My husband and I are back from another terrific weekend in Lone Pine, where we enjoyed the 27th Lone Pine Film Festival!
We had a grand time, made even better thanks to enjoying parts of the festival with friends Beth Ann Gallagher and her husband. We also were able to briefly meet Melanie, who has a great blog on her California travels.
It was terrific to have the chance to see both Wyatt McCrea and William Wellman Jr. speak again, and what fun to have TCM's Ben Mankiewicz participating in the Friday and Saturday night panel discussions this year!
My 2016 Lone Pine Festival experience included eight films, matching last year's tally. Five of the films were new to me and will be covered in separate posts. Fun discoveries included THE PRAIRIE PIRATE (1925) with Harry Carey Sr., seen below, and TRAIL OF THE VIGILANTES (1940) with Franchot Tone. (Franchot Tone in a Western?! It turned out to be a lot of fun.)
I also had the chance to revisit DESERT PURSUIT (1952), 3 BAD MEN (1926), and RAWHIDE (1951), seen below with Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward.
DESERT PURSUIT was special thanks to the locations tour which followed, which I'll be writing about later, and 3 BAD MEN had wonderful live piano accompaniment by Jay C. Munns, followed by a panel discussion with (left to right below) Ed Hulse, Wellman, Mankiewicz, and Dan Ford.
I hadn't seen RAWHIDE in over nine years; what a treat to circle back to it now that I've acquired great appreciation for the actors in smaller roles in the film, including Kenneth Tobey, Louis Jean Heydt, and James Millican. It's a terrific movie, and I was glad I made the effort to be there for the 7:30 a.m. screening!
I also went on two location tours, enjoyed a panel on "Growing Up Hollywood" with the children and grandchildren of Western stars, and came home with five books on Westerns!
The Museum of Film History was celebrating its first decade, which hardly seems possible. I remember well driving home from summer camping trips in the Bridgeport area and seeing "Future Home of..." signs on the museum lot before it was built!
The weekend was special right down to the last morning, when I enjoyed this view from the motel balcony with Billy King, who appeared in four Hopalong Cassidy films as a young boy. What a lovely, friendly gentleman. My account of one of his appearances at the 2015 festival may be read here.
Later, while enjoying a fabulous Sunday morning breakfast at our favorite Alabama Hills Cafe, we spotted Ben Mankiewicz and family at another table. The Lone Pine Film Festival is truly a small-town, intimate experience.
I have a variety of festival posts planned for the near future, including photos of various events and movie reviews. As always, I'll be adding the links to the end of this overview post so that they may be easily found in one place.
We are already on the Dow Villa Motel's list for a room for next year's festival!
Previously: Coming in October: The 2016 Lone Pine Film Festival; Off to Lone Pine!
Links to all 2016 Festival Coverage: Tonight's Movie: Stranger at My Door (1956) at the Lone Pine Film Festival; Tonight's Movie: The Prairie Pirate (1925) at the Lone Pine Film Festival; The Lone Pine Film Festival: Opening Night Gala, the Film Museum, and More; Tonight's Movie: 3 Godfathers (1948) at the Lone Pine Film Festival; Tonight's Movie: Trail of the Vigilantes (1940) at the Lone Pine Film Festival; The Lone Pine Film Festival: Desert Pursuit (1952) and Mystery Man (1944) Location Tours.
2014 Lone Pine Film Festival coverage may be found here, and 2015 coverage is here.
Update: I've now written about the 2016 Lone Pine Film Festival for ClassicFlix.