival draws to a close.












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