Monday, November 05, 2018

The Lone Pine Film Festival: Sunday and Oh, Susanna! (1936)

All too soon it was our final day at the 29th Lone Pine Film Festival!

This was our first year to stay for the full day on Sunday, so we were able to participate in Cowboy Church, which has been provided as part of the festival for over two decades.

In years past Cowboy Church has been held on the grounds of Anchor Ranch, but this year it took place on the Rodeo Grounds behind the Museum of Western Film History.

There was a nice turnout despite a strong, very cold wind. We were well bundled up with coats, hats, and mittens! We really enjoyed the local musicians who came to participate in the worship service, especially given the weather.

The spectacular views of God's creation made the brief service all the more special.

Then it was off to see Gene Autry in OH, SUSANNA! (1936). The movie featured the classic Stephen Foster song along with Autry's "Dear Old Western Skies" and "Honeymoon Trail." The movie was a quick and pleasant 59 minutes, directed by Joseph Kane, filmed in Lone Pine by William Nobles.

The movie costarred Smiley Burnette, Frances Grant, and the Light Crust Doughboys.

The Sunday afternoon parade down Main Street was a really nice, old-fashioned parade such as we've experienced further up the 395 in Bridgeport. The participants were a mixture of locals, including veterans, fire fighters, and the 4H Club, along with the festival's special guests.

Scott Eyman (left) and Robert Wagner:

Stuntman Diamond Farnsworth, the son of Richard Farnsworth:

William Wellman Jr.:

William Fox biographer Vanda Krefft:

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans' granddaughter Julie Rogers Pomilia with her husband:

Wyatt McCrea, the grandson of Joel McCrea and Frances Dee, with his wife Lisa. She's tossing candy to kids in the first pic!

John Gilliland, who attends the festival each year in an authentic Hopalong Cassidy costume:

Western historian Rob Word:

The parade ended with local fire equipment. Fire fighters had a tough year and up down Highway 395, and it was nice to applaud for them and let them know they're appreciated!

We concluded our festival events later that afternoon watching Tim Holt (and his father Jack!) in the not-on-DVD THE ARIZONA RANGER (1948), which I'll be writing about separately as my final festival post. (Update: Here is the review link!)

There was a closing night campfire at Spainhower Park that evening, but we decided to skip it given the weather.

As was the case last year, there were also a limited number of tours on Monday, which was the Columbus Day holiday. We had a final breakfast at the Alabama Hills Cafe Monday morning and then headed on home after a wonderful time!


Blogger Walter S. said...

Laura, thanks again for taking us along on the Lone Pine ride, by way of your wonderful posts.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

Thanks as always for giving us the Lone Pine armchair experience!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Jerry Entract said...

Like Walter, I am so enjoying the ride around Lone Pine, Laura,and can't wait to read your review of Tim Holt's "ARIZONA RANGER"!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Lee R. said...

I enjoyed the trip via photos too! That would be the one good thing about living in Californy seeing all the many movie related sites and activities. The high taxes and the illegals invasion though are good reasons to stay away.

Back to pleasantness, I esp. loved that picture of the Hopalong Cassidy lookalike, from a distance he IS Hoppy. Don't know what his face looks like, but he sure looks like him from that picture. Recently finished watching all 65 of Hoppy's movies, so seeing that was a special treat.

While not officially released, thankfully though, TCM did show Arizona Ranger a year or 2 ago. Warner definitely needs to release a Vol. 4 to finish up the Tim Holt westerns series once and for all. In the meantime I hope TCM will play more of the unreleased (on DVD) Holts.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks to you all so much! I'm delighted to know you have enjoyed my Lone Pine posts and very much appreciate you taking the time to let me know. :) I'm lucky to get to visit each year and wish more of you could join us there!

Jerry, THE ARIZONA RANGER was really good! Lee, thanks for the reminder TCM has shown it. I do wish they'd put out the last Holt films on DVD! Apparently one sticking point has been whether to invest in cleaning up the Zane Grey titles (released by Lions Gate) since they're in the public domain.

John Gilliland makes a great Hoppy! He has extensively researched William Boyd, including the Boyd Archives at the University of Wyoming, and is an expert on Boyd's costumes. A very nice and interesting man.

Best wishes,

11:59 PM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

The Festival sounds like such a lovely time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and all those grand pictures.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

It really is, Caftan Woman! It's such a relaxing fest, there's lots to do yet it feels leisurely and restful at the same time. Delighted to know you enjoyed my posts and photos!! Thank you!

Best wishes,

10:02 PM  

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